28 Birds That Start With B (Pictures & Facts)

Have you ever picked a letter of the alphabet and tried to find birds to match it? There are thousands of species of birds around the globe. The list below includes birds that begin with the letter b that may be found in the Americas, and is varied.


Just a small cross-section of the birds out there, and there are so many that begin with B. The names of the following 28 stunning and fascinating bird species begin with B.

Let’s dive in!


Scientific name: Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Lives in: Mexico border area, United States of America, and Canada.

The plumage of the majestic Bald Eagle makes it easy to identify. This nighttime hunter can be found across North America, with a black-brown body, white head and tail, and razor-sharp yellow beak and talons. They prefer large lakes or reservoirs as their preferred habitat. They mostly construct enormous, weighty nests out of sticks, grass, and moss that are 5-6 feet broad and 2-4 feet high. These nests may take three months to construct, although they will be used for many years.

Fun fact:  Since 1782, the Bald Eagle has been the national bird of the United States.


Scientific name: Icterus galbula

Lives in: Eastern United States as far as Montana. They are found in Southeastern America and South America in late summer.

With a black head and beak, orange plumage on the breast, shoulders, and underparts, rounded out with black wings and a white bar stripe, the Baltimore Oriole is easily recognized. Females and juveniles have duller, more yellowish hues at the same time. These migratory birds favor wooded regions and parks to forests, where they eat insects and ripe fruit.

Fun fact: Even if the fruit is ripe, the Baltimore Oriole prefers certain colored fruits (orange or darker). Oranges can entice them to your property.


Scientific name: Cyanocitta cristata

Lives in: United States (mainly eastern), parts of Canada

A mimic with complicated social connections, the Blue Jay is a mimic. They might utilize one of their cries to scare other birds away from a food source, similar to how the Red-shouldered Hawk does. The Blue Jay has a crest and is distinguished by its blue, white, and black plumage. Acorns are a favorite of this bird, and by setting out flat trays of food like sunflower seeds and peanuts in your yard, you may entice them to visit. Forest environments are appealing to Blue Jays.


Scientific name: Tyto alba

Lives in: Found worldwide, but the largest of this species is found in North America.

The nocturnal Barn Owl eats its meal in one bite. Unlike other owls, it has a ghostly white color at night and an unsettling, raspy cry. Dark eyes, white plumage, and buff-colored wings characterize the Barn Owl throughout the day. Because of habitat destruction, the Barn Owl population is declining in certain areas. They can easily hunt tiny creatures and roost in barns and abandoned buildings because their preferred habitat is grassland regions.

Fun fact:  They do this twice a day, using mealstuffs that they cannot digest, such as animal bones and fur. Researchers can use these pellets to figure out what they eat.


Scientific name: Patagioenas fasciata

Lives in: Forests of the Western United States and Canada, down into Western South America.

The blue-gray and gray-purple plumage of the Band-tailed Pigeon, with a white crescent-shaped band across the back of the neck and a black-tipped yellow beak, distinguish it from other pigeons. The female has the same coloration as the male, and is drabber. The more prevalent Rock Pigeon is occasionally mistaken with this pigeon. They feed on a plant-based diet and reside in wooded regions throughout the year.

Fun fact:  These birds travel in flocks and search for mates, covering up to three kilometers in pursuit of food.


Scientific name: Saucerottia beryllina

Lives in: Mexico and parts of southeastern Arizona.

In 1964, the United States saw the first appearance of the Berylline Hummingbird. Throughout the summer, a large number of them migrate from Mexico to southeastern Arizona. The iridescent green body, rust-colored wings, and tail of this hummingbird distinguish it. Except for the fact that the female creates its nest out of a range of materials, little is known about this lovely bird’s breeding habits.

Fun fact:  It is a vagrant bird and highly desired by U.S. citizens because they are only found in a restricted area of one American state. Birders are a group of individuals who enjoy birding.


