Birding Basics

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

Spot the Owl in Your Backyard Trees

Be a bird sleuth and discover who's flying through the neighborhood. Here are the telltale signs you should look for...


The Top 10 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...


The Most Common Birds Found in North America

Rare birds get a lot of attention these days, but common birds are important, too! Discover North America’s most abundant...


Do Cardinals Mate for Life?

We asked our birding experts if male and female cardinals mate for life and how they keep their bond through...


How to Create Winter Shelter for Birds

Birding experts and readers offer their best tips to create shelter and protect birds from the snow, wind and cold...


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5 Essential Hawk Identification Tips for Birders

Use expert tips and a helpful chart to improve your hawk identification skills. Plus, learn about the common types of...


What Does a Cardinal’s Call Sound Like?

Northern cardinals are one of the few bird species with both male and female singers. Learn what a cardinal call...


How to Buy Binoculars: Our Birding Binoculars Guide

Our editors and experts reveal how to buy binoculars. Discover our picks for the best birding binoculars and find out...

Can Birds Eat Peanut Butter?

Our bird experts explain if peanut butter is safe for birds and what kind of peanut butter to offer at...


Birding Basics: Our Guide to Making Suet for Birds

Say so long to the store-bought stuff and whip up a fresh batch of suet yourself! It's easy (and cheap!)...


Our Top 10 Favorite Sports Team Bird Mascots

Cheer for these professional football, baseball, basketball and hockey teams with bird mascots!


How to Get Rid of Blue Jays at Your Feeders

Free up your feeders for your favorite small songbirds by learning how to get rid of blue jays. One way...


How Do Birds Get Their Names? (And Our Favorite Bird Nicknames)

What's in a name? Meet the committee in charge of naming and organizing birds.


How Do Birds Fly? Answers to Common Questions About Birds

Learn fascinating facts about bird senses and bird behavior from a birding expert, and discover the truth about how and...


Keep Yellow Jacket Nests Out of Birdhouses Without Using Pesticides

Pesticides can harm birds. So here’s a better way to keep yellow jacket nests out of birdhouses without using chemicals.


7 Ways to Be a Better Birder

Here's what every nature lover should know before going birdwatching.

Bird Anatomy: How Do Birds Use Feathers, Beaks and Feet?

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


4 Types of Bird Beaks and How Birds Use Them

Bird beaks have a variety of shapes and purposes. Here are the most common beak shapes you should look for...


Ask the Experts: Hummingbird Behavior Explained

Experts Kenn and Kimberly Kaufman answer the most commonly asked questions about hummingbird behavior and attracting hummingbirds.


Is This White Bird an Albino Crow?

This white-feathered crow stands out from the other birds in its flock. Learn how to tell if it's a rare...


Learn the Difference Between Albino and Leucistic Birds

White-feathered birds are rare and exciting to backyard birders. Discover facts about albino and leucistic birds and how their unique...

Quiz: How Many Shorebirds Can You Identify?

How many shorebirds can you name? Put your bird identification skills to the test with this shorebird quiz.


How to Attract Birds to a Birdhouse

Nesting birds are rewarding to watch. Get five key expert tips for on how to attract birds to a birdhouse...


What Happens to Birds in a Hurricane?

Find out how powerful hurricanes impact songbirds, seabirds and more, and learn how you can help in the aftermath.


Meet the Best Bird Dads and Learn How They Help Out Around The Nest

Celebrate the hardest-working feathered fathers out there! These great bird dads don't fly away when the chicks hatch.


Birding Gadgets and Gear You Never Knew You Needed

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


10 Owl Shirts Every Bird Fan Should Own

Who doesn't love owls? Whether you're a birder or not, you're sure to find something you love in this selection...