PERKY-PET® MIGRATORY BIRD GUIDE

The annual fall and spring bird migrations can bring many new visitors to your feeders. This guide will help you ID the migratory and resident birds that visit your feeders while teaching you more about them. Each entry in the Migratory Bird Guide includes the following information:

Name & Scientific Name:

The bird is listed by its most common name and its scientific name. That information is followed by a photo to help you identify the bird.

North American Flyways:

There are four North American flyways that birds commonly use to migrate. The Pacific Flyway traces the Pacific Coast from South America to Alaska. The Central Flyway generally follows the Rocky Mountains. The Mississippi Flyway runs along that river and its tributaries. The Atlantic Flyway goes along the Eastern Seaboard. Most of the species include multiple flyways in their listings. These species have been recorded as using more than one of the North American Flyways.

Migration:

This listing explains, in broad terms, the regions where these birds spend their Summers and winters.

Seasons in U.S.:

If the bird species resides in the contiguous United States in the summer or winter, then those seasons will be listed here.

Seasons in Alaska and Canada:

If the bird resides in Alaska or Canada during the

Summer or winter, then those seasons will be listed here.

Learn More:

Many of the birds listed here are part of the Perky-Pet® Bird Libraries. These articles feature an in-depth look at the birds and can help you know the best way to attract them to your yard and feeders.

Perky-Pet Migratory Bird Guide

 

ALPHABETICAL LISTING OF MIGRATORY BIRDS

This partial list of migratory feeder birds is alphabetized for quick reference.

 

 

ALLEN’S HUMMINGBIRD 

Selaphorus sasin

Allen's Hummingbird migration

North American Flyways: Pacific

Allen’s Hummingbird Migration:

Summer: Coastal California

Winter: Mexico

Seasons in U.S.: Summer

Seasons in Alaska & Canada: None

Learn More: The Allen's Hummingbird is one of many species in our Bird Species Library. In the library, you can learn more about this bird, such as its food preferences, nesting habits, preferred habitats and typical behaviors.

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ALTAMIRA ORIOLE

Icterus gularis

Altamira Oriole migration

North American Flyways: Mississippi

Altamira Oriole Migration: Resident bird. Southern Texas through Central America

Seasons in U.S.: All year

Seasons in Alaska & Canada: None

Learn More: The Altamira Oriole is one of many species in our Oriole Species Library. In the library, you can learn more about this bird, such as its food preferences, nesting habits, preferred habitats and typical behaviors.

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AMERICAN CROW

Corvus branchyrhynchos

American Crow migration

North American Flyways: Pacific, Central, Mississippi, Atlantic

American Crow Migration:

Summer: Much of the U.S. and Canada

Winter: Much of the U.S. and southern Canada

Seasons in U.S.: All year

Seasons in Alaska & Canada: All year

Learn More: Look for more on the American Crow in the Wild Bird Species Library very soon.

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AMERICAN GOLDFINCH

Spinus tristis

American Goldfinch migration

North American Flyways: Pacific, Central, Mississippi, Atlantic

American Goldfinch Migration:

Summer: Much of the U.S. and Canada

Winter: Much of the U.S. and Southern Canada

Seasons in U.S.: All year

Seasons in Alaska & Canada: All year

Learn More: The American Goldfinch is one of many species in our Bird Species Library. In the library, you can learn more about this bird, such as its food preferences, nesting habits, preferred habitats and typical behaviors.

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AMERICAN ROBIN

Turdus Migratorius

American Robin migration

North American Flyways: Pacific, Central, Mississippi, Atlantic

American Robin Migration:

Summer: Nearly all of North America

Winter: Southern Canada through Mexico

Seasons in U.S.: All year

Seasons in Alaska & Canada: All year

Learn More: The American Robin is one of many species in our Bird Species Library. In the library, you can learn more about this bird, such as its food preferences, nesting habits, preferred habitats and typical behaviors.

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AMERICAN TREE SPARROW

Spizella arborea

American Tree Sparrow migration

North American Flyways: Central, Mississippi, Atlantic

American Tree Sparrow Migration:

Summer: Alaska and boreal Canada

Winter: U.S. and southern Canada

Seasons in U.S.: All year

Seasons in Alaska & Canada: All year

Learn More: Look for more on the American Tree Sparrow in the Wild Bird Species Library very soon.

