Birds of Ohio

Ohio has 442 bird species which the Ohio Bird Records Committee or ORBC accepts. Around 193 of them are recorded as breeding since these species are known to have a confirmed nest here in the recent times. Around 124 birds of Ohio are in the review list due to their rarity eight are introduced, and two extinct. The species that no more exist in Ohio include the passenger pigeon, and eskimo curlew.

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

Birds of Ohio

  • Northern Cardinal
  • American Crow
  • Eastern Screech Owl
  • Chimney Swift
  • Mourning Dove
  • Black-Capped Chickadee
  • Yellow-breasted Chat
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Blue Jay
  • Bobolink
  • Summer Tanager
  • American Woodcock
  • Black Vulture
  • Northern Harrier
  • Great Black-Backed Gull
  • Ring-necked Pheasant
  • Swamp Sparrow
  • Lark Sparrow
  • Chestnut-Sided Warbler
  • Bald Eagle
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Yellow-Throated Warbler
  • Blue-Winged Warbler
  • Cerulean Warbler
  • Northern Bobwhite
  • Sandhill Crane
  • Northern Shrike
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Greater Scaup
  • Osprey
  • Ruddy Duck
  • Golden Eagle
  • Tundra Swan
  • Greater White-fronted Goose
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  • Ovenbird
  • Trumpeter Swan
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Snow Goose
  • Allen’s Hummingbird
  • Black-chinned Hummingbird
  • Wild Turkey
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Cackling Goose
  • Lark Sparrow
  • Mute Swan
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • House Finch
  • Indigo Bunting

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

Common Birds Identification by Color

Black Birds

  • Common Grackle
  • European Starling
  • Rusty Blackbird
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Yellow-headed Blackbird

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