25 Backyard Birds In Georgia (Pictures & Facts)

Many varieties of wild birds live in Georgia. We’ll examine several of Georgia’s most well-known and well-known birds, particularly those that may be found locally, in this article. Several of the species are migratory and only spend part of the year in Georgia, while others are permanent residents. So, let’s take a look at 25 Georgia backyard birds and learn a little about each one.

I’ll then demonstrate how to attract them to your yard, give you a quick overview of the 10 distinct kinds of bird feeders that may be utilized to do so, and even recommend a few birdwatching hotspots in Georgia.

How many different species of wild birds are in Georgia?

It’s tough to say precisely how many bird species exist in North America, the US, or even Georgia. But, as of 2019, the Georgia Ornithological Society lists 425 species on its official state list, according to the Georgia Ornithological Society.

According to one report, North America contains 2,059 species; according to another report, just 914. So I’m not sure how much I rely on these data, however they do provide us with a rough estimate of the diversity of species.

For the purposes of this article, we’ll just examine a few of Georgia’s most popular backyard animals.


In Georgia, we’ll take a look at 25 types of backyard birds, some of which are permanent residents and others that aren’t. These are some of Georgia’s most well-known and easily identifiable backyard birds, many of which may be observed at your bird feeders. These are far from all of the species in the state, or even nearby to it. Let’s get started!


Scientific nameCardinalis cardinalis

Length: 8.3-9.1 in

Weight: 1.5-1.7 oz

Wingspan: 9.8-12.2 in

Northern Cardinals are among North America’s most well-known and common backyard birds. Males have bright red feathers and a black mask, whereas females have duller colors and are more pale brown with some reddish coloring. The mohawks andreddish orange beaks of both males and females can be easily recognized.

Because cardinals do not migrate, Northern Cardinals can be found throughout Georgia year-round.

Most seed feeders will be visited by the Cardinals, who will offer them a combination of black sunflower seeds and other seeds.


Scientific nameBaeolophus bicolor

Length: 5.5-6.3 in

Weight: 0.6-0.9 oz

Wingspan: 7.9-10.2 in

In their range, these small birds are both common and ubiquitous at feeders. Like Cardinals, they have a tiny mohawk crest that distinguishes them from other birds. With a black patch just above their beaks, titmice are silver-gray on top and lighter on the bottom.

All year, the Tufted Titmouse can be found in Georgia.

Most seed feeders will be visited by titmice, who will offer them a variety of seed blends and black sunflower seeds.


Scientific namePoecile carolinensis

Length: 3.9-4.7 in

Weight: 0.3-0.4 oz

Wingspan: 5.9-7.9 in

Because of their “black cap” and black bib, chickadees are tiny little birds that are very simple to identify. Their underbodies are puffy and light, and their cheeks are solid white. Their wings and backs are gray.

Carolina Chickadees are common backyard birds in Georgia, and should not be confused with their similar cousins Black-capped Chickadees, who live further north. They’re often seen darting back and forth across a feeder to cover and uncover again for more food, and they frequent birdfeeders. When I first put a new feeder in my yard, chickadees are usually among the earliest birds I see. They are sometimes regarded as big and adventurous.

Most seed feeders will be visited by chickadees, who will offer black sunflower seeds and mixed seed blends.


Scientific nameCyanocitta cristata

Length: 9.8-11.8 in

Weight: 2.5-3.5 oz

Wingspan: 13.4-16.9 in

In North America and the United States, another well-known bird species is the robin. The Blue Jay is the one who knocks. They have a white breast and belly with a large blue crest on top of their heads, which is covered in mostly blue feathers. Black stripes run down their wings and tail. Their necks are also ringed by a black necklace-like accessory. They’ll frequently be among the first to alert all the birds in the area of a predator such as a hawk, and they have several loud, metallic sounding calls.

Another year-round resident of Georgia is the Blue Jays. Backyards and feeders are both full of them.

Platform feeders, peanut feeders, and feeders with large perches are popular among Blue Jays. Black sunflower seeds, combined seeds, and peanuts are all welcome.


