Birds in Massachusetts

Pileated woodpecker feeding chicks © Linda Cullivan
© Linda Cullivan

Discover the birds—and bird behaviors—most commonly encountered in Massachusetts. Learn about all the Commonwealth's breeding bird species in the Breeding Bird Atlas 2. Find out how different species in the state are coping with human development and climate change in the latest State of the Birds report.

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Woodpeckers Drumming & Recent Sightings

downy woodpecker © Donald Perkins
downy woodpecker © Donald Perkins

What's That Drumming?

In the spring, you might be awakened by a woodpecker drumming on metal outside your house or find holes in your siding created by a drilling woodpecker. 

Learn why they do this and how to deter them >


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Recent Sightings

Have there been any unusual or rare sightings in your area? Find out what birds are being seen where in Massachusetts with our regularly updated reports.

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Common Bird Species


Despite its small size, Massachusetts hosts more than 300 different species of birds each year. From the rarely encountered Northern Goshawk to the charmingly common Black-capped Chickadee, the birds of the Commonwealth come in all shapes and sizes.

Here are just a few of the species you're likely to encounter: