Ontario Bird Facts

There are 501 species of birds in Ontario as determined by the Ontario Bird Records Committee (OBRC), as of July 2020 there were 501 species on this list, 291 of which are known to breed in the province.

The biggest bird in Ontario is the Bald Eagle, with a wingspan of up to 8 feet (2.5 m) for females, this white-headed bird of prey is the largest bird in Ontario.

The smallest bird in Ontario the Calliope Hummingbird which is only about 3 in long, but they can travel long distances from Canada to southern Mexico.

The most common bird in Ontario is the Black-capped Chickadee, which is seen in 45% of recorded checklists.

Ontario has 6 National Parks, 10 National Wildlife areas, and 9 Migratory Bird Sanctuary, that offer excellent bird watching opportunities if you want to get out and watch birds in their natural environment.

A little something about three common Ontario birds.

American Robin

Behaviour: loves to sing at dawn and dark
Food: Worms, insects, berries
Enemies: crows, jays, cats, raccoons
Habitat: Yards, open fields

Red Winged Blackbird
Behaviour: Male act s sentinel keeping predators away from the nest and will attack if danger is perceived
Food: insects, seeds
Enemies: foxes, owls, hawks, crows
Habitat: Wetlands, river valleys

Baltimore Oriole
Behaviour: Great weavers with intricate hanging nests
Food: insects, nectar, berries
Enemies: owls and hawks
Habitat: Open woods, tall trees

Looking for new visitors to your feeders? We carry a great selection of bird feeders that match the needs of a variety of Ontario birds.
Some of the most colourful winged visitors are presently on their migration path and will be arriving soon. Bird House Nature Company stocks feeders that specifically attract the spring arrival of Baltimore Orioles and Hummingbirds. These visitors are attracted to the bird feeder colour.
Visit us in-store and we can answer your questions and offer guidance to choices that suit your birding needs.