375 Species of Birds Have Been Recorded in Kentucky

Posted by Christy Caplan
Baltimore Oriole

Around 375 species of birds have been spotted in Kentucky, and about 150 of those regularly breed in the state. We compiled some of the most common Kentucky birds, from those that may be seen at a backyard feeder, or those that may be seen in more natural environments.

Nature.org tells us that these "common" birds visit Kentucky throughout the year.

Let's start with when birding is most popular in the state of Kentucky.


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  • Wood Duck
  • Ruby-throated hummingbird
  • Yellow-billed cuckoo
  • Baltimore Oriole
  • Green heron


  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Winter Wren
  • Hermit Thrush
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • White-crowned Sparrow


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  • Sandhill Cranes
  • Brown Creeper
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Fox Sparrow
  • Canvasback


  • Bay-breasted Warbler
  • American Redstart
  • Kentucky Warbler
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Indigo Bunting

Other common birds to look for in Kentucky?

Look for Woodpeckers, Blackbirds, Chickadees, Northern Cardinals, Grosbeak, Carolina Wren, American Crow, Vireo, Mourning Dove, Shorebirds, Junco, Downy Woodpecker, Vultures, Gull, Carolina Chickadee, American Goldfinch  House Finch, Sapsucker, Cowbird, Northern Mockingbird, Flycatcher, Northern Flicker, Common Grackle, Purple Finch, Mallard, European Starling, House Sparrow, Eastern Towhee, Rufous, Sandpiper, American Robin, Blue-Jay, Bald Eagle, Red-bellied Woodpecker, White-throated Sparrow, American Kestrel, Tufted Titmouse, Tanager, Great Blue Heron, Purple Martin, Wild Turkey, and Peregrine.

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

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375 Species of Birds Have Been Recorded in Kentucky