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Is Feeding Ducks Bread a Good Idea?
Feeding ducks bread is unhealthy and can lead to malnutrition, diseases and behavior changes, but there are many alternative treats that can be given to ducks.
What Do Wild Ducks Eat, Anyway?
Domestic ducks may eat corn and specialized feed, but what do ducks eat in the wild? These omnivorous birds have an interesting and varied diet.
Woodpeckers Driving You Crazy? Here's What to Do
Tips for controlling woodpeckers through redirection and discouragement to stop woodpecker damage on houses and other buildings, all without hurting the birds.
Everything You Need to Know about Feeding Wild...
If you want to feed ducks or waterfowl at a local pond, offer these nutritious treats instead of unhealthy bread.
Where Do Birds Go at Night, Anyway?
Discusses where birds go at night, including how birds sleep as well as night migration and night singing.
This is How Birds, Ahem, Get It On
Discussion of bird mating, including courtship behavior, the sexual anatomy of birds and how the act of copulation takes place. Includes tips to protect birds when you see them mating.
20 Fun Facts about Owls
How much do you really know about owls? These 20 fun trivia facts about owls may surprise you!
Learn All About the 12 Types of Wild Ducks
List of the different types of duck categories with brief descriptions of what makes each one distinct. Examples of species are also given.
We Bet You Didn't Know These 20 Fun Facts about...
There may be only a few species of flamingos in the world, but there are lots of interesting trivia and facts about them! From size to feeding to behavior, these flamingo facts may surprise you.
We Bet You Didn't Know These 15 Fun Facts About...
Ducks may be some of the most familiar birds, but do you know your duck trivia?
15 Fun Facts about Penguins
How much do you know about penguins? These fun facts may surprise you!
Attract Hummingbirds to Your Yard with This...
Classic hummingbird nectar recipe and nectar feeding tips for hummingbirds.
Do You Know the Proper Terms for Groups of...
List of collective nouns for different groups of birds.
Making Bird Suet Is Easy and Affordable
Tips for making bird suet including a simple homemade suet recipe for backyard birds.
When Do Hummingbirds Migrate?
If you know when hummingbirds migrate, you can more easily attract hummingbirds and feed them properly. These details about hummingbird migration can help backyard birders prepare for these flying jewels every spring and fall.
How to Attract Owls to Your Backyard
Tips for attracting backyard owls by meeting their basic needs for food, water, shelter and nesting sites.
20 Fun Facts About Vultures
How much do you really know about vultures? These fun facts might surprise you!
25 Fun Facts about Hummingbirds - Hummingbird...
Fun and unusual facts about different hummingbird species.
What Do Wild Turkeys Eat?
Describes the diet and foraging behavior of wild turkeys, including tips for how to feed turkeys in the backyard.
Some Helpful Tips for Squirrel-Proofing Your...
Tips for how to squirrel-proof a birdfeeder by adjusting the feeder style, location, seed offered and more.
What Types of Kitchen Scraps Should You Feed...
Birds can eat a range of different kitchen scraps, from bread products to meat scraps to fruits, vegetables and even eggs. This list of kitchen scraps to feed birds discusses which scraps are suitable and how to offer them at your backyard feeders.
What Is the Best Food for Baby Birds?
Should you feed baby wild birds by hand, and what do they eat? These tips can help you make the right choices to help baby birds that may be hungry. Includes a list of good and bad foods to feed baby birds.
What Are You Supposed to Call Baby Birds?
Do you know what a squab, pullet, colt and jake all have in common? They're all unique names for baby birds! Learn what to call baby birds and what generic baby bird names can be used for any bird species.
Do You Know the Different Types of Seabirds?
When most non-birders think of seabirds they immediately picture gulls, but a gull isn't a true seabird at all. These 12 types of seabirds show the great variety of marine birds and demonstrate what makes them unique from other birds.
How to Protect Your Pets from Birds of Prey
Tips for protecting pets from bird attacks from hawks, owls or other raptors. Bird attacks are rare but do happen, and these tips can help pet owners keep their pets safe.
Easy Ways to Attract Bluebirds to Your Backyard
Bluebirds are some of the most desirable backyard birds, and these tips for how to attract bluebirds can help you have the right food, water, shelter and nesting sites to attract eastern bluebirds, western bluebirds or mountain bluebirds to your yard.
Building a Birdhouse? Here's How to Make the...
Preferred birdhouse hole diameter sizes for common backyard nesting birds. Includes tips for how to increase or decrease hole sizes.
Tips for Attracting Cardinals to Your Backyard
Attracting northern cardinals is easy if you know what these birds need for food, water, shelter and nesting sites. Includes additional tips to help you attract northern cardinals to your backyard.