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ANNA’S HUMMINGBIRD

Calypte anna

Anna's Hummingbird migration

North American Flyways: Pacific

Anna’s Hummingbird Migration:

Summer: U.S. West Coast

Winter: U.S. and Canada West Coast

Seasons in U.S.: All year

Seasons in Alaska & Canada: All year

Learn More: The Anna's Hummingbird is one of many species in our Hummingbird Species Library. In the library, you can learn more about this bird, such as its food preferences, nesting habits, preferred habitats and typical behaviors.

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BAND-TAILED PIGEON

Patagioenas fasciata

Band-tailed Pigeon migration

North American Flyways: Pacific

Allen’s Hummingbird Migration:

Summer: Pacific Coast to South America

Winter: Southern California to South America

Seasons in U.S.: Summer

Seasons in Alaska & Canada: Summer

Learn More: Look for more on the Band-tailed Pigeon in the Wild Bird Species Library very soon.

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BALTIMORE ORIOLE

Icterus galbula

Baltimore Oriole migration

North American Flyways: Pacific, Central, Mississippi, Atlantic

Baltimore Oriole Migration:

Summer: Much of the eastern U.S. and Canada

Winter: Florida, Mexico to South America

Seasons in U.S.: Summer

Seasons in Alaska & Canada: Summer

Learn More: The Baltimore Oriole is one of many species in our Oriole Species Library. In the library, you can learn more about this bird, such as its food preferences, nesting habits, preferred habitats and typical behaviors.

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BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE

Poecile atricapillus

Black-capped Chickadee migration

North American Flyways: Pacific, Central, Mississippi, Atlantic

Black-capped Chickadee Migration: Resident bird

Seasons in U.S.: All year

Seasons in Alaska & Canada: All year

Learn More: The Black-capped Chickadee is one of many species in our Wild Bird Species Library. In the library, you can learn more about this bird, such as its food preferences, nesting habits, preferred habitats and typical behaviors.

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BLACK-CHINNED HUMMINGBIRD

Archilochus alexandri

Black-chinned Hummingbird migration

North American Flyways: Pacific, Central

Black-chinned Hummingbird Migration:

Summer: Much of the western U.S.

Winter: Southwestern Mexico

Seasons in U.S.:

Summer

Seasons in Alaska & Canada: Summer

Learn More: The Black-chinned Hummingbird is one of many species in our Hummingbird Species Library. In the library, you can learn more about this bird, such as its food preferences, nesting habits, preferred habitats and typical behaviors.

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BLUE GROSBEAK

Passerina caerulea

Blue Grosbeak migration

North American Flyways: Pacific, Central, Mississippi, Atlantic

Blue Grosbeak Migration:

Summer: Southern half of U.S.

Winter: Mexico and Central America

Seasons in U.S.:

Summer

Seasons in Alaska & Canada: Summer

Learn More: Look for more on the Blue Grosbeak in the Wild Bird Species Library very soon.

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BLUE JAY

Selaphorus sasin

Blue Jay migration

North American Flyways: Central, Mississippi, Atlantic

Blue Jay Migration: Mostly a resident bird. Limited winter range expands to west Texas.

Seasons in U.S.: All year

Seasons in Alaska & Canada: All year

Learn More: The Blue Jay is one of many species in our Wild Bird Species Library. In the library, you can learn more about this bird, such as its food preferences, nesting habits, preferred habitats and typical behaviors.

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BOHEMIAN WAXWING

Bombycillia garrulus

Bohemian Waxwing migration

North American Flyways: Pacific, Central

Bohemian Waxwing Migration:

Summer: Alaska and Canada

Winter: Pacific Coast, Southern Canada and Northern U.S.

Seasons in U.S.: Winter

Seasons in Alaska & Canada: All year

Learn More: Look for more on the Bohemian Waxwing in the Wild Bird Species Library very soon.

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BREWER'S BLACKBIRD

Euphagus cyanocephalus

Brewer's Blackbird migration

North American Flyways: Pacific, Central, Mississippi

Brewer’s Blackbird Migration:

Summer: Much of the U.S. and Western Canada

Winter: Southern U.S.

