2021 | BEAUTIFUL BACKYARD BIRDS IN MICHIGAN WITH PICTURES

Michigan with its hills to heavily the forested Porcupine Mountains, to its inland swamps, the state is home to a number of many bird species. Michigan is estimated that more than 450 species of the different birds can be seen in the different parts of the state. In Michigan, these bird species are divided into three different categories, birds of the first group can be seen in Michigan all year long, while the second group can only be seen in the winter, and the third group only appears during the summer days.

States such as Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota border Michigan and as such, have a number of birds that they share in common.

Michigan State has a lot of national and state parks and lakes that attract different birds at different times every year. Birds visit these parks, lakes, and coastlines during their specific periods, but there are a lot of birds who are permanent residents of Michigan.

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TOP 20 COMMON BIRDS FOUND IN MICHIGAN (2021 DATA)

Below is a list of the top 20 common backyard birds you will find in Michigan with frequency observed by bird watchers in Michigan. The list below is ordered from most to least observed.

1 Black-capped Chickadee (47%)
2 Blue Jay (45%)
3 Northern Cardinal (42%)
4 American Robin (42%)
5 Mourning Dove (39%)
6 American Goldfinch (39%)
7 Downy Woodpecker (34%)
8 Red-winged Blackbird (33%)
9 White-breasted Nuthatch (31%)
10 Red-bellied Woodpecker (29%)

11 Song Sparrow (28%)
12 European Starling (26%)
13 Tufted Titmouse (25%)
14 House Sparrow (24%)
15 Dark-eyed Junco (19%)
16 Northern Flicker (19%)
17 House Finch (19%)
18 Hairy Woodpecker (15%)
19 Gray Catbird (13%)
20 Tree Swallow (12%)


COLORFUL BIRDS OF MICHIGAN

Below is a list of birds of Michigan that you can find in your backyard. The birds have pictures as well as bird identifier information. Whether you are looking for brown birds or more colorful birds, you are sure to find them in the list below.

1. Chipping Sparrow

The Chipping Sparrow bird, which is also known as the Spizella passerina, and belongs to the Sparrow family. It is a small-sized songbird with brown, black, and mostly grey plumage, upperparts, and underparts. The Chipping Sparrow is mostly seen in North America during the summer season.

Bird Watchers: The Chipping Sparrow bird is seen mostly during the summer between April to September in different parts of Michigan. According to data of the bird watcher’s observations, the Chipping Sparrow bird has an observation frequency of 13% in Michigan.

The Chipping Sparrow male and female are mostly like one another and it is hard to identify them. The male in the Chipping Sparrows are slightly heavier, bigger than the females and they also have a slightly bigger belly and wingspan as well. Their black, brown, and grey color is shinier in the males than the females. The male has a beautiful song with a very high pitch, it utilizes this song to attract the females for breeding.

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The Chipping Sparrow frequently visits the bird feeders in summer to get some food. They like eating the small worms and their larvae, insects, seeds of small trees, and berries of some plants.

2. White-throated Sparrow

The White-throated Sparrow bird, which is also known as the Zonotrichia albicollis, is a small-sized songbird from the sparrow family Passalidae. This bird is native to the northern parts of America. They are known for their white throats.

Bird Watchers: The White-throated Sparrow bird is seen year-round, but their number of observations increases during the summer in different parts of Michigan. Based on the bird watcher’s observations, the White-throated Sparrow bird has an observation frequency of 8% in Michigan.

They are very small in size and have a body length between 15 to 19cm with a wingspan between 23cm only. The body-weight of an adult White-Throated Sparrow is between 20 to 30 g. The adults have stripes on their plumage, they have two black and a white stripe in the middle of their head. The male and female almost have a similar appearance, body size, and colors. They create their breeding nests on the ground or in the small-sized shrubs.

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Their diet mostly consists of seeds and grains of small crops and herbs, berries, and insects. They eat worms, spiders, and other small insects that are found on the trees or crawling on the ground.

3. Brown-headed Cowbird

The Brown-headed Cowbird, which is also known as the Molothrus ater, is a medium size bird native to North America. The Brown-headed Cowbird is a migratory bird that travels from one place to another depending upon the food availability, weather, and climate situations. The bird has a similar shape to the normal crow, but it has a more colorful back. They mostly visit the north during the summer season.

Bird Watchers: The Brown-headed Cowbird is seen year-round but their number of observations peaks during the month of April to May and September to October in different parts of Michigan. Based on the bird watcher’s observations, the Brown-headed Cowbird has an observation frequency of 13% in Michigan.

The Brown-headed Cowbird has all-black plumage, except the head and neck, this part of the body of the Brown-headed Cowbird is brown instead of black. The black plumage of this bird reflects a more bluish-black color rather than pure black. The male plumage is shiny and more colorful than females. The female’s plumage is brown black. The females are shorter than the males and have less wingspan and weight. Females can be easily spotted among the flock as they are different in color than the normal males.

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The bird produces a high pitch tune to attract the females for mating. They are migratory birds and mostly they are traveling from one place to another. The Brown-headed Cowbird eats different kinds of insects, worms, plant seeds, fruits, and berries.

4. White-breasted Nuthatch

The White-Breasted Nuthatch bird, which is also known as the Sitta carolinensis, is a small-sized songbird from the nuthatch family. They are very commonly found in temperate North American regions. They have a short tail, big head, strong bill, and feet. Their face, flanks, and chests are white, while the cap is black, and their back is blue-grey. They have 9 different varieties that can be easily identified by their plumage color.

Bird Watchers: The White-breasted Nuthatch bird is seen year-round in different parts of Michigan. Based on the bird watcher’s observations, the White-breasted Nuthatch bird has an observation frequency of 30% in Michigan.

The White-breasted Nuthatches have a maximum body length of 14 cm or 5.5 inches, while they have a maximum wingspan of 27cm or 10 inches almost. Their body weight ranges between 0.6 oz to 1.0 oz. The male and female have slightly different body shapes, and colors on their back. They can produce different types of songs, depending upon the situation.

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They frequently visit bird feeders to get some food. They mostly eat insects and seeds of small plants and shrubs. They also eat and store the nuts of different plants such as hickory in the tree trunks, they eat these trunks during the winter season.

