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In Backyard Birding - Common Birds in Our Backyard, I listed nine of the most common birds in my backyard in southeast Michigan and I included...

Bird populations across Europe have experienced sharp declines over the past 30 years, with the majority of losses from the most common species, say the University of Exeter, the RSPB and the Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme (PECBMS) in a new study. However numbers of some less common birds have risen.

Sibley Backyard Birding Flashcards: 100 Common Birds of Eastern and Western North America by David Allen Sibley

While many hummingbirds have green and white plumage, the vibrant shades on the white-throated hummingbird (Leucochloris albicollis) make it exceptionally beautiful. The bird’s head, flanks, chest and back are an iridescent green that may show shades of turquoise or teal in bright light, while the throat and abdomen are a starkly contrasting white. These are common birds easily found in Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina and Bolivia. Photo © Carlos Henrique Almeid

The cactus wren is the largest wren in the United States, at 8 1/2 inches. The brown-backed bird has a conspicuous long, white eye stripe and a heavily spotted breast. It is a common bird among thorny shrubs and cholla cactus in deserts and arid hillsides in the Southwest. This bird is also found in shade trees and open mesquite close to human habitation.

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