16 Birds That Start With G (Pictures & Info)

Birds may be found in all corners of the globe. Birds may be found on every continent, from drab to colorful and big to little. Our list of birds that begin with G includes 16 species, some of which are common enough to be seen in your yard and others that may reside in more distant or exotic places.

Let’s have a look!


From ducks to owls, here is a list of 16 bird species with names beginning with G. Let’s have a look at these lovely, fascinating birds!


Scientific name: Mareca strepera

Lives in: North America, Europe and Asia

Ducks that eat aquatic plants are known as gadwalls. The black rump patch on the males, as well as the black, white, and brown patterns on their wings while flying, are used to identify them. Male beaks are generally black, but female beaks are a mottled brown coloration that extends across the face.

Gadwalls occasionally raid the larder of other ducks, and the oldest known Gadwall was 19 years old.


Scientific name: Bucephala clangula

Lives in: Canada, the United States (especially northern), northern and middle Europe and parts of Asia

Male goldeneyes have blackish-green heads with a white circular patch between the eye and the base of the beak, and are named for their yellow iris. Brown heads, a pale neckband, and gray back and sides distinguish female goldeneyes. Their wide skulls and yellow eyes are the most well-known features. Ponds, marshes, and lakes are home to the common goldeneye.

Interesting fact about the Common Goldeneye:  The goldeneye was dubbed the “whistler” because of its wing whistling while in flight, according to hunters. The sound is amplified in the cold.

Other Goldeneyes:  The Barrow’s goldeneye, which is primarily found in the northern parts of the United States, is another very similar species. In both Canada and the United States.


Scientific name: Spatula querquedulaLives in: Europe, across the Palearctic, southern Africa, India (Santragachi), Bangladesh (in the natural reservoirs of Sylhet district), and Australia.

A little duck that lives in or near wetlands. The large, white eye stripe on males’ heads is their most distinguishing feature. The plumage of these ducks is a mix of gorgeous designs, despite the fact that they are not a colorful duck. It’s difficult to tell female brown-winged teal apart from female blue-winged teal.

Interesting fact about Garganey:  They are a single-species bird that breeds in couples. Each hatch yields 7 to 9 eggs.


Scientific name: Strix nebulosa

Lives in: far northern U.S., Canada, northern Europe and small clusters in northern Asia

The magnificent huge gray owl has a obvious circular pattern on the face and is large, mottled brown and gray. Against their pale gray complexion, their yellow eyes stand out. These owls prefer to live in boreal woodland and fly under the cover of evergreens. During the winter, they may eat up to seven mouse-sized creatures every day, making them experts at hunting small creatures.

Interesting fact about the Great Gray Owl: they can break through very hard packed snow to reach small mammals underneath.


Scientific name: Bonasa umbellus

Lives in: Canada, southern Alaska and some northern U.S. states

The sexes are difficult to distinguish, even though males are larger than females. Plumage is made up of whites, browns, and grays in a variety of different designs. Their legs are covered in feathers all the way down to their toes, and they have feathered nostrils. The ruffed grouse’s mixed plumage and blending into the forest floor make it impossible to see. They prefer to walk along the ground rather than fly in short bursts.

Interesting fact about Ruffed Grouse:  The most common resident game bird in North America is the buffed grouse.

Other Grouse: There are over ten varieties of grouse in the world.


Scientific name: Larus glaucescens

Lives in: along the Pacific coast of North America and far western Asia

A grey-winged, white-bodied, and heavy yellow beak gull. Since most gulls have black-tipped wings, the tips of their feathers on their wing are white, making them easy to recognize. In the winter, they get extremely molted and turn brown. They hunt for food in tidepools and even municipal parks and landfills, on rocky coastlines.

Interesting fact about the Glaucous-winged gull: It may even prey on unattended Glaucous-winged Gull chicks, as it attacks rabbits and pigeons.


Scientific name: Anser albifrons

Lives in: Europe, Asia, and North America.

A stocky body, short orange legs, and a crimson-orange beak distinguish the bigger white-fronted goose. Their rump is white, and their beak is ringed with white. They have a grayish-brown body with a white rump. In larger groups of Canada Geese, they are frequently seen.

Interesting fact about the greater white-fronted goose:  To preserve enough reserves for egg laying, females will gain 30% more weight before migrating north.


Scientific name: Tringa nebularia

Lives in: Northern Europe, southern Asia, Africa, and Australia.

The common greenshank has long slender legs and a long slender beak, and it is a tiny to medium-sized water dweller. Their long legs, combined with their long beak, let them swim through shallow water foraging for food. Their legs have a light greenish color, and their bills are somewhat upturned.

Interesting fact about Greenshank:  They have been known to fight and sing after establishing territory.


