Common Backyard Birds
of North America

Backyard Birds of The United States and Canada can vary throughout regions and territories. Yet, some of your avian friends are almost ubiquitous.

The American robin, Downy woodpecker, Great horned owl and more, stretch from border to border. Into Mexico and well into Canada.

Some are year round guests, while others visit us during the winter months.

Still, some birds visit as they pass through during migration.

You may not always see or hear your avian friends, but they are there.

While some birds are common and stretch the North American Continent, others are regional like the Northern Cardinal in the eastern half of the United States and southeastern Canada, and Varied thrush is regional to the Pacific Northwest.

Still, not all of these species visit your yards and gardens, but are common enough to be visible and called Backyard Birds.

Many of our birds are indeed migratory,

They are here today and gone tomorrow.

Others make summer homes in your yard and gardens.

We go out of our way to attract hummingbirds.

Special habitats are required to attract certain species like the Eastern bluebird.

Not every bird listed is a common bird, but to some it may be and still to others it may be a species to attract or learn a little about.

You can help attract these and other birds by planting a garden or gardens to attract wildlife with native plants.

Gardening for Wildlife is a growing trend, because we enjoy birds, butterflies and other forms of life.

When you understand what to feed and plant to attract birds to your yard and habitats you are well on your way.

It doesn't matter if you are experienced or a novice, learning something about your neighbors is always a good thing.

This list is in alphabetical order and will continue to grow as time allows.

If there is a bird you would like to see added, please feel free to contact me.

Birds of the Bible

Backyard Birds, return to the top of this page

List of Official State Birds

Official Birds of Canada

American Crow

American Goldfinch

American Kestrel

American Robin

Barn Swallow

Belted Kingfisher


Blue Jay

Brown Creeper


Canada Goose


Cooper's Hawk

Dark-Eyed Juncos

Downy Woodpecker

Eastern Meadowlark

European Starling

Gray Catbird

Great Horned Owl

Green Heron

Hairy Woodpecker

House Finch

House Sparrow

House Wren


Indigo Buntings



Northern Cardinal

Northern Flicker

Northern Mockingbird


Pine Siskin

Purple Martins

Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Red-Breasted Nuthatch

Red-Headed Woodpecker

Red-Tailed Hawk

Red-Winged Blackbird

Rose-Breasted Grosbeak

Sharp-Shinned Hawk

Song Sparrow

Steller's Jay

Tree Swallow

Turkey Vulture


Western Meadowlark

White-Breasted Nuthatch

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