Birds of Delaware

The Delaware Bird Records Committee accepted around 420 birds as per the official list of September 2018, of which 93 were accidental and six introduced to North America, perhaps due to human intervention.

The Delaware Blue Hen, alternately called the blue hen chicken, has been adopted as the state bird of Delaware since the 14th of April 1939. A blue strain of the American gamecock, this one isn’t a recognized chicken breed.

Birds of Delaware

  • Northern Cardinal
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Blue Jay
  • Blue Hen Chicken
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • White breasted Nuthatch
  • American Robin
  • Mourning Dove
  • Band-rumped Storm-petrel
  • Salt Marsh Sparrow
  • European Starling
  • American Goldfinch
  • Marsh Wren
  • Common Grackle
  • House Sparrow
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Eastern Towhee
  • Mississippi Kite
  • Sandhill Crane
  • Swainson’s Hawk
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • House Finch
  • Reddish Egret
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • Chimney Swift
  • Snow Goose
  • Ross’s Goose
  • Carolina Wren
  • Wood Stork
  • White-faced Storm-petrel
  • American Crow
  • Mute Swan
  • Wilson’s Storm-petrel
  • Western Grebe
  • Clapper Rail  
  • Chuck-will’s-widow
  • Common Murre
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Wood Duck
  • Barred Owl
  • Allen’s Hummingbird
  • Black-backed Woodpecker
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • Broad-winged Hawk
  • Red-necked Grebe
  • Black Vulture
  • Broad-tailed Hummingbird
  • Rufuous Hummingbird
  • Eastern Screech Owl
  • Black-necked Stilt
  • Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
  • American Avocet
  • American Oystercatcher
  • Pied-billed Grebe

Backyard Birds: Northern Cardinal, Mourning Dove, Carolina Chickadee, American Goldfinch, Carolina Wren

Birds of Prey: Bald Eagle ,Black Vulture, Barred Owl, Broad-winged Hawk, Eastern Screech Owl

Birds Found in Marshes: Great Blue Heron, Salt Marsh Sparrow, Marsh Wren

Common Birds Identification by Color

Blue Birds

  • Blue Hen Chicken
  • Eastern Bluebird 
  • Blue Jay
  • Great Blue Heron