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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.
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.
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.
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.
20 Fun Facts about Owls
How much do you really know about owls? These 20 fun trivia facts about owls may surprise you!
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.
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.
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?
Can You Name the 12 Types of Ducks?
List of the different types of duck categories with brief descriptions of what makes each one distinct. Examples of species are also given.
Attract Hummingbirds to Your Yard with This...
Classic hummingbird nectar recipe and nectar feeding tips for hummingbirds.
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.
What Do Wild Turkeys Eat?
Describes the diet and foraging behavior of wild turkeys, including tips for how to feed turkeys in the backyard.
25 Fun Facts about Hummingbirds - Hummingbird...
Fun and unusual facts about different hummingbird species.
Do You Know the Proper Terms for Groups of...
List of collective nouns for different groups of birds.
20 Fun Facts About Vultures
How much do you really know about vultures? These fun facts might surprise you!
What Kitchen Scraps Can You Feed Birds?
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.
How to Attract Owls to Your Backyard
Tips for attracting backyard owls by meeting their basic needs for food, water, shelter and nesting sites.
How Do You Tell Whether a Bird is Male or Female?
Tips for distinguishing between male and female wild birds.
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.
15 Fun Facts about Penguins
How much do you know about penguins? These fun facts may surprise you!
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 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.
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.
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.
Making Bird Suet Is Easy and Affordable
Tips for making bird suet including a simple homemade suet recipe for backyard birds.
What Are You Supposed to Call Baby Birds?
Do you know what a squab, pullet, colt and jake have in common? They're all names for baby birds! Learn what to call baby birds and what generic baby bird names can be used for any species.
Parts of a Bird
The major parts of a bird labeled on a real bird photo.
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.
15 Interesting Facts About Woodpeckers
Woodpeckers are instantly recognizable, but how much do you really know about them? The facts will surprise you!
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.
What Makes an Owl Special?
Characteristics of what makes an owl unique, including physical and behavioral differences that are distinct to owls.
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.
Birdseed Ornaments - Step-By-Step Instructions...
Step-by-step project to make birdseed ornaments. Includes full recipe and detailed steps, each with a photo and suggestions for alternative options where appropriate. Easy skill and experience level.
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.
Swan Species List
List of all the swan species in the world, including notes about which are threatened, vulnerable or endangered.
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.
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 Dispose of Dead Birds Safely
Tips for disposing of dead birds safely, including when it is necessary to contact authorities.
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.
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.
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.
Photos of Common Woodpecker Species
Gallery of woodpecker photos representing seven of the most common woodpecker bird species.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Tips for Encouraging Hummingbirds to Nest in...
Tips for attracting nesting hummingbirds by creating a safe environment that gives the birds what they need to raise their families.
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.
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.
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.
Why Birds Flock
Flocking behavior has many advantages for birds, but also disadvantages that must be overcome for flocks to be worthwhile.
How to Protect Backyard Birds from Hawks
Easy tips for protecting backyard birds from hawks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
20 Fun Facts About Wild Turkeys
These 20 fun facts about wild turkeys will have you gobbling for more!
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.
A-Z Duck Species List
A-Z list of wild duck species, with common and scientific names as well as threatened or endangered status. Discusses why duck names can be confusing.
What Is a Duck?
Understanding what makes a duck a duck will help birders better appreciate the great diversity in this family of birds.
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.
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!
How Do Birds Use Their 5 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.
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.
Have You Seen a Bird Mantling?
Birds of prey use mantling to protect their kills. Learn what this behavior is, how it looks and what to do if you see a mantling bird.
When Birds Hit Windows
Tips for how to help birds after window collisions, including when it is necessary to contact a wildlife rehabilitator.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Birdfeeder Cleaning Tips
Tips for effectively cleaning birdfeeders to attract more birds and minimize diseases.
Types of Birds of Prey
Brief descriptions of different types of birds of prey.
What to Feed Backyard Birds in the Winter
Tips for the best foods to feed your backyard birds in winter, and why certain foods are preferred for cold weather feeding.
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.
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.
What Is a Hummingbird?
Hummingbirds are some of the most coveted backyard birds, but what makes these birds so different from other common birds?
Paint a Safe, Attractive Bird House 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.
American Flamingo
Detailed bird profile of the American flamingo: appearance, foods, habitat, behavior and reproduction.
Bird Digestion
Learn how birds eat, including the parts of the digestive tract and how to help birds get better nutrition.
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!
Pictures of Sparrows
Photo gallery of 15 different North American sparrow species, including identification tips and range descriptions.
