30 Most Common Birds of Oklahoma

Posted by Christy Caplan
King Rail

Oklahoma has nearly 500 species of birds making the Sooner State a prime bird-watching territory.

According to Travelok.com, migratory birds pass through Oklahoma twice a year, bringing birds like Bald Eagles, American White Pelicans, Lesser Prairie-Chickens to the state.

The birding hot spots are so popular this year in the Sooner State, we're categorizing bird species by three popular destinations for birders. Grab your pair of binoculars.

Birding hotspots for your enjoyment thanks to the Audubon!

Red Slough Wildlife Management Area

Waterfowl! Shorebirds can be common in reservoirs with mudflats.

"The birds nesting in wetland areas include Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Hooded Merganser, Neotropic Cormorant, Anhinga, Least Bittern, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, White Ibis, King Rail, Purple Gallinule, Common Gallinule, Black-necked Stilt, and Least Tern."

Other breeding birds include Mississippi Kite, Willow Flycatcher, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Prothonotary Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Lark Sparrow, Painted Bunting, and Dickcissel.

Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge

Warblers seem to make every state's list and they're beautiful birds.

"Land birds nesting at Tishomingo include Wild Turkey, Mississippi Kite, Greater Roadrunner (scarce), Barred Owl, Red-headed Woodpecker, Western Kingbird, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Prothonotary Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Lark Sparrow, Summer Tanager, Blue Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Painted Bunting, and Dickcissel. The one-mile Craven Nature Trail is a good woodland birding walk, ending at a wetland called Dick's Pond."

Tallgrass Prairie Preserve

Oklahoma birds in this region sound incredible. One of my fave birds is turkeys!

"The booming of Greater Prairie-Chicken sounds across the grassland in spring, as does the chittering of Scissor-tailed Flycatcher and the Dickcissel singing its own name. Other nesting birds here include Northern Bobwhite, Wild Turkey, Upland Sandpiper, Loggerhead Shrike, Bell's Vireo, Grasshopper Sparrow, Henslow's Sparrow, and Painted Bunting. In winter, the prairie can host Northern Harrier, Rough-legged Hawk, Short-eared Owl, and Smith's Longspur. Sprague's Pipit sometimes visits during spring migration."

Other notable birds in Oklahoma?

Blackbirds, Hummingbirds, Nuthatch, Chickadee, waxwing, Towhee, Plover, Gull, Oriole, Loons, Thrashers, Gnatcatcher, Bluebirds, Cowbird, Grebe, Red-winged Blackbird, Tufted titmouse, American Robin,  Starling, Spoonbill, Harris, Downy, American Goldfinch, Mockingbird, Rufous, Egrets, Northern Flicker, House Sparrow, Blue Jay, Thrush, Downy Woodpecker, and Pileated Woodpecker.

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

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