Birds of Connecticut

Connecticut is home to around 451 bird species, according to the checklist that the Avian Records Committee of Connecticut published on the 14th of March 2022. Three of the 451 birds are currently extinct: the Labrador duck, heath hen, and passenger pigeon. The several birds of prey like the sharp-shinned hawk, red-tailed hawk, and osprey are the big birds of Connecticut. When it comes to the smaller birds, the house wren, house sparrow, and American goldfinch top the list.

The American robin, a migratory songbird, has been Connecticut’s official state bird since 1943.

Birds of Connecticut

  • American Robin
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Broad-winged Hawk
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • House Wren
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Northern Harrier
  • Tree Swallow
  • Carolina Wren
  • Blue Jay
  • House Sparrow
  • Cooper’s Hawk
  • Mourning Dove
  • Pine Siskin
  • House Finch
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • American Goldfinch
  • European Starling
  • Song Sparrow
  • Gray Catbird
  • Black Scoter
  • Black Skimmer
  • Common Tern
  • Common Loon
  • American Black Duck
  • Least Tern
  • Snowy Owl
  • Seaside Sparrow
  • American Bittern
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Little Blue Heron
  • Black Rail
  • Rough-legged Buzzard
  • Blue-winged Teal
  • American Kestrel
  • Barn Owl
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Baltimore Oriole
  • Yellow Warbler
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Common Grackle
  • European Starling
  • Northern Flicker
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Purple Martin
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Wood Thrush

Rare Birds: Trumpeter Swan, Cinnamon Teal, Graylag Goose

Backyard Birds: American Robin, Blue Jay, Black-capped Chickadee

Common Birds Identification by Color

Black Birds

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

Yellow Birds

  • Yellow-throated Warbler:
  • American Goldfinch
  • Yellow-throated Vireo
  • America Yellow Warbler
  • Common Yellowthroat