Have you ever woken on a summer morning to the sound of birds singing outside your window? These birds are songbirds, and they’re among nature’s most beautiful animals. Songbirds live throughout the United States. These birds include robins, cardinals, swallows, blue jays and many other birds.
People love songbirds not only for their songs, but for their vibrant colors and interesting nests. Many songbirds are brown or gray, but some are blue, red, black or even purple. Songbirds are among the smallest birds.
Fun Facts about Songbirds for Kids
- Songbirds help people by eating insects that harm plants and trees. Songbirds can eat as many as 300 insects in a day!
- Each species makes a different song.
- Many songbirds migrate to Mexico or other warm places during the winter.
- In addition to insects, songbirds eat fruit, nuts and seeds.
- Songbirds build nests out of grass, yarn, mud, straw or other materials.
- Songbirds can perch, or hang onto, branches.
- Woken: to wake up
- Vibrant: bright
- Insect: bug
- Migrate: move temporarily
- Perch: grasp with feet
Learn More All About Songbirds
Watch this interesting video of the annual migration of songbirds from Gulf of Mexico to North America:
Question: Are songbirds endangered?
Answer: Most songbirds aren’t endangered yet, but their numbers are shrinking because they have fewer places to live and find food.
Question: Can songbirds fly?
Answer: All songbirds can fly.