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Top 21 Must-see Birds For Bird Watchers In America

Must see birds in America. Image designed by Alana Theron on Canva.

It’s no secret that America is home to one of the most diverse animal populations in the world, and if that doesn’t give you an indication, it has an abundance of bird species. Here is a list of America’s top 21 must-see birds for bird watchers.

Bald Eagle

Bald eagle
Bald eagles build some of the largest nests of any bird species, often reaching up to 10 feet in diameter and weighing hundreds of pounds. Image by Andreas Barth via Pexels

This bird is a symbol of the United States, and they are a sight to behold in its natural habitat. They are birds of prey and tend to feed on small animals. They can be found in Canada, Alaska and down close to Mexico.

American Robin

American robin,Turdus migratorius is a migratory songbird of the true thrush genus and Turdidae. image via depositphotos.

One of America’s most common and beloved birds, the robin signals the start of spring for many. They can be found across North America and sometimes migrate to Alaska for the summer.

Pileated Woodpecker

pileated woodpecker bird at Vancouver BC Canada. Image via depositphotos.

This is the largest woodpecker in America and is recognized for its distinctive rec crest. They can be found in the eastern America and in Canada.

Painted bunting

Painted Bunting. Image via depositphotos.

These birds are known for their vibrant and multicoloured plumage, they are a sight to behold and can be found in southern states. They can be found in south east and south central US.

California Condor

Californian Condor. Image via depositphotos.

This is a critically endangered species and one of the world’s most giant birds, it boasts an incredible wingspan. They can be found in Californa and in Arizona.

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl
Snowy Owl via Depositphotos.

This magical winter visitor attracts bird watchers whenever they venture south from their arctic homes. They are found in Southern Canada and North US.

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane, Color image, Closeup, Florida Wildlife. Image via depositphotos.

These birds are famous for their large size, graceful dances, and long migrations. They are found in Southeastern United Staes.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Image via depositphotos.

These tin birds are a little garden gem known for their iridescent green and red plumage. These are found in Central America, Mexico and Florida.

Kirtland’s warbler

Kirtland’s Warbler. Image via depositphotos.

It is a rare and habitat-specific bird that only breeds in young jack pine forests in Michigan and Wisconsin.

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch. Image via depositphotos.

A Bright yellow, cheerful visitor to bird feeders all over the country. They can be seen in the edges of forests and plains over North America.

Great Gray Owl

Great gray owl portrait. Image via depositphotos.

The giant owl is the longest bird in North America, known for its distinctive facial disc and piercing yellow eyes. They are found all over America, ranging from Alaska to Quebec

Whooping Crane

Whooping Crane. Image via depositphotos.

This is an endangered species, which is celebrated for its remarkable recovery efforts an striking appearance. They are found in Texas and Northern Canada.

Resplendent Quetzal

Resplendent Quetzal, Pharomachrus mocinno, from Savegre in Costa. Image via depositphotos.

It is a sought-after bird by bird watchers for its stunning beauty. They are mainly found in Central America.

Scarlet Tanager

Male Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea) – Ontario, Canada. Image via depositphotos.

A Brilliant red bird with black wings, a breathtaking sight against the green foliage of summer. They can be spotted in East North America and in West South America

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler. Image via depositphotos.

It is a widespread adorable bird known for its bright yellow color and sweet song. They are found in temperate forests and shrublands all the way from the arctic circle to Mexico.

Peregrine falcon

Peregrine Falcon. Image via depositphotos.

The world’s fastest bird and is known for incredible diving speeds. They are found in Alaska, Midwest, Northeast, southwest, and along the western coastline.

Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill. Image via depositphotos.

It has a distinctive spoon-shaped bill and pink plumage, adding a tropical flair. They live in southern Florida, coastal Texas and southwest Louisiana.

Atlantic Puffin

Atalntic Puffin. Image via depositphotos.

Found in the northeastern coasts, these “sea parrots” are adorable and clown-like. They are found Newfoundland to northeastern north America.

Ivory Billed Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker whacking dead tree trunk searching for bugs eating in holes in wood log forest . Male bird one of the biggest forest birds in North America. Image via depositphotos.

These birds are possibly extinct, but it remains as an iconic “ghost bird” that birders dream of spotting. They are found in Ohio-river valley, Texas and Florida.

Anna’s Hummingbird

Male Annas Hummingbird (Calypte anna) in flight with a green background. Image via depositphotos.

A common western hummingbird with a dazzling iridescent pink head. They can be mainly found in California.

Northern Saw-Whet owl

Surprised Northern Saw-whet Owl. Image via depositphotos.

A tiny, elusive owl with a too-cute face and a joy for any birder to find. They can be found in extensive forests across the united states.


Eastern Bluebird
Male Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) in flight Image by PantherMediaSeller via depositphotos.

This list of birds ranges from backyard birds to birds that need a bit of adventure and exploring to find. Whether you are a seasoned birder or new to the hobby, each of these birds offers a unique and memorable sighting opportunity across the landscapes of America.

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