Birds of Mississippi

Mississippi has around 426 bird species which the Mississippi Ornithological Society Bird Records Committee or MBRC accepts as per the March 2018 records. While 22 are casual, 90 are accidental, four are introduced, and two, the passenger pigeon and Carolina parakeet, have gone extinct.

The state has several birdwatching sites, like the Sardis Lake and Barnett Reservoir, which are home to several birds like grebes and loons, mostly during fall and winter.

The northern mockingbird has been Mississippi’s state bird since 1944.

Birds of Mississippi

  • Blue Gray Gnatcatcher
  • Loggerhead Shrike
  • Blue Jay
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Prothonotary Warbler
  • Brown Pelican
  • American Crow
  • Swallow-tailed Kite
  • American Redstart
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Bald Eagle
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Purple Martin
  • Blue Grosbeak
  • American Avocet
  • Evening Grosbeak
  • Great Egret
  • Western Sandpiper
  • Least Tern
  • Blackpoll Warbler
  • Field Sparrow
  • Cooper’s Hawk
  • Semipalmated Sandpiper
  • Piping Plover
  • House Finch
  • American Goldfinch
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  • Reddish Egret
  • Black Skimmer
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Mourning Dove
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • American Avocet
  • Saltmarsh Sparrow
  • Mississippi Kite
  • Barn Swallow
  • Song Sparrow
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • House Wren
  • House Sparrow
  • Red-breasted Merganser
  • Black-billed Cuckoo
  • Swainson’s Warbler
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Cerulean Warbler
  • Marsh Wren
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Indigo Bunting
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Wood Thrush
  • Chimney Swift
  • Blue-headed Vireo
  • Sanderling
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Short-billed Dowitcher
  • American Oystercatcher

Birds of Prey: Mississippi Kite, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk

Backyard Birds:

 All-year-Round:  Northern Mockingbird, Blue Jay, Mourning Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Carolina Chickadee

Migratory Birds:

In Summer:  Indigo Bunting, Chimney Swift, White-eyed Vireo, Blackburnian Warbler, Black-billed Cuckoo

In Winter:  Purple Martin, Swallow-tailed Kite, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Northern Parula, Barn Swallow

Birds That Live on Coasts: Least Tern, Reddish Egret, Marsh Wren, American Avocet, Red-breasted Merganser

Common Birds Identification by Color

Red Birds

  • Northern Cardinal
  • Vermillion Flycatcher
  • Red-headed Woodpecker
  • Northern Cardinal
  • House Finch

Blue Birds

  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Mountain Bluebird
  • Western Bluebird
  • Blue Jay
  • Blue Gray Gnatcatcher