Tennessee and the Smoky Mountain area are known for the beauty that nature has blessed them with, in the form of gorgeous mountain views, bubbling streams, lovely waterfalls, and colorfully beautiful birds!  Just what type of bird could an enthusiast find in the region?  Here are 10 of the most eye-catching species of beautiful Tennessee birds:

1. The Goldfinch

These friendly birds love being in areas where humans are, utilizing the birdfeeders that people have in their lawns.  They also love orchards, fields, and meadows where weeds are plentiful for food.

2. The Northern Cardinal

A pretty songbird, cardinals are known for their vibrant red hue.  They stand out against the green foliage of Tennessee and are slated to be a good luck charm.

3. The Indigo Bunting

These tiny beauties love forest edges, so the wooded areas of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park will be a choice location for spotting them!  It loves insects and berries, so look for bushes and trees that bear sweet little fruits.

4. The Rose-Breasted Grosbeak

Upon first glance it may appear that these lovely birds may have been hurt and therefore are bleeding down the front, but no, that’s their way of securing a great mate!  The males are the only ones with the distinctive red splotch.  They love forest areas with lots of trees to build their nests and they generally stay in the treetops.

5. The Blue Jay

These lovelies mingle with humans and like to be in areas such as parks and mixed woods that aren’t too densely packed.  They fly slowly, so capturing a photo of one should be a pretty easy feat.

6. The Prairie Warbler

Look in low bushes and trees for these bright songbirds!  Watch them wag their tailfeathers as they delight you with a song.

7. The American Redstart

They were just made for Halloween with their black and orange feathers!  They also enjoy low bushes or trees, especially near a body of water.

8. The Northern Parula

They nest where moss is grown, residing in cup nests.

9. The Tufted Titmouse

You will find them in shrubs, parks, and mixed woods.  They are extremely cute when they puff up their feathers!  The titmouse is friendly and curious, often seen on window ledges peeking into homes to see what’s going on!

10. The Purple Finch

They have mainly been bullied from Tennessee by the House Finch, but catching sight of one is a rare treat!  They are gorgeous and can be found looking for seeds, insects, and berries on the ground.

Birdwatchers can delight in a vast array of visual eye candy while in the Tennessee/Smoky Mountain area of the United States.  Have your binoculars and cameras ready, maybe a sweet bird will land on your shoulder and sing you a song!

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