While these birds are more common in other parts of the world, we have a few here in North America that are just as striking and interesting as their exotic cousins. General References: Bent, A. C. “Red-winged Blackbird.” 1958. Spotting the Red-Bellied Woodpecker is a year-round affair in Pennsylvania. These birds are a frequent visitor to my feeder and are adept at clinging to branches, trunks of trees and even doing some gymnastics on the feeder itself. Red plumage is quite common in the bird kingdom, especially in males, who use their red feathers to attract females. Sometimes the entire bird is mostly red. Bird and Parrot classifieds. In the United States and Canada there are many birds with either fully or partially red heads. The Red-Bellied Woodpecker is an interesting bird with a range that reaches into the Northeast, though they are also common in the Southeastern United States. This list of birds of Pennsylvania includes species documented in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania and accepted by the Pennsylvania Ornithological Records Committee (PORC). The birds come together for mating and actually select their nests together as a couple. And if you live in just the right habitat, near open fields with brushy areas, you be lucky enough to also enjoy another blue-colored bird in the yard: Blue Grosbeak.While the male is a stunning blue, his mate is a plain-Jane. Species who breed in the state, some of whom migrate, but whose northern and southern populations overlap, therefore creating an appearance of permanent status, but individuals in the summer are often different than the winter birds. Life Histories of Familiar North American Birds. Birds with red beaks can be especially striking, and such a beak can turn an otherwise drably colored bird into an eye-catcher. With its quiet calls and dense coniferous forest habitat, this nuthatch may be overlooked until it wanders down a tree toward the ground. Ie. Scientists have recently pinpointed how a bird’s genetic code allows them to produce red feathers.Birds take in yellow pigments, called carotenoids from their diet, then an enzyme called ketolase allows the bird to convert these to red pigments for the feathers. Orange birds of North America are found in many different bird groups, in the same manner as other birds of different common colours. How many kinds of birds with red heads could there possibly be? Sometimes the red color is more orange, sometimes it is more pink. As of June 2018, there were 432 species on the official list. In spring, summer, and early fall, watch for Indigo Buntings. Some are found in dry open areas such as the Say's Phoebe and the Hooded Oriole, whose habitat is sparse and dry. Red-tailed Hawk, Purple Finch. Browse through available pennsylvania birds for sale and adoption by aviaries, breeders and bird rescues. Sometimes there is just a touch of red. When the red-winged blackbirds swoop down into the rice plantations, grain fields, and corn fields, they are slaughtered in multitude (Life Histories). The birds are also occasionally a victim of brood parasites (Avian Web). Year-round, look for both Blue Jays and Eastern Bluebirds in the yard. It often shows little fear of humans, and may come very close to a person standing quietly in a conifer grove.