Birds of Ohio

Ohio has almost 500 birds accepted by the Ohio Bird Records Committee or ORBC. Around 200 of them are recorded as breeding species since recent nests have been confirmed in the state. Around 120 birds of Ohio are on the review list due to their rarity, while 8 are introduced, and 2 are extinct (passenger pigeon and Eskimo curlew).

The northern cardinal has been officially designated as Ohio’s state bird since 1933.

Birds of Ohio

Birds of Prey: Golden Eagle, Bald Eagle, Eastern Screech Owl, Osprey, Northern Harrier

Backyard Birds:

All-year-round: Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal, Black-capped Chickadee, Red-bellied Woodpecker, House Sparrow

Migratory Birds:

In Summer: Blue-winged Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Indigo Bunting, Red-eyed Vireo, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

In Winter: Downy Woodpecker, Tufted Titmouse, Dark-eyed Junco, White-breasted Nuthatch, House Finch

Water Birds: Greater White-fronted Goose, Snow Goose, Cackling Goose, Mute Swan, Trumpeter Swan

Rare Birds: Cinnamon Teal, Tufted Duck, Common Eider, King Eider, Common Ground Dove

Winter Birds: American Goldfinch, Blue Jay, Mourning Dove

Common Birds Identification by Color

Black Birds

Red Birds

Yellow Birds

  • American Goldfinch
  • Northern Flicker
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Common Yellowthroat

Blue Birds

  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Blue Jay
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  • Blue-Winged Warbler
  • Mountain Bluebird

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