Birds of Indiana

The Indiana Bird Records Committee or IBRC enlists a total of 422 birds as per the December 2016 records. The three extinct species in the state include the whooping crane, gray partridge, and the greater prairie chicken.

The northern cardinal has been designated as Indiana’s state bird since 1933. This bright red songbird occurs in Indiana all year round.

Birds of Indiana

Backyard Birds:

All-year-round:Northern Cardinal, Downy Woodpecker, House Finch, House Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco

Migratory Birds:

In Summer: American Robin, Mourning Dove, Red-winged Blackbird, Song Sparrow, Brown Thrasher

In Winter: White-throated Sparrow, American Tree Sparrow, Snowy Owl, White-breasted Nuthatch, Red-bellied Woodpecker

Birds of Prey: Northern Harrier,Bald Eagle,Sharp-shinned Hawk, Broad Winged Hawk, Mississippi Kite

Water Birds: Great Blue Heron, Great Egret,Snowy Egret,Little Blue Heron, Cattle Egret

Rare Birds: Lark Bunting, Royal Tern, Golden-crowned Sparrow,Curlew Sandpiper,Asian Hooded Crane

Common Birds Identification by Color

Blue Birds

  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Blue Jay
  • Mountain Bluebird
  • Blue Grosbeak
  • Steller’s Jay

Black Birds

  • Common Grackle
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Brewer’s Blackbird
  • American Crow

Red Birds

Yellow Birds

  • Common Yellowthroat
  • American Yellow Warbler
  • American Goldfinch
  • Baltimore Oriole
  • Yellow-breasted Chat

White Birds

  • Great Egret
  • White-tailed Kite
  • White-winged Dove
  • Greater White-fronted Goose