Scientific name: Sialia sialis

Length: 6.3-8.3 in

Weight: 1.0-1.1 oz

Wingspan: 9.8-12.6 in

Bluebirds have a royal blue head with a rusty reddish-orange chest and white belly, as promised by their name. In the United States, they are perhaps the most desired birds of neartrees. The bluebird home business is thriving as a result. They’re quite common at feeders, but not as much in backyards. I was able to attract a mating pair with this birdhouse on Amazon, so I put up a birdhouse and started my luck.

Throughout Georgia all year, Eastern Bluebirds may be seen.

Mealworms on a tray feeder or in a dish may entice bluebirds to visit feeders, although they don’t usually eat seeds.


Scientific nameToxostoma rufum

Length: 9.1-11.8 in

Weight: 2.1-3.1 oz

Wingspan: 11.4-12.6 in

With a highly striped breast and belly, the brown thrasher is a mild brown. They have a yellow eye and a thick black beak. I suppose they’re termed thrashers because of the way they thrash through fallen leaves in search of bugs, although I’m not sure. The Brown Thrashers are regarded to have over 1100 different songs, including those of other species, and are skilled songbirds.

Any time of year, you may see Brown Thrashers in Georgia.

Bird feeders are not common among Brown Thrashers, although they may pick up seeds on the ground. They primarily eat insects by digging through fallen leaves and sticks.


Scientific nameTurdus migratorius

Length: 7.9-11.0 in

Weight: 2.7-3.0 oz

Wingspan: 12.2-15.8 in

Robins are most often seen hopping around the grass in search of worms and other invertebrates, which are very frequent in backyards. They do not eat seeds, and instead will occasionally feed at bird feeders. They are easily recognized due to their bright red, spherical bellies and yellow beaks.

Robins can still be seen year-round in Georgia, one of the southernmost states.

Meal worms, native fruit-bearing plants, or a bird bath are good attracting tools for American Robins since they don’t often visit bird feeders.


Scientific nameZenaida macroura

Length: 9.1-13.4 in

Weight: 3.0-6.0 oz

Wingspan: 17.7 in

Doves are a common sight in backyards and sit perched on telephone wires or in groups in trees, similar to the size of a robin. They’re sometimes seen on my tray feeder, but they’re more often seen wandering about on the ground. The mourning doves are mostly gray on top with a pale peachy color below. They have black markings on their heads.

Throughout the whole state of Georgia, Mourning Doves may be found year-round.

Doves are fond of seed feeders, but prefer to scour the ground for dropped seeds. Sprinkle some seeds on the ground or use a combination seed blend ground feeder.


Scientific nameSturnus vulgaris

Length: 7.9-9.1 in

Weight: 2.1-3.4 oz

Wingspan: 12.2-15.8 in

In the 1890s, 100 starlings were released in New York, and they have now spread throughout the United States. They’ll overtake feeders, destroying other birds’ nests and killing their eggs, and they’ll destroy other birds’ nests. They have yellow beaks and feet and are generally all black with white specks on their backs and wings. In certain lights, starlings may appear to be quite lovely, with a purple and green iridescent color.

Unfortunately, this invasive species can be found year-round in every single state, including Georgia.

Almost anything can be eaten by European Starlings. We recommend that you do not try to attract them, since they are an invasive species and will appear regardless.


Scientific nameSpinus tristis

Length: 4.3-5.1 in

Weight: 0.4-0.7 oz

Wingspan: 7.5-8.7 in

In the spring and summer, when their bright yellow feathers are in, I love seeing goldfinches at feeders. Males have a black cap on top of their heads and are mostly yellow, or “gold,” during this time period. These colorful patterns will be shed during the winter, and they’ll take on a more drab brownish or olive pattern. Their black wings and finch-like beaks will always distinguish them from other birds of any time of year.

In the northern half of Georgia, goldfinches can be found year-round, however they are most visible during the winter months in southern Macon.

Feathered feeders are preferred by goldfinches, although sunflower chips are also available.


