Birds of Arkansas

According to the August 2018 list of the Arkansas Audubon Society, the state of Arkansas has about 419 bird species. Around 48 of them were classified as rare, four occasional, and 50 accidental. Five were said to have been introduced due to human intervention, three extinct, and five extirpated, i.e., found elsewhere but not in Arkansas.

The Eskimo curlew or northern curlew is one of the three extirpated birds also Critically Endangered at present. While the finches present here like the American goldfinch and house finch are among the smallest, the birds of prey like the red-tailed hawk and sharp-shinned hawk are two of the largest.

The Northern mockingbird has been Arkansas’ state bird since 1929. Known for its unique ability to mimic various sounds from cars to gates as well as calls of other birds, this bird is seen year-round.

Birds of Arkansas

  • Prothonotary Warbler
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Blue Jay
  • Carolina Wren
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • House Finch
  • Sharp-Shinned Hawk
  • American Goldfinch
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Mourning Dove
  • Baltimore Oriole
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • American Crow
  • Bullock’s Oriole
  • Swainson’s Warbler
  • Red-Shouldered Hawk
  • Brown-headed Nuthatch
  • Dickcissel
  • Red-Tailed Hawk
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Henslow’s Sparrow
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Indigo Bunting
  • Painted Bunting
  • American Bittern
  • Purple Martin
  • Marsh Wren
  • American White Pelican
  • Least Tern
  • Bonaparte’s Gull
  • Laughing Gull
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Mottled Duck
  • King Rail
  • Common Starling
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Horned Lark
  • Mississippi Kite
  • Great Blue Heron
  • American Wigeon
  • Mallard
  • Snowy Egret
  • Black-throated Green Warbler
  • Yellow Warbler
  • American Redstart
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler
  • Fox Sparrow
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Song Sparrow
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • Lesser Yellowlegs
  • Ruddy Turnstone
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove

Birds of Prey: Sharp-shinned Hawk,Red-Shouldered Hawk, Red-Tailed Hawk

Backyard Birds: Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal, Northern Mockingbird, Eastern Bluebird

Rare Birds: Ivory-Billed Woodpecker, Cinnamon Teal, Black Scoter

Water Birds: Mallard, American Coot, American Wigeon

Common Birds Identification by Color

Blue Birds

  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Blue Jay
  •  Great Blue Heron

Red Birds

  • House Finch
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Red Crossbill
  • Common Redpoll
  • Pine Grosbeak

Black Birds

  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • European Starling
  • Common Grackle
  • Rusty Blackbird
  • Red-winged Blackbird

Yellow Birds

  • American Goldfinch
  • Pine Warbler
  • Eastern Meadowlark
  • Nashville Warbler
  • Lesser Goldfinch

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