20 Most Common Backyard Birds You Can Easily Spot

Backyard birds are mostly small-sized and are unique in their appearance. Their personalities differ too, ranging from gentle to aggressive.

These birds’ feeding habits, traits, songs, and all other features are what make them desirable to have in our yards.

There are many backyard birds in the United States, and we have carefully picked 20 of the most amazing birds commonly found in backyards.

In this article, you would get to know what these birds look like and how to easily recognize one.

1. Mourning Dove 

Mourning Dove

Mourning Doves are small birds with pale brown-pink bodies. It is the most ubiquitous backyard bird in the United States.

They love partially open areas and are often sighted on wires and fences. Most people love them for their gentle moaning sounds.

The mourning dove feeds mostly on seeds, so you need to put plenty of seeds in your tray feeders to attract them.

2. Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

The eastern bluebird is a small-sized, brilliant bluebird with a fairly elongated slender body that is mostly found perching on fence lines and wire.

It resides in the eastern part of the United States. They feed on flying insects, worms and are often found in birdbaths.

3. American Crow

American Crow

The American Crow is a black-colored bird commonly found in open areas. They have a distinguishable cawing call and a size much larger than other backyard birds.

The neck of the bird is somehow thick, and it’s often recognized with its square-shaped tail. They mostly come together in evening communal roosts and then reach out at dawn into the surrounding area.

The American crows are omnivorous, so be cautious of them in your yard alongside other birds. They are well known to feed on large insects, small mammals, its square, and grains.

4. Tufted Titmouse

Tufted Titmouse

The Tufted Titmouse is a small type of bird with a rounded body and fairly large head. They have a dark blue-gray color that surrounds most of their body with pale patches below the chest.

They reside in deciduous forests and can also be found in parks. These birds feed on insects and seeds of the tray feeders in backyards.

5. The White Breasted-Nuthatch

white breasted-nuthatch

The acrobatic White breasted-nuthatch is found in woodlands and coniferous forests in the United States.

It is mostly spotted on tree trunks and branches and is known for being able to hang upside down. The nuthatch is one of the more acrobatic birds on this list. They are characterized by their pale belly, slate back, and black cap.

The bird picks up seeds on the yard tray and flies off to chew them on tree branches. 

6. Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Red-Bellied Woodpecker

This class of birds is found in the eastern part of the United States.

They have a pale greyish body with distinctive black and white stripes throughout their back to their feathers. They mostly feed on insects and nuts. You can use peanuts to attract these birds to feed on the trays in your backyard.

These lovely birds reside on tree trunks and branches.

7. Carolina Wren

Carolina Wren

The Carolina wren has a rusty brown appearance with a slightly curved beak for pecking objects.

They are a fairly common appearance in backyards, naturally preferring shrubby backyards. The Carolina wren feeds mostly on insects.

The male Carolinas are a must-watch as they love to sing throughout the year.

8. Blue Jay

Blue jay

The blue jays are small blue-colored birds with a white chest.

Its black beak is fairly projected for easy peaking of foods. Found in the eastern side of the United States, they live in woodlands and wander small towns.

The blue jays are omnivorous—if you have other birds feeding in your yard, keep them from the jays.

Also, ensure that your yard has plenty of seeds around as the jays consume quite a lot. Watching the blue jays gulp these seeds and fly off to store them is a great pastime.

9. Carolina Chickadee

Carolina Chickadee

Chickadees are small pale-colored birds with black and white highlights on their forehead.

These southeastern America friendly birds can be found in residential areas situated close to the woods. They feed on insects and seeds.

The chickadees cannot feed directly from the feeders in your yard. Instead, they fly off to break open nuts with their strong beaks on a tree branch.

10. Black-Billed Magpie

Black-Billed Magpie

Mostly residing in the western part of America, the Black-billed magpies are larger when compared to other backyard birds.

Their distinctive black head, white chest, and long tail can be easily recognized. The Black-billed Magpie moves around open areas, searching for food. The Black-billed majorly feeds on grasshoppers, beetles, and small rodents.

These birds can make a home in your yard by creating a large round nest with holes.

11. American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch

The beautiful American Goldfinch is found mostly in weedy areas. They are plump in appearance and covered in lemon yellow feathers.

The male goldfinch has a black cap and dark wings. They love to feed on Nyjer seeds and drink from birdbaths.  

12. Dark-Eyed Junco

Dark-Eyed Junco

The Dark-eyed Juncos are frequent winter visitors to almost all of the United States. They live in woody and coniferous habitats and are also found in backyards.

They have a white belly with a dark body. They wander around yards feeding on seeds contained in tray feeders. Dark-eyed Juncos are quite easy to attract as they feed on quite a variety of seeds.

13. American Robin

American Robin

American robins are small-sized backyard birds found mostly in public spaces like parks, lawns, and open woody areas.

They have a grey-brown body with a rusty orange-colored chest. They feed on worms, fruits, and berries they find on trees, the ground, and on tray feeders in backyards. Robins are easy to attract and make regular visitors to your backyard.

They are also very pleasant birds with amiable traits.  

14. Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird

Slender in length with a grey feathered body, the Northern Mockingbird makes a home in well-separated trees and bushes.

They are attracted to birdbaths and feeders with fruits and insects. The Northern Mockingbird loves to sing, sharing its melodious voice from exposed perches often through the night.

They have an unending supply of unique short phrases that they regularly repeat.

15. White-Throated Sparrow

White-Throated Sparrow

White-throated Sparrows are common visitors to most backyards across the United States.

They are small-sized and plump. They are stripped evenly with a brown and pale grayish color. If you look closely, you will find a distinctive yellow spot on its forehead. White-throated Sparrows make their nests in forests and open woodlands.

They mostly feed on seeds, insects, fruits, and berries.

16. Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

You’ll find Down Woodpeckers on small deciduous trees and willows that are close to water bodies. Black colored with a white chest, they feed on insects and seeds.

The females are mostly spotted pecking on the trunk of trees, whereas the red spot-headed males are mostly found on small plants.

17. European Starling

European Starling

The European starling has a history as an invasive species, invading native nesting birds of Northern America during the 1800s. They are small in size and possess a sharp pointed beak.

They have greyish brown-green color and are found mostly in lowlands. Even though they majorly feed on insects in large open spaces, they may pay an occasional visit to your backyard.

18. House Finch

House Finch

The house finch has a tan body and a red forehead. They are found on twigs and trees. House finches often visit backyard tray feeders for seeds and scraps. They are also attracted to birdbaths.

19. Steller’s Jays

Steller's Jay

Steller’s Jays are distributed across North America. They have blue lower bodies and black backs, heads, and crests.

They are mostly found in coniferous forests. The stellar jays are bold and often visit campsites and backyards.

20. Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal

Cardinals are small bright red colored birds with moderately long tails and plump bodies. Its distinct black face and short pink beak are a common presence in the eastern parts of the United States.

Cardinals are attracted to a wide variety of seeds and shrubby plants. They also feed on nuts and berries.