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How the Evening Grosbeak Got Its Misleading Name

How the Evening Grosbeak Got Its Misleading Name

— In this month's Ask Kenn!, bird expert Kenn Kaufman shares the surprising origins of the finch's moniker. Plus, why your feeder birds fight so much.
Here's Why So Many More Birds Migrate Through the Eastern United States

Here's Why So Many More Birds Migrate Through the Eastern United States

— In this month's Ask Kenn!, bird expert Kenn Kaufman provides a detailed look at how geography shapes the routes of migratory birds.
Ask Kenn Kaufman: Why Do Birds Abandon Nests for No Apparent Reason?

Ask Kenn Kaufman: Why Do Birds Abandon Nests for No Apparent Reason?

— Also this month: How did Hawaii get its owls? And who is the best ear birder Kenn's ever met?
Ask Kenn Kaufman: Which Birds Are Most Like Their Dinosaur Ancestors?

Ask Kenn Kaufman: Which Birds Are Most Like Their Dinosaur Ancestors?

— Also this month: Why do birds sing more in the early morning? And why does North America have so many birds with crests?
Ask Kenn Kaufman: Is the Ivory-billed Woodpecker Extinct?

Ask Kenn Kaufman: Is the Ivory-billed Woodpecker Extinct?

— Also this month: Do male Baltimore Oriole have their own distinct songs? And who would play you in a movie version of "Kingbird Highway"?
Ask Kenn Kaufman: Do Birds Get Bored?

Ask Kenn Kaufman: Do Birds Get Bored?

— Also this month: How did the Harris's Sparrow get its name? And what's the difference between a beak and a bill?
Ask Kenn Kaufman: Are Lovebirds Really More Affectionate Than Other Birds?

Ask Kenn Kaufman: Are Lovebirds Really More Affectionate Than Other Birds?

— Also this month: How many bird species are technically in the U.S.? And what the heck is the Patagonia Picnic Table Effect?
Ask Kenn Kaufman: Why Do Some People Call Bald Eagles ‘Trash Birds’?

Ask Kenn Kaufman: Why Do Some People Call Bald Eagles ‘Trash Birds’?

— Also this month: Why are swirling flocks of starlings called murmurations? And how are nuthatches so good at tree climbing?
Ask Kenn Kaufman: Falcons, Hawks, Owls, Vultures—What Exactly Is a Raptor?

Ask Kenn Kaufman: Falcons, Hawks, Owls, Vultures—What Exactly Is a Raptor?

— Also this month: Why do certain species sleep in communal roosts, and how many ducks actually say 'quack'?
Ask Kenn Kaufman: Are American Robins Really Robins?

Ask Kenn Kaufman: Are American Robins Really Robins?

— Also this month: What is the one U.S. birding destination every birder should visit? And why can't I count the Great White Heron as a lifer?