More than forty kinds of birds that need young forest are considered Species of Greatest Conservation Need in the northeastern and northcentral states. They range from tiny flycatchers and warblers to robust grouse, and they feed and nest in dense vegetation that tends to vanish when trees get tall and prevent sunlight from reaching the ground.
Keep in mind that it's not just the species listed below that use young forest. Many birds that breed in mature forest shift from deep woods into young forest and other more-open habitats when their young leave the nest. In these thick places, fruits and insects abound. Eating such foods lets both the parents and young birds gain weight and strength quickly, in a setting where they can more easily evade predators such as hawks.
Learn about the following birds that depend on young forest: