2021 | BEAUTIFUL BACKYARD BIRDS IN WASHINGTON STATE WITH PICTURES

Washington is home to a number of bird species. It is home to more than 508 different species of birds. Birds in Washington range from more frequently seen birds such as the American Robin to less seen birds such as the Bank Swallow. The state bird of Washington is the American Goldfinch which was declared the state bird in 1928. The American Goldfinch is a delicate little bird with a yellow body and black wings. It can be seen in Washington year-round.

States such as Idaho and Oregon border Washington and as such, have a number of birds that they share in common.

1. 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.

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.

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 in Wisconsin during the summer to get food.

2. 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.

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.

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.

3. 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.

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.

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.

4. 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.

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.

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.

5. 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. 

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). 

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.

6. Song Sparrow

The Song Sparrow bird, which is also known as the Melospiza melodia, is a small-sized songbird with a beautiful voice. It produces a sweet sound to communicate with other Song Sparrows, this sweet song is melodious. The bird has a brown plumage color. Their whole body is covered with small brown feathers. These brown feathers also contain black spots. The bird has a brownish belly and underparts with black markings.

The male and female of this species look very similar to one another. Both have a similar plumage color and body shape. The male of this species has a slightly bigger body size, weight, and wingspan. Male and female mate mostly during the mating season, females lay eggs and sit on them while the male provides the food and protection.

The Song Sparrow mostly eats the worms and small insects including the larvae of different small insects. They also eat the green seeds of small plants and shrubs. The Song Sparrow also eats the berries of different small trees.

7. 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.

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.

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.

8. 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.

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.

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.

9. 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.

The Red-winged Blackbird is also a native resident of Wisconsin but 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.

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. The Red-winged Blackbird is seen year-round in Wisconsin State, but they are more often seen during the winter while less often in summer.

10. Bushtit

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The American Bushtit bird, which is also known as the Psaltriparus minimus, is a small size bird from the Aegithalidae family. This is the only bird of this genus and is simply known as the Bushtit. They are commonly found in the different regions of North America. The American Bushtit bird nests in the deep woods and oak trees mostly. The American Bushtit bird is completely brown. They have dark brown upperparts and wings and lite brown underparts and breasts. The bird also has a longer tail. 

The male and female American Bushtit bird has different colored plumage. The plumage of the female is slightly dull. The female’s eyes are yellow while the male has dark black eyes. They have a short but strong beak. The American Bushtit bird has an average body length range of 11 cm (4.3 in), with a wingspan that covers almost 17 cm (7 in). The average weight of an adult American Bushtit bird is between 5–6 g (0.18–0.21 oz). The females are slightly shorter and carry less weight as compared to males. 

The young American Bushtit bird looks like their mother as compared to the male bird but as they age, they change their appearance according to their sexes. The American Bushtit bird is omnivorous. They eat all kinds of stuff, from insects to bread. They also eat grains and seeds of different types and fruits of different trees. They occasionally visit the bird feeders to get some food. 

11. Golden-crowned Sparrow

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The Golden-crowned Sparrow bird, which is also known as the Zonotrichia atricapilla, is one of the largest sparrows of the new world. The Golden-crowned Sparrow bird belongs to a bird family commonly known as the Passerellidae. They are like the common sparrows but have a much larger body than a common sparrow. The Golden-crowned Sparrow bird has a beautiful plumage that contains black, dark brown, light brown, grey, and white colors. Most of their plumage consists of brown feathers. 

Male and female Golden-crowned Sparrow birds have a similar plumage color. They do not show sexual dimorphism, that is why they are hard to identify. They have a square tail and a tipped head. The body size of the male is higher than the females; they also have more weight than a female of the same age. The Golden-crowned Sparrow bird measures between 15–18 cm (6–7 in) in the length. The Golden-crowned Sparrow bird has a wingspan that covers almost 24.75 cm (9.74 in. The Golden-crowned Sparrow bird has an average weight between 19.0 to 35.4 g (0.67 to 1.25 oz). 

