Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Camilla Cerea/Audubon

Backyard Birding

Identifying Yard Birds

The Birdist’s Rules of Birding

Birdist Rule #71: Figure Out What Kind Of Chickadees You’ve Got

Learn these seven species and you'll never go dateless again.
ID Tips

How to Tell a Hairy Woodpecker From a Downy Woodpecker

Size and tail color are two of the biggest clues when deciphering these two backyard regulars.
ID Tips

A Beginner’s Guide to IDing Cooper’s and Sharp-Shinned Hawks

The differences are subtle, but shape and size can help in a big way.
ID Tips

House Finch or Purple Finch? Here's How to Tell Them Apart

Some clues to help distinguish between these two often-confused finches.

All About Hummingbirds


When to Expect Hummingbirds in Your Yard This Spring

Flowers are beginning to bloom, and hummingbirds are starting to return from their southern winter sojourns. Here’s a regional guide for when they should arrive and the food they’re seeking.
Birds in the News

How to Get Hummingbirds to Come to Your City

A makeshift green space can serve as a rest stop for these tiny travelers.

Which Animals Prey on Hummingbirds?

If a creature can catch them, you can bet it's eating them.
Hummingbirds at Home

The Audubon Guide to Attracting Hummingbirds and Orioles

At least 53 species of North American birds drink nectar—the naturally occurring sweet liquid produced by plants. Hummingbirds and orioles are the...
Rufous Hummingbird
Hummingbirds at Home

Start Helping Hummingbirds Now

Download Audubon’s Hummingbirds at Home app to record your hummingbird sightings and help protect them now and into the future.

See Why Birds Are on the Move

Our changing climate is affecting the habitats where birds live, what they eat, and how they migrate.