5. Downy Woodpecker

The Downy Woodpecker which is also known as the Dryobates pubescens, is a small bird from the woodpecker family. The bird has mostly a black plumage color, with white dots above the wings, and black and white stripes over its head. The male and female of this species have a similar plumage color, but the female lacks the small red dot that is seen on the head of the male.

Bird Watchers: The Downy Woodpecker bird is seen year-round in different parts of Michigan. Based on the bird watcher’s observations, the Downy Woodpecker bird has an observation frequency of 33% in Michigan.

The Downy Woodpecker has a white belly and white spots above its wings as well. The male has more body-weight and wingspan than a female Downy Woodpecker. The body size of the female Downy Woodpeckers is also slightly shorter than the male counterparts. They are frequent visitors to the bird feeders.  They do not travel farther distances for food.

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The Downy Woodpecker likes to eat small-sized insects, worms, seeds, nuts, and berries of the small shrubs. They are attracted to the feeders that provide them suet. They are more frequently seen during the winter in the feeder areas as compared to the summer.

6. Black-capped Chickadee

The Black-capped Chickadee, which is also known as the Poecile atricapillus bird, is a small size bird from North America. This small and beautiful songbird belongs to the Chickadee family. They have a beautiful appearance, with a white belly, a black cap above their heads, streaks of black and white color that covers their whole plumage. They also have a brown underpart below their wings.

Bird Watchers: The Black-capped Chickadee bird is seen year-round in different parts of Michigan. Based on the bird watcher’s observations, the Black-capped Chickadee bird has an observation frequency of 33% in Michigan.

The male is slightly different from the female, as the females have dull colors and are smaller in size and also has less weight than male. They only weigh between 10 to 14 g, with a body length of 12 to 15cm and a wingspan of only 15 to 21 cm.

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They have a small but strong beak that helps them get their food and break the hard nuts. The Black-capped Chickadee likes eating small insects, nuts, seeds of small bushes, and berries as well. They are one of the birds that do not hesitate to come closer to humans. If you are feeding them, there are chances that they might sit on your hands as well.

7. Tree Swallow

The Tree Swallow bird, which is also known as the Tachycineta bicolor, is a small size bird from North America, known for its tree chipping habit. it belongs to the Tachycineta genus, this genus has only nine species of birds closely related to each other. The Tree Swallow is a beautiful bird with blue and white plumage.

Bird Watchers: The Tree Swallow bird is seen only during the summertime, between March to September in different parts of Michigan. Based on the bird watcher’s observations, the Tree Swallow bird has an observation frequency of 13% in Michigan.

The Tree Swallow has two colors on its plumage, its whole back and wings are covered with shiny blue color, meanwhile, its belly and underparts are all white. The bird also has black color in its eyes and its tail as well. The male and female are different in plumage colors, shape, size, and weight. The male Tree Swallows have more shiny blue, black, and white plumage while the females have brownish blue, black, and white plumage. The females are slightly short in body size, weight, and wingspan as well.

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The Tree Swallow are migratory birds and they keep on migrating from one place to another. They frequently visit the bird feeders in their area of stay to get some food. They like to eat small seeds and nuts, they also eat berries and fruits. The Tree Swallow also eats small insects and worms including the larvae of insects as well.

8. Nashville Warbler

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The Nashville Warbler bird, which is also known as the Leiothlypis ruficapilla, is a small size passerine songbird from the new world warbler family commonly known as the Parulidae. These birds are native to North and Central America, but they migrate towards the South during the winter. The Nashville Warbler bird has a grey head and an olive greenback. Their wings are also greenish-grey. They also have a white belly, yellow throat, and yellow breasts. They also have a white ring around their eyes. 

Bird Watchers: The Nashville Warbler bird is seen only during the summer, mostly between April to October in different parts of Michigan. Based on the bird watcher’s observations, the Nashville Warbler bird has an observation frequency of 5% in Michigan.

They have a pointed thin, strong, and black bill. Adult males of this species have rusty brown patches above their heads as a crown. Females and immature have slightly different heads as they do not have a brown but an olive-grey head. The body length of an adult Nashville Warbler bird can be between 4.3-5.1 in (11-13 cm) and it can have a wingspan that covers almost 6.7-7.9 in (17-20 cm). The weight of an adult Nashville Warbler can be between 0.2-0.5 oz (6.7-13.9 g). 

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The Nashville Warbler bird is an insect eater bird that eats all kinds of small insects including beetles, caterpillars, grasshoppers, leafhoppers, aphids, and other worms as well. Apart from this, they also eat small seeds and grains. During their migration, they sometimes visit the backyards of the bird feeders as well.

9. Gray Catbird

The Gray Catbird, which is also known as the Dumetella carolinensis is a medium size bird from the mimid family of small and medium-size birds. This songbird is native to Central and North America but now is seen in the different other parts of as well. Their population migrates to the other states during the winter, that is why they are less often spotted during the Winter.

Bird Watchers: The Gray Catbird is seen only during the summer, between April to October in different parts of Michigan. Based on the bird watcher’s observations, the Gray Catbird has an observation frequency of 13% in Michigan.

The size of an adult Gray Catbird is only 8 inches on average, with a wingspan of 11 inches. The weight of an adult Gray Catbird is between 30 to 50 grams. The whole body of the Gray Catbird is covered with lead-gray feathers. The wings and head parts are darker than the belly and neck parts of the body. Male and female of the Gray Catbird species are the same as one another, that is why it is hard to identify them.

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The male has a beautiful and melodious voice that attracts the females for breeding. They visit the bird feeders to get their food. They visit more frequently during the summer. The Gray Catbird eats small worms and insects. They also eat fruits and berries of different small plants. They eat the seeds and grains of different small shrubs and grasses as well.

10. Red-winged Blackbird

The Red-winged Blackbird bird, which is also known as the Agelaius phoeniceus, is mostly identified with its black plumage color and red wings. The female of this species is different from the males. The females have a different body plumage color. They have a mixture of black, brown, and red colors in their plumage.

Bird Watchers: The Red-winged Blackbird bird is seen year-round, but their number of observations increases during the summer and decrease during the winter in different parts of Michigan. Based on the bird watcher’s observations, the Red-winged Blackbird bird has an observation frequency of 34% in Michigan.

