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Identifying Common North American Birds

Part of the fun of having a bird feeder is identifying all of the different types of birds who visit it. In this post we’ll share pictures of the most common types of birds, as well as descriptions of them each.

Here are some of the most common birds of North America:


Black Capped Chickadee

The black capped chickadee is a popular bird amongst feeders and can be found in much of the Northern United States and Canada. With a large round head and white cheeks, it is a very cute songbird you will likely see frequenting your feeder.

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Blue Jay

Blue jays are an easy bird to identify due to their blue color. While some give blue jays a bad rap for being aggressive birds and noisy, it can be quite exciting to see them attracted to your feeder. Blue jays love acorns and are often found in backyards with oak trees.

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House Finch

House finches are a common bird found in most parts of the United States. They frequent bird feeders often, as well as fields, city parks, and suburban areas. The male has a bit of red on the chest, while females are all brown with very few distinguishing marks. Finches especially love sunflower seeds but will also feed on safflower bird seed as well.

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House Sparrow

House Sparrows are extremely common birds and are found in many neighborhoods and cities across the world. The male features a brightly colored brownish-reddish body with a white underbelly while females are grayer and duller in color.

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Northern Cardinal

Northern cardinals are popular birds you will see at your bird feeder, especially in winter months when food is scarce elsewhere. The males are easy to spot and identify as they are a bright red color – the females are brown with slight red coloring in their wings and beak. Cardinals will eat just about any type of seed, but they especially enjoy black sunflower seeds.

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Tufted Timouse

The tufted titmouse is a popular bird you can find in all seasons throughout the Eastern United States. Known for its bushy crest, gray color, and white belly with peach or tan undertones, it is a popular bird at many bird feeders.

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