The female lays four to five eggs and sits on them. The Male provides food to the female during the incubation time. The Golden-crowned Sparrow bird small size insects, seeds, grains, small fruits, and berries as well. They destroy a lot of different types of crops and weeds as they eat their seeds and prevent them from growing. They forage on the ground and scratch the soil and expose the seeds. They also visit the backyards of bird feeders to get food. 

12. Pacific Wren

The Pacific Wren bird, which is also known as the Troglodytes pacificus, is a small size North American wren bird from the new world wren family. They are native to North America and are also seen in the south and Central America during the winter as they migrate to the south. This bird is small and has a short tail. They have a small black colored bill that helps them hunt insects and open nuts. The plumage color of the Pacific Wren bird is brown. They have a brown upperpart, back and wings.

The Pacific Wren bird dark brown and dusky underparts, their wings and tail are also dark brown. They also have pale brown legs. An adult Pacific Wren bird can have a body length between 8-12 cm long and a wingspan that covers 18 cm. The weight of an adult Pacific Wren bird can be between 8-12 grams.

The Pacific Wren bird female lays eggs and sits on them till they hatch, and male provide her food during these days. The young birds appear to be similar to the female and dull brown plumage. This bird eats small insects and worms. They also eat small grains, nuts and seeds of different plants and trees. They also eat small fruits, berries, and veggies. They also visit the bird feeders to get some food.

13. Steller’s Jay

The Steller’s Jay bird, which is also known as the Cyanocitta stelleri, is a large size bird from the Corvidae family. This bird is native to North America and is closely related to the Blue Jay bird. This bird also has many other common names such as long-crested jay, mountain jay, and pine jay. All of these refer to one or more of its habits. They have a long crest, they live in mountains, and mostly forage on the pine trees. They have a very beautiful appearance and plumage colors. They have many subspecies that also live in the same region. The Steller’s Jay bird has a black to brown head depending upon the subspecies. Their bill is cylindrical, and this helps them get food.

They have a crown above their heads. They have dark shoulders that fade into the blue back, their wings are dark blue. The tail, underparts, breasts, and upper parts of the bird are all covered with blue plumage. The subspecies that live in the far North are duller than the species that live in low altitude areas. The body length of an adult Steller’s Jay can be between 30–34 cm (12–13 in), and they can have a wingspan that covers almost 16 inches. The weight of an adult Steller’s Jay can be between 100–140 g (3.5–4.9 oz).

The bird lays eggs in the nests that they built in the high altitude pine trees. The female sits on these eggs till they hatch. Male searches for food and eats small insects that they catch during the flight or while foraging on the branches and trunk of the pine trees. They also eat small animals. They also eat small seeds, nuts, berries, and different fruit. If they live near a human neighborhood, they also visit the bird feeders to get some food.

14. Savannah Sparrow

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The Savannah Sparrow bird, which is also known as the Passerculus sandwichensis, is one of the smallest new world sparrow birds from the Passerellidae family. This bird is known to have a longer tail. They are migratory birds, and they migrate towards the south during the winter to protect themself from the icy weather of the North. Their common name refers to a place known as Savannah, Georgia. The Savannah Sparrow has a streaked back that contains, blackish brown to light brown colors. 

The Savannah Sparrow has white-colored underparts with fading black breasts and streaked flanks. Their head has a white crown that is also streaked with dark grey-brown colors. With brown cheeks and white throat, their plain face has a small but strong beak. The subspecies that live in different areas have slightly different plumage colors and streak patterns. The body length of an adult Savannah Sparrow can be between 11 to 17 cm (4.3 to 6.7 in), and they can have a wingspan that covers almost 18 to 25 cm (7.1 to 9.8 in). The weight of an adult Savannah Sparrow bird can be between 15 to 29 g (0.53 to 1.02 oz). 

The Savannah Sparrow bird forages on the ground and in low bushes and branches to search for food. A major part of the food of the Savannah Sparrow bird consists of the seeds that they pick from the fields and grasslands. Apart from these seeds and grains, they also eat small insects and worms that they pick from the ground or during the flight. They also visit the backyards of the bird feeders in the different areas during migration to get some food. 

15. 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.

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.

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.

16. 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.  

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.  

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. 

