Birds of Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Ornithological Society’s Bird Records Committee or OBRC accepts 480 species living in Oklahoma. One hundred six of these birds are accidental, seven introduced, and two, namely the passenger pigeon and Eskimo curlew, have gone extinct.

The scissor-tailed flycatcher, also called the Texas bird-of-paradise, has been designated as Oklahoma’s state bird since 1951, mostly in summer.

Birds of Oklahoma

  • Anhinga
  • American Avocet
  • American Bittern
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
  • Least Bittern
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Yellow-headed Blackbird
  • Indigo Bunting
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Bufflehead
  • Lark Bunting
  • Canvasback
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Blue Jay
  • Painted Bunting
  • Western Bluebird
  • White-faced Ibis
  • Snow Bunting
  • Common Bushtit
  • Mountain Bluebird
  • Gray Catbird
  • Ring-necked Pheasant
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Black Phoebe
  • Yellow-breasted Chat
  • Lazuli Bunting
  • Bobolink
  • Northern Bobwhite
  • Brant
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Mountain Chickadee
  • American Coot
  • Sandhill Crane
  • Neotropic Cormorant
  • American Tree Sparrow
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Brown Creeper
  • White-winged Crossbill
  • Red Crossbill
  • American Crow
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo
  • Black-billed Cuckoo
  • Long-billed Cuckoo
  • Dickcissel
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Broad-billed Hummingbird
  • Tricolored Heron
  • Black-chinned Hummingbird
  • Calliope Hummingbird
  • Mississippi Kite
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Rough-legged Hawk
  • Rufuous Hummingbird
  • Green Heron
  • Little Blue Heron
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk
  • Bald Eagle

Birds of Prey: Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk

Backyard Birds:

All-year-round Northern Cardinal, Blue Jay, American Crow, American Robin, Carolina Chickadee

Water Birds: American Avocet,Green Heron, Great Blue Heron, Little Blue Heron

 Rare Birds: Wood Stork, Yellow-throated Warbler, Fish Crow, Ash-throated Flycatcher

Common Birds Identification by Color

Yellow Birds

  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • American Goldfinch
  • Dickcissel
  • Western Kingbird
  • Cedar Waxwing

Red Birds

  • Northern Cardinal
  • House Finch
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Red-headed Woodpecker
  • Summer Tanager

Black Birds

  • European Starling
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Great-tailed Grackle
  • Common Grackle
  • European Starling

Blue Birds

  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Mountain Bluebird
  • Blue Jay
  • Western Bluebird
  • Great Blue Heron