Scientific nameThryothorus ludovicianus

Length: 4.7-5.5 in

Weight: 0.6-0.8 oz

Wingspan: 11.4 in

The top of these small birds is reddish-brown, while the bottom is a lighter orangish color. These are identifiable by their long, somewhat bent beak and bold white “eyebrow. While they prefer to hide in bushes and be difficult to see, their loud “teakettle-teakettle” cry is one that you would recognize.

During the year, Carolina Wrens can be found across Georgia and the entire southeastern United States.

The Carolina Wrens, as seen in the photograph above, are quite frequent in backyards and will often visit suet feeders.


Scientific nameSitta pusilla

Length: 3.9-4.3 in

Weight: 0.3 oz

Wingspan: 6.3-7.1 in

The beak of these tiny nuthatches is black, chisel shaped, the back is blue-gray, the chest and head are light brown. They are only found in the pine woodlands of the United States, and have a limited range. The direction of the sun is southeast. They spend most of their time hopping around tree trunks, hunting for insects and pine seeds. Several people believe the nuthatches make a squealing sound that resembles a rubber duckie.

Throughout the year, brown-headed nuthatches may be found in Georgia’s pine woodlands.

You may be able to attract these birds to your yard with a suet feeder, even though they are mostly forest birds.


Scientific nameHaemorhous mexicanus

Length: 5.1-5.5 in

Weight: 0.6-0.9 oz

Wingspan: 7.9-9.8 in

In Georgia, the House Finch is another frequent backyard species. They are not as despised as other invasive birds like House Sparrows or European Starlings, despite being invasive in the eastern United States. They may appear in huge flocks and mob your feeders if you attract them, which is rather simple to do. Males are brown in color with red on the head and chest, while females are completely brown.

Throughout Georgia, House Finches are common year-round, but they are more scarce near the southern boarder.

House Finches, like other finches, are fond of thistle feeders. They’re more frequent than Goldfinches at seed feeders, so offer them some black sunflower seeds if you want to attract them.


Scientific nameSetophaga pinus

Length: 5.1-5.5 in

Weight: 0.3-0.5 oz

Wingspan: 7.5-9.1 in

The bodies of Pine Warblers are yellow, and each wing has two white wingbars. Mature and immature females may have a more olive or brown coloration, while males may appear brighter. They are named after their habitat, since they spend most of their time high up in pine trees hunting for insects, which is the primary source of their nutrition. Nonetheless, pine warblers are one of the few warblers that eat seeds and visit bird feeders on occasion.

Pine Warblers are found throughout Georgia throughout the year, yet they migrate along the east coast.

Seed feeders with sunflower, peanuts, and millet are available for pine warblers, and suet feeders are also available.


Scientific nameSpizella passerina

Length: 4.7-5.9 in

Weight: 0.4-0.6 oz

Wingspan: 8.3 in

With a buffy gray breast, brown and tan streaked wings, rusty red cap, and a black line through the eye with white above, chipping sparrows have their most crisp feathers in the summer. Their markings in the winter may be less apparent, and their color might be more buffy-brown. Sparrows that feed on open ground are abundant.

Throughout much of Georgia, Chipping Sparrows may be seen all year round, but only in the far southern section of the state during the non-breeding winter season.

Backyard feeders are home to Chipping Sparrows, who prefer to stay on the ground and collect what has fallen. Sunflower and mixed seed, especially scattered on the ground, attract them.


Scientific nameMelanerpes carolinus

Length: 9.4 in

Weight: 2.0-3.2 oz

Wingspan: 13.0-16.5 in

In general, feeders and backyards are home to these medium-sized woodpeckers. The brilliant red stripe down the back of their heads is the first thing you’ll notice, despite the fact that they’re termed as “red-bellied.” Their white break is simple, and their “belly” section, which is usually not visible, has a pinkish red patch lower down. With the white and black barring on their wings, they are easily identifiable.

The whole state of Georgia is home to red-bellied woodpeckers, who live year-round.

While they will occasionally eat at seed feeders, particularly if peanuts are provided, attract Red-bellied Woodpeckers with a suet feeder.


