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



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.

Latest posts

  • Barnacle Goose (Branta Leucopsis)

    Barnacle Goose (Branta Leucopsis)

    The barnacle goose is a species of goose that is known for its distinctive plumage, rounded head and small size. This remarkable bird belongs to the genus Branta, which contains several other black geese species, including the brant goose. Made up of eastern lineages, the lineage of the barnacle goose originated in the cackling goose. […]

    Read more