Birds of Kansas

The state of Kansas has around 479 bird species, as accepted by the Kansas Ornithological Society according to the April 2021 data. Out of these birds, 71 are accidental, and ten are hypothetical due to a lack of concrete evidence regarding their existence. The two extinct species in Kansas include the passenger pigeon and Gunnison grouse. Kansas boasts great birdwatching sites like the Cheyenne Bottoms, a wetland area in Barton County flocked by migratory birds during spring and fall.

The bright-colored Western meadowlark has been Kansas’ official state bird since 1937.

Birds of Kansas

  • Turkey Vulture
  • Mississippi Kite
  • Western Meadowlark
  • American Bittern
  • American Goldfinch
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk
  • Cooper’s Hawk
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Rough-legged Hawk
  • Least Bittern
  • Great Egret
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove
  • Mourning Dove
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo
  • Eastern Screech-Owl
  • Great Horned Owl
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Common Nighthawk
  • Chimney Swift
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Red-headed Woodpecker
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Western Kingbird
  • Eastern Kingbird
  • Warbling Vireo
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • Blue Jay
  • American Crow
  • Barn Swallow
  • Purple Martin
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • American Robin
  • Gray Catbird
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Brown Thrasher
  • European Starling
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Eastern Towhee
  • American Tree Sparrow
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Carolina Wren
  • American White Pelican
  • Swainson’s Hawk
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  • Indigo Bunting
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Eastern Meadowlark
  • Common Grackle
  • Great-tailed Grackle
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Orchard Oriole
  • Baltimore Oriole
  • House Finch
  • Pine Siskin
  • House Sparrow

Birds of Prey: Red-tailed Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Swainson’s Hawk

Water Birds: Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Least Bittern, American Bittern, American White Pelican

Backyard Birds: American Goldfinch, Dark-eyed Junco, Mourning Dove, American Robin, Tufted Titmouse

Common Birds Identification by Color

Yellow Birds

  • American Goldfinch
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Blue-winged Warbler
  • Western Meadowlark

Blue Birds

  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Mountain Bluebird
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Blue Jay

Black Birds

  • Great-tailed Grackle
  • Black-throated Sparrow
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • European Starling
  • Brown-headed Cowbird