Seasons in U.S.: All year

Seasons in Alaska & Canada: Summer

Learn More: Look for more on the Brewer’s Blackbird in the Wild Bird Species Library very soon.

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BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRD

Selaphorus platycercus

Broad-tailed Hummingbird migration

North American Flyways: Central

Broad-tailed Hummingbird Migration:

Summer: Coastal California

Winter: Mexico

Seasons in U.S.:

Summer

Seasons in Alaska & Canada: None

Learn More: The Broad-tailed Hummingbird is one of many species in our Bird Species Library. In the library, you can learn more about this bird, such as its food preferences, nesting habits, preferred habitats and typical behaviors.

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BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD

Molothrus ater

Brown-headed Cowbird migration

North American Flyways: Pacific, Central, Mississippi, Atlantic

Brown-headed Cowbird Migration:

Summer: All of U.S. and most of Canada

Winter: Pacific Coast, Mexico and Texas through New England

Seasons in U.S.: All year

Seasons in Alaska & Canada: Summer

Learn More: The Brown-Headed Cowbird is one of many species in our Wild Bird Species Library. In the library, you can learn more about this bird, such as its food preferences, nesting habits, preferred habitats and typical behaviors.

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BROWN THRASHER

Toxostoma rufum

Brown Thrasher migration

North American Flyways: Central, Mississippi, Atlantic

Brown Thrasher Migration:

Summer: East of the Rockies

Winter: Southeastern U.S. and Texas

Seasons in U.S.: All year

Seasons in Alaska & Canada: Summer

Learn More: Look for more on the Brown Thrasher in the Wild Bird Species Library very soon.

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BUFF-BELLIED HUMMINGBIRD

Amazilia yucantanensis

Buff-bellied Hummingbird facts

North American Flyways: Atlantic

Buff-Bellied Hummingbird Migration:

Summer: Mexico

Winter: Atlantic Coast

Seasons in U.S.: Winter

Seasons in Alaska & Canada: None

Learn More: The Buff-bellied Hummingbird is one of many species in our Bird Species Library. In the library, you can learn more about this bird, such as its food preferences, nesting habits, preferred habitats and typical behaviors.

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BULLOCK'S ORIOLE

Icterus bullockii

Bullock's Oriole migration

North American Flyways: Pacific, Central

Allen’s Hummingbird Migration:

Summer: Western U.S. and slightly into Canada

Winter: Mexico

Seasons in U.S.:

Summer

Seasons in Alaska & Canada: Summer

Learn More: The Bullock's Oriole is one of many species in our Wild Bird Species Library. In the library, you can learn more about this bird, such as its food preferences, nesting habits, preferred habitats and typical behaviors.

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CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD

Selaphorus calliope

Calliope Hummingbird migration

North American Flyways: Pacific

Calliope Hummingbird Migration:

Summer: Pacific Northwest

Winter: Mexico

Seasons in U.S.:

Summer

Seasons in Alaska & Canada: Summer

Learn More: The Calliope Hummingbird is one of many species in our Bird Species Library. In the library, you can learn more about this bird, such as its food preferences, nesting habits, preferred habitats and typical behaviors.

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CASSIN’S FINCH

Haemorhous cassinii

Cassin's Finch migration

North American Flyways: Pacific, Central

Cassin’s Finch Migration:

Summer: Western U.S.

Winter: Pacific Northwest and Mexico

Seasons in U.S.: All year

Seasons in Alaska & Canada: Summer

Learn More: Look for more on the Cassin’s Finch in the Wild Bird Species Library very soon.

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CEDAR WAXWING

Bombycillia cedrorum

Cedar Waxwing migration

North American Flyways: Pacific, Central, Mississippi, Atlantic

Cedar Waxwing Migration:

Summer: Canada and U.S.

Winter: Southern Canada through South America

Seasons in U.S.: All year

Seasons in Alaska & Canada: All year

Learn More: Look for more on the Cedar Waxwing in the Wild Bird Species Library very soon.

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CHIPPING SPARROW

Spizella passerina

Chipping Sparrow migration

North American Flyways: Pacific, Central, Mississippi, Atlantic

Chipping Sparrow Migration:

Summer: Much of the U.S. and Canada

Winter: Florida, Southern California, Texas and Mexico

Seasons in U.S.: All year

Seasons in Alaska & Canada: Summer

Learn More: Look for more on the Chipping Sparrow in the Wild Bird Species Library very soon.