What Makes Sparrows Unique?
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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.
How to Make Sure You're Feeding Birds Good Bread
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10 Tips to Keep Your Fall Bird Baths Fresh and...
10 tips to keep your fall bird baths at their best and provide autumn birds with fresh, clean, liquid water all season long.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fall Hummingbird Feeding Tips
Enjoy feeding fall hummingbirds and help them on their migration with these backyard tips.
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.
Dabbling Duck
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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.
Pictures of Ducks
Gallery of pictures of ducks from around the world with information and trivia about each species.
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.
Bird Feeder Placement
Tips for proper bird feeder placement so it is best for the birds and convenient for birders.
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.
Identifying Different Types of Shorebirds
Brief descriptions of the different types of shorebirds, including links to more detailed explanations and species lists.
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.
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.
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.
Tips for Fixing Blurry Binoculars
Step-by-step instructions for how to focus binoculars, including diopter adjustment steps and other tips for fixing blurry binoculars.
Give Fall Birds the Best With These Feeding...
Tips for feeding fall birds, including what the best bird foods are to offer in autumn and how fall bird feeding helps migrating birds.
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.
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.
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.
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 to Recognize Sick Birds
Tips for recognizing sick birds by appearance and behavior. Includes easy tips to help birds heal.
4 Easy Steps to Make Hummingbird Nectar
It is easy to make hummingbird nectar with these four easy steps. Includes tips for the right hummingbird nectar recipe and feeding hummingbirds properly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Easy Tips to Keep Hummingbird Nectar From...
Tips for how to keep hummingbird nectar from freezing in order to provide food for overwintering hummingbirds.
Learn 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.
See a White Bird? It Might Be Leucistic!
Leucism affects birds' feathers and turns them pale or white. Learn about bird leucism, how it impacts birds and how you can identify leucistic birds.
What Hazards Do Migrating Birds Face? You Can...
Migration is a perilous journey for millions of birds each season, and they face many hazards as they travel between their breeding and wintering grounds every spring and fall. Understanding the threats to migrating birds is the first step in helping them survive their journeys successfully.
How Hummingbirds Fly
Discussion of how hummingbirds fly, including the physical adaptations these birds have to permit their unique and aerobatic flight.
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.
Downy Woodpecker
Detailed bird profile of the downy woodpecker: appearance, foods, habitat, behavior and reproduction. Includes tips for attracting these woodpeckers to your backyard.
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.
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.
Barn Owl Nest Boxes
Tips for choosing and positioning barn owl nest boxes, including a list of nest box retailers.
Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker. Birding / Wild Birds. Page 11.
Learn the 12 Types of Bird Migration
Defines 12 different types of bird migration and gives examples of many birds that use them.
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When Is Fall Migration?
Learn when fall migration is, including tips for how to pinpoint the peak fall migration time in your area and how to make the most of migrating birds.
What Is a Wading Bird?
Wading birds are instantly recognizable, but why? Knowing what makes waders unique can help birders quickly and accurately identify and appreciate all the wading birds they see.
Attract Birds With Seed-Bearing Flowers
Planting seed-bearing flowers for birds is an easy and effective way to attract birds to your backyard with a natural food source. These most popular seed-bearing flowers are perfect for attracting finches, sparrows, towhees and other bird species to your yard.
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.
Downy Woodpecker – Female
Downy Woodpecker – Female. Birding / Wild Birds. Page 8.
Keep Your Birdhouse Residents Safe with These...
Twelve tips for safe and attractive birdhouses.
Add These Blooms to Your Garden to Attract...
Types of flowers that attract hummingbirds and tips for planting a hummingbird garden.
3 Steps to Easy Bird Identification
Three key steps for wild bird identification: observation, research and comparison.
Get Started Feeding Birds
It's easy to get started feeding birds, and these fives simple steps can help you choose the best bird feeders and attract a hungry backyard flock even if you've never had a bird feeder before.
The Best Nesting Materials for Birds
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.
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.
Most Common Backyard Birds
Brief descriptions and photos of the eight most common backyard birds in the United States. Includes tips for backyard birders to attract these common species.
Pictures of Red Birds
Photo gallery of 12 of the world's most brilliantly colored birds with red plumage, including species from Australia, Europe, North America, South America, Africa and Asia. Includes a discussion of plumage color and its importance.
Discouraging House Sparrows
Tips for discouraging house sparrows from monopolizing feeders and birdhouses in your backyard. Page 2.
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