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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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: