Wild birds in North Dakota

  • American Goldfinch

    This prolific finch is the only finch that molts twice a year. In the spring the male sheds his duller fall/winter plumage for a bright yellow plumage and black cap to attract mates. Females and immature finches sport a duller brown tone. The finches distinctive song can be described as a series of musical warbles and twitters with one long note.

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  • Black-capped Chickadee

    One of the most recognizable and most loved feeder visitors, this little very curious bird is adept at finding any feeder. This breed of chickadee has a distinctive black cap and bib, white cheeks, a gray back and wings. Their song varies greatly and it is said there are up to thirteen distinct types of vocalizations, however they are best known for a chick-a-dee-dee-dee sound.

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  • Blue Jay

    Beautiful bright blue and white feathers abound on this large songbird. They are considered highly intelligent and develop tight family bonds. They can be found as far south as Florida and as far north as Southern Canada.

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  • Common Redpoll

    Found mostly in northern areas, this small bird belongs to the finch family. They have a lovely red cap, a black chin, and a reddish wash on their chest. They are extremely resistant to cold temperatures, migrating south only when food becomes scarce in their area.

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  • Dark-eyed Junco

    Common across most of North America, they have been found as far north as the Arctic during the summer months. They have very distinctive dark gray heads, necks and breasts, with white outer tail feathers.

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  • Downy Woodpecker

    The smallest woodpecker in North America, its plumage makes it easy to identify; black and white spotted wings, white under belly, and a red patch on the head of the male. They are monogamous breeders, with both members excavating nest cavities in rotten or soft wood.

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  • Eurasian Collared-Dove

    This lovely dove colonized into North America via the Bahamas sometime in the 1980’s. The black collar around its neck stands out on its lovely dove gray plumage. The song is a coo-cooo-coo.

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  • House Finch

    Originally only found in the southwest, this finch has slowly expanded its territory to include areas in Washington and out to the eastern sea board. A reddish head and breast brighten up the light brownish speckled body. They sing in with a cheery rapid warble.

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  • House Sparrow

    House Sparrows are just that, found mostly where there are houses or other buildings. The female coloring is a mix of brown and gray, the males color is bolder with a black bar near its eye and strong rusty coloring along the wings and side of the head. They prefer to nest in cavities if none are available they will create globular nests.

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  • White-breasted Nuthatch

    A small old-growth loving songbird. This strong bird has a white-breast, slate gray back and wings, with a black area long the back of the head and white face. They are very vocal, and though small are quite loud. They are very lithe traveling quickly up, down and sideways along tree trunks.

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