Wild birds in Rhode Island

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Mourning Dove

    These graceful doves are also known as Turtle Doves and Rain Doves. They are widespread throughout the United States. Their song has been compared to a lamenting sound, giving the bird its name. They are light grey and brown with black spots on their wings.

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  • Northern Cardinal

    The bright red coloring of the male is very conspicuous and breathtaking when highlighted against a winter snow. The female is a brown with a light red accents and a red crest. Once considered a prized pet, this practice is now banned in the United States.

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  • Tufted Titmouse

    All gray with white under parts, and a small tuft on the head, this eastern song bird is a year-round resident. They are cavity nesters often taking advantage of old woodpecker nests. Their call is a “”peter peter peter.””

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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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