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American Goldfinch
The American Goldfinch is a prized backyard visitor. Learn more about this eye-catching lemon colored wild bird.
American Robin
The American Robin, one of the best known birds in North America, was so named by the early colonists because it reminded them of the English Robin, although much larger.
American Tree Sparrow
Often called the "Winter Chippy" because of its similarity in looks to the Chipping Sparrow, the American Tree Sparrow is a small brown bird with a wonderful personality.
Baltimore Oriole
The Baltimore Oriole is a stunning sight many hobbyists look forward to seeing during spring migration. Learn some interesting facts about this amazing bird.
Bird Identification Tips
Bird watching is a common, enjoyable hobby, but some birds are difficult to identify. Here are a few bird watching tips to help you sharpen your bird identification skills.
Black-capped Chickadee
Named for its characteristic call of "chick-a-dee-dee" and the cap of black feathers adorning its head, the Black-capped Chickadee is one of the most easily identifiable North American birds.
Blue Jay
Learn about the remarkable Blue Jay and the special characteristics that stand this wild bird apart from any other.
Bohemian Waxwing
Just as their name suggests, Bohemian Waxwings live a nomadic lifestyle akin to the gypsies of Bohemia. Learn more about this wild bird species.
Cardinal
The Cardinal is probably one of the most recognizable and popular backyard birds because of its brilliant red color and crested head. It is a great bird to admire year round.
Cedar Waxwing
The Cedar Waxwing is so named for its love of red cedar fruits and for the bright red, waxy material that forms on the shaft of an adult's secondary wing feathers.
Common Redpoll
Common Redpolls are very easy to approach, and their familiar red forecrown is a welcomed sight at backyard feeders.
Downy Woodpecker
The Downy Woodpecker is the smallest and best-known woodpecker in North America. It gets its name from the soft, downy feathers surrounding its bill. Like other woodpeckers, it has two toes facing forward and two facing backward.
Eastern Bluebird
Associated with love, hope, and happiness, bluebirds are frequently referenced in music and literature. Our fascination with them goes beyond their beautiful tru-a-lee song and their presence as a sign of spring.
Gray Jay
The Gray Jay has a smaller U.S. range than its cousin the Blue Jay, but it shares the same opportunistic feeding habits. Learn more about this wild bird species.
House Finch
Up until 1940, House Finches were strictly western birds. But trappers illegally shipped many to New York City for sale as cagebirds. Threatened with prosecution there, some pet dealers released their birds, which soon began to thrive in Long Island.
House Wren
What this common wren lacks in color and markings, it makes up for in energy and exuberance. The House Wren is known to occupy birdhouses and other man-made nest sites near human housing.
Hummingbird
Averaging only 3.5 inches head to tail, Hummingbirds are the world's smallest birds. Not only are they beautifully adorned with iridescent plumage, they also perform near-mythic flying abilities.
Indigo Bunting
The Indigo Bunting is a magnificent wild bird with brilliant blue coloring accompanied by its unique song, which makes this bird a real treasure.
Mourning Dove
The Mourning Dove is an extremely common wild bird across the United States and can be seen on a daily basis almost everywhere.
Pine Grosbeak
The Pine Grosbeak is the largest and least common finch found in North America. Read the species facts of this beautiful and illusive wild bird.
Pine Siskin
The Pine Siskin is known to be an irruptive species, most often seen in very large numbers. Learn more about this wild bird species.
Prothonotary Warbler
Often called the Golden Swamp Warbler, because of its preference for flooded forests, the brilliant orange yellow coloring of the Prothonotary Warbler makes it a feast for the birdwatcher's eye.
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpeckers are beneficial to farmers, forests, and humans. They eat numerous insects, saving crops and trees from damage and minimizing dependence on pesticides.
Red-breasted Nuthatch
If you've ever seen a Red-breasted Nuthatch in action, you'll agree they're a high octane species. They make their way down a tree headfirst, searching for grubs and insects in the crevices that other up-climbing species miss.
Red-headed Woodpecker
The Red-headed Woodpecker is easily identified by its brilliant, solid red head, which is unlike any other bird species. Learn more about this striking bird.
Red-Winged Blackbird
Perhaps the most abundant North American bird, and certainly one of the most studied, the Red-Winged Blackbird has earned quite the reputation
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Bright-colored males of this species are one of the most discernible springtime birds. A trademark rose-red triangle on their chest, set against a black and white body, makes them stand out. The female is less colorful than the male.
Scarlet Tanager
Thoreau once said that the Scarlet Tanager, "…flies through the green foliage as if it would ignite the leaves." The name Tanager means any small brightly colored bird and comes from the language of the Tupi Indians of the Amazon region.
Slate-colored Junco
Thought to be a harbinger of winter, juncos are known to many as "snowbirds." In truth, their coloring often mimics a winter scene with its dark gray above and snow white below.
Song Sparrow
The Song Sparrow, a very common wild bird throughout North America, is usually recognized by its frequent song and streaked body
Steller's Jay
The Steller's Jay is a larger, western cousin of the Blue Jay, but with a more pronounced and darker-colored crest. Learn more about this wild bird species.
Tree Swallow
Tree Swallows, like their cousins, the Purple Martins, have adapted to aerial feeding. Learn more about this wild bird species.
Tufted Titmouse
You'll find it very amusing watching this energetic bird search for food. It spastically flits from branch to branch, searching trees upside down for insects or their eggs. At feeders, it removes a seed quickly and then flies back to a nearby branch.
White-breasted Nuthatch
The joyful White-breasted Nuthatch is the largest and best known of the four North American nuthatches. Learn more about this wild bird species.

 
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