Blackbirds, Orioles and Tanagers

Get tips on how to attract and identify blackbirds, orioles and tanagers. Learn where you can see these birds and how to bring them to your yard.

Meet 8 Types of Orioles to Look for Across America

Get to know eight types of orioles seen throughout the U.S. and what makes each of these orange and yellow birds stand out.

Brown-Headed Cowbird: Most Hated Bird in America

Learn why the brown-headed cowbird is many birders' least favorite—and how to tell cowbird eggs apart from those of other...


Summer Tanager vs Scarlet Tanager: ID Challenge

It's undoubtedly a tricky ID for birders: summer tanager vs scarlet tanager. Here's how to tell these bright red songbirds...


Female Cowbird: Notorious Nest Invaders

A female cowbird is a dull looking bird with plain plumage that is easy to miss in the backyard. But...


Meet the Bold and Beautiful Bullock’s Oriole

Spot a Bullock's oriole in the western U.S. during breeding season. Learn what the males and females look like and...

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Meet the Western Tanager: A Sunset-Colored Songbird

Western tanager flocks migrate through valleys, plains, and foothills. See what the males and females look like and hear their...


5 Vibrant Tanager Bird Species to Know

Meet the five types of tanager bird species you might see in North America. Learn to identify tanagers and how...

Yellow Tanager: Birding ID Challenge

Most tanagers are red. But you might be surprised to see a yellow tanager. Find out how to figure out...


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Bullies or Beauties? All About Grackle Birds

Grackles are large blackbirds that have a reputation as bullies at feeders. There are three types of grackle birds to...


5 Types of Blackbirds You Should Know

Not all birds in the blackbird family are the same. Learn about five types of blackbirds you might see across...


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European Starling: Everything You Should Know

European starlings are often scorned by bird-watchers for their aggressive behavior. But there's more to these colorful birds than you...

Summer Tanagers May be Hiding in Plain Sight

Seeing—or hearing—a colorful summer tanager is a red-letter day. Summer tanagers may be bright red—but that doesn’t always make them...


Where to Find Flame-Colored and Hepatic Tanagers

In the summer, birders can spot vibrant hepatic tanagers and flame-colored tanagers in the southwestern states—if you know where to...


How to Identify Baltimore Oriole Birds

This orange bird is a welcome visitor in the spring and summer in the eastern half of the country. Learn...


How to Identify Orchard Orioles

Attract nectar-loving orchard orioles to your backyard with sweet treats. Learn their range, favorite foods, and what the male and...