17. Chestnut-backed Chickadee

The Chestnut-backed Chickadee bird, which is also known as the Poecile rufescens, is a small size passerine songbird from the tit family Paridae. This bird is found in the United States, Alaska, and Canada. They are non-migratory birds but move away from their nests if they face a food shortage in the winter. The Chestnut-backed Chickadee bird builds its nest in the open woods and bushes. They make their nests with fur and hairs.  

This bird has an average body length of 11.5–12.5 cm (4.5–4.9 in) and a wingspan that covers 13–14 cm (5–5.5 in). The weight range of an adult Chestnut-backed Chickadee bird is between 8.5–12.6 g (0.30–0.44 oz). The male and female of this species look almost identical and are difficult to identify separately based on their plumage colors. Their heads are blackish-brown and have white streaks. They have dark grey rings with fringes. They have a brown-colored back and brown chests.  

The belly area of the bird is covered with white feathers. The Chestnut-backed Chickadee bird eats small size insects and worms. They also eat invertebrates. The Chestnut-backed Chickadee bird also eats small seeds and grain. They eat the flesh from the berries of different types and fruits as well. If they nest near human neighborhoods, they visit the bird feeders frequently to get some food. 

18. 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.

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.

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.

19. Eurasian Collared-Dove

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The Eurasian Collared-Dove bird, which is also known as the Streptopelia decaocto, is a large size dove bird from the Columbidae bird family. The name of the Eurasian Collared-Dove bird refers to their origin, they are native to Europe and Asia and they have a collar around their necks. The Eurasian Collared-Dove bird has a grey buff to pinkish-grey plumage with underparts being even darker. The Eurasian Collared-Dove bird also has blue patches under their wings.  

The Eurasian Collared-Dove bird has a grey-buff toned tail, with sloppy feathers. The underparts of the tail feathers appear to be whitish. Their beak is slim, strong, and black. The Eurasian Collared-Dove bird also has dark black eyes. The male and female appear to be similar in shape, size, and color. The Eurasian Collared-Dove bird has an average body size for an adult bird about 32 cm (13 in) and a wingspan that can span in the surface between 47–55 cm (19–22 in). The weight of an adult Eurasian Collared-Dove bird can be between 125–240 g (4.4–8.5 oz).  

The female Eurasian Collared-Dove bird lays two eggs that are white and sits on them. The male provides for the female during this. The Eurasian Collared-Dove bird eats almost all kinds of food that they can find near human neighborhoods. They eat small insects, grains, seeds of crops, and wild plants. They also visit the bird feeder’s backyards to get some food as well. Mostly they get their food from barns and fields of grain crops.  

20. Brewer’s Blackbird

The Brewer’s Blackbird, which is also known as the Euphagus cyanocephalus, is a small size bird from the Icteridae family of birds. They are native to the North American region and are known for their beautiful black colored plumage. The male and female of this species are slightly different from one another.

The whole body of the male Brewer’s Blackbird is covered with shiny black plumage and bluish highlights, while the head is slightly purple. The female Brewer’s Blackbird has brownish-grey body plumage. The body of the female is also slightly thicker but short in size in comparison to a male. The body length of an adult ranges between 8–10.3 in (20–26 cm), while their wingspan ranges between 13 to 15.5 in (30 to 39 mm). They only weigh 60 g (2.1 oz), male and female body weight also varies.

They flock to the bird feeders in different areas during the spring and summer and keep visiting regularly for food. The Brewer’s Blackbird mostly eats seeds of different species and insects of small size. They also eat some small-sized berries. They mostly feed in the flock.

21. 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.  

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. 

22. 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.

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. 

23. 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.

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.

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.

24. 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.

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.

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.

25. 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.

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.

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.

26. Anna’s Hummingbird

Anna’s Hummingbird, which is also known as the Calypte anna, is a medium-sized hummingbird from the Trochilidae family. Anna’s Hummingbird is named after Anna Masséna, Duchess of Rivoli. This bird is native to North America and is mostly seen in the California region. Their bodies are tiny if compared to the other small birds, but among the hummingbirds, they have a decent body length and weight. Their body plumage comprises the bronze-green back, a pale grey chest and belly, and green flanks. Their beak is slim and long and that helps them sip the liquid nectar from the flowers.