Top 10 Hummingbird Flowers
What flowers should you plant if you want to attract hummingbirds? These top 10 hummingbird flowers are a great place to start, with options suitable for every climate, garden and budget.
How to Protect Backyard Birds from Hawks
Easy tips for protecting backyard birds from hawks.
15 Interesting Facts About Woodpeckers
Woodpeckers are instantly recognizable, but how much do you really know about them? The facts will surprise you!
Build a Bird House with These Free Plans!
There are many free bird house plans available online, and this list of resources includes tips for choosing the right plan and a selection of bird houses available for different species.
How Do You Tell Whether a Bird is Male or Female?
Tips for distinguishing between male and female wild birds.
Bird Senses
Birds have the same senses as humans, but they have different acuity with each one. Learn about bird senses, including how birds use their senses and how you can understand their senses to be a better birder.
Understanding a Bird's Defining Characteristics
What makes a bird a bird? Even though there are nearly 10,000 bird species in the world, every one shares a number of characteristics that make them uniquely birds.
What Do Woodpeckers Eat?
Woodpeckers change their diet every season, but what foods do they eat? Knowning what woodpeckers eat can help backyard birders choose the best foods for feeding woodpeckers.
10 Ways Not to Feed the Birds
Avoid these top 10 bird feeding mistakes and you'll easily attract a wide range of hungry birds to your backyard feeders.
12 Urban Legends About Feeding Birds
The top 12 birdfeeding myths debunked, including rice causing bird explosions and whether or not feeding the birds influences their migration.
Exactly Why Do Birds Bother Migrating?
Birds migrate for many reasons, including both food and breeding. But what other reasons make birds migrate, and how does migration help birds?
Is It Time to Take Down Hummingbird Feeders?
Learn the right time to remove hummingbird feeders in the fall, including when you may need to temporarily remove feeders during the summer.
What Do Hummingbirds Eat? (Besides Nectar!)
Hummingbirds eat more than nectar, and knowing the most popular hummingbird food sources can help backyard birders attract hungry hummingbirds.
How You Can Stop Birds from 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.
Types of Birds of Prey
Brief descriptions of different types of birds of prey.
Ever Wonder How Wild Birds Keep Warm in the...
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.
Stop Raking Leaves and Attract Birds Instead!
Tips for using leaf litter to attract birds with food, water, shelter and nesting materials. Instead of trashing this valuable material, use it to naturally attract backyard birds.
How Do You Get Birds to Use a New Birdfeeder?
Tips for getting backyard birds adjusted to using a new birdfeeder, including what feeder styles to choose, feeder locations and seed preferences.
20 Fun Facts About Wild Turkeys
These 20 fun facts about wild turkeys will have you gobbling for more!
What Birds Don't Fly? Get the Complete List of...
List of flightless birds, including a discussion of why birds become flightless and how they adapt, as well as the dangers of being flightless. Species list includes endangered and threatened designations.
How to Dispose of Dead Birds Safely
Tips for disposing of dead birds safely, including when it is necessary to contact authorities.
Get Started With Bird Houses
Learn how to get started adding bird houses to your backyard in five easy steps, including additional tips to make the most of all your bird houses.
Nyjer
Nyjer, also known as thistle seed or niger, is a popular seed to offer small birds and finches. But what is it, and which birds will eat it?
What Different Foods Do Birds Eat? Learn Bird...
Understanding the types of diets a bird prefers can help backyard birders know what food to offer their favorite species, and dietary habits can help birders know where to look for different birds in the field. Includes bird species examples.
Why You Should Keep Black Oil Sunflower Seeds...
All about black oil sunflower seeds as birdseed, including which birds eat sunflower seeds, nutritional information and how to grow your own birdseed sunflowers.
Preening
Birds preen (groom) as an essential part of their daily routine. Every bird has up to 25,000 feathers,and regular preening keeps each on in top condition.
Go Nuts for Feeding Birds Peanuts!
Peanuts are an easy, popular and nutritious food to offer backyard birds, and these tips can help you feed them in many ways to attract many different birds. Includes a list of birds that eat peanuts and tips for growing peanuts.
Easy Tips for Cleaning Under Bird Feeders
Keep your bird feeding area clean by knowing how to clean under feeders. These easy tips can help!
Cracked Corn
Cracked corn is an easily available, inexpensive type of birdseed perfect for many ground-feeding birds. Learn how to feed cracked corn and what birds will eat it in your backyard, and even learn how to make your own cracked corn.