The Red-winged Blackbird is seen in almost all the Northern States. The bird has a complete black plumage, with a bright red spot on its wings. They have a shiny black color that depicts a blue shade when exposed to the sunlight. Male and females are different from each other, the males have a bigger body size, more bright plumage color, and more weight as compared to the females. The male and female are easy to see and identify them separately.

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The Red-winged Blackbird likes eating worms, small insects including spiders, and many other insect larvae, they also eat the seeds, cracked nuts, and berries of different trees and shrubs.

11. Baltimore Oriole

The Baltimore Oriole bird, which is also known as the Icterus galbula, is a small size migratory bird from North America. The bird is native to North America but migrates to the different parts of the United States. Their migration is synched with the weather and climate patterns in northern parts of America.

Bird Watchers: The Baltimore Oriole bird is seen mostly during the summer, between March to September in different parts of Michigan. Based on the bird watcher’s observations, the Baltimore Oriole bird has an observation frequency of 10% in Michigan.

The Baltimore Oriole has a beautiful yellow, white, brown, and black plumage. The wings and upper parts of the bird have brown, black and white markings. The Head of the male is black while the female head is yellow. The belly and underparts of the male are yellow while the female has white underparts. The Baltimore Oriole migrates from the North to the other parts during the summer and visits different parts of the United States.

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They eat small insects, like spiders, worms, etc. They also eat seeds of green plants and grass; they also eat the berries and fruits of different kinds as well. They visit the feeders frequently during the summer in different areas to get their food.

12. Mourning Dove

The Mourning Dove bird, which is also known as the Zenaida macroura is a medium-sized bird from the dove family. Its plumage is all covered with rusty brown color. The plumage also has a few black spots above the wings. The Mourning Dove is a frequent visitor to the bird feeders in the different parts of the United States.

Bird Watchers: The Mourning Dove bird is seen year-round in different parts of Michigan. It is also the fifth most observed bird in Michigan as well. Based on the bird watcher’s observations, the Mourning Dove bird has an observation frequency of 40% in Michigan.

Female and male Mourning Doves almost look identical in body shapes and dimensions. They also have a similar brown and white plumage. They can reach up to 12 inches in body length while their wingspan can be up to 18 inches. Their body weight can be up to 120g. Their appearance makes it easier to spot and identify them.

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The male and female mate during the spring and winter, the male attracts the female with its beautiful mating call like the song. The female lays eggs and sits on them while the male provides food and protection to the female and eggs. The Mourning Dove visit the bird feeders that provide them nuts, seeds, and insect-based bird feeds. They also eat the small worms picked up from the ground or the trees.

13. Yellow Warbler

The Yellow Warbler bird or American Yellow Warbler bird, which is also known as the Setophaga petechi is a small size bird. It belongs to the Warbler family of small songbirds native to North America. They are native to the northern parts of America but seen in the south as well. They are known for their yellow-colored plumage.

Bird Watchers: The Yellow Warbler bird is seen only during the summer, mostly between April to September in different parts of Michigan. Based on the bird watcher’s observations, the Yellow Warbler bird has an observation frequency of 11% in Michigan.

The male and female yellow warbler are slightly different from one another as the male has more bright colors as compared to the females. The male yellow warblers are also heavier, and larger than the females.

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They like eating the worms and insects that they pick from the ground or trees. They also eat the small grains of seeds, berries, and fruits of different trees. They frequently visit the bird feeders during the summer to get food.

14. Red-bellied Woodpecker

The Red-bellied Woodpecker bird, which is also known as the Melanerpes carolinus, is known for its red-colored belly. This is a bird from the Woodpecker family, known for its woodpecker habit. They have a very strong beak that they use to dig into the trees and create holes of different sizes and shapes. The bird has black and white wings and back, while a red neck and head.

Bird Watchers: The Red-bellied Woodpecker bird is seen year-round in different parts of Michigan. Based on the bird watcher’s observations, the Red-bellied Woodpecker bird has an observation frequency of 29% in Michigan.

This small-sized bird has a high-pitched melodious tone, it uses this to attract the females for mating. Males are slightly heavier and bigger than the females, male mostly weigh around 73g while the female’s weight is only 65g. The males also have a slightly bigger wingspan than the females.

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They have a strong beak, and they use this beak to cut through the woods. They create circular holes in the woods with their beak. Their food includes different kinds of insects, worms, seeds, berries, and nuts.

15. Red-eyed Vireo

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The Red-eyed Vireo bird, which is also known as the Vireo olivaceus, is a small size songbird native to North America. The Red-eyed Vireo bird appears to be similar to the new world warbler bird but genetically they are totally different from one another. This is also one of the most common birds among North American bird species. They are also a migratory bird that migrates towards the South during the winter. The adult, Red-eyed Vireo bird has an olive-brown plumage.  

Bird Watchers: The Red-eyed Vireo bird is seen only during the summer, mostly between May to August in different parts of Michigan. Based on the bird watcher’s observations, the Red-eyed Vireo bird has an observation frequency of 8% in Michigan.

Underparts are white while the upperparts are olive green. The Red-eyed Vireo bird also has a red iris and a black-edged crown. Their bill is long and is pointy at the end. The young, Red-eyed Vireo bird is slightly different from the grown-ups, they are paler than the adults. The body length of an adult can be between 4.7-5.1 in (12-13 cm), and they can have a wingspan of about 9.1-9.8 in (23-25 cm). The weight of an adult, Red-eyed Vireo can be between 12 to 26 grams. 

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The female lays four to 6 eggs and sits on them till they hatch. They eat small insects of different types including caterpillars, mosquitos, worms, and ants. They also eat small veggie objects such as berries and small fruits. They also visit the bird feeders of different areas during their routes.

16. Ovenbird

The Ovenbird, which is also known as the Seiurus aurocapilla, is a small size passerine songbird from the New World Warbler family Parulidae. They are migratory birds and migrate from cold areas to warm areas during the winter. They are seen almost all across North America. The Ovenbird has olive-brown upperparts and white underparts that are marked with beautiful black spots. This bird’s eyes have a white ring that is surrounded by brown-colored plumage.

Bird Watchers: The Ovenbird is seen mostly during the summer, between March to August in different parts of Michigan. Based on the bird watcher’s observations, the Ovenbird has an observation frequency of 5% in Michigan.

