40 Birds of Alabama Every Resident Should Know

Posted by Christy Caplan
Northern Flicker

There are 420 species that comprise the official Alabama Ornithological (the study of birds) Society (AOS) state list. A total of 178 species are known breeders, including 158 species that regularly breed in the state.  In addition, there are 174 species that regularly winter in Alabama, and around 80 species migrate that through the state.

One of our fave birds on the list is the Northern Flicker, the state bird of Alabama.

Thanks to Outdoor Alabama's list, here are over 40 of our favorite bird of Alabama:

Blackbirds, Finches and Allies 

1. Grackles

2. Blackbirds

3. Orioles

4. Meadowlarks

5. Finch

Cranes, Rails and Allies

1. Coot

2. Rails

3. Moorhen

4. Limpkin

5. Gallinule

6. Cranes

7. Sora

Crows, Jays, Larks and Swallows 

1. Raven

2. Lark

3. Blue Jay

4. Purple Martin

Emberizids, Tanagers, Cardinals and Allies 

1. Sparrows

2. Grosbeaks

3. Junco

4. Dickcissel

5. Towhees

6. Buntings

7. Tanagers

8. Cardinal

Flycatchers, Shrikes and Vireos 

1. Flycatchers

2. Vireos

3. Kingbirds

4. Phoebe

5. Wood-Pewee

6. Shrike


1. Bittern

2. Vulture

3. Herons

4. Egrets

5. Ibis

6. Spoonbill

7. Stork

Starlings, Pipits, Waxwings, and Longspurs 

1. Starling

2. Pipits

3. Waxwing

Yet there are many more birds of Alabama worth talking about!

Alabama's bird wildlife also includes the following: The Warbler, Thrush, Hummingbirds, Woodpecker, Pelicans, Eastern bluebird, Downy Woodpecker, Loon, Pine warbler, Thrasher, Carolina Chickadee, Eastern Towhee, Red-bellied woodpecker, Osprey, Mockingbird, Sandpiper, Northern Cardinal, American Robin, Cooper's Hawk, Bald Eagles, Wild Turkey, Sapsucker, American Goldfinch, Ruby-throated hummingbird, Mourning dove, Grebe, Swallow-Tailed Kite, House Finch, Chipping Sparrow, Shorebirds, and Cowbird.

Have you ever seen or heard of these wild birds? Please leave us a comment below!

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