Scientific name: Coragyps atratus

Lives in: South and Central America as well as the Southeastern United States

The dark black feathers, bare charcoal head, and white stars on the bottom of the wingtips distinguish the Black Vulture from other vultures. Carrion eaters, these birds prefer open country settings with quiet woodlands to roost in. They compensate for their lack of smell by tracking the turkey vulture to the slaughter spot, just like their brethren. They communicate via grunts and harsh hisses, and they have a restricted vocal range.

Fun fact: Even after fledging, the Black Vulture will give food to relatives and young.


Scientific name: Molothrus aeneus

Lives in: southern United States, Mexico and Central America

Females and juveniles range from black to gray-brown depending on whether they are found in the west or east of their range, while the Bronzed Cowbird male is black with a bronze sheen. Their crimson eyes are their most distinguishing feature. Towns and pastures are the preferred habitat of this songbird.

Fun fact: The Bronzed Cowbird is a brood parasite that deposits her eggs in other birds’ nests, allowing the hosts to raise them.


Scientific name: Sula leucogaster

Lives in: The Caribbean, Puerto Rico, and off the California and Florida coast.

In the United States, the Brown Booby is a rare sight in the water. It has a white underside and a light beak, as well as bright yellow webbed feet, and is named for its chocolate brown color. A preen claw, like that of other seabirds, is used to spread the waterproofing oil produced by a gland in the tail. By flying over the water and diving to capture their prey, they forage for fish.

Fun fact: Around the nest, these birds perform highly choreographed courting rituals.


Scientific name: Quiscalus major

Lives in: Gulf coast of the U.S.

Between the sexes, this omnivorous bird has two distinct looks. With a lengthy, spectacular tail, the male is a vivid blue-black color. The female, on the other hand, is a buff and brown color and is half the size of the male. Marshy places and urban places are home to the Boat-tailed Grackle, which prefers to scavenge around fast-food restaurants.

Fun fact: “If a youngling falls into the water, it may use its wings to swim for a brief distance.”


Scientific name: Picoides arcticus

Lives in: Western North America

The crown of adult males has a yellow patch, and this woodpecker is mostly black and white. Wood-boring beetle larvae and other beetles, spiders, and seeds are among the foods of the Black-backed Woodpecker, which is a forager. These creatures are forest dwellers who prefer recently planted woodlands (approximately. Their sooty plumage hides them from view for a year or more, as they burn forest.

Fun fact: Strangely, they are not found in the central and southern Rocky Mountains, despite their presence in neighboring regions.


Scientific name: Psaltriparus minimus

Lives in: Western North America, northern Central America

The Bushtit, a little downy songbird with insect-eating plumage, is a little grey and buff-colored bird. Low-hanging branches of woodlands and scrub areas are where you’ll find them. These birds are common, and they build unusual hanging nests.

Fun fact: The Bushtit family has seven additional members, all of whom live in Eurasia.


Scientific name: Vireo bellii

Lives in: large parts of Midwest to Southwest America and Mexico

Depending on the area you locate it in, this plain bird is tiny and has drab hues ranging from yellow and olive green to gray. They compensate for their lack of complexity with energetic singing, which you may observe them doing among the habitat’s thorn trees and scrub. They appreciate messy areas with overgrown brambles and brush heaps, as well as water.

Fun fact:  It is thought that all of the water drunk by Bells’ Vireo comes from their diet, which consists primarily of insects.


Scientific name: Setophaga castanea

Lives in: Eastern half of North America, from Canada to Mexico.

A little gray songbird with a yellow breast is the Bay-breasted Warbler. Males will display red, brown, and cream hues during the breeding season, eventually turning into a green and white warbler with a buff touch on the flanks in the autumn. Throughout the year, females are plain. Spruce budworms are their favorite insect to eat. This species, which lives in coniferous forests, is most often seen when it migrates, particularly near the Great Lakes.

Fun fact: This warbler’s population fluctuates dramatically, and their major food, the spruce budworm, is also subject to fluctuations.