Male and female are similar, but the young ones are slightly pale looking. This bird builds a cup shaped nest in the woodlands and bushes. The Ovenbird adults can have a body length that ranges between 11–16 cm (4.3–6.3 in) and they have a wingspan that can cover almost 19–26 cm (7.5–10.2 in). The weight of an adult breeding Ovenbird can be between 14–28.8 g (0.49–1.02 oz). Females are slim, short, and also weigh less as compared to the male.

The Ovenbird loses its weight when they travel to the south. The female lays between 4 to 7 eggs and sits on them. The male provides food for the female and the young birds as well. They eat small insects and worms. They also eat small seeds, grains, and nuts as well. They also visit the backyards of the bird feeders to get food.

17. Black-throated Green Warbler

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The Black-throated Green Warbler bird, which is also known as the Setophaga virens, is a small size bird from the warbler’s family of small songbirds native to North America and Canada. The Black-throated Green Warbler bird is known for its black throat and green colored plumage as their name suggests. The Black-throated Green Warbler bird has an olive-green colored cap on its heads that covers the upper part of the neck and back of the bird as well. The face of the Black-throated Green Warbler bird is yellow.

Bird Watchers: The Black-throated Green Warbler bird is seen mostly during the summer, between April to August in different parts of Michigan. Based on the bird watcher’s observations, the Black-throated Green Warbler bird has an observation frequency of 4% in Michigan.

The Black-throated Green Warbler bird has white wings with black bars or streaks. The adult males of this species have a black throat and upperpart, meanwhile, the females have a pale throat and black upperparts and breasts. The average body length of the Black-throated Green Warbler bird ranges between 4.3-4.7 in (11-12 cm). They have a wingspan of 6.7-7.9 in (17-20 cm). The weight of an adult Black-throated Green Warbler bird can be between 0.3-0.4 oz.

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The Black-throated Green Warbler bird mostly eats small size insects, it catches these insects during its flight or by gleaning or hawking. They eat a variety of insects including the caterpillar, spider, beetles, and many others. The Black-throated Green Warbler bird also eats small-sized seeds and grains of trees and plants. They also eat some types of berries and nuts. The Black-throated Green Warbler bird also visits the bird feeders occasionally to get some food.

18. Common Yellowthroat

The Common Yellowthroat bird, which is also known as the Geothlypis trichas, is a small size, new world warbler bird from the Parulidae family. They are seen in large numbers all over North America. As the name suggests this bird has a lemon-yellow throat. The body of the Common Yellowthroat bird is all covered with light yellow to greenish-yellow plumage. The Common Yellowthroat bird has a black streak that goes from the beak to the eyes and towards the back of the head. The Common Yellowthroat bird has an olive-colored back.  

Bird Watchers: The Common Yellowthroat bird is seen only during the summer season, between April to September in different parts of Michigan. Based on the bird watcher’s observations, the Common Yellowthroat bird has an observation frequency of 11% in Michigan.

The wings and upper parts of the bird are all covered with a greenish-yellow color. The male and female of the Common Yellowthroat bird are slightly different from one another (sexual dimorphism). The males have a black mask that covers their entire face, but the females lack this mask. This makes the males and females to be easily spotted and differentiated into separate sexes. The Common Yellowthroat bird has an average body length between 4.3-5.1 in (11-13 cm), and a wingspan that covers almost 5.9-7.5 in (15-19 cm). The Common Yellowthroat bird has an average weight of about 0.3-0.3 oz (9-10 g).  

The Common Yellowthroat bird forages in the branches of the trees and on the ground in search of food. They mostly eat seeds, green fruits, berries, and sometimes nuts. The Common Yellowthroat bird also eats small size insects of different types including caterpillars, spiders, and beetles. 

19. Eastern Kingbird

The Eastern Kingbird, which is also known as the Tyrannus, is one of the largest flycatcher birds in America. This bird belongs to a bird family commonly known as the Tyrannidae. The Eastern Kingbird builds an open nest in the deep woods. The Eastern Kingbird has a swollen white colored belly. Their neck part is dark gray, and their bill is black. They have a pointy and elongated bill. The plumage of the Eastern Kingbird is all covered with dark gray colored feathers. The belly, underparts, and breast area are covered entirely with the white color.  

Bird Watchers: The Eastern Kingbird is seen only during the summer season in different parts of Michigan. According to the bird watcher’s observations, the Eastern Kingbird has an observation frequency of 7% in Michigan.

The Eastern Kingbird adults are slightly different from their young ones. The male and female Eastern Kingbird look almost identical and have no major difference in their plumage colors or body shape that is why it is difficult to differentiate their sexes. The Eastern Kingbird has an average body length size between 19–23 cm (7.5–9.1 in) and they have a wingspan that covers almost 33–38 cm (13–15 in). The Eastern Kingbird has an average weight of about 33–55 g (1.2–1.9 oz). 

The bird searches for food on the branches of the trees and the ground as well. They are omnivores meaning that they eat almost all kinds of foods. The Eastern Kingbird mostly eats small size flies, insects, and other invertebrates. They also eat green vegetables, fruits, seeds, and grains. They also visit the backyards of the bird feeders in different areas. 

20. Belted Kingfisher

The Belted Kingfisher bird, which is also known as the Megaceryle alcyon, is a medium size bird from the kingfisher family, known for a belt around its neck. Their heads have a shaggy crest and have a long and strong bill. The females of this species are brighter than the males and have more vibrant colors. They have a slate blue head, large white collar, a large blue band on the breast, and white underparts, they also have blue and black wings with white dots.

Bird Watchers: The Belted Kingfisher bird is seen year-round in small numbers in different parts of Michigan. Based on the bird watcher’s observations, the Belted Kingfisher bird has an observation frequency of 8% in Michigan.

The male Belted Kingfisher measures between 27 to 34 cm (10.9 to 13.9 in) in body length with a wingspan that ranges between 47 to 57 cm (18 to 22.9 in). The weight of an adult Belted Kingfisher ranges between 113 to 178 g (4.0 to 6.3 oz). As they show reverse dimorphism, the females are bigger than the males and have a larger wingspan and more weight as well.

The Belted Kingfisher nests near the water bodies, canals, lakes, and River lands. They eat small amphibians, small fishes, insects, small mammals, and some reptiles as well. The females lay eggs and sit on them until they hatch. The male provides food to their young ones and the female as well. 

21. American Goldfinch

The American Goldfinch bird, which is also known as the Spinus tristis, is a small-sized songbird native to the different regions of North America. They are a very beautiful bird species, their plumage has more bright color than many other birds. Male and female of this species look similar except that the female has no black spot on their heads like the male counterparts.

Bird Watchers: The American Goldfinch bird is seen year-round in different parts of Michigan. According to the bird watcher’s observations, the American Goldfinch bird has an observation frequency of 39% in Michigan.

The bird has beautiful yellow plumage, the underparts and upperparts are also yellow. While the wings of the American Goldfinch are black. The surface below the wings of American Goldfinch is white. Their tail has black feathers, with small white markings. Their beak is bright yellowish pink. The male and female almost have similar size, weight, and wingspan.

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The American Goldfinch likes eating small insects, different berries, and seeds of the small herbs and shrubs. They are very social but maintain a distance when it comes to humans, do not try to get close to them otherwise, they will fly away.

22. Ruby-crowned Kinglet

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The Ruby-crowned Kinglet bird, which is also known as the Regulus calendula, is a small size passerine bird from the kinglet family Regulidae. These birds are native to North America but migrate towards the south during the winter. Their common name refers to the small crown that they have above their heads. This bird is known to have gray-green upperparts and olive-green underparts. Their wings contain two white wing bars, that are masked by a dark layer of feathers. 

Bird Watchers: The Ruby-crowned Kinglet bird is seen year-round in small amounts, their number of observations increases during the summer in different parts of Michigan. Based on the bird watcher’s observations, the Ruby-crowned Kinglet bird has an observation frequency of 5% in Michigan.

The Ruby-crowned Kinglet bird has a plain face and head. Female Ruby-crowned Kinglet birds have a similar plumage color, but they do not have the iconic crown that they are known for. The young Ruby-crowned Kinglet birds are also similar to the female. The body length of an adult Ruby-crowned Kinglet bird can be between 9 to 11 cm (3.5 to 4.3 in) and they can have a wingspan of upto 16 to 18 cm (6.3 to 7.1 in). The average body weight of an adult Ruby-crowned Kinglet bird can be between 5 to 10 g (0.2 to 0.4 oz). 

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The Ruby-crowned Kinglet forages in the branches of trees in search of small insects. They mostly eat these small insects and worms as food. They also eat small fruits and berries and tree sap. They also visit the bird feeder’s backyards to get some food.

23. Great Crested Flycatcher

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The Great Crested Flycatcher bird, which is also known as the Myiarchus crinitus, is a large insect-eating flycatcher bird from the tyrant flycatcher family. The Great Crested Flycatcher bird is native to North America and some regions of Mexico. They have a crest above their heads, that is why they are called Great Crested Flycatcher birds. They are one of the most abundant birds in North America. The Great Crested Flycatcher bird has a beautiful plumage that has brownish upperparts and lemon-yellow underparts. 

Bird Watchers: The Great Crested Flycatcher bird is seen only in summer (between May to August) in different parts of Michigan. Based on the bird watcher’s observations, the Great Crested Flycatcher bird has an observation frequency of 5% in Michigan.

The Great Crested Flycatcher bird has a rusty brown colored bushy crest. The throat and breast part of the Great Crested Flycatcher bird is gray. The male and female birds both have a similar plumage color. The body length of an adult Great Crested Flycatcher can be between 17–21 cm (6.7–8.3 in), and they can have a wingspan that covers almost 34 cm (13 in). The average weight of an adult flycatcher bird is between 27–40 g (0.95–1.41 oz). 

The Great Crested Flycatcher female lays four to eight eggs and sits on them till they hatch. The male protects the nest and provides food. The young ones appear like the adults but have a little pale and dull plumage color. The Great Crested Flycatcher eats almost all kinds of small insects. They also eat small size seeds, grains, and fruits with flesh. The Great Crested Flycatcher visits the bird feeders occasionally to get some food. 

24. Cedar Waxwing

The Cedar Waxwing bird, which is also known as the Bombycilla cedrorum, is a medium size bird from the Bombycillidae or Waxwing family of the birds. It is a passerine songbird and has a high-pitched call that they use for communication. The Cedar Waxwing bird is one of the smallest species of waxwing birds in North America. The Cedar Waxwing bird has brown plumage with shiny silky, gray, lemon yellow markings. They also have a black mask that covers the entire face region. Their wings have a bright red dot in the middle of brown silky feathers.  

Bird Watchers: The Cedar Waxwing bird is seen year-round in small numbers in different parts of Michigan. Based on the bird watcher’s observations, the Cedar Waxwing bird has an observation frequency of 12% in Michigan.

This bird also has a crest above its head that is also brown. The Cedar Waxwing bird has black eyes and a streak that stretches from the eyes towards the back of the head. Their beak is short but strong enough to break the nuts and small insects. The Cedar Waxwing bird can have a body length that spans almost 6–7 in (15–18 cm) and a wingspan that covers 8.7-11.8 in (22-30 cm) area. The weight of an adult Cedar Waxwing bird is about 30g. The Cedar Waxwing bird breeds in the open woods and the female sits on the eggs.  

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The male provides for the female till the eggs hatch and the female can also fly away and search for food. The Cedar Waxwing bird eats a lot of different types of small berries and fruits of small plants including the junipers, dogwood, serviceberry, and cedar as well. This bird also eats small size insects including caterpillars, spiders, and worms. They also visit the bird feeders to get some food if they nest near a human neighborhood. 

25. Eastern Bluebird

The Eastern Bluebird, which is also known as the Sialia sialis, is a small size bird that belongs to a family of North American songbirds known as the Turdidae. It is mostly found in farmlands, orchids, gardens, and open woods. It is a frequent visitor to the different parts of the United States and mostly visits the feeders. It produces a beautiful melody with its vocals.

Bird Watchers: The Eastern Bluebird bird is seen year-round in different parts of Michigan. Based on the bird watchers’ observations, the Eastern Bluebird bird has an observation frequency of 10% in Michigan.

