The Most Fascinating Birds Starting With N

With around 30 bird groups in existence all with their own sub-variants and classifications, there is a huge variety of birds to learn about with their particular characteristics that make them stand out as unique creatures. 

The Most Fascinating Birds Starting With N

Therefore it can never be a bad idea to learn more about these animals including how to recognise them and how they work within the ecosystem, after all they are around us every day and can be seen anywhere from our own back garden to fluttering around our workspace.

So that you can improve your bird knowledge and gain some new knowledge to share with friends and family, we have compiled some facts and general information about some of the most interesting birds starting with the letter N to make the list varied but also neatly organized, so let’s get into it. 



A bird everyone has seen or at least heard a few times lightly chirping outside their window, the nightingale is commonly found in Western Europe, Asia and Southern and East Africa.

They are incredibly small in stature, usually being no longer than 16 cm in length when fully grown, and have been included in some very famous fairy tales and legends because of their distinctive voice.

The nightingale has been known to be able to produce over 1000 different noises.

This is far more than other birds such as skylarks that can make around 340 noises and blackbirds that make around 100.

Nightingales are able to make this many noises because the part of the brain responsible for creating sounds is actually bigger in nightingales when compared to most other birds.

Northern Saw-Whet Owl

Northern Saw-Whet Owl

Commonly found flying around North America, the Northern Saw-whet owl is a migratory bird that will regularly move from higher to lower altitudes during the winter months. 

They are distinguishable not only for their large and wide deep black and yellow eyes, but also for having a large white ‘V’ on their forehead.

For the younger owls, their breast is more of a lighter cinnamon color.

An interesting characteristic of this owl is when it is threatened, rather than lashing out and becoming aggressive, they keep perfectly still.

Their calls are also very loud and expansive, capable of being heard from half a mile away. 

Northern Royal Albatross 

Northern Royal Albatross 

One of the biggest birds in the world, the Northern Royal Albatross originates from New Zealand and is white with a deep black color covering both of their wings.

Their wings especially are very big spanning around nine feet, they are known to live in colonies where monogamous pairs will take care of the chicks as a community. 

While they are very big and can be quite intimidating to other animals and even humans, the Northern Road Albatross are known as gentle giants regularly living into their 40s.

Due to a very slow reproduction rate and changes in habitat and climate, along with a storm on the Chatham Islands in 1985 which eliminated a huge amount of their nests, the population of these birds has unfortunately been declining gradually over the years causing it to become a priority in animal conservation.

Nuttall’s Woodpecker 

Nuttall’s Woodpecker 

Based in the oak woodlands of California, these small black and white striped woodpeckers circle around branches in the hunt for food and have sometimes been known to perch crosswise on a twig the same way that a sparrow does.

They are a bit different to the Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers because of the horizontal stripes that run down their backs.

Their lifespan is fairly short with the oldest ever captured Nuttall Woodpecker being only 8 years and 9 months old.

They were given their peculiar name in 1843 after William Gambell named the small bird after Thomas Nuttall who was a famous botanist of his day and is well known for his pioneering book manual on birds ‘A Manual of the Ornithology of the United States and Canada’.

Northern Screamer 

Northern Screamer

Originating from South America, specifically Colombia and Venezuela, these huge ungainly birds have very thick red legs, red faces and a wispy crest.

Their body is mostly gray with a black neck and white cheeks. 

They are actually very common, easily being found in wetlands, often being either alone or in a pair where they will often perch on top of trees or next to the water. 

They are given the name not necessarily because they scream a loud pitched noise when startled, but because they are just one member of the ‘screamer’ species in the small Anhimidae family, which are actually very closely related to ducks.



The neddicky is commonly found in the regions of Southern Africa often residing in light woodlands and shrublands where they will feed on termites, moths and grasshoppers along with a variety of different seeds and small grasses. 

They are incredibly small having a smooth brownish back and wings along with white underpass and a reddish brown cap.

They are a very vocal bird often chirping to alert others or to just enjoy themselves while they scan for prey.

They can also reproduce at quite a fast rate, being able to lay one egg a day or so after the first few eggs of the batch.


With such a large variety of bird families and groups all with their own characteristics, while you can focus on one particular group, it can also be a good idea to get a feel for multiple birds at once to gain information on how each type of bird likes to operate and their purpose within nature.

It is therefore always a great idea to order and research birds in ways like these which can allow you to find out about some of the most interesting birds in the world you may have never seen or even heard about before, but that are actually incredibly important to allowing our world to function as it does. 

Finally, checkout the entire series of birds that start with or begin with the letter: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z.

Olivia Kepner