Songbirds

With bird calls that range from sweet-sounding to demanding, there are many types of songbirds in North America. From the common American robin to the brightly-colored blue jay, learn about their habitats and hear their bird songs.

Get to Know Gorgeous Blue Grosbeaks

Learn about the beautiful, but uncommon, blue grosbeaks, including where to find them, what they eat and how to identify the males and females.

What Does a Carolina Wren Call Sound Like?

Even if you don't see a Carolina wren, you might hear one. Learn what a Carolina wren call sounds like...


The Varied Thrush: Voice of the Northwest

Learn everything you need to know about the colorful varied thrush that is known for its dramatic beauty and haunting...


Meet the Thrashers: Learn About Thrasher Birds

Get to know the thrasher birds. Learn where to spot these birds, how to identify them, what their songs sound...


Waxwing ID Tips: Bohemian Waxwings vs Cedar Waxwings

Know what to look for the next time an elegant waxwing feasts on your berry tree. Learn the difference between...

Meet the Jays: Blue Jays, California Scrub-Jays and Steller’s Jays

Whether you think they're brilliant or bullies, there's plenty to discover about these clever corvids. Learn about blue jays and...


20 Incredibly Cute Chickadee Pictures

Chickadees are friendly and adorable birds. Check out super cute chickadee pictures captured by backyard birders across America.

The Chickadee Bunch: All About Chickadees

Chickadees are social birds that flock to feeders. To attract and identify chickadees, learn about their songs, favorite foods and...


Meet Crossbills: The Ultimate Nomads of the Bird World

Random migrations are just one crossbill quirk—learn more fun oddities of these wandering songbirds.


How to Identify Mountain Chickadees

Learn what mountain chickadees eat, what they look like, where to spot them and more. Plus learn how to tell...


15 Simply Stunning Photos of Northern Cardinals

Cardinals are among the most popular and beloved birds in America, and these gorgeous photos make it easy to see...

Steller’s Jays: Learn How to Attract These Clever Black and Blue Birds

Get to know these smart and social western birds, including what they eat, where they're found, and how to attract...


How to Identify and Attract Blue Jays in Your Backyard

Blue jays are bold, beautiful backyard visitors. Learn how to attract blue jays, one of the smartest songbirds in North...


Bird Mimics and Mimicry: Three Birds to Know

Tune in to the copycat songs of mockingbirds, catbirds and thrashers.


Attract Northern Mockingbirds to Your Backyard

Keep your eyes and ears open for this talkative songbird.


When Will My House Wrens Return?

Although not as flashy as an oriole or hummingbird, many people are excited to see House Wrens back in their...

Which Bluebird am I Seeing?

Depending upon where you are in the US, there are three different bluebird species that you might be seeing. Find...


Bird Species Profile: Steller’s Jay

The Steller's Jay is a beautiful bird species that lives in the mountainous areas of the Western US and Canada...


Top Songbirds in America

Bird songs are beautiful and melodic. Discover why you should be listening as well as looking for these musical types...


Attracting Songbirds: Brown Thrashers

Brown thrashers are excellent mimics. They can sing more than 1,000 tunes. Learn more about these elusive songbirds and how...


Birding Basics: A Chickadee Identification Challenge

Carolina Chickadee vs Black-capped Chickadee


Nuthatches, Bird Acrobats

Learn where and how to spot the four species of nuthatches found in North America.


Wood Thrush

The brown-headed cowbird is in part to blame for the declining numbers of this species. While some songbirds expel cowbird...


White-Breasted Nuthatch

Famous as the "upside down bird," the White-Breasted Nuthatch is equally adept at clambering up, down, or around the trunks...

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Western Scrub-Jay

The Western Scrub-Jay’s raucous call seems to indicate its mischievous behavior. It has been known to steal food from other...


Tufted Titmouse

Long regarded as a southern species, the Tufted Titmouse has been spreading northward in recent years. Now these tame, confiding...


Northern Mockingbird

This around-the-clock songster doesn’t just copy the sounds other birds make. Northern Mockingbirds mimic other things, too - even inanimate...


Mountain Bluebird

The state bird of Idaho and Nevada, it’s not hard to see why Mountain Bluebirds are among the West’s most...


House Wren

The House Wren is plain to be sure, but its tenacity and nonstop activity make this backyard nester a pleasure...


Gray Catbird

Don’t let the Gray Catbird fool you with its mimic calls. It can easily imitate the songs of other popular...