20 Types Of Birds That Start With N (Pictures)

Have you heard of the Neddicky, or the Nihoa Finch? Most people are acquainted with the northern cardinal and maybe the nightingale. You’ll learn about these and other birds who have one thing in common in this article. Let’s explore the alphabetical birds beginning with N.

Have you heard of all of the birds that begin with N? They come from all around the globe.


Scientific name: Luscinia megarhynchos

With its brown and pale grey body, a nightingale is a plain bird found in Western Europe, North Africa, Asia Minor, Southern, and East Africa. The nightingale’s excellent voice is what it is noted for.

As a result, it’s become part of folklore, legends, and stories. During the winter, the nightingale travels from Europe to Africa. Because part of its brain is bigger than that of other birds, the nightingale can create around 1000 distinct sounds.


Scientific name: Branta sandvicensis

When there were only about 30 Nene left in the wild, Hawaii designated them as the state bird in 1957. The population has grown gradually since then, and there are now about 2500 birds.

The body of the Nene is grey, and the neck is white with black stripes. It has a black face. The Nene is a rare and endangered goose.


Scientific name: Falco cenchroides

In Australia, New Guinea, and Indonesia, the Nankeen Kestrel is a medium-sized bird of prey. The nape of the neck is crimson-brown, and the wings are white. Its wings have a dark tip on each of them.

These birds are frequently seen perched on posts or trees that have died. They can fly in the air and stay in one position for a long time, which was popular for trading in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.


With a brownish back and wings, white underparts, and a reddish-brown head, the Neddicky is a tiny mid to southern African bird. The bird is a talker, to say the least.

Termites, moths, and grasshoppers are among the foods that neddickies consume. After the first few eggs in a batch, the Neddicky may lay one egg every day or so.


The North American mottled brown-and-white Owl, the Saw-whet Owl, is a small owl. It has two white eyes with a white ‘v’ between them. The chest of the fledgling owl is coated in cinnamon. Throughout the winter, it is a migratory bird that descends from higher to lower elevations.

When people perceive the owl to be tame, they remain still when it is threatened. The Northern Saw-whet Owl’s call can be heard from half a mile away, even though it is so small.


Scientific name: Diomedea sanfordi

The Taiaroa Head, New Zealand, home of the Northern Royal Albatross is one of the world’s largest birds. It’s a white bird with black on the tips of its large wings. Monogamous couples take care of the chicks in these birds’ colonies, which they do as a community.

A solitary bird, the Northern Royal Albatross favors islands. The Northern Royal Albatross is becoming more well-known thanks to a webcam installed at Taiaroa Head.


Scientific name: Chauna chavaria

With a black body and wings, red legs, a white face, and a red stripe around the eyes, the Northern Screamer is a very large bird native to Colombia and Venezuela. The white underwing flies freely and may be seen.

It is most often seen on the ground and lives in wetlands. The Northern Screamer’s call is a high-pitched yelp that gives it its moniker.


Scientific name:  Drymodes superciliarisu

The Northern Scrub Robin has unusually long legs for an Australian bird. With its white front and belly, brown back, and black and white striped wings, it is immediately identifiable.

In terms of conservation, its population is stable and is considered to be of low concern. The black diagonal line that runs straight across the Northern Scrub Robin’s eye is its most distinguishing feature.


Scientific name: Caprimulgus europaeus

Wales, Northern England, Southwest Scotland, North America, Southern Africa, and South America are all home to nightjars. A medium-sized bird, the nightjar is a frequent sight. It has a pointed tail and a flat head, and it is grey-brown in color. The large eyes of this nocturnal bird help it hunt at night.

It breeds on the ground and resides in open meadows. Because their coloring matches the bark, nightjars may vanish into a tree during the day.


Scientific name: Dryobates nuttallii

The male Nuttall’s Woodpecker, like many of his relatives, has a crimson head that stands out against its black and white striped body. This little bird pecks away at the bark until it is exposed in search of food.

If you reside within the Nuttall’s restricted range in California, where it is endemic, putting out a suet ball may attract Nuttall’s Woodpecker to your urban garden.


Scientific name: Hedydipna metallica

The Nile Valley Sunbird has a shorter beak than most of its relatives, and it can be found in Northern and Eastern Africa, as well as Saudi Arabia. The male has a glossy green head, a black head, a yellow front, and a long tail.

