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17 Birds That Start With T (with Pictures)

Learn about birds that start with all 26 letters of the alphabet!

There are millions of birds found throughout the world of all shapes, sizes and colors. We chose just a small sampling of 17 birds for our list of birds that start with T. From titmice to tinamou, there are some truly unique and interesting birds that start with T from all over the world. 

Let’s have a look!

17 Birds that start with T

Below is a list of 17 bird species whose name starts with T. Let’s take a look at these tantalizing, terrific and tremendous birds! 


1. Taiwan barbet

Taiwan Barbet | image by LiCheng Shih via Flickr | CC BY 2.0

Scientific name: Psilopogon nuchalis
Lives in: Taiwan

The plumage of this bird is one of the features that make it so exquisitely beautiful and unique. Its plumage is mostly green, and it has a yellow throat and forehead and a yellow-greenish belly. Its lower malar and ear-coverts are blue and there is a blue and red band on its chest. They can be found in gardens, forests and parks, and their sounds range from a croak to bubbing hoots.

Fun fact about Taiwan barbets: Its name translates to “five-colored bird” in Chinese and it is known as the “spotted monk of the forest” in Taiwan. 

2. Taiwan blue magpie

Taiwan Blue Magpie | image via Flickr | CC BY-SA 2.0

Scientific name: Urocissa caerulea
Lives in: Taiwan

A striking bird with a blue body, dark head, reddish-orange bill, legs and feet, and an extra long tail with white-tipped feathers. Taiwan blue magpies are considered to be scavengers and are omnivorous. They sometimes forage in small flocks and feed on insects, small rodents, snakes, carrion, fruits, seeds, and chicks from other birds. 

Fun fact about Taiwan blue magpies: They often store food on the ground and cover the food with leaves. They may return later to retrieve their food. 

3. Tufted Titmouse

Scientific name: Baeolophus bicolor
Lives in: eastern United States

These little birds are very common at feeders and in backyards within their range. Like cardinals, they have a small crest (mohawk) that helps you tell them apart from other birds. Titmice are silver-gray on top and lighter on bottom, with a black patch just above their beaks and buffy orange on their sides. 

Fun fact about Tufted Titmice:  While the titmouse nests in tree holes, they can’t create these holes on their own and use old woodpecker holes. 

4. Tamaulipas Pygmy Owl

Tamaulipas Pygmy Owl | image by Annika Lindqvist via Wikimedia Commons | CC BY-SA 4.0

Scientific name: Glaucidium sanchezi
Lives in: northeast Mexico

The Tamaulipas pygmy owl used to be considered birds of “least concern” but their numbers are fast declining due to deforestation. The population is estimated at 50,000 and the owls are now considered near-threatened. They are heard more often than seen, giving their hooting call at any time during the day.

Fun fact about Tamaulipas pygmy owls: Often considered a solitary bird, they may live alone or in pairs and during the breeding season as a family. 

5. Tambourine dove

Tambourine Dove | image by Lip Kee via Flickr | CC BY-SA 2.0

Scientific name: Turtur tympanistria
Lives in: Senegal, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa

These doves have a brown back with a white chest, belly and face. Most often found in thickets, moist woodland, rainforest and plantations. They prefer to stay a bit hidden in the thick understory and are often seen on the ground. Eggs are incubated by the male and female. Chicks hatch in roughly two weeks and it takes an additional two weeks for chicks to mature to fledgling status. 

Fun fact about Tambourine doves: Tambourine doves love to eat seeds from the castor oil plant but also feed on other seeds and small fruit. 

6. Tanager Finch

Tanager Finch | image by Tony Castro via Wikimedia Commons | CC BY-SA 4.0

Scientific name: Oreothraupis arremonops
Lives in: Columbia, Ecuador

Interestingly, their name is deceiving as the bird is neither a Tanager nor a Finch, but recently moved to the category of “new world bunting”. Their habitat is tropical and subtropical moist montane forests. The tanager finch has a chestnut brown body, black head and white head stripes. Sadly, these birds are threatened due to habitat loss. 

7. Tanimbar Corella

Tanimbar corella (Goffin’s cockatoo) | image by Jason Thompson via Flickr | CC BY 2.0

Scientific name: Cacatua goffiniana
Lives in: Tanimbar Islands archipelago in Indonesia

Tanimbar corellas are small, white parrots. There have been various scientific studies conducted on the behavior of these birds. The studies found that these birds are highly intelligent and that they developed tool-use behavior while in captivity. Their populations are declining in their native range on the Tanimbar islands, however they have also been introduced and established in Taiwan, Singapore, Puerto Rico and Japan.  

Fun fact about Tanimbar corellas: Further studies conducted by several universities determined that these birds were able to solve complex mechanical problems. 

8. Tree Sparrow (American)

Image: Fyn Kynd / flickr / CC BY 2.0

Scientific name: Spizelloides arborea
Lives in: United States and Canada

American tree sparrows breed in the far northern tundras of North America, then migrate quite a distance down to spend the winter in the northern half of the U.S. and southern Canada. Identifying features of this sparrow are its slightly rounder shape, rusty cap, and bicolored bill that is dark on the top half and yellow on the bottom half. These sparrows forage in fields and are experts and shaking seeds loose from dried grasses. They will come to backyard feeders and forage through backyard weeds. 