Bird Emotions
Do birds have emotions? The debate isn't over, but watching bird behavior can give clues to how they might feel emotions. Includes tips for being a better birder by watching bird emotions.
What Birds Can You Attract With Fruit at Bird...
List of most common bird species that eat fruit, including what fruits are most popular to feed birds and tips for how to feed birds fruit.
Photos of Common Woodpecker Species
Gallery of woodpecker photos representing seven of the most common woodpecker bird species.
Techniques to Help Birds See Windows and Avoid...
Tips for how to prevent bird window collisions with solutions to be used both inside and outside.
Colors That Attract Birds
Learn what colors attract birds and how to add color to your landscape for attracting birds. Includes which colors attract specific types of birds.
When Is It Time to Put Out Hummingbird Feeders?
Do you know when to put out hummingbird feeders? The answer isn't the same for everyone, but these clues can help you know when it is best to start feeding hummingbirds.
Bird Roost Boxes
Bird roost box design basics, including what features are necessary, how to position a roost box and other tips to attract birds with this type of shelter.
Parts of a Bird
The major parts of a bird labeled on a real bird photo.
When Birds Mate
Discussion of when birds mate, including factors that affect the timing of bird breeding seasons and birding tips for the mating season.
Insectivorous
: (adjective) Describes a diet that consists primarily of insects, including aquatic insects, ants and
Identifying Different Types of Shorebirds
Brief descriptions of the different types of shorebirds, including links to more detailed explanations and species lists.
Identifying the Sounds Birds Make
There are many different types of bird sounds that can be used for identifying birds, including calls, songs and nonverbal bird sounds.
Why Birds Flock
Flocking behavior has many advantages for birds, but also disadvantages that must be overcome for flocks to be worthwhile.
What to Do If You Find a Baby Bird
Tips for how to help a baby bird, including when to know that leaving the bird alone is the best option for its health and survival.
What Makes an Owl Special?
Characteristics of what makes an owl unique, including physical and behavioral differences that are distinct to owls.
What Is a Duck?
Understanding what makes a duck a duck will help birders better appreciate the great diversity in this family of birds.
All About Birdseed, from Songbirds to Storage
Ingredient list for birdseed ornaments, including tips for ingredient variations. Includes a photo.
Pictures of Ducks
Gallery of pictures of ducks from around the world with information and trivia about each species.
7 Steps to Making a Plastic Bottle Bird Feeder
Instructions and tips for turning a plastic bottle into an easy bird feeder. Great project for kids and backyard birders of all ages, and a fantastic way to recycle plastic bottles.
Worst Foods for Birds
Are you feeding your birds the most nutritious foods? Check this list of the 10 worst foods for birds to be sure you aren't including unhealthy junk in your backyard birds' diet.
Everything You Need to Know About Hummingbird...
All about hummingbird nests, from the materials used to the nest size to how the nests need to be safe for baby hummingbirds.
Attract Birds With Nesting Material
Learn how to attract birds by offering suitable nesting material in a way that will encourage them to build nests in your backyard. Includes a list of different types of nesting material.
How Paint a Safe, Attractive Birdhouse for Your...
Painted bird houses can be beautiful, but are they attractive to the birds? Painting bird houses can actually be harmful to birds, but these tips will help you enjoy attractive bird houses that are safe for all nesting birds.
Bird Digestion
Learn how birds eat, including the parts of the digestive tract and how to help birds get better nutrition.
How to Choose Birdseed
Tips for choosing the best birdseed for your backyard birds, including which birds prefer which seeds and how to choose quality seed of any type.
Downy Woodpecker
Detailed bird profile of the downy woodpecker: appearance, foods, habitat, behavior and reproduction. Includes tips for attracting these woodpeckers to your backyard.
Hummingbird Predators
Hummingbirds can be tasty snacks for a wide range of predators, including reptiles, birds, mammals, insects and even fish. Learn more about hummingbird predators and what you can do to help safeguard your backyard hummingbirds.
15 Fun Facts about Bird Migration
How much do you really know about migration? How high do migrating birds fly? Which species has the longest migration? How many days a year are birds migrating? These fun bird migration facts might surprise you!
Understanding Birds' Courtship Behaviors
Birds have different types of mating rituals and courtship behavior they use to attract a suitable mate, including feeding, preening, dances and displays.
Winter Bird Shelters
Tips for providing shelter for winter birds, including the most popular types and how to use them effectively to attract birds in winter.
Learn How to Help When Birds Hit Windows
Tips for how to help birds after window collisions, including when it is necessary to contact a wildlife rehabilitator.
