In Southern Ontario there are many birds that visit our bird-feeders and that we see in neighbourhood gardens, parks and golf courses.
Bird Watching is a fascinating hobby, and all that is required is a quiet spot to observe the birds, a pair of binoculars and a Bird book, such as the Peterson Guide or other field guide to help you identify the birds you see.
You can attract wild birds to your garden or back yard by choosing which plants and shrubs attract various birds.
Birds of Ontario Slideshow
A listing of all the bird species seen naturally in the Canadian province of Ontario was determined by the Ontario Bird Records Committee (OBRC). There are, as of 2008, 478 species on this list, 291 of which are known to breed in the province. Ontario has a considerable variety of bird species. One of the factors in this diversity is the size and range of environments in Ontario. Another is the Great Lakes where many birds use the shores as a stopping point during migration.
Several common birds in Ontario, such as the House Sparrow, the Rock Dove, the European Starling, and the Mute Swan are introduced species, meaning that they are not native to this continent but were brought here by man from Europe or elsewhere.
Clicking on the icon below will bring up our slideshow featuring 45 of the most common birds found in Ontario.