Scientific name: Hirundo rustica

Lives in: widely distributed in North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia

The birds that live in the open fields are called barn swallows. The back of these colorful birds is dark blue, while the eyes and neck are orange. Their breasts and bellies range in color from light tawny to vivid orange. The long, deeply forked tail is one of their trademarks. They’re extremely nimble, swooping and swooping above water, fields, farmland, and meadows collecting insects.

Fun Fact: Cup-shaped nests, which are frequently found in the eaves of barns, gazebos, covered pavilions, and beneath bridges, are built using a combination of mud and grass.


Scientific name: Thryomanes bewickii

Lives in: Mexico, United States (mainly western), southern British Columbia

Bewick’s Wren has a brown back and light chest and a rounded body. Its beak, like that of most wrens, has a somewhat downward bend. The wings and tail are barred black, with a unique white “eyebrow.” They may range from a warm brown in humid areas to a more gray-brown in drier regions. They’re constantly moving from limb to limb, flicking their tail up and down and hopping from limb to limb.

Fun fact: Males are small singers who may recall up to 22 distinct songs.


Scientific name: Poecile atricapillus

Lives in: northern United States, Canada

Due to their “black cap” and black bib, chickadees are small little birds with rounded bodies that are readily identifiable. Their underbodies are fluffy and light, and their cheeks are solid white. Their wings and backs are blackish gray. They’re commonly seen darting back and forth from a feeder to cover and uncover the food on bird feeders.

Fun fact: Chickadees with black caps store seeds and can recall thousands of hiding sites. They conceal them to savor later.


Scientific name: Baeolophus atricristatus

Lives in: Texas, parts of Oklahoma, eastern coast of Mexico

Throughout their range, these little birds are abundant at feeders and in backyards. They have a little mohawk, just like cardinals, that helps you identify them from other birds. Titmice have a buffy orange under the wings and a black stripe on their crest. They are silver-gray on top and lighter on bottom.

Fun fact: About 250,000 years ago, the black-crested titmouse split from the tufted titmouse. Even today, the two species may hybridize.


Scientific name: Pheucticus melanocephalus

Lives in: United States (mainly western), Mexico, some areas of Canada

The annual return of Black-headed Grosbeaks to the United States is in Mexico during the winter. For any backyard bird enthusiasts, this is a treat. Males have more dramatic colors, with females having a streaky brown back and a pale breast but with a brown and white striped face. They have a bright orange breast with some yellow on the belly, and a black head and back with white wing spots. They can break open tough seeds with their fat beaks.

Fun fact: When it comes to incubating eggs and feeding the babies, both men and women share equal responsibility.


Scientific name: Sayornis nigricans

Lives in: western U.S., Mexico, Central America, northwestern coast of South America

Except for their white belly, Black Phoebe is a sooty and dark bird. The upper part of their head frequently appears to be peaked, and they have a thin black beak. The diet of black Phoebe’s is almost entirely insects, such as flies, beetles, spiders, bees and grasshoppers. They are members of the flycatcher family and share the name. They often perch low to the ground and pump their tail up and down, which is a common sight.

Fun fact: Black phoebe’s may occasionally pounce on minnows on ponds’ surfaces.


Scientific name: Pica hudsonia

Lives in: western U.S. and Canada

The black-billed magpie is a jay-sized crow that has the appearance of a magpie. Metallic blue on their wings, and a long tail. Black head, chest, and back, bright white shoulder and sides. Fruit, grain, insects, tiny mammals, carrion and eggs are all part of their varied diet. They’ve even been spotted hanging out on the backs of elephants and deer, looking for ticks in their hair. These vibrant birds may be observed perched on trees or lampposts, and they aren’t bashful. They may be rather boisterous, especially in groups.

Fun fact: We know these birds used to feed on the remnants of Plains Indians’ leftover bison hunts because of historical documents.


