Gathering at their Midwestern staging grounds in numbers up to half a million strong, spring-time flocks of stately Sandhill Cranes are an awe-inspiring sight. These partial migrants enthrall birdwatchers with their unique calls and dancing displays.
Herons, storks and ibises
Great Blue Heron
Poised to strike, the Great Blue Heron stalks along American waterways in search of fish and other small animals. These widespread waterbirds are among the tallest of North America’s birds.
Brilliant red and resilient all year long, the beloved Northern Cardinal is the official bird of seven American states. These common songbirds bring a splash of color and some adorable antics to backyard birdfeeders across the east.
Pigeons and doves
From suburban gardens to farms and wilderness areas, the mourning dove is one of the most common and familiar birds in North America.
Kites, hawks and eagles
Closely associated with rivers and coastlines, the majestic Bald Eagle is America's national bird. A symbol of strength and power, and a sacred symbol for many Native American peoples, these eagles are one of the most recognizable birds on Earth.
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