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    The 17 Most Basic Birds In America

    "Ohmygod, I LOVE sparrows," said no one ever.

    17. Downy Woodpeckers

    Kelly Colgan Azar / Flickr: puttefin

    Look: woodpeckers are cool and all, but these guys barely count as woodpeckers. I mean, look at that tiny beak!

    16. Bluejays

    John Carrel / Flickr: 46355638@N00

    Sure, they're blue. But they're also loud and mean as hell.

    15. Mockingbirds

    TexasEagle / Flickr: texaseagle

    These jerks will scare all the other birds away from your feeders. Ugh.

    14. House Finches

    Art Jessen / Flickr: ajessen

    The females don't even have the splash of red. UGH.

    13. Pine Grosbeaks

    Greg Schechter / Flickr: gregthebusker

    While grosbeaks are moderately more colorful than house finches, they're just kinda "meh."

    12. Black-Capped Chickadees

    digital4047 / Flickr: wrasku

    Not a bad effort with the patches of white on the cheeks, but still just dull and uninspired.

    11. White-Throated Sparrows

    John Flannery / Flickr: drphotomoto

    Yellow eyebrows? REALLY?

    10. Mourning Doves

    TexasEagle / Flickr: texaseagle

    Mourning doves. Ugh that's so pretentious. You're a glorified pigeon.

    9. Grackles

    Nathan Rupert / Flickr: 28122162@N04

    LOOK AT THIS GUY. JUST LOOK AT HIM.

    8. Gray Catbirds

    vladeb / Flickr: 28122162@N04

    "CATBIRD" WTF

    7. Cardinals

    Jen Goellnitzn / Flickr: goellnitz

    You can't see them, but this cardinal is wearing tiny Uggs.

    6. Mallard Ducks

    Manjith Kainickara / Flickr: manjithkaini

    Your shiny green head does not make up for all the annoying poop you leave on pond shores, Mister Mallard.

    5. Robins

    Brendan Lynch / Flickr: brendanlynch

    "Hello, I will wake you up at sunrise every morning with my annoying song."

    4. Gulls

    Paul Sullivan / Flickr: pfsullivan_1056

    Not only are they everywhere on the coasts but THEY ARE SUCH TOTAL JERKS.

    3. House Sparrows

    Flickr: nathaninsandiego

    So drab and boring. GET SOME FASHION SENSE, SPARROW.

    2. Canada Geese

    JenniKate Wallace / Flickr: jennikate

    CANADA IS SUPPOSED TO BE NICE BUT CANADA GEESE ARE SO MEAN.

    1. Pigeons

    Alper Orus / Flickr: eorus

    Obviously.

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