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COMMON GRACKLE

Quiscalus quiscula

Common Grackle migration

North American Flyways: Mississippi, Atlantic

Common Grackle Migration:

Summer: U.S. and Canada east of the Rockies

Winter: Most of the eastern U.S.

Seasons in U.S.: All year

Seasons in Alaska & Canada: Summer

Learn More: The Common Grackle is one of many species in our Wild Bird Species Library. In the library, you can learn more about this bird, such as its food preferences, nesting habits, preferred habitats and typical behaviors.

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COMMON REDPOLL

Acanthis flammea

Common Redpoll migration

North American Flyways: Central, Mississippi, Atlantic

Common Redpoll Migration:

Summer: Alaska and boreal Canada

Winter: Southern Canada and Northern U.S.

Seasons in U.S.: Winter

Seasons in Alaska & Canada: All year

Learn More: Look for more on the Common Redpoll in the Wild Bird Species Library very soon.

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COSTA’S HUMMINGBIRD

Calypte Costae

Costa's Hummingbird

North American Flyways: Pacific

Costa’s Hummingbird Migration:

Summer: California, Nevada, Arizona and Mexico

Winter: California and Mexico

Seasons in U.S.:

Summer

Seasons in Alaska & Canada: None

Learn More: The Costa's Hummingbird is one of many species in our Bird Species Library. In the library, you can learn more about this bird, such as its food preferences, nesting habits, preferred habitats and typical behaviors.

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DARK-EYED JUNCO

Junco hyemalis

Dark-eyed Junco migration

North American Flyways: Pacific, Central, Mississippi Atlantic

Dark-eyed Junco Migration:

Summer: Alaska and Northern Canada

Winter: Southern Canada, mainland U.S. and Mexico

Seasons in U.S.: Winter

Seasons in Alaska & Canada: All year

Learn More: The Dark-eyed Junco is one of many species in our Wild Bird Species Library. In the library, you can learn more about this bird, such as its food preferences, nesting habits, preferred habitats and typical behaviors.

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DOWNY WOODPECKER

Picoides pubescens

Downy Woodpecker

North American Flyways: Pacific, Central, Mississippi, Atlantic

Downy Woodpecker Migration: Resident bird

Seasons in U.S.: All year

Seasons in Alaska & Canada: All year

Learn More: The Downy Woodpecker is one of many species in our Wild Bird Species Library. In the library, you can learn more about this bird, such as its food preferences, nesting habits, preferred habitats and typical behaviors.

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EASTERN BLUEBIRD

Sialia sialis

Eastern Bluebird migration

North American Flyways: Mississippi, Atlantic

Eastern Bluebird Migration:

Summer: Mexico, Eastern U.S. and Canada

Winter: Southern U.S. and Mexico

Seasons in U.S.: All year

Seasons in Alaska & Canada: Summer

Learn More: Look for more on the Eastern Bluebird in the Wild Bird Species Library very soon.

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EASTERN MEADOWLARK

Sturnella magna

Eastern Meadowlark migration

North American Flyways: Mississippi, Atlantic

Eastern Meadowlark Migration:

Summer: Eastern Canada through South America

Winter: Eastern U.S. through South America

Seasons in U.S.: All year

Seasons in Alaska & Canada: Summer

Learn More: Look for more on the Eastern Meadowlark in the Wild Bird Species Library very soon.

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EASTERN TOWHEE

Pipilo erythrophalmus

Eastern Towhee migration

North American Flyways: Mississippi, Atlantic

Eastern Towhee Migration:

Summer: Eastern U.S. and Canada

Winter: Southeastern U.S.

Seasons in U.S.: All year

Seasons in Alaska & Canada: Summer

Learn More: Look for more on the Eastern Towhee in the Wild Bird Species Library very soon.

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EVENING GROSBEAK

Coccothraustes vespertinus

Evening Grosbeak migration

North American Flyways: Pacific, Mississippi, Atlantic

Evening Grosbeak Migration:

Summer: Parts of the U.S., Canada and Mexico

Winter: Lower elevations of the U.S., Canada and Mexico

Seasons in U.S.: All year

Seasons in Alaska & Canada: All year

Learn More: The Evening Grosbeak is one of many species in our Wild Bird Species Library. In the library, you can learn more about this bird, such as its food preferences, nesting habits, preferred habitats and typical behaviors.