Scientific name: Eolophus roseicapilla

Lives in: Australia

The pink and grey cockatoo, sometimes known as the rose-breasted cockatoo, is another name for Galahs. They have grey wings, a pink body, and a little pink head-capped of feathers. They are huge parrots with a grey coloration. The males are dark brown and the females pinkish red, and the sexes may be distinguished by eye color. They seem to have thrived with European settlement, whereas most species have suffered as a result of habitat loss. They are found across most of Australia and appear to be adapting well.

Interesting fact about Galah:  They’ve been documented to flock in huge groups of thousands.


Scientific name: Quiscalus mexicanus

Lives in: United States, Mexico, Central America and far northern South America.

In the right light, great-tailed grackles appear blue, green, and purple in hue. They are frequently black in color. They’ll sometimes roost with other kinds of black birds. Males have a solid coloring, a long, slender body with an unusually long tail, and a yellow ringed eye that makes them easy to spot. Although they have the same yellow eye, females are around half the size of males and are dark brown above and paler brown below.

Interesting fact about Great-tailed Grackles:  The sugarcane fields of Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, where they may number in the millions, are one of their largest winter roosting groups.


Scientific name: Accipiter gentilis

Lives in: North America, Europe and spotted throughout Asia.

The Goshawk family includes a variety of species, one of which is found in the United States. The northern goshawk is the species in question. Goshawks are all birds of prey that feast on tiny birds and creatures. The back and chest of the northern goshawk are dark gray, with a white and gray stripped belly. Their red eye is distinctive, and their white eye stripe is big. The Northern Goshawks are a rare bird that hides in vast woodlands and is not commonly seen in the United States.

Interesting fact about the Northern Goshawk:  On his helmet, Attila the Hun wore a picture of a Northern Goshawk.


Scientific name: Falco rusticolus

Lives in: northern United States, Canada, Greenland and northern Europe

With a 48 inch wingspan, the gyrfalcon is the world’s largest falcon. They nest on cliffs and live in the high Arctic. Ptarmigan, a ground bird in the grouse family, is their most common food source as hunters. They don’t nest in the United States, though. During the winter, they do visit the northern states from time to time. A dark gray back banded with white, or a white back flecked with black, are the two color morphs of gyrfalcons.

Interesting fact about the Gyrfalcon:  A Gyrfalcon family requires 2-3 pounds of food per day throughout the breeding season.


Scientific name: Melanerpes uropygialis

Lives in: southern California, Arizona, southern New Mexico, Baja California, Mexico

As long as there are Saguaro cactus, the gila woodpecker is an expert on living in treeless deserts. Before moving in, the gila removes its nest from the top of the cactus and waits for it to dry up. The wings and tail of a Gilas are boldly patterned with black and white stripes. On the forehead of males, there is a red patch.

Interesting fact about the Gila Woodpecker:  The woodpecker will wait months before moving in after excavating a nesting hole in the cactus. The cactus’s inner pulp will dry and harden if this is the case.


Scientific name: Dumetella carolinensis

Lives in: United States, Mexico and Canada

Catbirds are robin-sized birds with a long tail, a black head cap, and slate gray coloring all over their bodies. Their tails have a rusty red patch that’s just visible. Catbirds are known for their love of singing, and they can imitate and repeat what they hear, much like mockingbirds. In order to create their own song, they will frequently string together several songs stolen from other birds. Catbirds are attracted to native fruit-bearing trees and shrubs, and they adore to eat fruit.

Interesting fact about Gray Catbirds:  They acquired their name after a Meowing Cat-like cry that they frequently emit.


Scientific name: Myiarchus crinitus

Lives in: eastern half of North America, Central America, northern South America

The eastern United States is home to this huge flycatcher family member. To breed, they have to go through each spring. With a warm brown back, gray face, and yellow belly, they are roughly the size of a robin. Although their head isn’t particularly high, it does have a squared-off look due to the crest. High up near the tops of trees, large crested flycatchers can be difficult to see.

Interesting fact about the Great Crested Flycatcher:  Snakeskin is frequently used in their nests. Nearly every great crested flycatcher nest will have shed snakeskin in places where it is readily accessible, such as Florida.


Scientific name: Spinus tristis

Lives in: United States, Canada, parts of Mexico

In the spring and summer, the American goldfinch has brilliant yellow feathers. Males have a black cap on top of their heads during this time, and they are generally yellow or “gold” with black-tipped wings. Their brilliant yellow color fades to a dull brownish or olive shade during the winter, and they molt. The black on their wings and their finch-like beaks will always distinguish them from other birds.

Interesting fact about the American Goldfinch: The American Goldfinch, unlike many other songbirds, does not begin egg production until June or July, when milkweed and thistle produce downy seeds that the birds use in their nests and feed their young.

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