Anna’s Hummingbird has a body length of 4 inches, and a wingspan of 4.8 inches. The average weight of an adult ranges between 0.1 to 0.2 oz (3-6 g). Females are slightly different from the males as they have red-colored gorgets. The females are smaller than the males and have less bright colors in their plumage. The young Anna’s Hummingbirds and females also have a small dull green crown that surrounds their heads. They usually live in the woodlands and bushy areas, where they can get nectar from the flowers easily, but they also visit the human neighborhoods with gardens.

The major component of their food is the nectar they sip from the flowers with the help of their long bill. They penetrate the bill into the flower and then suck up nectar. This bird also eats small insects, arthropods, and worms. They move their wings extremely fast; this helps them maintain a suspended posture while sucking the nectar. This also helps them prey and catch the food.

27. 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. 

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).  

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.

28. Purple Finch

Purple Finch

The Purple Finch bird, which is also known as the Haemorhous purpureus, is a small size bird that belongs to a family of songbirds called Fringillidae. The Purple Finch is a native to the North American region. They have a beautiful pink colored plumage that covers their body.

Their tails are short and brown, their wings are brown as well. They have a reddish-pink colored head, breasts while their back is streaked. The females have different plumage color than their male counterparts and have brown upperparts and white underparts. The body length of the Purple Finch range between 4.7-6.3 in (12-16 cm) with a wingspan of 8.7-10.2 in (22-26 cm). The adult Purple Finch only weighs between 0.6-1.1 oz (18-32 g). The male and female have different colors, that’s why it is easy to identify them separately.

The diet of Purple Finch includes seeds of small shrubs and berries. They also eat different kinds of insects. They are frequent visitors to the different areas, where they visit the backyards in search of food.

29. Bewick’s Wren

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The Bewick’s Wren bird, which is also known as the Thryomanes bewickii, is a small size bird Native to North America. Their body shape and size are like that of Carolina Wren. This bird has a long tail that is tipped with white color.  They are known for their brown plumage and loud song, that they use to call the females for mating and to declare their territory. They mostly nest near the water bodies and deep woodlands. Apart from the brown color, they also have grey and black feathers in their plumage and underparts as well.

The Bewick’s Wren bird has a body length of 5.1 inches (13 cm) with a total wingspan of 8 inches. The average weight of a Bewick’s Wren is between 0.3 to 0.4 ounces (8 -12 g). Females are like males. The juveniles are also like the adults as well, but their plumage color is slightly different. The males and females have sweet and high-pitched sounds, and they use this to attract each other and to declare the area or territory.

The Bewick’s Wren bird eats small-sized insects from the plants and trees. Their diet includes nuts, berries, and some seeds as well. This bird also visits the bird feeders in the different areas of North American. They mostly visit the bird feeders that provide them suet, nuts, sunflower seeds, etc.

30. Violet-green Swallow

The Violet-green Swallow bird, which is also known as the Tachycineta thalassina, is one of the smallest North American Passerine Birds from the swallow family. These birds are native to the North, but they also migrate towards South and Central America during the winter. They belong to a bird family known as the      Hirundinidae. This bird’s name refers to its violet and green colored plumage. The upperparts and wings of this bird reflect a violet and green color. Their wings are large, and they have a slim body.

The Violet-green Swallow bird’s head and back are also green that fades into the violet wings and breasts side. Edges of their wings also reflect black color in a different light formation. They show sexual dimorphism, meaning that the male and female are different from one another. Males are shinier while the females are duller and paler. The young birds are also paler and appear similar to the female. The body length of an adult Violet-green Swallow bird can be upto 4.7 in (12 cm) and it can have a wingspan that covers almost10.6 in (27 cm). The weight of an adult Violet-green Swallow bird can be up to 0.5 oz (14 g).

The Violet-green Swallow is an insect eater bird and mostly eats small flying insects in the air. They also forage on the branches of trees to get some food. They also eat small grains of different types and seeds as well. They eat small nuts and berries of different types as well. They also visit the bird feeders in different areas as well.