Scientific namePicoides pubescens

Length: 5.5-6.7 in

Weight: 0.7-1.0 oz

Wingspan: 9.8-11.8 in

Downy’s are common backyard birds who enjoy visiting bird feeders. They’re one of the first species I see at a new bird feeder, and they’re the smallest woodpeckers in North America. Their red patch on the rear of their heads (in males, females have no red) helps to identify them. Their underbodies are completely white, their wings have black with white markings, and their heads are black and white striped. Downy’s are smaller than Hairy Woodpeckers, despite their outward appearance.

Throughout Georgia, the Downy Woodpecker can be found year-round.

At most kinds of bird feeders, the Downy Woodpeckers are common. Mixed seed, black sunflower seed, and suet are all available.


Scientific nameQuiscalus quiscula

Length: 11.0-13.4 in

Weight: 2.6-5.0 oz

Wingspan: 14.2-18.1 in

Grackles are also rather lovely in the right light with their iridescent feathers, despite being classified as a bully bird like the starling. They will roost alongside other kinds of blackbirds, ranging in the millions of birds, and they seem to be mostly black in color. Their rich coloring and yellow ringed eye make them obvious to identify.

Georgia is home to Grackles all year.

Grackles are often regarded as pests because they are foragers that will eat practically anything.


Scientific nameSitta carolinensis

Length: 5.1-5.5 in

Weight: 0.6-1.1 oz

Wingspan: 7.9-10.6 in

In most backyards within their range, White-breasted Nuthatches are a common feeder bird. The name comes from the way they stuff nuts and seeds beneath tree bark, then use their razor-sharp beaks to hatch them out. They appear to be better able to climb trees vertically than many other species of birds, which I found interesting. Their heads are striped with a dense black stripe, and their bellies are striped with white. Gray and black are the most common colors of their wings.

Throughout Georgia, White-breasted Nuthatches may be found year-round.

Most seed feeders will be visited by nuthatches, who will offer black sunflower seeds, peanuts, and suet to the birds. They like to get a seed and run away, either eating it or caching it in a neighboring tree.


Scientific nameMimus polyglottos

Length: 8.3-10.2 in

Weight: 1.6-2.0 oz

Wingspan: 12.2-13.8 in

The ability to imitate the songs of other bird species is what gives mockingbirds their name. A male mockingbird is thought to be capable of learning up to 200 different songs throughout its lifetime. The tail feathers of these medium-sized backyard birds are rather long, and they are generally gray and white in color. They frequently dwell in tall bushes and may become quite aggressive if a bird intrudes.

Throughout the year, Northern Mockingbirds may be found across Georgia.

Backyards are home to a lot of Northern Mockingbirds, but they don’t feed on bird seed. Using some of the other suggestions below, such as fruit-bearing bushes or a bird bath, entice them to your yard.


Scientific nameZonotrichia albicollis

Length: 6.3-7.1 in

Weight: 0.8-1.1 oz

Wingspan: 7.9-9.1 in

Much of the United States is home to white-throated sparrows. During the winter, they spend their time in Canada before returning to their breeding grounds. They are distinguished from sparrows by their white throat patch, as well as their strong facial pattern of black and white stripes above the eyes. Females often nest in secluded areas of thick brush and vegetation, typically on or just above the ground.

White-throated sparrows are frequent in Georgia, however they are only present from October to November.

Feeders attract white-throated sparrows, who like to collect dropped seed. Sunflower, millet, and mixed seed blends are available.


Scientific nameArchilochus colubris

Length: 2.8-3.5 in

Weight: 0.1-0.2 oz

Wingspan: 3.1-4.3 in

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are the most numerous kind of hummingbird in the nation, despite being only common in the eastern part of the United States. In the Eastern United States, they’re also the only hummingbird species that breeds. Males have a vivid ruby-red neck, which gives them their name. On their backs, wings, and heads, Ruby-throated Hummers are emerald-green with white underparts. The red throat feathers are absent from females.

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are the most common hummingbirds seen in Georgia, however there are a few other migrant species of hummingbirds. From spring to fall, they can be found all across the state.