The Eastern Bluebird is mostly known for its blue wings, head, and upperparts. They have an orange-brown collar around their necks. Their belly is fat and white, their tail is also blue. They have a body length between 16–21 cm (6.3–8.3 in), their wingspan is between 25–32 cm (9.8–12.6 in) and they weigh almost 27–34 g (0.95–1.20 oz. The male and female are almost identical and there is no special difference between them, the only difference between males and females is their color, the males are blue while the females are dull blue to brownish pale in color.

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Their diet mainly consists of small fruits, berries, seeds, and worms. Worms and insects are the major food items for the grown-up Eastern Bluebird. They eat grasshoppers, crickets, beetles, and katydids.

26. Blue Jay

The Blue Jay bird, which is also known as the Cyanocitta Cristata, is native to eastern North America but also found in different other parts as well. and it belongs to the Corvidae family. They like the woodland environment and they mostly breed in the forests. They have a distinctive blue and white look; the chest of the bird is white while the back and wings are blue.

Bird Watchers: The Blue Jay bird is seen year-round consistently in different parts of Michigan. This bird is also the second most observed bird in the State as well. Based on the bird watchers’ observations, the Blue Jay bird has an observation frequency of 45% in Michigan.

The male and female both have a similar overall body color, shape and weight, and wingspan. The average body length of the Blue Jay is between 22–30 cm (9–12 in), while the wingspan average of Blue Jay is 34–43 cm (13–17 in). They can weigh up to 100 g or 3.5 oz. The Blue Jay also has a feathery crown on its head, they use this crown to express their feelings or mood.

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The Blue Jay also has a black collar line across the neck. They like eating nuts, seeds, berries, soft fruits, and some insects and worms. They are excellent at cracking different kinds of nuts. They breed in the trees; the female protects the eggs and young birds when the eggs hatch while the male provides her all the food during this period. They stay with their parents for almost two months, and then they are ready to fly alone.

27. Tufted Titmouse

The Tufted Titmouse bird, which is also known as the Baeolophus Atricristatus, is a small-sized songbird, native to North America. It has a black crest/crown over its head. Their body length can be between 5.6-6.2 in (13-16 cm), while their wingspan can be between 7.9-10.2 in (20-26 cm), and the body-weight of an adult Tufted Titmouse can be between 20 to 26 g (0.6 to 1 oz.). Male and female, both have a similar body shape, weight color, and size. They look identical but you can identify them with the help of their tufted crest.

Bird Watchers: The Tufted Titmouse bird is seen year-round consistently in different parts of Michigan. Based on the bird watcher’s observations, the Tufted Titmouse bird has an observation frequency of 24% in Michigan.

The Tufted Titmouse has a white belly and grey upper body. They also have rust-color flanks all over their upper body. The forehead of the Tufted Titmouse is black, while they have a tufted grey crest/crown above their heads. They have a very sweet and nice song with 20+ different variations in their rhythms. They use these different rhymes in different conditions and produce a different kind of song depending upon the situation.

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They do not create an open nest like many other birds, they use the holes in the tree trunks and build their nests inside to protect their eggs. They like to eat the grains, seeds from the different small plants and herbs. They also eat small berries, nuts, and small fruits. Apart from these, the Tufted Titmouse also eats caterpillars, insects, ants, wasps, and hornets.

28. Dark-eyed Junco

The Snowbird or Dark-eyed Junco bird, which is also known as the Junco hyemalis, is a small-sized bird from the junco family. They are frequent visitors to the bird feeders in the different parts of the United States, but they are mostly seen during the winter. The Dark-eyed Juncos are from the north but spend most of their time in the south in search of food and shelter, as the winter in the North is extremely cold and the bird needs a little warm environment and food.

Bird Watchers: The Dark-eyed Junco bird is seen year-round, but their numbers drop during the summer in different parts of Michigan. Based on the bird watcher’s observations, the Dark-eyed Junco bird has an observation frequency of 19% in Michigan.

They are a migratory bird and keep migrating from one place to another for various reasons.  They visit the south during the winter and move back to the north during the summer. The male and female of this species are like each other, but females have slightly brown plumage while the males have black and grey plumage. The females are also shorter in size than the males and weigh less than their male counterparts as well.

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The Dark-eyed Junco has a high-pitched voice that it uses to attract females for breeding. The Dark-eyed Junco mostly eats the small insects and worms, this makes up almost 60% of its entire food, they also eat the small seeds, nuts, and berries of small trees and plants.

29. American Robin

The American Robin bird, which is also known as the Turdus migratorius, is a small-sized red and black colored, migratory songbird. It travels to different parts of the United States. Its shape and size resemble the European Robin, but it lives in the United States of America, that’s why it is named the America Robin.

Bird Watchers: The American Robin bird is seen year-round but most often between March to August in different parts of Michigan. Based on the bird watcher’s observations, the American Robin bird has an observation frequency of 43% in Michigan.

The male American Robin is different from the female ones, the male American robins have more colorful plumage as compared to the female. The females have duller colors, while the male American Robins have the brightest colors. The body size and shape also differ between the male and female, the body of females is thin, and smaller while the body of a male is slightly bigger than the female.

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The male sings a song to attract the female during the mating season, the female protects the eggs and sits on them while the male provides the food and protection during this. They like to eat small insects and their larvae, small nuts, and berries. They also eat the seeds of small bushes and shrubs.

30. House Finch

The House Finch bird, which is also known as the Haemorhous mexicanus, is a small size bird from the Finch family. The House Finch is a very social bird, and it visits the human settlements frequently. They are native to the west but now are found all over the United States. The House Finch is also a very bold and brave bird as it does not hesitate to come closer to humans as well.

Bird Watchers: The House Finch bird is seen year-round with consistency in numbers in different parts of Michigan. Based on the bird watcher’s observations, the House Finch bird has an observation frequency of 19% in Michigan.

The House Finch has a high-pitched sound that male House Finch mostly uses to attract the female for breeding.  An adult House Finch is only 5 to 6 inches long, has a wingspan of 10 inches, and a weight of 21g on average. The House Finch male has a different body plumage and feather color than a female.

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The males are brown and have dark brown spots above their wings, meanwhile, the females have brown and grey colored plumage. The House Finches visit the bird feeders to get some food. The House Finches like to eat the small worms, insects, seeds of small plants, and berries of some plants as well.

31. Yellow-rumped Warbler

The Yellow-rumped Warbler, which is also known as the Setophaga coronata, is a small-sized bird native to North America and belongs to the Parulidae family of small birds. They have white, black, brown, and yellow color on their back and wings, and neck, while their belly is white with some black stripes that cover the neck part.

