Birding Basics

Thinking of taking up birding as a hobby? These birding basics and tips on birding for beginners will get you started.

15 Common Backyard Birds You Should Know

New to birding? Learn to recognize 15 common backyard birds, and discover ways to attract them to your yard.

Can a Cardinal Fly Without Tail Feathers?

Cardinals are a birder favorite, but they don't always look neat and pretty. Here are some reasons you might find...


Dove Meaning: What Does It Mean if You See a Mourning Dove?

What does it mean when a mourning dove visits you? Find out if seeing or hearing a mourning dove has...


This Cardinal Bird Rescue Story Is Simply Amazing

A backyard birder had to get creative to rescue a female cardinal. Read the dramatic story of how she managed...


11 Interesting Cardinal Bird Facts You Should Know

Cardinals are popular backyard birds. Learn cardinal bird facts, including why male cardinals are red, and where to find cardinals.

13 Fabulous Facts About Extreme Bird Feathers

Bird feathers are fascinating! Discover the wide variety of functions that feathers serve, including helping birds fly and attract mates.


Meet the Festive Flock of Birds in the 12 Days of Christmas

Have you ever noticed how many gifts in 'The 12 Days of Christmas' are birds? Discover fun facts about the...

How to Get Rid of Pigeons at Bird Feeders

Rock pigeons are nonnative birds that can gobble up lots of bird seed quickly. Learn how to discourage pigeons from...


How to Identify a White-Winged Dove

Learn more about the white-winged dove, including what the bird looks like, what it eats, and where you can find...


Tout icon

How to Get Rid of Blackbirds and Grackles at Feeders

Are bigger birds bothering your songbirds? Learn how to get rid of grackles, blackbirds, starlings and other undesirable birds at...


ID Challenge: Cooper’s Hawk vs Sharp-Shinned Hawk

A common backyard birding challenge is learning how to ID a Cooper's hawk vs a sharp-shinned hawk. Look closely at...

12 Winter Birds Myths and Facts: Do Birds Get Cold?

Do birds get cold? Some birders worry winter birds will freeze on cold nights or in bird baths. Our expert...


Do Mourning Dove Feathers and Wings Make Noise?

What's that whistling noise coming from mourning doves in flight? We explain how mourning dove feathers and wings make a...


Does Your Birth Month Bird Match Your Personality?

What bird matches your birth month? Take a look to see which of the birth month birds aligns with your...


Tout icon

Sky Hunters: What Foods Do Hawks Eat?

Learn the answer to what do hawks eat. Plus find out which hawks are most likely hunting the songbirds at...


Bird Anatomy 101: From Bird Beaks to Bird Feet

From their feathers to feet, learn more about the major features of bird anatomy and what makes these fascinating animals...

Updated Winter Finch Forecast for 2022-23

A biologist reveals his winter finch forecast using wild food crop data. Find out what birds you can expect to...


Why Do Birds Flock Together in Winter?

Discover why some birds flock together with other species during winter and learn how to spot mixed flock behavior for...


Ask the Experts: What is the Plural of Titmouse?

Is it titmice or titmouses? What is the correct plural of titmouse? Learn what to say if you see a...


6 Fascinating Bird Facts About Wild Turkeys

Gobble up interesting tidbits about the wild turkey bird, including how fast these birds can fly and if turkeys hold...


Backyard Citizen Science Projects for Nature Lovers

Explore your landscape like never before with citizen science projects that will help researchers learn more about nature.


Birdwatching Gear and Supplies You Never Knew You Needed

Go beyond binoculars and field guides and ramp up your game with the coolest new bird watching gear and birding...


Cheap Ways to Attract More Birds on a Budget

Save money on your favorite hobby with these cheap ways to attract more birds Get creative to make budget feeders...


14 Mind-Blowing Woodpecker Facts You Should Know

From their tree-climbing abilities to extraordinary hearing, there are plenty of interesting facts to learn about the woodpecker family.


12 Owl Shirts Every Bird Fan Should Own

Who doesn't love owls? You're sure to find the right fit for you in this unique selection of owl shirts.

Magazine Cover

Subscribe & SAVE

Save Up To 75%!

Hummingbird Sounds: Do Hummingbirds Sing?

Listen carefully for a call or a song the next time you see a hummingbird. Learn all about the variety...


The Blue Jay Range Is Expanding Westward

Blue jays are backyard fixtures in the East, but find out why these adaptive birds are on the move.


Tips to Prevent Bird Strikes on Windows at Home

We know sometimes birds hit windows, and it's much worse during migration. Here are a few simple things you can...


Tout icon

Leucistic Bird vs Albino Bird: Learn the Difference

White-feathered birds are special. Discover facts about albino birds and leucistic birds and how their unique appearance affects them.


Can You Move a Bird Nest?

Birds have a habit of building nests in inconvenient places. Find out when and how you can move a bird...


Swallows Nest Types and Nesting Habits

Swallows spend much of their time flying. Learn the birding basics of where to find a swallows nest. Plus learn...