- A-Z Animals
Nearly 450 species of birds inhabit the state of Michigan that the Michigan Bird Records Committee accepts as per the January 2020 records. While 86 of them are accidental, 47 are classified as casual, and seven introduced as a result of human intervention. The only bird species extinct in Michigan is the passenger pigeon that was last recorded here in 1879.
Of the several birding sites located throughout the state, one of them is the Seney National Wildlife Refuge located over an area of about 95,000 acre. Of the several nesting birds dwelling here, a few include the common loon, trumpeter swan, osprey, and bald eagle. The sandhill crane is the largest of all the birds in Michigan, five feet tall, with a wingspan between six and seven feet. The finches and sparrows found here are among the smallest.
The American robin has been regarded the state bird of Michigan since 1931.
Birds of Prey: Red-Tailed Hawk, Broad-Winged Hawk, Red-Shouldered Hawk, Rough-Legged Hawk, Bald Eagle
Backyard Birds: Black-capped Chickadee, European Starling, American Crow, Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal
In Summer: American Robin, American Woodcock, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Mourning Dove, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
In Winter: Pine Siskin, Dark-eyed Junco, Snow Bunting, Downy Woodpecker, Red Crossbill
Water Birds: Wood Duck, American Wigeon, Mallard, Ring-necked Duck, Canada Goose