If you put out nectar feeders, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are very common in the backyards, and this should be done in April or May.


Scientific namePipilo erythrophthalmus

Length: 6.8-8.2 in

Weight: 1.1-1.8 oz

Wingspan: 7.9-11.0 in

The Eastern Towhee, a delightful backyard bird, is always a pleasure to observe. With white wing patches, orange sides, and a white belly, both sexes have a dark head and back. Males have a black complexion, while females have a brown complexion. In the woods during spring and summer, they have a gorgeous song that has a recognizable sound. Towhees search for insects, seeds, and berries in leaf litter and vegetation, using master foragers as intermediaries.

During the year, eastern towhees can be found all throughout Georgia.

In my experience, Eastern Towhees seldom eat from bird feeders on a direct basis, although they are frequently seen hopping about the ground beneath them. In this sense, bird feeders may entice towhees.


Scientific namePasserina cyanea

Length: 4.7-5.1 in

Weight: 0.4-0.6 oz

Wingspan: 7.5-8.7 in

These stunning buntings go up from their wintering locations in Mexico and southern Georgia at night, heading north. Males are bright blue all over with some black on their wings, while females are mostly brown with just hints of blue. Rather of blue pigment, these birds’ feathers reflect light in a different way. Search for them in the summer, singing near fields and woods’ edges.

During the spring and summer, Indigo Buntings may be seen across Georgia.

They’ll occasionally come to feeders when you offer mixed seed and nyjer, but not as often as feeders.


Scientific nameColaptes auratus

Length: 11.0-12.2 in

Weight: 3.9-5.6 oz

Wingspan: 16.5-20.1 in

In backyards across the United States, these medium to big woodpeckers are fairly abundant, although they are not particularly common at feeders. Flickers are slightly less common at feeders than the other woodpecker species on this list, but if you know where to look, you can spot them in your backyard. They mostly eat insects and are more common at feeders. The black spots on their bellies, solid black bib, crimson patch on the back of their necks, and barred black and gray wings will help you identify them.

In backyards around Georgia, Northern Flickers may be seen year-round.

A suet feeder is visited by northern flickers on occasion, but they find their own food more often than not. If you have a bird bath, they’d be happy to visit.


Want to bring some of these birds home with you? Starting with the most obvious, take a look at these five basic principles.


Bird feeders or two are the greatest and simplest strategy to draw birds to your yard. A basic tube feeder, hopper feeder, platform feeder, or window feeder are all good starting options. For further ideas, check the sections below.


You can use a terra cotta flower pot saucer, like this one, instead of a pedestal birdbath like the one on Amazon. Birds need water not just to wash in, but also to drink, so adding a water feature to your property will significantly increase your effectiveness at attracting them. Consider adding a solar fountain, since moving water will attract the birds even more to the pool.


If placed in the proper location at the proper time of year, a number of bird species will readily take up residence in birdhouses. Among the most popular birds sought after for birdhouses are Eastern Bluebirds. A mating pair of bluebirds were inspecting my birdhouse in the same day I put it up in my yard, and he was looking for a nesting spot.


Make sure there are trees, shrubs, and plants in your yard that the birds may retreat to when they sense danger. Predators are mostly kept at bay by this. Do your best to add some landscaping features that will allow birds to look at your yard as safe if your yard is in a new subdivision with no mature trees.


Having native plants that produce nuts, berries, and seeds will only help your efforts to attract more birds for many birds that eat them. Moreover, since most songbirds feed insects to their hatchlings, native plants support caterpillars and other insects that feed many birds and support nesting birds. Native plants that promote a healthy ecosystem should be avoided, especially invasive and non-native plants.


People put up the following ten most prevalent bird feeders in their yards.