31. 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.

The Downy Woodpecker has a white belly and white spots above their 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 are also permanent residents of Wisconsin and are non-migratory. They do not travel to farther distances for food.

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.

32. Rufous Hummingbird

The Rufous Hummingbird, which is also known as the Selasphorus Rufus, is a small size bird from the hummingbird family. This bird is mostly confused with a Rufous-tailed hummingbird, they are a different species. The Rufous Hummingbirds have a longer tail, bill, and slightly larger body. They are also a migratory bird that migrates from the North to the South during the winter. They can travel up to 2000 km during the migration season. 

The adult males have white breasts and a rufous colored face. Flanks, tail, and throat are red orange. The females are slightly shorter than the male and also weigh less. They are slightly different from the males in the plumage colors as well. They have duller colors in their plumage as compared to the male plumage. The body length of an adult Rufous Hummingbird can be between 7–9 cm (2.8–3.5 in, and they can have a wingspan that can cover between 11 cm (4.3 in). The weight of an adult Rufous Hummingbird can be between 2–5 g (0.071–0.176 oz). 

This bird drinks nectar from a lot of different flowers, including some garden flowers as well. They also use their long bill to catch the small insects and worms during the flight. The Rufous Hummingbird stays active all day long and becomes dormant at night. The Rufous Hummingbird also visits the backyard of the bird feeders to get some food. They mostly revisit if the feeders offer them sugar water.

33. Black-billed Magpie

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The Black-billed Magpie bird, which is also known as the Pica hudsonia, and American Magpie, is a medium size bird from the Corvidae family of migratory birds. They are seen all over North America at different times of the year. The bird has two colors in its plumage, black the dominant color and white. The head part, bill, and eyes are all black, upperparts and wings are also black. Meanwhile, the breasts, belly, and underparts of the tail are white. White color is also seen in the feathers among the wings.

This is a medium size bird and has a body length that ranges between 45–60 centimeters (18–24 in) from bill to tail. The females are smaller than the males in this species, apart from their length, the females also weigh less than the males. The female’s weight 167–216 grams (5.9–7.6 oz), a body length between 230–320 millimeters (9.1–12.6 in), and a wingspan range of 205–219 millimeters (8.1–8.6 in). Female on average lays 13 eggs, the male provides the food for the female while the female sits on the eggs.

The Black-billed Magpie bird’s diet consists of insects of many types, some types of carrion, seeds of small plants and bushes, rodents of small size, some berries, nuts, and eggs. They forage on the ground to search for food. They also visit the bird feeders to get food during the days of food shortages.

34. Yellow-rumped Warbler

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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.

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.

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.

35. Orange-crowned Warbler

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The Orange-crowned Warbler bird, which is also known as the Leiothlypis celata, is a small size new world warbler bird from the Parulidae family. They are called orange crowned because of the orange color spot that is present on their heads. The Orange-crowned Warbler is native to North America. They are a migratory bird and migrate from the north towards the southern regions during the winter. This bird has a beautiful plumage that contains yellow, brown, grey colors.

The Orange-crowned Warbler has olive grey upperparts and yellow underparts. This bird has a pointed bill. The male and female are slightly different from one another. Females and immature, Orange-crowned Warbler are smaller, and they also have a dull appearance as compared to the male, Orange-crowned Warbler. The body size of an adult, Orange-crowned Warbler can be between 4.8–5.3 in (120–130 mm) and they can have a wingspan that can cover almost 7.25 in (184 mm). The average weight of an adult can be up to 9 g (0.32 oz).

The female lays 4 to 7 eggs and sits on them and male provides food for the nest. The Orange-crowned Warbler eats almost all kinds of small invertebrates and insects. They also eat the small seeds and grains. This bird also visits the backyards of the bird feeders to get some food while they are travelling.

36. Western Wood-Pewee

The Western Wood-Pewee bird, which is also known as the Contopus sordidulus, is one of the smallest tyrant flycatcher birds and belongs to the bird family known as the Tyrannidae. The Western Wood-Pewee bird is native to western parts of North America, but they also migrate towards Central and South America. With their swollen belly, olive-grey upperparts, and light underparts, they appear similar to a small sparrow.

