North American Birds

Do you love spending time outdoors surrounded by beautiful wildlife? If so, then North America is the place for you! This vast continent is home to an incredible variety of birds, including owls, hawks, eagles, and more. In this comprehensive guide to North American birds, we will provide an in-depth look at some of the most popular species found in this region. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned birdwatcher, we guarantee you’ll find something new in this guide!

Waterfowl (Anatidae)

Waterfowl are some of the most common birds that you’ll find in North America and this is the collective name for ducks, geese, and swans. While they may look similar at first glance, there are actually many different types of waterfowl found in this region.


We’ve done a full breakdown of all the Geese found in North America along with Geese species by state.

Goose breeds in North America

Geese found by State

Geese in Alabama
Geese in Alaska
Geese in Arizona
Geese in Arkansas
Geese in California
Geese in Colorado
Geese in Connecticut
Geese in Delaware
Geese in Florida
Geese in Georgia
Geese in Hawaii
Geese in Idaho
Geese in Illinois
Geese in Indiana
Geese in Iowa
Geese in Kansas
Geese in Kentucky
Geese in Louisiana
Geese in Maine
Geese in Maryland
Geese in Massachusetts
Geese in Michigan
Geese in Minnesota
Geese in Mississippi
Geese in Missouri
Geese in Montana
Geese in Nebraska
Geese in Nevada
Geese in New Hampshire
Geese in New Jersey
Geese in New Mexico
Geese in New York
Geese in North Carolina
Geese in North Dakota
Geese in Ohio
Geese in Oklahoma
Geese in Oregon
Geese in Pennsylvania
Geese in Rhode Island
Geese in South Carolina
Geese in South Dakota
Geese in Tennessee
Geese in Texas
Geese in Utah
Geese in Vermont
Geese in Virginia
Geese in Washington
Geese in West Virginia
Geese in Wisconsin
Geese in Wyoming


    There are three main species of Swans in North America, the Tundra, the Trumpeter and the Mute Swan.


    Gallinaceous Birds

    Gallinaceous birds are a type of ground-dwelling bird that includes chicken, quail, pheasants, and more. These birds are typically found in wooded areas and forests and they play an important role in the ecosystem by dispersing seeds and controlling insect populations.


    New World Quail




    Flamingos are a type of wading bird that is best known for their bright pink feathers. These beautiful birds are actually native to the Americas and can be found in both North and South America. While they typically live in warm climates near bodies of water, some species of flamingos have been known to venture into colder regions.


    Grebes are a type of waterbird that is closely related to ducks and coots. There are over 6 different species of grebes found all over the world, including North America. These birds are excellent swimmers and can often be seen diving underwater in search of food.

    Pigeons and Doves

    Pigeons and doves are a type of bird that is found in nearly every part of the world. In North America, there are over 16 different species of these birds. They are typically small in size with plump bodies and short beaks. Pigeons and doves are known for their gentle cooing sounds.

    Cuckoos and Allies

    Cuckoos and allies are a type of bird that is best known for their distinctive calls. In North America, there are over 7 different species of cuckoos. These birds typically live in wooded areas and forests. Some species of cuckoos are also known to parasitize the nests of other birds.

    Goatsuckers / Nightjars

    Goatsuckers or nightjars are a type of nocturnal bird that is closely related to the nightjar. In North America, there are 9 different species of goatsuckers. These birds are typically found in open habitats such as grasslands and deserts.

    Swifts and Hummingbirds

    Cranes and Allies






    Boobies, Cormorants, Darters, Frigatebirds and Gannets

    Large Waterbirds

    New World Vultures

    Diurnal Raptors


    Trogons and Quetzals


    Woodpeckers and Relatives

    Falcons and Caracaras

    Parrats and Cockatoos


    Jim Addison

    Jim Addison is an avid bird watcher and has been obsessed with the activity since he was a young boy.

    He has traveled all over North America in search of new and interesting species to observe, and his detailed knowledge of the subject makes him a sought-after expert on the topic.

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