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Bird Behavior

Bird behavior varies for different species and types of birds, and even between genders. Understanding different bird behaviors can help with bird identification and finding birds in the field, and birders who are aware of the way birds act will have a more rewarding experience with every bird they see.
  1. Mating & Reproduction (8)
  2. Migration (14)
  3. Sounds & Songs (10)

Bird Foraging Behavior
Recognizing how birds forage can be a great clue for identification. Learn about different foraging techniques and other feeding-related behaviors so you know what to watch for.

Bird Digestion
Bird digestion is different than humans, and if you understand how birds eat and digest, you can offer them more nutritious foods and keep your hungry flock happy.

Bird Intelligence
Just how smart are birds? They can use tools, store food, navigate obstacles, play games and more, but is that really bird intelligence or just instinct? Learn the basis of intelligent birds and examples of how birds might be smarter than we think.

Bird Senses
Understanding bird senses helps birders use those senses to enjoy birds more, in the backyard and in the field. Learn more about how birds use their five senses.

How Birds See Color
Birds have better vision than humans, but how well do they see color? Learn more about birds' eyesight and how that knowledge can make you a better birder.

Angry Bird Behavior
How do real life angry birds act? Learning about angry bird behavior can help birders keep their wild birds calm and happy.

Bird Stress
Are your backyard birds stressed? Learn the signs of stress in wild birds, including what causes that stress and how you can help birds relax.

Hummingbird Aggression
Hummingbirds can be some of the angriest birds of all. Learn more about how hummingbirds show aggression, including what you can do to reduce hummingbird territoriality in your backyard.

Birds At Night
How do birds sleep, and what else do they do at night? Learn about birds at night, including the different ways different birds sleep and information on night singing and night migration.

How Do Wild Birds Keep Cool in Summer?
Wild birds have many ways to keep cool, from physical characteristics to behavioral adaptations. Includes tips for how backyard birders can help their birds beat the heat.

How Do Wild Birds Keep Warm in Winter?
Birds have many physical and behavioral adaptations to keep warm in winter. Birders who understand what birds need to keep warm can help their backyard flocks survive the coldest weather.

Bird Sunning
Bird sunning is a common behavior for many bird species, but why do birds sunbathe? There are several reasons, and birders who understand bird sunning can help their backyard birds do so safely.

Bird Dust Bathing
Have you seen birds rolling around in the dirt? They're staying clean with a dust bath, and dusting is critical to feather maintenance. Learn why, and what you can do to help.

Preening
Preening is an essential part of a bird's daily routine, and there are many reasons why birds carefully groom their feathers.

Bird Camouflage
Many birds have superb camouflage with the color of their plumage as well as markings that help break up their visible outline and behavior that keeps them hidden. Understanding this bird camouflage is the first step toward being able to find and enjoy these birds more easily.

Molting
Learn the ins and outs of molting, including when, why and how birds molt. Understanding the threats molting birds face can also help you provide a safe, secure habitat for birds in this plumage transition.

Why Birds Flock
Birds of a feather flock together - but why? Understanding why birds flock can help birders learn the advantages of flocking behavior to better study the birds they watch.

Bird Irruptions
Discusses bird irruptions including which species regularly irrupt, what causes irruptions and how they impact backyard birding.

Stop Birds Attacking Windows
Tips for how to stop birds from attacking windows and mirrors, including why they attack their reflections and what birds are most likely to be this aggressive.

Stop Woodpecker Damage
Woodpeckers can cause extensive damage to wooden structures, but these tips can help you deter woodpeckers safely and easily without hurting the birds.

Bird Emotions
Can birds love, get angry or feel fear? Whether or not birds have emotions is uncertain, but birders who know how to look for emotional clues in bird behavior can learn more about every bird they see.

How Hummingbirds Fly
Hummingbirds are amazing aerial acrobats, but how exactly do they manage to fly backwards, sideways and more? Learn what adaptations these birds have for unique flight and how they put those adaptations to use.

How Birds Get Ready for Fall
Learn how birds' instincts help them adjust to fall conditions, including how their behavior changes to help them survive the harsher season.

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