Common Bird Species in Massachusetts

Pileated woodpecker feeding chicks © Linda Cullivan
© Linda Cullivan

Find information about birds and bird behavior commonly encountered in Massachusetts. Learn about all the birds of Massachusetts in the Breeding Bird Atlas 2 and find out how they are doing in State of the Birds.

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House Finch or Purple Finch?

Male purple finch

Some birds, like the house finch and purple finch, are tricky to ID because they look so similar. 

We offer several tips to help you identify some of the most easily-confused birds that are common in Massachusetts. Learn More > 

Recent Sightings

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