Bird Watchers: The Yellow-rumped Warbler bird is seen year-round but more frequently between March to September in different parts of Michigan. Based on the bird watcher’s observations, the Yellow-rumped Warbler bird has an observation frequency of 9% in Michigan.

They have a body length of 5.9 inches, a wingspan of 10 inches, and a bodyweight of 14 grams. Male and female slightly differ in shape and dimensions. Females have dull colors as compared to males. They visit the feeders frequently, they mostly visit the feeders for the sunflower seeds, raisins, peanut butter, and suet.

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Their diet mostly consists of insects, and larvae of insects but they also eat small seeds, fruits, and berries. They produce a melodious tune that they use to attract the female or declare their territory. They are aggressive and mostly displace other birds from their nests if they are around.

32. Northern Cardinal

The Northern Cardinal bird, which is also known as the Cardinalis cardinalis, is a small-sized songbird known for its beautiful plumage. The male of this species has a red-colored plumage with a bright red shade. While the female Northern Cardinals have duller colors. They are very easy to identify as the male and female have different color and body shape and size.

Bird Watchers: The Northern Cardinal bird is seen year-round consistently in different parts of Michigan. It is also the fourth most seen bird in the State as well. Based on the bird watcher’s observations, the Northern Cardinal bird has an observation frequency of 42% in Michigan.

 The body length of a Northern Cardinal is between 21–23.5 cm (8.3–9.3 in), while the whole wingspan of the Northern Cardinals can be between 25–31 cm (9.8–12.2 in). They weigh almost 33.6–65 g (1.19–2.29 oz).

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The Northern Cardinal has a red beak, red plumage, with a few black and white spots on their feathers. The Northern Cardinals like to eat small insects, including spiders, worms. They also earth the crushed nuts, small seeds of different herbs, and the berries of different small trees and plants.

33. House Sparrow

The House Sparrow bird, which is also known as the Passer domesticus, is a bird from the sparrow family. They are found everywhere in the world and are one of the most common bird species as well. House Sparrows are small and have a thick fat belly. The females and young House Sparrows have pale brown and grey color while the males have more black and brown marking above their wings and upperparts.

Bird Watchers: The House Sparrow bird is seen year-round in different parts of Michigan. Based on the bird watcher’s observations, the House Sparrow bird has an observation frequency of 24% in Michigan.

The house sparrows typically weigh only 30 grams and have a body length of 16 cm with a wingspan of almost 30 cm. Males and females have different colors of their plumages that’s why they are easy to identify. They are human-friendly and bold birds; they visit human settlements and houses regularly for food and shelter. They regularly visit the bird feeders in different areas in search of food.

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The major part of their diet is the seeds of small herbs and plants, also the fruits of small size and berries. They also eat different kinds of insects, including caterpillars, spiders, worms, and larvae of small insects. Bird feeders can attract them to their backyard by spreading the grains, seeds, and other shredded and small food items including cracked nuts and corn.

34. Eastern Phoebe

The Eastern Phoebe bird, which is also known as the Sayornis phoebe, is a small size bird from the passerine family phoebes. They are also migratory birds and migrate to western parts during the winter. It looks similar to the sparrow in shape but has a different feather color and plumage. They are very small and are only five inches long with a wingspan of 9 inches and a bodyweight of 21g.

Bird Watchers: The Eastern Phoebe bird is seen year-round, but their numbers increase during the summer in different parts of Michigan. Based on the bird watcher’s observations, the Eastern Phoebe bird has an observation frequency of 9% in Michigan.

The male and female have similar body size and shape, but males weigh more than the females and females have duller plumage than an adult male. The bird has a grey-white brownish chest and brown blackish wings and tail. The beak and eyes are black.

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The Eastern Phoebe frequently visits the bird feeders in different areas during the summer to get food. They mostly eat seeds, fruits, and berries, and sometimes they also eat insects and small worms.

35. Golden-crowned Kinglet

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The Golden-crowned Kinglet bird, which is also known as the Regulus satrapa, is a small size passerine songbird from the Regulidae family of small songbirds. The Golden-crowned Kinglet bird is native to North America and lives almost on the entire continent. They are one of the smallest birds of their family. The Golden-crowned Kinglet bird has a beautiful olive green and grey colored plumage. All the upperparts, wings, of Golden-crowned Kinglet bird, are olive green and underparts are white. Their bill is thin and short, and their tail is also short.  

Bird Watchers: The Golden-crowned Kinglet bird is seen year-round in very small numbers in different parts of Michigan. Based on the bird watcher’s observations, the Golden-crowned Kinglet bird has an observation frequency of 5% in Michigan.

The Golden-crowned Kinglet bird has white-colored wing bars. Their head has a yellow streak that is covered with small black streaks. The male Golden-crowned Kinglet bird is different from the female, as the female lacks this streak of yellow color on their heads. The Golden-crowned Kinglet bird has an average body length that ranges between 8 to 11 cm (3.1 to 4.3 in), and they have a wingspan that covers almost 5.5-7.1 in (14-18 cm). The weight of an adult male bird is between 4 to 7.8 g (0.14 to 0.28 oz). 

The bird spends most of its time foraging on the branches of trees in search of food. The Golden-crowned Kinglet bird eats almost all small insects that are found on the plants. They also eat green vegetables, fruits, and berries from the plants. The bird eats small grains and seeds of the plants. They are one of the social birds and feed in the flocks. They visit the backyards of the bird feeders regularly to get some food. 

36. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

The Blue-gray Gnatcatcher bird, which is also known as the Polioptila caerulea, is a very small songbird from the eastern and southwestern United States, and Mexico. The Blue-gray Gnatcatcher bird belongs to a bird family known as the Polioptilidae. The Blue-gray Gnatcatcher bird is known for its blue-gray colored plumage that covers its almost entire body. They are similar in shape and size to the Black-tailed Gnatcatcher bird but unlike them, they do not have a black tail and are genetically slightly different as well.

Bird Watchers: The Blue-gray Gnatcatcher bird is seen only between April to September in different parts of Michigan. Based on the bird watcher’s observations, the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher bird has an observation frequency of 5% in Michigan.

The Blue-gray Gnatcatcher bird has blue and gray feathers that cover its entire body. The upper side, black, and upperparts are darker meanwhile the underside is gray. Their belly and breasts appear to gray-white instead of blue-grey. The Blue-gray Gnatcatcher bird has an average length between 10–13 cm (3.9–5.1 in), with a wingspan that covers on average 6.3 in (16 cm). The weight of an adult Blue-gray Gnatcatcher bird is only 5–7 g (0.18–0.25 oz). They live in the bushes and small trees closer to the water bodies.

The Blue-gray Gnatcatcher bird likes to eat small insects including caterpillars, flies, beetles, and other small insects. They also eat the eggs and larvae of some insects as well. The Blue-gray Gnatcatcher bird also eats small size seeds and grains of small plants. They also eat berries and nuts of some types. They also visit the bird feeders to get food as well.

37. Red-breasted Nuthatch

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The Red-breasted Nuthatch bird, which is also known as the Sitta canadensis, is a small size songbird from the Sittidae family of songbirds. The name of the Red-breasted Nuthatch bird refers to their plumage color, which is brownish-red near the breast part. This bird is also a migratory bird, they migrate from the North during the winter to avoid the icy cold weather. The Red-breasted Nuthatch bird has blue and grey upperparts. 

Bird Watchers: The Red-breasted Nuthatch bird is seen year-round in different parts of Michigan. Based on the bird watcher’s observations, the Red-breasted Nuthatch bird has an observation frequency of 10% in Michigan.

They have a black striped, white face. They also have a small black crown above their heads. The bill of the Red-breasted Nuthatch bird is black and straight. The male and female are slightly different from one another in size and weight. They have almost a similar plumage color. The body length of an adult, Red-breasted Nuthatch bird can be upto 4.5 in (11 cm), and they can have a wingspan that covers almost 8.5 in (22 cm). The weight of an adult, Red-breasted Nuthatch bird can be up to 9.9 g (0.35 oz).  

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The Red-breasted Nuthatch is known for its beautiful and melodious call that they use to attract females and communicate with the other birds. This bird is also an omnivore and can eat almost all types of food. During the summer, they mostly eat the small insects and worms, and, in the winter, they are mostly seen foraging the conifer woods to eat the small nuts. They rarely visit the bird feeders to get some food.

38. European Starling

The European Starling bird, which is also known as the Sturnus vulgaris is a small size bird found in the North American States. The European Starling belongs to the starling family. The bird has a beautiful and colorful plumage that covers its whole body. They are only 8 inches long and have a wingspan of 13 inches.

Bird Watchers: The European Starling bird is seen year-round with consistency in numbers in different parts of Michigan. Based on the bird watcher’s observations, the European Starling bird has an observation frequency of 26% in Michigan.

The European Starling has a shiny black plumage color. Their upperparts and wings also have some blueish black feathers, that give it a beautiful appearance. The male and female have an almost similar appearance, but females are slightly shorter in body size, weight, and wingspan. Some of the females also have a different plumage color as well, instead of black they have brown plumage all over their bodies.

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It is also a frequent visitor to bird feeders in different areas. The European Starling likes to eat small insects, worms, small seeds, and berries. It mostly gets its food from the trees and soil, but sometimes it also visits the feeders to get its food.

39. Hairy Woodpecker

The Hairy Woodpecker bird, which is also known as the Junco hyemalis, is a medium-sized bird from the Woodpecker family. The bird has black and white plumage, male Hairy Woodpeckers also have a red dot above their heads, the females do not have this dot.

Bird Watchers: The Hairy Woodpecker bird is seen year-round in small numbers in different parts of Michigan. Based on the bird watcher’s observations, the Hairy Woodpecker bird has an observation frequency of 14% in Michigan.

They are similar in shape to the downy woodpeckers. They have a strong beak that they use to dig holes in the tree trunks. Males have brighter colors than female ones. The body length, wingspan, and weight of the male Hairy Woodpeckers are more than the female Hairy Woodpeckers as well.

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The male has a distinct mating call to attract the females during the mating season. They visit the bird feeders frequently to get their food. They are constantly seen year-round in different parts as well. The Hairy Woodpeckers eat small worms, insects, seeds, and berries, they also eat the larvae of different birds. They frequently visit the feeders that feed them suet.

HUMMINGBIRDS FOUND IN MICHIGAN

Below are some hummingbirds you may have found at your feeder. These hummingbirds visit Michigan on their migration path every year. These hummingbirds arrive in April and go away sometime between July and October.

  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Costa’s Hummingbird
  • Rufous Hummingbird
  • Broad-billed Hummingbird
  • Berylline Hummingbird
  • White-eared Hummingbird

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LITTLE BROWN BIRDS FOUND IN MICHIGAN

Being in Michigan, you may have noticed little brown birds in your backyard or even your feeder. You may be wondering what the name of some of the birds may be. Below we have a list of commonly seen little brown birds in Michigan.

  • Song Sparrow
  • House Sparrow
  • Fox Sparrow
  • American Tree Sparrow
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow
  • White-throated Sparrow

RED COLORED BIRDS FOUND IN MICHIGAN

Michigan has a number of colorful birds. Below is a list of some of the red-colored birds found in the state. Of all the birds listed, the Northern Cardinal is the most observed red-colored bird found in Michigan.

  • Northern Cardinal
  • Scarlet Tanager
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Red-headed Woodpecker

SONGBIRDS FOUND IN MICHIGAN

Below are some of the names of beautiful songbirds found in Michigan. These birds have vocal organs developed in such a way that they produce diverse and elaborate songs.

  • Eastern bluebird
  • American robin
  • Veery
  • House wren
  • Carolina wren
  • Baltimore oriole

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. Question: What are some commonly birds seen year round in Michigan?

    Some of the most commonly seen birds year-round in Michigan are the Downy Woodpecker, Mourning Dove, Belted Kingfisher, Red-headed Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Black-capped Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch and the European Starling.

  2. Question: What is the state bird of Michigan?

    The beautiful American Robin is the state bird of Michigan.

  3. Question: What is the most commonly bird seen in Michigan?

    The most commonly bird seen in Michigan is the Black-capped Chickadee.

  4. Question: How many specifies of birds are there in Michigan?

    There are more than 436 species of birds in Michigan.


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