Arkansas is Home to Around 350 Species of Birds

Posted by Christy Caplan
Mockingbird

The mockingbird is the state bird of Arkansas! We love researching all the state birds but this one is my favorite.

Around 300 species of birds call Arkansas home year-round, including bald eagles, barn owls, blue jays, woodpeckers, cardinals, finches, flycatchers, and various shorepeckers.

Most common birds in Arkansas

According to Only in Arkansas, some of the most common birds include:

  • The American crow
  • Ruby-throated hummingbird
  • Yellow-billed cuckoo
  • Broad-winged hawk,
  • Great horned owl
  • Blue jay
  • American robin
  • Eastern bluebird
  • Sedge wren
  • Northern mockingbird
  • Various sparrows
  • Wood thrush.

"Our waterways are home to beautiful birds such as the great blue heron, great egret, belted kingfisher, and the red-winged blackbird. Wintertime brings even greater variety to Arkansas's bird population as birds seasonally migrate, seeking our warmer temperatures over the colder months. Geese, loons, seagulls, mallard ducks, and the short-eared owl are some of the Arkansas "winter dwellers" that concentrate in our lakes and swamps every year."

Arkansas's list of rare, endangered, and extinct birds is looking different, too.

"For example, the ivory-billed woodpecker is a prime example of birdlife affected by deforestation, and the willow flycatcher (discovered by John James Audubon during his Arkansas exploration), is now an extremely rare bird in danger of extinction due to agricultural development. The bald eagle was once a "disappearing" bird (due to the pesticide DDT) but has since managed to recover and thrive in our state."

Other birds in Arkansas?

Wood duck, European Starling, Mourning Dove, Waterfowl, Cowbird, Oriole, Thrasher, House Sparrow, Goldfinch, Tanager, Chickadee, White-throated sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Cedar Waxing, Warbler, Common Grackle, Nuthatch, Plover, Bobwhite, Cedar Waxing, and Tufted Titmouse.

Have you ever seen any of these birds? Please leave us a comment below!

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Arkansas is Home to Around 350 Species of Birds