Birding/Wild Birds: Most Popular Articles
Classic hummingbird nectar recipe and nectar feeding tips for hummingbirds.
If you want to feed ducks or waterfowl at a local pond, offer these nutritious treats instead of unhealthy bread.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fun and unusual facts about different hummingbird species.
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.
List of the different types of duck categories with brief descriptions of what makes each one distinct. Examples of species are also given.
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.
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.
Ducks may be some of the most familiar birds, but do you know your duck trivia?
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 much do you really know about owls? These 20 fun trivia facts about owls may surprise you!
Brief descriptions of the different types of shorebirds, including links to more detailed explanations and species lists.
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.
List of collective nouns for different groups of birds.
Tips for making bird suet including a simple homemade suet recipe for backyard birds.
Discusses where birds go at night, including how birds sleep as well as night migration and night singing.
How much do you know about penguins? These fun facts may surprise you!
Tips for how to squirrel-proof a birdfeeder by adjusting the feeder style, location, seed offered and more.
Bird baths may seem like a simple addition to bird-friendly landscaping, but there are many myths about bird baths that can mean trouble for bathing birds. Learn the truth about bird baths to add the best water sources to your backyard.
Hummingbirds eat more than nectar, and knowing the most popular hummingbird food sources can help backyard birders attract hungry hummingbirds.
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.
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.
Tips for attracting backyard owls by meeting their basic needs for food, water, shelter and nesting sites.
Describes the diet and foraging behavior of wild turkeys, including tips for how to feed turkeys in the backyard.
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 much do you really know about vultures? These fun facts might surprise you!
Safe, easy tips to keep control of bees, wasps and ants around hummingbird feeders without harming the birds.
All about hummingbird nests, from the materials used to the nest size to how the nests need to be safe for baby hummingbirds.
Tips for controlling woodpeckers through redirection and discouragement to stop woodpecker damage on houses and other buildings, all without hurting the birds.
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 tips for protecting backyard birds from hawks.
Preferred birdhouse hole diameter sizes for common backyard nesting birds. Includes tips for how to increase or decrease hole sizes.
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.
Tips for feeding orioles in your backyard, including what foods they eat and different oriole feeders you can choose.
Tips for how to help a hummingbird trapped in a garage, shed, porch or other indoor area without hurting the bird. Includes tips for how to keep hummingbirds out of inappropriate areas.
The top 12 birdfeeding myths debunked, including rice causing bird explosions and whether or not feeding the birds influences their migration.
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.
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.
Tips for distinguishing between male and female wild birds.
Tips about how to attract hummingbirds with appropriate food, water, shelter and nesting sites.
Tips for how to hand feed hummingbirds in your backyard - it's easier than you think!
Tips for how to prevent bird window collisions with solutions to be used both inside and outside.
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.
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.
Tips for disposing of dead birds safely, including when it is necessary to contact authorities.
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.
Avoid these top 10 bird feeding mistakes and you'll easily attract a wide range of hungry birds to your backyard feeders.
Learn how and why birds take dust baths, what the baths do for their feathers and how you can help encourage birds to dust in your backyard.
Tips for getting backyard birds adjusted to using a new birdfeeder, including what feeder styles to choose, feeder locations and seed preferences.
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.
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?
Clean even the dirtiest bird bath in 10 easy steps, all without using any scrub brushes. Suitable for concrete bird baths and other materials.
Tips for attracting nesting hummingbirds by creating a safe environment that gives the birds what they need to raise their families.
Tips for recognizing sick birds by appearance and behavior. Includes easy tips to help birds heal.
Woodpeckers are instantly recognizable, but how much do you really know about them? The facts will surprise you!
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.
Birds have different types of mating rituals and courtship behavior they use to attract a suitable mate, including feeding, preening, dances and displays.
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.
Brief descriptions of different types of birds of prey.
All about black oil sunflower seeds as birdseed, including which birds eat sunflower seeds, nutritional information and how to grow your own birdseed sunflowers.
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?
Learn the right time to remove hummingbird feeders in the fall, including when you may need to temporarily remove feeders during the summer.
Types of flowers that attract hummingbirds and tips for planting a hummingbird garden.
It is easy to make hummingbird nectar with these four easy steps. Includes tips for the right hummingbird nectar recipe and feeding hummingbirds properly.
Tips for how to harvest and save sunflower seeds to feed your backyard birds. A cheap and easy way to grow birdseed!
These 20 fun facts about wild turkeys will have you gobbling for more!
Learn what colors attract birds and how to add color to your landscape for attracting birds. Includes which colors attract specific types of birds.
One of the most beautiful raptors, the Brahminy kite is an amazing bird and sacred to many Hindus.
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.
Discussion of when birds mate, including factors that affect the timing of bird breeding seasons and birding tips for the mating season.
The major parts of a bird labeled on a real bird photo.
There are many different types of bird sounds that can be used for identifying birds, including calls, songs and nonverbal bird sounds.
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.
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.
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.
Detailed bird profile of the ruby-throated hummingbird: appearance, foods, habitat, behavior and reproduction. Includes tips for attracting ruby-throated hummingbirds to your backyard.
Birds migrate for many reasons, including both food and breeding. But what other reasons make birds migrate, and how does migration help birds?
Tips for how to find bird rescue organizations and bird rehabbers, as well as how to know when you need to take a bird to a rescue. Includes tips for what to ask when contacting a bird rescue.
Defines the term “shorebird” in terms of bird species, including examples.
Why should you bother to make hummingbird nectar from scratch? It's easy, cheap, convenient and more - learn why you should make your own hummingbird nectar!
Gallery of pictures of ducks from around the world with information and trivia about each species.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Juvenile birds can be challenging to identify, but these tips can make it easy to spot young birds and determine what species they are.
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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.
Understanding what makes a duck a duck will help birders better appreciate the great diversity in this family of birds.
Tips for how to properly mount a bird house or nesting box so it is safe and attractive to breeding birds.
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.
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.
Hummingbirds are some of the most coveted backyard birds, but what makes these birds so different from other common birds?
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.
Tips for discouraging house sparrows from monopolizing feeders and birdhouses in your backyard. Page 2.
Can red dye be harmful to hummingbirds, and should you avoid it for your hummingbird nectar recipe?
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.
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.
Tips for how to help birds after window collisions, including when it is necessary to contact a wildlife rehabilitator.
Tips for stopping hummingbird feeder leaks, including why feeders leak and the problems those leaks can cause.
Flocking behavior has many advantages for birds, but also disadvantages that must be overcome for flocks to be worthwhile.
Want to make your binoculars more efficient and easier to use? This list of the top 10 binocular accessories can help you make the most of your favorite optics.
Tips for how and when to clean a birdhouse to make it more attractive for nesting birds to return.
Step-by-step guide to cleaning a birdbath, including tips for keeping it clean.
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.
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.
Characteristics of what makes an owl unique, including physical and behavioral differences that are distinct to owls.
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.
Are some birds bullies at your feeders? Learn how to discourage bully birds so more desirable backyard birds can easily eat.
Gallery of woodpecker photos representing seven of the most common woodpecker bird species.
Photo gallery of 15 different North American sparrow species, including identification tips and range descriptions.
Tips for how to keep hummingbird nectar from freezing in order to provide food for overwintering hummingbirds.
Tips for effectively cleaning birdfeeders to attract more birds and minimize diseases.
Even though many of them do not sing, hummingbirds can still be quite vocal and their nonvocal sounds can also help with proper identification.
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.
Descriptions of different types of hummingbird feeders and what to consider when choosing a hummingbird feeder.
Detailed bird profile of the rufous hummingbird: appearance, foods, habitat, behavior and reproduction. Includes tips for attracting rufous hummingbirds to your backyard.
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.
Learn how to decorate a Christmas tree for the birds with edible ornaments that can attract birds all winter long. Includes tips for making sure your Christmas bird feeder tree is suitable for all birds.
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.
Tips for proper bird feeder placement so it is best for the birds and convenient for birders.
Tips for how to store birdseed properly so it is fresh and usable for months. Includes tips for determining when birdseed has gone bad.
Easy tips for feeding hummingbirds in the backyard.
Alphabetical list of hummingbird species from including common and scientific names from A-F, with notes on which hummingbirds visit, breed and reside in North America. Additional pages cover the rest of the alphabet.
Learn how birds eat, including the parts of the digestive tract and how to help birds get better nutrition.
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.
Top mistakes backyard birders make with hummingbird nectar that can discourage or even harm hummingbirds. Includes tips for correcting these mistakes and properly feeding hummingbirds.
Photos and descriptions of all the regular hummingbirds to visit, reside or breed in North America. Includes details of where to find individual species.
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.
Mallard drakes in eclipse plumage can be tricky to identify, but knowing these clues to eclipse mallard identification can help birders more easily spot these molting ducks.
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.
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.
Tips for how to attract goldfinches to your backyard with the best food, water, shelter and nesting sites. Includes range information for all goldfinch species.
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.
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.
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Review of “Audubon’s Aviary” (2012), an outstanding artistic work that showcases the work of John James Audubon like it has never been seen before.
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.
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.
Tips for how to attract hummingbirds by providing fresh water they can use for drinking and bathing. Just having a basic bird bath is not enough to attract hummingbirds with water, but these tips can help.
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.
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.
Hummingbirds eat more than just flower nectar, and if you know what to feed hummingbirds, you can provide these birds a healthy, balanced diet in your backyard. Includes what not to feed hummingbirds.
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.
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.
Tips for controlling cat behavior and backyard bird habitats to minimize the dangers of cats to wild birds.
Tips for how to offer Nyjer to your backyard birds easily and economically, including what are the best bird feeders for Nyjer and how to avoid problems when feeding Nyjer.