  1. The name “hopper feeder” comes from the fact that it has a hopper, or storage bin, in the center that holds bird seed. Birds may perch on the edges and consume from them. Many hopper feeders look like a house and are topped with a cover to protect the seed. For this kind of feeder, use black sunflower seeds or a combination of birdseed. This is one of my favorite squirrel-proof hopper feeders.
  2. Platform feeders are open on top and may be slung from a tree or hook, or pole-mounted. They are sometimes referred to as tray feeders. They’re simple to set up and ideal for feeding a wide range of birds. Every animal in your yard that can reach them will eat from them, even though they are completely open. For this sort of feeder, use black sunflower seeds or a combination of birdseed. In my backyard, I’m presently using this platform feeder.
  3. Tube feeders are simple plastic tube-shaped bird feeders that are used to feed birds. They may hold from a single batch of seed to 5 pounds or more. These are wonderful since they preserve your seed fresh and dry, while at the same time enabling you to replenish it when necessary. Tube feeders are used by several types of birds. In tube feeders, you can use black sunflower seeds as well as mixed seeds. This squirrel proof tube feeder is one of the best on the market, and it’s made by Squirrel Buster.
  4. Suet feeders are for suet cakes, which are bird food of one kind. They’re a very basic design, generally constructed of steel wire and with a tail-prop for bigger birds, that is sometimes coupled with a cage. When birds are looking for high-fat foods in the winter, suet feeders are a common sight, and woodpeckers frequent them. In order to attract bigger woodpeckers, such as the Pileated and Northern Flicker, I recommend getting a suet feeder with a long tail prop.
  5. Little bird feeders known as window feeders are suction-cup mountable devices that attach to a glass window. Tray feeders are open on top and you simply pour seed into the tray to replenish them, which is similar to how they work. These feeders are ideal for individuals who don’t have huge yards and attract a variety of different species of birds. They’re simple to set up. For this type of feeder, use black sunflower seeds or a combination of birdseed. This is, without a doubt, the most popular window feeder on Amazon, and maybe the most popular bird feeder overall.
  6. Thistle feeders, often known as Nyjer feeders, are specialized bird feeders specifically designed for thistle seed. Birds in the finch family, which includes the American Goldfinch and House Finch, are among the main types of birds that thistle feeders attract. Thistle feeders are often circular in shape and have tiny holes along the circumference of the circle, allowing birds to pick thistle out. Droll Yankees has a great thistle feeder.
  7. Ground feeders are tray feeders that sit on the ground and are more or less tray feeders. Mourning Doves and Juncos, as well as squirrels, raccoons, and other ground animals, will love them. For this sort of feeder, use black sunflower seeds or a mix of birdseed. This recycled plastic ground feeder might pique your interest.
  8. Another kind of specialty feeder for just one species of bird, orioles, is the oriole feeder. Little plastic or glass dishes made for holding jelly, which orioles love, are commonly used as feeders. They are generally orange in color. Another favorite food of orioles is orange halves, which you can stick onto the feeder. A 4 jelly trays oriole feeder holds orange halves here.
  9. Hummingbird feeders, sometimes known as hummingbird feeders, are made to extract sugar water from floral nectar. I frequently see Downy Woodpeckers at my feeder, despite the fact that they are meant for hummingbirds. Hummingbird nectar may be created without boiling the water by reading this article. There’s no need to spend a lot of money on a hummingbird feeder since they’re simple and cheap, as shown in the one I’ve personally used and like.
  10. Peanut feeders are tube-shaped devices made of metal wire mesh material that are similar to thistle feeders in design. To allow for whole unshelled or shelled peanuts to pass through the holes, the holes in the wire mesh are spaced much farther apart. These should be filled with peanuts and attract birds like Blue Jays. This Squirrel Buster squirrel feeder is the best option if you want to keep squirrels out of your peanut feeder. The simpler one will suffice in most cases.


If you want to go out and about with your hobby, Georgia is a fantastic place to visit. If you’d like to get more involved, the Georgia Audubon Society hosts meetups, seminars, field excursions, and birding tours.

Take a look at this list I’ve put together of some popular birding sites in Georgia if you’re a Georgia resident and want to add some new species to your life list.


  • Burrell’s Ford
  • Kennesaw Mountain
  • Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge
  • Phinizy Swamp Nature Park
  • Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge
  • Jekyll Island

Audubon’s Important Bird Areas in Georgia can help you discover even more.

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