Songbirds
OF WESTERN NORTH AMERICA

Chickadees, Kinglets, Swallows, Jays, Crows, Wrens, Thrushes, Tanagers, Flycatchers, Finches, Sparrows, Warblers, Waxwings, Blackbirds, etc.


Colorful songbirds: American Goldfinch (left). Western Bluebird (right).

The following page is devoted to some of my photographs of Passerines, more commonly (although less accurately) known as "perching birds" or "songbirds." Passerine birds make up more than half of all living birds. They are of small to medium size, have three toes pointing forward and one pointing back, and are often brightly colored. They also usually lay colored eggs. CHICKADEES, KINGLETS, SWALLOWS, JAYS, CROWS, WRENS, THRUSHES, TANAGERS, FLYCATCHERS, FINCHES, SPARROWS, WARBLERS, WAXWINGS, AND BLACKBIRDS are all passerine birds.

(Most of the birds on this page were photographed in Washington or British Columbia, and a few perhaps from my travels around the western United States. However, I have many other bird photos that are not on this page, from AN AMAZING BIRDING ROADTRIP through several birding hotspots across the country I embarked on in Spring 2008.)


Songbirds

Brewer's BLACKBIRD (male)
eastern WA

Brewer's BLACKBIRD (female)
Yosemite, CA

Red-winged BLACKBIRD (male)
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC

Red-winged BLACKBIRD (male)
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC

Red-winged BLACKBIRD (female)
Sumas River Dike, BC

Yellow-headed BLACKBIRD (male)
eastern WA

Yellow-headed BLACKBIRD (male)
eastern WA

Yellow-headed BLACKBIRD (male)
eastern WA

Yellow-headed BLACKBIRD (male)
eastern WA

Eastern BLUEBIRDS (male and female)
Cedar Hill SP, Dallas, TX

Mountain BLUEBIRD (male)
eastern WA

Mountain BLUEBIRD (male)
eastern WA

Mountain BLUEBIRD (female)
eastern WA

Mountain BLUEBIRD (female)
eastern WA

Western BLUEBIRD flight composite (male)
eastern WA

Western BLUEBIRDS (male and female)
eastern WA

Western BLUEBIRD (female)
eastern WA

Western BLUEBIRD (male)
eastern WA

Western BLUEBIRD (female)
eastern WA

BUSHTIT (male)
Bellingham, WA

BUSHTIT (female)
Bellingham, WA

BUSHTIT (female)
Abbotsford, BC

BUSHTIT (juvenile)
Bellingham, WA

Gray CATBIRD
eastern WA

Yellow-breasted CHAT
eastern WA

Black-capped CHICKADEE
North Cascade foothills, WA

Black-capped CHICKADEE
Bellingham, WA

Chestnut-backed CHICKADEE
Cheam Lake Wetlands Regional Park, BC

Mountain CHICKADEE
Great Basin National Park, NV

Brown-headed COWBIRD (female)
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC

Brown-headed COWBIRD (male)
North Cascade foothills, WA

Brown-headed COWBIRDS (juveniles)
Saturna Island, BC

Brown-headed COWBIRD juvenile being fed by a Townsend's WARBLER
Saturna Island, BC

Brown CREEPER
Saturna Island, BC

Red CROSSBILL (adult male)
Great Basin National Park, NV

Red CROSSBILL (juvenile)
Saturna Island, BC

American CROW
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC

House FINCH (male)
North Cascade foothills, WA

House FINCH (male)
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC

House FINCH (male)
Saturna Island, BC

House FINCH (female)
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC

House FINCH (female)
North Cascade foothills, WA

Black Rosy FINCH
Grand Teton National Park, WY

Olive-sided FLYCATCHER
Saturna Island, BC

Pacific-slope FLYCATCHER
Saturna Island, BC

Pacific-slope FLYCATCHER (adult and juvenile)
Saturna Island, BC

American GOLDFINCH (male, breeding plumage)
Saturna Island, BC

American GOLDFINCH (female or juvenile)
Saturna Island, BC

American GOLDFINCH (males, breeding plumage)
Saturna Island, BC

American GOLDFINCH (male, breeding plumage)
Saturna Island, BC

Lesser GOLDFINCH (male)
Reno, NV

Lesser GOLDFINCH (male)
Reno, NV

Lesser GOLDFINCH (female)
Reno, NV

Black-headed GROSBEAK (female)
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC

Black-headed GROSBEAK (male)
North Cascade foothills, WA

Evening GROSBEAK (male)
North Cascade foothills, WA

Evening GROSBEAK (male)
North Cascade foothills, WA

Evening GROSBEAK (female)
North Cascade foothills, WA

Blue JAY
Lyons, CO

Gray JAY
Mt. Baker area, WA

Stellar JAY
North Cascade foothills, WA

Western Scrub JAY
Reno, NV

Oregon Dark-eyed JUNCO
North Cascade foothills, WA

Oregon Dark-eyed JUNCO
Saturna Island, BC

Eastern KINGBIRD
Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, UT

Eastern KINGBIRD
Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, UT

Western KINGBIRD
Utah

Western KINGBIRD
eastern WA

Gold-crowned KINGLET
Saturna Island, BC

Ruby-crowned KINGLET
Saturna Island, BC

Ruby-crowned KINGLET
Saturna Island, BC

Horned LARK
Mt. St. Helens overlook, WA

Black-billed MAGPIE
Reno, NV

Black-billed MAGPIE (juvenile)
Rocky Mountain National Park, CO

Western MEADOWLARK
eastern WA

Western MEADOWLARK
Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, UT

Northern MOCKINGBIRD
Cedar Hill SP, Dallas, TX

Clark's NUTCRACKER
Mt. Rainier area, WA

Pygmy NUTHATCH
Rocky Mountain National Park, CO

Pygmy NUTHATCH
eastern WA

Red-breasted NUTHATCH
Saturna Island, BC

Bullock's ORIOLE (adult male)
eastern WA

Bullock's ORIOLE (1st year male)
eastern WA

Say's PHOEBE
Zion National Park, UT

Common RAVEN
Yosemite, CA

Common REDPOLL
North Cascade foothills, WA

American ROBIN (juvenile)
Saturna Island, BC

American ROBIN
Saturna Island, BC

American ROBIN
Abbotsford, BC

American ROBIN
Keystone Ferry Landing, WA

Northern SHRIKE (1st winter)
Montlake Fill, Seattle, WA

Pine SISKIN
North Cascade foothills, WA

Pine SISKIN
North Cascade foothills, WA

Pine SISKIN
Saturna Island, BC

Black-throated SPARROW
Red Rocks, NV

Black-throated SPARROW
Red Rocks, NV

Brewer's SPARROW
Grand Teton National Park, WY

Fox SPARROW
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC

Golden-crowned SPARROW
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC

Golden-crowned SPARROW
Saturna Island, BC

House SPARROW (female)
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC

House SPARROW (juvenile)
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC

House SPARROW (male)
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC

Lark SPARROW
Lyons, CO

Savannah SPARROW
Bear River MIgratory Bird Refuge, UT

Song SPARROW
Saturna Island, BC

Song SPARROW
Washington

White-crowned SPARROW
Saturna Island, BC

White-crowned SPARROW
Saturna Island, BC

European STARLING
Keystone Ferry Landing, WA

European STARLING
Boundary Bay, BC

Barn SWALLOWS
Saturna Island, BC

Barn SWALLOW (juvenile)
Saturna Island, BC

Barn SWALLOW
Saturna Island, BC

Tree SWALLOW
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC

Tree SWALLOW
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC

Violet-green SWALLOWS
Saturna Island, BC

Violet-green SWALLOW
Saturna Island, BC

Western TANAGER (male)
Bellingham, WA

Sage THRASHER
eastern WA

Varied THRUSH
Abbotsford, BC

Varied THRUSH
Tacoma, WA

Green-tailed TOWHEE
Rocky Mountain National Park, CO

Spotted TOWHEE
North Cascade foothills, WA

Spotted TOWHEE (juvenile)
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC

Warbling VIREO
eastern WA

Orange-crowned WARBLER (juvenile)
Saturna Island, BC

Orange-crowned WARBLER
Saturna Island, BC

Brown-headed COWBIRD juvenile being fed by a Townsend's WARBLER
Saturna Island, BC

Townsend's WARBLER
Saturna Island, BC

Townsend's WARBLER
Saturna Island, BC

Yellow-rumped WARBLER (Audubon's)
Abbotsford, BC

Yellow-rumped WARBLER (Audubon's, juvenile)
Saturna Island, BC

Yellow-rumped WARBLER (juvenile)
Saturna Island, BC

Cedar WAXWINGS
North Cascads, WA

Cedar WAXWINGS
North Cascads, WA

Cedar WAXWING
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC

Western WOOD-PEWEE (?)
Yosemite, CA

Bewick's WREN
Bellingham, WA

Bewick's WREN
Saturna Island, BC

House WREN
Saturna Island, BC

House WREN
Saturna Island, BC

Marsh WREN
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC

Marsh WREN
Keystone Ferry Landing, WA

Winter WREN
Saturna Island, BC

Winter WREN
Saturna Island, BC

Common YELLOWTHROAT (male)
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC
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