9 Steps to Cleaning a Birdhouse (Plus 3 Extra...
Tips for how and when to clean a birdhouse to make it more attractive for nesting birds to return.
Hummingbird Moths
Is it a moth or a bird? Hummingbird moths are great hummingbird imposters, but learning more about these moths and how they are different from hummingbirds can help you avoid confusing bugs and birds.
Birdfeeder Cleaning Tips
Tips for effectively cleaning birdfeeders to attract more birds and minimize diseases.
When Should Bird Nests Be Removed?
Learn how to remove bird nests properly, safely and legally. Not all nests should be removed, but when is it the best action to keep birds safe?
How to Offer Suet to Backyard Birds
Tips for how to offer suet to backyard birds, including a discussion of different types of suet feeders and how to avoid the most common problems when offering suet to backyard birds.
What Makes Sparrows Unique?
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How to Store Birdseed
Tips for how to store birdseed properly so it is fresh and usable for months. Includes tips for determining when birdseed has gone bad.
What Is a Hummingbird?
Hummingbirds are some of the most coveted backyard birds, but what makes these birds so different from other common birds?
How to Clean Your Bird Bath without Scrubbing
Clean even the dirtiest bird bath in 10 easy steps, all without using any scrub brushes. Suitable for concrete bird baths and other materials.
Is Your Bird House Securely Mounted?
Tips for how to properly mount a bird house or nesting box so it is safe and attractive to breeding birds.
How to Attract Chickadees
List of Chickadee types, and tips for luring these acrobatic birds, who are not shy. Just give them what they need: Food, water, shelter and nests.
Pictures of Sparrows
Photo gallery of 15 different North American sparrow species, including identification tips and range descriptions.
Find Out What Birds You Can Attract Using Nuts
Learn which birds eat nuts and what you can do to offer nuts as a reliable food for your backyard birds. Includes a list of bird species that eat nuts as well as how nuts provide valuable nutrition to birds.
Food for Birds of Prey
Descriptions and examples of the varied diet of birds of prey, including which species of raptors eat specific animals. Also includes tips for protecting backyard birds from raptors.
How to Discourage Bully Birds at Your Feeders
Are some birds bullies at your feeders? Learn how to discourage bully birds so more desirable backyard birds can easily eat.
Barn Owl
Detailed bird profile of the barn owl: appearance, foods, habitat, behavior and reproduction. Includes tips for attracting barn owls to your backyard.
Tips for Attracting Woodpeckers to Your Backyard
Tips for attracting woodpeckers to your backyard. Includes tips for food, water, shelter and nesting sites that will help attract woodpeckers, plus a list of backyard woodpecker species.
How Well Do Birds See Color?
Learn how birds see color differently from humans, and what that color sense tells us about bird behavior and how to improve our birding.
What to Feed Backyard Birds in the Winter
Tips for feeding backyard birds in the winter, including the best types of feeders and seed to keep birds happy and healthy in the worst weather.
Bird Feeder Placement
Tips for proper bird feeder placement so it is best for the birds and convenient for birders.
Dabbling Duck
: (noun) A type of shallow water duck that feeds primarily along the surface of the water or by tipping
How to Go Owling
Tips for how to go owling and add owls to your life list, including proper equipment, where to go owling and how to see the birds successfully.
Penguin Species List
Alphabetical list of penguin species including common and scientific names, with notes on which penguins are threatened and endangered.
How Birds Navigate During Migration
Millions of birds migrate every year, using a variety of adaptations and techniques to complete their journeys successfully, but how do they do it?
Birds That Eat Suet
If you offer suet at your bird feeders, what birds will eat it? Includes a list of birds that eat suet in North America and Europe, plus tips for feeding birds suet.
The A to Z of Attracting Birds
Tips for discouraging house sparrows from monopolizing feeders and birdhouses in your backyard. Page 2.
How to Protect Backyard Birds from Cats
Tips for controlling cat behavior and backyard bird habitats to minimize the dangers of cats to wild birds.
Save Sunflower Seeds
Tips for how to harvest and save sunflower seeds to feed your backyard birds. A cheap and easy way to grow birdseed!
Red-Tailed Hawk
Detailed bird profile of the red-tailed hawk: appearance, foods, habitat, behavior and reproduction.
Carve Pumpkins Into Birds With These Stencils!
More than 55 bird-themed pumpkin stencils, including plenty of free patterns! Includes tips for using stencils for carving pumpkins.
Safflower Seeds
Learn more about safflower seeds, including which birds prefer these seeds and how to offer them at your bird feeders. Include tips for growing your own safflower seeds.