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FIELD SPARROW

Spizella pusilla

Field Sparrow migration

North American Flyways: Mississippi, Atlantic

Field Sparrow Migration:

Summer: Eastern U.S. and plains states

Winter: Much of the Eastern U.S.

Seasons in U.S.: All year

Seasons in Alaska & Canada: Summer

Learn More: Look for more on the Field Sparrow in the Wild Bird Species Library very soon.

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FOX SPARROW

Passerella iliaca

Fox Sparrow migration

North American Flyways: Pacific, Central, Mississippi, Atlantic

Fox Sparrow Migration:

Summer: Pacific Northwest, boreal Canada and Alaska

Winter: Southern U.S.

Seasons in U.S.: All year

Seasons in Alaska & Canada: Summer

Learn More: Look for more on the Fox Sparrow in the Wild Bird Species Library very soon.

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GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW

Zonotrichia atricapilla

Golden-crowned Sparrow migration

North American Flyways: Pacific

Allen’s Hummingbird Migration:

Summer: Alaska and western Canada

Winter: Pacific coast

Seasons in U.S.: Winter

Seasons in Alaska & Canada: Summer

Learn More: Look for more on the Golden-crowned Sparrow in the Wild Bird Species Library very soon.

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HAIRY WOODPECKER

Picoides villosus

Hairy Woodpecker migration

North American Flyways: Pacific, Central, Mississippi, Atlantic

Hairy Woodpecker Migration: Resident bird

Seasons in U.S.: All year

Seasons in Alaska & Canada: All year

Learn More: The Hairy Woodpecker is one of many species in our Wild Bird Species Library. In the library, you can learn more about this bird, such as its food preferences, nesting habits, preferred habitats and typical behaviors.

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HOODED ORIOLE

Icterus cucullatus

Hooded Oriole migration

North American Flyways: Pacific, Central

Hooded Oriole Migration:

Summer: California through Texas, Mexico

Winter: Mexico

Seasons in U.S.:

Summer

Seasons in Alaska & Canada: None

Learn More: The Hooded Oriole is one of many species in our Oriole Species Library. In the library, you can learn more about this bird, such as its food preferences, nesting habits, preferred habitats and typical behaviors.

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HERMIT THRUSH

Catharus guttatus

Hermit Thrush migration

North American Flyways: Pacific, Central, Mississippi, Atlantic

Hermit Thrush Migration:

Summer: Most of the U.S. and Canada

Winter: Southern U.S. and Pacific coast

Seasons in U.S.: All year

Seasons in Alaska & Canada: Summer

Learn More: Look for more on the Hermit Thrush in the Wild Bird Species Library very soon.

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HOARY REDPOLL 

Acanthis hornemanni

Hoary Redpoll migration

North American Flyways: Pacific, Central, Mississippi, Atlantic

Hoary Redpoll Migration:

Summer: Arctic Alaska and Canada

Winter: Southern Alaska, Canada and Northern U.S.

Seasons in U.S.: Winter

Seasons in Alaska & Canada: All year

Learn More: Look for more on the Hoary Redpoll in the Wild Bird Species Library very soon.

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HOUSE FINCH 

Haemorhous mexicanus

House Finch migration

North American Flyways: Pacific, Central, Atlantic

House Finch Migration: Resident bird

Seasons in U.S.: All year

Seasons in Alaska & Canada: All year

Learn More: The House Finch is one of many species in our Wild Bird Species Library. In the library, you can learn more about this bird, such as its food preferences, nesting habits, preferred habitats and typical behaviors.

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HOUSE WREN 

Troglodytes aedon

House Wren migration

North American Flyways: Pacific, Central, Mississippi, Atlantic

House Wren Migration:

Summer: Much of the northern U.S. and Canada, Mexico through South America

Winter: Southern U.S, Mexico through South America

Seasons in U.S.: All year

Seasons in Alaska & Canada: Summer

Learn More: The House Wren is one of many species in our Wild Bird Species Library. In the library, you can learn more about this bird, such as its food preferences, nesting habits, preferred habitats and typical behaviors.

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