As with many classification systems there are some groups of birds that just don’t seem to fit anywhere. The birds pictured here belong to a variety of families and have a wide variety of foraging and breeding habits.
Blackbirds are a varied group. Eastern Meadowlarks are large and chunky with relatively short wings and tail, while Orchard Orioles are small and slender with a long narrow tail. Most blackbirds are found in open grasslands, but some (like orioles) prefer the edges of forests and shrub islands.
Members of the family Paridae, chickadees and titmice are small perching birds with strong feet. They also have short thin bills used for gleaning insects and seeds. Both nest in cavities and will sometimes use bird boxes.