Fun fact about tree sparrows: European settlers in America thought these sparrows looked very similar to the Eurasian tree sparrow, thus giving it its name. However they actually behave differently and are more ground birds, that look for food and even nest on the ground

9. Three Toed Woodpecker (American)

Scientific name: Picoides dorsalis
Lives in: Across most of Canada and Alaska, along Rocky Mountain corridor

These woodpeckers have a black back with the center of the back barred black and white, underparts white, flanks barred black and white. Males have a yellow spot on their forehead while females do not. Most woodpeckers have four toes – two pointing forwards and two backwards. However as its name suggests, this woodpecker only has three toes and they all point forwards. Instead of doing heavy drilling into trees to find their food, they prefer to flake off the bark with their bills. Typically stick exclusively to dead or dying trees.

Fun fact about three toed woodpeckers: The three-toed woodpecker breeds farther north (upper Canada into Alaska) than any other woodpecker.

10. Tataupa tinamou

Tataupa tinamou | image by Dario Sanches via Wikimedia Commons | CC BY-SA 2.0

Scientific name: Crypturellus tataupa
Lives in: South America

The Tataupa tinamou can be found in dry forests located in tropical/subtropical areas of southwestern South America. Alternatively, they can also be found in lowland moist forests. Their diet consists of fruit which they gather from the ground or from low-lying bushes. Other food that they enjoy to eat include leaves, flower buds, seeds, and roots. 

Fun fact about Tataupa tinamous: Males are responsible for incubating eggs. Interestingly, these eggs may come from as many as four different females. 

11. Taveta weaver

Taveta Weaver | image by Dick Daniels via Wikimedia Commons | CC BY-SA 4.0

Scientific name: Ploceus castaneiceps
Lives in: Kenya, Tanzania

Due to their vibrant yellow coloring, it’s no surprise these birds are also known as the Taveta golden weaver. The males are craftsmen when it comes to building, weaving intricate and extravagant nests. The nests are attached to stems of grass/reeds, and are usually built over water. 

Fun fact about Taveta weavers: They are known as songbirds, but, according to past observers, these sounds are not pleasing to listen to. Their song/call is very unique but has often been described as sounding “weird”.

12. Tennessee warbler

image: Mike’s Birds | Flickr | CC 2.0

Scientific name: Leiothlypis peregrina
Lives in: North America, Central America, the Caribbean, South America

Like most warblers, these birds are nervous and forage very quickly. During the breeding season, these birds form mixed flocks, but are solitary when nesting. Their habitat of choice includes coniferous forests, boreal bogs, as well as early successional woodlands. While spending their winters in tropical forests, they will drink flower nectar by piercing the base of the flower tube. During their breeding season in Canadian forests, they eat mainly caterpillars.  

Fun fact about Tennessee warblers: Females build cup-shaped nests made from dried grass and moss while the inside of the nest is lined with softer grass, hair, and stems. 

13. Trumpeter Swan

Trumpeter Swan

Scientific name: Cygnus buccinator
Lives in: Alaska, Canada, scattered populations in northern U.S.

A beautiful all white swan with a long skinny neck and a black beak. The black of their beak extends back to their eyes. Their large size makes taking off into flight difficult, and they need about 100 yards to get a running start. These swans like swallow waters of ponds, lakes, rivers and marshes. 

Fun fact about trumpeter swans: With males weighing in at 26 pounds, they are North America’s heaviest flying bird. 

14. Tawny Frogmouth

Tawny Frogmouth | image by patrickkavanagh via Flickr | CC BY 2.0

Scientific name: Podargus strigoides
Lives in: Australia, Tasmania

These birds were described in 1801 by an English naturalist named John Latham, with their squat neck and wide mouth giving them a frog-like appearance. They are carnivorous birds and their diet mainly consists of vermin found in farms, homes, or the garden. Tawny frogmouths are viewed as Australia’s top pest-control birds. They have a wide variety of bird songs and calls. These songs/calls often convey messages about territory, sex, food, or predators. 

Fun fact about tawny frogmouths: Tawny frogmouths are an excellent example of mimicry in the wild, often camouflaging themselves against tree bark, almost completely undetectable. 

15. Tawny-capped Euphonia

Tawny-capped Euphonia | image by Francesco Veronesi via Wikimedia Commons | CC BY-SA 2.0

Scientific name: Euphonia anneae
Lives in: Columbia, Costa Rica, Panama

The Tawny-capped euphonia is a member of the bird family Fringillidae. Members of this family have short, conical bills well adpated for eating seeds and nuts. Its natural habitat includes tropical and subtropical moist montane and lowland forests, as well as degraded former forests. These birds are small and finch-like. Its entire crown is russet-orange against an otherwise dark head and back. Their chest and belly are yellowish-orange. These birds can often be found in pairs or in small flocks. 

Fun fact about Tawny-capped euphonias: They are known for their near-constant singing. Their song can be described as “Pe-we,” “beem-beem,” and “see-see.

16. Turkey Vulture

turkey vulture | Image by Marianne Flückiger from Pixabay

Scientific name: Cathartes aura
Lives in: North, Central and South America

Turkey vultures are large scavengers. They have a dark brown body with white under their wings. Their pinkish head is featherless, which helps them to not have constantly dirty face feathers when sticking their heads into animal carcasses to eat. Vultures generally do not kill prey themselves, but rather sniff out animals that have already died or been killed by other predators.  

Fun fact about turkey vultures: Researchers believe turkey vultures can smell carrion over a mile away.

17. Tree Swallow

tree swallow
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Scientific name: Tachycineta bicolor
Lives in: throughout North America, parts of Central America

Tree swallows often just look gray or black, however in the right light you can see they actually contains hues of metallic blue, green and purple. Their bellies are plain white. Swallows are amazing acrobatic fliers that can dive, twist and turn easily on their long wings to chase insects in the air. 

Fun fact about tree swallows: Their name comes from the fact that they nest in tree cavities, but they will also use appropriately sized birdhouses.