Scientific name: Euphagus cyanocephalus

Lives in: Canada, United States, Mexico

These common birds are often seen perched up in trees or on utility lines, or walking around the ground looking for food. Males are a dark species that seem to be black in direct sunlight but have iridescent blue, purple, and green colors. The beak is black, and the iris rings are yellow. Females have a black eye and are muddled brown all over. These blackbirds are sociable and will breed in colonies of 100 or more, forming small groups.

Fun fact: Brewer’s blackbirds are renowned for their ability to detect insects and notify farmers of the commencement of an insect pest outbreak, hence they’re known as “the farmer’s friend.”


Scientific name: Selasphorus platycercus

Lives in: western United States, Mexico, Guatemala

Males have a magenta throat and are mostly green and white with buffy sides. Males emit a shrill metallic trilling cry with specialized wingtips throughout the spring and summer. During the winter, these feathers degrade, and for the following spring breeding season, they are regrown. They can breed in elevations where nighttime temperatures drop below freezing. To conserve energy in cold temperatures, they enter a state of torpor, or semi-hibernation.

Fun fact: Despite the fact that they leave the United States Several have been known to stay at feeders in the winter.


Scientific name: Molothrus ater

Lives in: Canada, United States, Mexico

Because of the color of the males, as well as their tendency to flock in huge numbers (sometimes mixed with actual blackbirds), brown-headed cowbirds are often categorized as blackbirds. The iridescent black body of males is matched by a dark brown head. Females have a lighter brown coloration across their whole body.

Cowbirds lay their eggs in the nests of other species, which are called “nest parasites.” They may occasionally sneak one egg among the others or kick other eggs out of the nest to make room for their own. Several birds will raise the fledgling as their own, despite the fact that it is an imposter egg.

Fun fact: Brown headed cowbirds do not construct their own nests because they are nest parasites. Over 220 different bird species have been known to lay their eggs in the nests of others.


Scientific name: Sitta pusilla

Lives in: southeastern United States

The beak of these little nuthatches is black, the back is blue-gray, and the chest and head are light brown. Just like the American pines, they have a limited distribution. The southeast is the direction of the wind. They spend the majority of their time leaping up and down tree trunks, hunting for insects and pine seeds.

Fun fact:  Several individuals believe the nuthatches make a squeaking sound akin to a rubber ducky.


Scientific name: Toxostoma rufum

Lives in: United States, southern Canada

The breast and belly of the brown thrasher are heavily streaked. They have a yellow eye and a strong black beak. Since they thrash through fallen leaves in search of insects, I assume they’re called thrashers. Don’t quote me on that, though.

Fun fact: Brown Thrashers are masters of song, with over 1100 different songs, including those of other species, and are thought to have over 1100.


Scientific name: Amazilia yucatanensis

Lives in: Gulf coast of U.S. and Mexico

One of the biggest hummingbirds in the United States is the buff-bellied hummingbird. There is a population of them that calls southern Texas home, which is mostly located along the Gulf Coast in Mexico and the Yucatan Peninsula. After the breeding season, they seem to be among the few hummingbirds that travel north. As far as the U.S., it’s not too far north. But, it is also a concern in Texas, Louisiana, and Florida’s northern Gulf coast areas. The bill is crimson, with a black tip, the head is green, and the back and belly are buffy.

Fun fact: It may employ its greater size to drive other tiny hummingbirds away when visiting feeders, notably in the United States.


Scientific name: Lampornis clemenciae

Lives in: Mexico, southern U.S.

The biggest hummingbird species in the United States is the blue-throated mountain gem. Only Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas are known to have them. The face of both sexes is striped with white, the back is green, and the breast is gray. The throat of males is bright blue. Look for them in flower-lined streams in the wild. They only visit the United States on occasion. However, if they discover a particularly good feeding location during the breeding season, they may stay into the winter.

Fun fact: Because of its bigger size, this hummingbird beats its wings at a slower 23 times per second than most smaller species.


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