Top 10 Bird House Problems
Avoid the top 10 problems with bird houses by learning what can be wrong with your bird house and how to fix it so it will attract nesting birds.
How to Tell If Your Birdseed Is Spoiled
Birdseed can go bad, and knowing how to check your birdseed for spoilage can help you ensure your backyard birds have a healthy diet.
What Birds Will Take Up Residence in Bird Houses?
A list of bird species that use bird houses or nest boxes in North American and Europe, including tips for how to attract birds to bird houses.
American Crow or Common Raven?
Tips to identify American crows and common ravens, including how to tell the difference between these two nearly identical corvids. Includes a quick reference table of identification characteristics for American crows and common ravens.
Hummingbird Aggression
Even small birds can get angry, and hummingbird aggression can mean one bully bird dominating several feeders. Learn about hummingbird aggression and how to minimize it so you can maximize enjoying these tiny birds in your backyard.
How to Make Sure You're Feeding Birds Good Bread
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Bird Leucism
Leucism is a condition that affects birds' feathers and turns them pale or white. Learn about bird leucism, including how it impacts the birds and how you can identify leucistic birds.
Easy Tips to Keep Hummingbird Nectar From...
Tips for how to keep hummingbird nectar from freezing in order to provide food for overwintering hummingbirds.
Diurnal
: (adjective) Describes birds that are principally active during the day with all major life activities,
Types of Birdseed
Photo gallery and detailed descriptions of different types of birdseed, including which birds prefer which seeds and how different seeds compare for economic value.
Vulture Species List
Can you name all 23 vulture species in the world? Learn their common and scientific names, and which vultures and condors are endangered with this easy list.
Keep Feral Cats Out of Your Backyard With These...
Feral cats kill thousands of birds, but these tips offer a range of ways to discourage feral cats from visiting your yard to keep your backyard birds safe.
Learn How Wild Birds Keep Cool in the 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 Angry Birds REALLY Behave?
How do real life angry birds act? From flashing colored feathers to changing posture to outright attacks, wild birds can show anger in many ways.
Flowers That Attract Hummingbirds
Types of flowers that attract hummingbirds and tips for planting a hummingbird garden.
Keep Mice Away From Your Bird Feeders
Tips for keeping mice away from bird feeders without discouraging the birds, including why it can be harmful to birds to have mice nearby.
North American Winter Backyard Birds
A list of the top 40 winter backyard birds in North America, including links to information for attracting different species to your backyard in winter.
How Hummingbirds Fly
Discussion of how hummingbirds fly, including the physical adaptations these birds have to permit their unique and aerobatic flight.
Pictures of Pigeons and Doves
Pigeons and doves are beautiful birds, and this photo gallery of some of the world's most beautiful pigeons and doves features species worldwide with a wide range of colors and unusual markings. Each photo includes range information for the species and details about its beauty.
Cooper's Hawk or Sharp-Shinned Hawk?
Tips for how to distinguish between Cooper's hawks and sharp-shinned hawks based on appearance, prey and behavior. Includes a quick reference table for comparisons.
Do Birds REALLY Mate for Life?
Birds can form long-term pair bonds that can be defined as mating for life, and there are many reasons they do so, but these are not emotional attachments.
Mallard
Detailed bird profile of the mallard: appearance, foods, habitat, behavior and reproduction. Includes tips for visiting backyard mallards.
Birding by Ear Basics
Tips for how to identify birds by sound, including how to listen to bird songs and what to listen for to get a positive bird identification.
Learn How to Recognize Sick Birds
Tips for recognizing sick birds by appearance and behavior. Includes easy tips to help birds heal.
When to Put Up Bird Houses
There is never a bad time to put up bird houses, but knowing when the best times are can help backyard birders attract more nesting birds.
Flamingo Species List
There are only six species of flamingos in the world - do you know them all, and do you know which ones are threatened?
Before You Build a Birdhouse
Tips for choosing birdhouse plans and online plan resources.
Hummingbird Habitats
Hummingbirds are adaptable and live in a wide range of areas. Understanding hummingbird habitats can help you find these birds in the wild more easily, and you can even design a hummingbird habitat in your backyard.
Great Horned Owl
Detailed bird profile of the great horned owl: appearance, foods, habitat, behavior and reproduction. Includes tips for either attracting or discouraging great horned owls in your backyard.
Birds That Eat Nyjer
Thistle is a popular birdseed, but if you fill your feeders with it, what birds will you have visiting? Dozens of familiar birds will eat Nyjer seed.
House Sparrow
Detailed bird profile of house sparrows: appearance, foods, habitat, behavior and reproduction. Includes tips for attracting house sparrows to your backyard.
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