For bird enthusiasts, offering food at feeders is a way to enjoy a close-up view of target species while helping them survive and thrive. This guide profiles 40 common feeder birds found in the Southwest United States, along with feeder types and recommended foods for attracting each species. Also included are comments about each species' habitat and behaviors.
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The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a world leader in the study, appreciation, and conservation of birds. Their hallmarks are scientific excellence and technological innovation to advance the understanding of nature and to engage people of all ages in learning about birds and protecting the planet. Founded in 1915, the Cornell Lab is a nonprofit organization whose vibrant community includes 400,000 citizen-science participants from all walks of life and 14 million bird enthusiasts of all ages who connect online at All About Birds.
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Dr. Emma Greig is the team leader for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Project FeederWatch, a major citizen-science program that engages bird watchers in a winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locales in North America. FeederWatch data help scientists track broadscale movements of winter bird populations and long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance. Emma holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and has studied birds in Australia, Malaysia, and most recently, the Sonoran Desert, the hottest desert of North America.