Birds of Louisiana

The Louisiana Bird Records Committee (LBRC) identifies a total of 485 species dwelling in the state of Louisiana according to the August 2020 records. While 147 of them are classified as accidental, two have been declared extinct, two extirpated, and one hypothetical. While the finches here are on the list of small birds in Louisiana, the ferruginous hawk is one of the largest birds inhabiting Louisiana during early spring, late autumn, and winter.

The brown pelican has been designated as Louisiana’s state bird since 1966. In fact, the bird is found in abundance in the southern part of the state, earning Louisiana the nickname of the ‘Pelican State’.

Birds of Louisiana

Backyard Birds:

All-year-round: Northern Cardinal, Blue Jay, Mourning Dove, Northern Mockingbird, Carolina Wren

Migratory Birds

In Summer:  Prothonotary Warbler, Northern Parula, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat, Red-eyed Vireo

In Winter: Roseate Spoonbill, Black-bellied Plover, American Avocet, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs

Water Birds: 

Shore Birds:  Lesser Yellowlegs, Stilt Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Swamp Birds: American Bittern, Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, Tricolored Heron, Glossy Ibis

Birds of Prey: Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, American Kestrel, Swainson’s Hawk

Common Birds Identification by Color

Blue Birds

  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Mountain Bluebird
  • Western Bluebird
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Little Blue Heron

Red Birds

  • Roseate Spoonbill
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Hepatic Tanager
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Red-headed Woodpecker

Pink Birds

  • Pink Egret
  • Roseate Spoonbill

Brown Birds

  • Brown Pelican
  • Brown Bobby
  • Mourning Dove

Yellow Birds

  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Pine Warbler
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Great Crested Flycatcher
  • Eastern Meadowlark