Birds of Oregon

The Oregon Bird Records Committee (OBRC) recognizes 544 species living in the state according to the July 2021 records. One could find birds throughout Oregon, some seen year-round, and others spotted seasonally. The state’s southern, south-central, and southwestern parts are popular birding destinations.

The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in southeast Oregon is home to several migratory birds like trumpeter swan and white-faced ibis, particularly during summer, spring, and fall. Other popular spots include the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, and Fort Stevens State Park.

The western meadowlark has been Oregon’s state bird since 1927.

Birds of Oregon

Birds That Live on Coasts: Black-bellied Plover, Killdeer, Whimbrel, Black Oystercatcher, American Avocet

Backyard Birds:

All-year-round: Anna’s Hummingbird, Western Meadowlark, American Goldfinch, House Finch, Red-breasted Nuthatch

Migratory Birds:

In Summer: Sandhill Crane, American White Pelican, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Golden Eagle, Sage Thrasher

In Winter: Black-capped Chickadee, Chestnut-capped Chickadee, Lazuli Bunting, Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow

Birds of Prey: Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Red-tailed Hawk, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier

Common Birds Identification by Color

Yellow Birds

  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • American Goldfinch
  • Western Tanager
  • Common Yellowthroat

Blue Birds

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

Black Birds

Brown Birds

  • California Towhee
  • Brown Pelican
  • House Sparrow

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