The female has a shorter tail and is less noticeable. The male Nile Valley Sunbird’s tail grows at least 2 inches (5 cm) longer throughout the breeding season.


Scientific name: Apaioderma narina

The green head and red breast of the Narina Trogon make it a readily visible species. Metallic blue-green tail feathers cover the bird. The bird is difficult to see, despite its bright plumage.

In Sub-Saharan Africa, where it occurs, it may be found in a large area and is classified as Least Concern. The Trogon Narina is a cosmopolitan species because of a combination of KhoiKhoi and French languages.


Scientific name:  Telespiza ultima

The Nihoa Finch is found on the island of Nihoa in a tiny population that dwells in a very restricted area. Its conservation status is Endangered because it is vulnerable to any changes in the climate.

With their unusual yellow heads and breasts, these finches are tiny birds. On Nihoa Island, near Hawaii, the Nihoa Finch is one of only two native bird species.


Scientific name: Accipiter gentilis

Like Red-tailed Hawks, Northern Goshawks are big birds of prey. Your best bet is to cautiously walk and listen in mature woods with huge trees, since they dwell in enormous woodlands and may be difficult to detect. They are also known for attacking anybody who gets too close to their nests and young.

Adults have a light stripe across their eyes and are dark slate gray on top with barred light gray underparts. The Northern Goshawks prefer to live and breed in the upper levels of the woods. These birds are mostly opportunistic feeders, feeding on other birds, mammals, carrion, and insects in a variety of ways.


Scientific nameColaptes auratus

In the United States, these medium to big woodpeckers can be found in abundance in backyards. They’re among my favorite birds in North America, in my opinion. Flickers prefer to locate prey on the ground rather than in trees, unlike other woodpeckers.

Their black patches on the bellies, solid black bib, buffy brown face, and barred black and grey wings will help you identify them. The males have a crimson mustache, while the females do not. You may find bright red feathers on the bottom of their wings and tail in Oregon, which is known as the “red-shafted” kind.

Northern Flickers will visit suet feeders just as often as other woodpecker species. You may observe them digging around for insects if you have some leaf piles in your yard.


Scientific nameCardinalis cardinalis

The Northern Cardinal is one of the most recognized and widespread backyard birds in North America. Females have duller hues and are more pale brown with some reddish hue, while males have vivid red feathers with a black mask.

The mohawks and reddish orange beaks of both sexes are immediately distinguishable. Most seed feeders will be visited by Cardinals, who will offer black sunflower seeds in exchange for mixed seed blends.


Scientific name: Leiothlypis ruficapilla

A Nashville Warbler’s most prominent plumage color is yellow. They have big, round eyes due to the white circles around their eyes.

Alexander Wilson, a Scottish-American poet, naturalist, and artist who is regarded as the “Father of American Ornithology,” discovered the Nashville Warbler for the first time. In 1811, he first saw the bird in Nashville, Tennessee.

You might see the following additional warbler species in Tennessee.


Scientific name: Surnia ulula

While some migratory birds have strayed into extremely northern United States, the northern hawk owl is a permanent resident of most of Canada and Alaska. The states of the United States are listed below. They have the most hawk-like appearance of all owls.

Northern hawk owls are mostly diurnal birds that hunt during the day, unlike most owls and unlike hawks. Night is when they roost in trees, and they will sometimes hunt at night. Hawk owls, unlike barn owls, rely mostly on sight to locate their food.


Scientific nameCircus hudsonius

With their owlish faces, a white patch on the tail, and their trademark gliding style with wings in the form of a V, the Northern Harrier is simple to spot. The term “majestic” is a great description for these birds. They’re frequently spotted in wetlands, farmland, and other large expanses of open land.

Small mammals are the main food of the Northern Harrier. Harriers, unlike other kinds of hawks, rely heavily on their hearing to capture prey.


Scientific nameMimus polyglottos

The ability of mockingbirds to imitate the songs of other species of birds gives them their name. A male mockingbird may master up to 200 different songs throughout its lifetime, according to estimates.

The rather long tail feathers of these medium-sized backyard birds distinguish them from other species. They are primarily gray and white in color. They may be found in high bushes and may be quite territorial of approaching birds.

Backyard Northern Mockingbirds are very common, but they don’t visit bird feeders very often. Some of the other suggestions below, such as fruit bearing bushes or a bird bath, may entice them to your yard.

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