Birds


  • American Goldfinch

    The American goldfinch (Spinus tristis) is a migratory bird that lives from Canada to the mid-South in the summer and from the northern U.S. to Mexico in the winter.

    Grades: 6-12
  • American Robin

    The American robin (Turdus migratorius) is a member of the thrush family found throughout North America. This migratory species, easily identified by its brown back and reddish-orange breast, spends its winters south of Canada.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Bald Eagle

    In 1782 the Founding Fathers adopted the American bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) as the national bird and symbol of the United States. The bald eagle is identified by its brown body, yellow beak, and the white feathers that cover its head and tail.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Blue Jay

    The blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata), which belongs to the family of Canadian or American jays, is commonly found throughout the eastern and central United States. The blue jay’s calling patterns can vary greatly, and it also possesses the ability to mimic human speech if exposed to it enough.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Canada Goose

    The Canada goose is large North American waterfowl that ranges from northern Canada and Alaska all the way down to northern Mexico. Young Canada geese often stay an entire year with their parents before venturing out on their own.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Chicken

    The chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus), a domesticated bird found all over the world, has been living among humans for thousands of years. There are billions of them around the globe, more than any other bird.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Eastern Screech Owl

    Eastern screech owls (Megascops asio) are very common, but also very difficult to see. They live in most wooded areas east of the Rocky Mountains between Canada and northeastern Mexico. Eastern screech owls are nocturnal, so they usually are not seen during the day.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Great Blue Heron

    The great blue heron (Ardea herodias) lives year-round in much of the United States. Great blue herons are typically found along seacoasts or beside ponds. This predatory bird mainly eats fish, but it also will snack on other small animals like mice or voles.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Great Egret

    The great egret (Ardea alba), a species of heron, is most commonly found near large bodies of water such as lakes, streams, ponds, or wetlands. These long, S-necked birds nest in trees near the water and live in large groups.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Great Horned Owl

    The great horned owl (Bubo virginianus) is an extremely common owl throughout North, South, and Central America. As their name suggests, great horned owls are very large, growing one to two feet tall, with wingspans between three and five feet.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Mallard Duck

    The mallard duck (Anas platyrhynchos) is found all over the world, especially in the Northern Hemisphere. Mallards make their homes in many different bodies of water, but they prefer the shallow fresh water of ponds, lakes, and wetlands.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Mourning Dove

    The mourning dove (Zenaida macroura) is a native of North America and can be found in almost all habitats, from woodlands to cities. Its name comes from its call, a mournful drawn-out cooing sound.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Northern Bobwhite

    The northern bobwhite (Colinus virginianus) is a quail found from southern Canada, through the United States, and into Mexico, Central America, and even in Cuba. They are named for their call, which sounds like “bob-white” or “bob-bob-white.”

    Grades: 6-12
  • Northern Cardinal

    Northern cardinals (Cardinalis cardinalis) are a distinctive red bird found mostly in North and South America. Even though this species is primarily known for its vibrant red color, females are actually a more subtle brown-red color.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Osprey

    The osprey (Pandion haliaetus) is a large raptor or bird of prey that lives everywhere in the world except Antarctica. You’ll find ospreys living near water. They like to build their nests on telephone poles, channel markers, and other manmade structures.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird

    The ruby-throated hummingbird (colubrisa) is the most common hummingbird species in the eastern half of North America. The smallest hummers weigh no more than a dime! They are extremely territorial towards other hummingbirds, insects, and small animals.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Tufted Titmouse

    The tufted titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) is a small songbird identified by its grey back, white underbelly, and small bill. Commonly found throughout the eastern, southern, and midwestern United States, titmice are drawn to feeders placed near homes and will take up a permanent residence close by.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Wild Turkey

    The wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo), a North American native, is actually the same species as the domestic turkey. While these large birds don’t appear agile, they are actually quite skilled at flying close to the ground.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Wood Duck

    The wood duck (Aix sponsa) is a medium-sized duck distinguished by its vivid red, white, green, and blue markings and the distinctive crest atop its head. Most commonly found around wetlands, the wood duck has a migratory range that stretches from Canada into Mexico.

    Grades: 6-12

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