- A-Z Animals
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 Prey: Mississippi Kite, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk
All-year-Round: Northern Mockingbird, Blue Jay, Mourning Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Carolina Chickadee
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