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State-based Bird Feeding and Attracting Information

Each state has its own mix of bird species, many of which are popular backyard feeder birds.  This section will help you learn about the most common "feeder birds" in your state, how to attract them and how to identify them.

Select your state of interest from the list on the left for specific information.

Each state (except Hawaii) has a mini-guide with 50 common species for that state. The mini-guides, called the Nifty-Fifty, include images, songs, movies (most species) and descriptions for the selected species. Please allow time for the mini-guides to load, as the Flash program is large.


carla davis

Providing a wide variety of plants, with an emphasis on native plants,
is perhaps the best way to attract more birds.
This photograph of of Carla Davis's yard illustrates
what can be done in a pesticide-free environment.
The information for each state inlcudes a list of
native plants that are excellent for attracting birds.


Each mini-guide includes 25 of the most commonly reported birds (for that state), based on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Project Feeder Watch. Additional species were selected based on a variety of criteria, including:

  • Often seen
  • Colorful
  • Offer comparisons of similar species
  • Increase diversity of bird families represented

Adjacent states will usually have only a few different species, but those differences do add up. Over 200 species are represented in the mini-guides.