University of Maryland Extension

Wildlife Management: Songbirds

Scott A. Smith
Northern Oriole

Songbirds are an important part of our wildlife heritage. They consume great quantities of pest insects and weed seeds each year. They enrich our lives with their interesting habits, brilliant plumage, and beautiful songs. They also serve as excellent biological indicators of the health of our environment. This fact sheet describes the characteristics, history, habitat, and management of songbirds.

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