They have black eyes, dark heads, a crest above their heads, and a pointy beak. The male and female are slightly different in plumage colors and weight as well. The body length of an adult Western Wood-Pewee bird can be between 5.5-6.3 in (14-16 cm), and it can have a wingspan that covers almost 10.2 in (26 cm). The weight of an adult Western Wood-Pewee bird can be between 0.4-0.5 oz (11-14 g).

The Western Wood-Pewee bird has a habit of hawking over its prey. They wait in the branches and when they see prey, they attack it and mostly eat it in midair. The Western Wood-Pewee bird also eats small seeds, grains, nuts, berries, and fruits of some plants. The Western Wood-Pewee birds also visit the bird feeders to get some food.

37. Golden-crowned Kinglet

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.  

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. 

38. Spotted Towhee

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The Spotted Towhee bird, which is also known as the Pipilo maculatus, is a small size new world sparrow bird from the passerine bird family, Passerellidae. They are a songbird but their call is harsh for human ears. The Spotted Towhee bird is native to North America but they migrate towards South and Central America during the winter. Their size is similar to a robin bird, but they have different plumage.

Their tail is large and black colored with white spots on the upperparts. They also have black wings with white spots. Their head, neck, and breasts are completely black. The underwings of the Spotted Towhee bird have a brownish color. Their belly and underparts are white. Their legs are dull pink and their beak is blackish as well. The body length of an adult Spotted Towhee bird can be between 17 cm (6.7 in) and 21 cm (8.3 in), and they can have a wingspan that covers almost 11.0 in (28 cm). The weight of an adult Spotted Towhee bird can be between 33 g (1.2 oz) and 49 g (1.7 oz).

The Spotted Towhee bird mostly eats small size insects including caterpillars, worms, small ants, spiders, aphids, and many others as well. They forage on the branches of the trees to get food. They also eat small size grains and seeds that they pick from the fields. They also eat small berries and fruits as well. They also visit the bird feeders to get some food.

39. Pine Siskin

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The Pine Siskin bird, which is also known as the Spinus pinus and it belongs to a bird family known as the finch. They are a species of migratory birds; they migrate to different places in the winter. The Pine Siskins are small, with only a 5 inches body length, 0.60 oz weight, and 9 inches of wingspan.

The upper parts of the Pine Siskins are brown while they have pale underparts. Male and females have a similar size but a little difference in their feather colors. They also have some yellowish patches along with their wings. They natively live in the pine forests (conifer forests) but migrate during the winter. The Pine Siskins create nests that are hidden from the eyes of their prey to protect them and their eggs. They also regularly visit the feeders to get some extra food.

They mostly migrate in winter due to food shortages in cold winters. The Pine Siskins like to eat the small grains, seeds of the small herbs and plants, they also eat small berries, insects, larvae of different insects, spiders, etc. they mostly visit the feeders that offer them small seeds as feed.

40. White-crowned Sparrow

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The White-crowned Sparrow bird, which is also known as the Zonotrichia leucophrys, is a small size passerine bird from the new world sparrow’s family Passerellidae. This bird has a sweet song/call. They are called White-crowned Sparrow birds because they have a white colored crown above their heads. This white crown is striped with black lines that go from the eyes towards the neck. The White-crowned Sparrow bird is a migratory bird that moves towards the south during the winter.

The male and female, White-crowned Sparrow bird appears to be similar in this species in plumage colors, but females lack the crown that adult males have above their heads. The body length of an adult, White-crowned Sparrow bird can be between 5.9-6.3 in (15-16 cm), and it can have a wingspan that covers almost 8.3-9.4 in (21-24 cm). The weight of an adult, White-crowned Sparrow bird can be between 0.9-1.0 oz (25-28 g).

They build their nests in cup shapes. They mostly live near the human presence. They eat small seeds and grains. They also eat small nuts, berries, and fruits. The White-crowned Sparrow bird also eats small insects and worms of different kinds. As they live near the human neighborhoods, they frequently visit the bird feeders to get food.