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From helpful bird species profiles to expert tips on attracting birds to your yard – we have all the information you need to start birding.

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Northern Flicker: Unique, Beautiful Woodpeckers

Whether a northern flicker is gobbling ants on the ground or climbing a tree trunk, this bird's stunning field marks...


Downy Woodpecker: Meet the Downies

A downy woodpecker is a small black and white bird that visits suet feeders. Listen to their call and see...


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...


All About Red Bellied Woodpeckers

Meet the woodpecker with a puzzling moniker and a big appetite for suet. Here's how to attract and identify a...


Red Headed Woodpecker: Redheads of the Bird World

Learn more about the red-headed woodpecker, including what males and females look like, what they eat, and what their call...


How to Attract and Identify Pine Siskins

When pine siskins visit backyards, they come in droves. These feisty finches love thistle seeds. Learn what a pine siskin...


How to Identify a White Throated Sparrow

Learn all about the white throated sparrow. Our birding experts reveal what these sparrows look like, sound like and what...


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Winter Is Coming: Your Birds Need a Heated Bird Bath

One of the best ways to help winter birds is to provide fresh water. Get expert winter bird bath tips,...

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.


Grow Native Ornamental Grasses for Birds and Butterflies

Native ornamental grasses attract seed eating and nesting birds to backyards. Some grasses also serve as host plants for butterflies.


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...


Are Male Hummingbirds Territorial at Feeders and Flowers?

If you've seen hummingbirds fighting and chasing each other, you might wonder if hummingbirds are territorial. Learn how to feed...


Fall ID Tips: Blackpoll Warbler vs Bay Breasted Warbler

Fall warblers can be very confusing. Learn how to tell the difference between the blackpoll warbler and bay breasted warbler.


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...


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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...

13 Fascinating Facts About Mourning Doves

Mournings doves are beloved in backyards across America. Learn interesting facts you should know about the beautiful mourning dove.


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...


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...


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...


9 Fascinating Facts About Common Ravens

Learn raven facts about these intelligent, fascinating and charming birds, including where to find common ravens and what raven birds...

Meet the Vireo Bird Family: Sweet Summer Singers

Get to know the vireo bird family, including red-eyed vireos and warbling vireos. Learn what they look like and where...


How (and How Often) to Clean Bird Feeders

Follow these tips for maintaining seed and suet feeders to keep your backyard birds healthy in every season. Here's how...


8 Interesting Facts About Sandhill Cranes

Learn sandhill crane facts. Did you know sandhill cranes mate for life? These prehistoric birds have been around for 2...


Red Winged Blackbird: 10 Interesting Facts

Get fascinating facts about the red winged blackbird, a black and red bird that returns to backyards in spring. Learn...


The Flycatcher Birds: Flying Under the Radar

Keep your eyes peeled for these unsung birds. The scissor tailed, vermilion and great crested flycatcher bird species deserve time...


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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...