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.

Nuthatch vs Chickadee: How to Tell the Difference

It's easier than you think to tell the difference between a nuthatch vs a chickadee. Find out what to look...


The Top 12 Cutest Birds in America

The votes are in—see if your favorite bird made our list of the cutest birds in America. Then get the...


6 Fascinating Facts About State Birds

Discover interesting facts about noteworthy state birds. Learn about the fascinating stories behind these regional feathered symbols.


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Why Do Woodpeckers Peck and How to Stop It

Woodpeckers have a unique way to drum up attention. Learn why woodpeckers peck wood, trees and metal and how to...

Are Pileated Woodpeckers Common at Feeders?

The birding experts respond to a backyard birder's question about how to attract the large pileated woodpecker to a feeder.


How Do Woodpeckers Use Their Tongues?

Learn all about a woodpecker tongue and the unique features it has to capture insects. Also find out how a...

Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts of Birding in the Field

Let's get back to birding basics. Here's with some helpful tips and etiquette for enjoying bird-watching with others.


Do Northern Cardinals Mate for Life?

We asked our birding experts: Do northern cardinals mate for life? Find out how cardinals keep their bond through the...


Fascinating Facts About Hummingbird Banding

You hear about banding of songbirds and raptors, but rarely about hummingbird banding. Turns out that it's an extremely specialized...


Funny Things Kids Say About Nature

Birds & Blooms readers share hilarious quotes from their kids and grandkids about birds, butterflies and nature.

Brainy Birds: America’s Smartest Bird Species

Our smartest bird species roundup proves that the phrase “bird brain” is a compliment! Learn about intelligent birds and their...


What Types of Birds Mate for Life?

While there are monogamous birds out there, bird mating habits vary by species. Learn which birds mate for life, and...


Raven vs Crow: How to Tell the Difference

It's easier than you think to tell the difference between a raven vs a crow. Follow these tips for differentiating...


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Birding Tips: How to Identify Mystery Birds

Noticed a mystery bird perched in your backyard trees or eating at a bird feeder? These techniques will help you...


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Leucistic and Albino Birds: Learn the Difference

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

Brown Thrasher: An Elusive, Musical Songbird

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


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Get Rid of Wasp Nests in Birdhouses Without Pesticides

Pesticides can harm birds so here's a better way to get rid of wasp nests in birdhouses without using dangerous...


Bird Senses: Can Birds Smell or Taste?

Bird-watchers often wonder can birds smell and can birds taste? Learn more about bird senses and how they use them...


Where Do Birds Sleep At Night?

Unravel the mystery of where birds go to nap and rest after dark. Our bird experts answer your questions about...


8 Yellow and Black Birds You Should Look For

If you spot a yellow and black bird, you might need some help to identify it. Here are photos of...


25 Small Yellow Birds You Should Know

Did you spot a small yellow bird in the trees? Look at these photos of yellow birds found across North...


Pine Siskin vs Goldfinch: How to Tell the Difference

Pine siskins and goldfinches are similar small birds in the finch family. Learn how to tell the difference between pine...


Meet the 3 Types of Goldfinches in the United States

There are three types of goldfinches across the United States. Learn what these goldfinch species look like and where to...

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How to Help Birds and Wildlife in Extreme Weather

Where do birds go when it storms? From blizzards to heat waves we'll show you how to protect birds, bats...


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5 Ways to Create a Bird-Safe Backyard

Keep your feathered friends healthy and happy with clean bird feeders, fresh birdseed and a natural yard free of pesticides.


Wild Bird Diseases: What You Need to Know

Seeing sick birds at your feeder can be a concern. Learn about the most common wild bird diseases and a...


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How to Attract Orioles to Your Backyard

Get expert tips on attracting orioles. Find out how to bring more oriole birds, including Baltimore oriole birds, to your...


Meet the Jays: 8 Types of Jays You Should Know

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


Bird Molting: Why Birds Molt and How to Spot It

Now you see them, now you don't! Discover why goldfinches and other backyard birds molt and change color in the...