Birds of Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Avian Records Committee acknowledges 431 species to have been living in Rhode Island since July 2019. While 109 are vagrants or accidental visitors, six are introduced, and two extinct, namely the passenger pigeon and great auk.

The Rhode Island Red is a domestic American chicken breed designated as Rhode Island’s official state bird since 1954.

Birds of Rhode Island

  • Osprey
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • American Woodcock
  • Snowy Egret
  • Rhode Island Red
  • Great Egret
  • American Redstart
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Indigo Bunting
  • Tree Swallow
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Canada Geese
  • Wild Turkey
  • Bald Eagle
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Grey Catbird
  • Mute Swan
  • Red-Winged Blackbird
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Mallard
  • Song Sparrow
  • Eastern Towhee
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Baltimore Oriole
  • Cooper’s Hawk
  • American Robin
  • Bald Eagle
  • Broad-Winged Hawk
  • Common Tern
  • Great Egret
  • Blue Jay
  • Blue-Grey Gnatcatcher
  • House Finch
  • Rusty Blackbird
  • Barn Swallow
  • Palm Warbler
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Common Grackle
  • Blue-winged Warbler

Backyard Birds: American Robin, Song Sparrow, American Crow, American Goldfinch, Mourning Dove

Migratory Birds:  

In Summer: Barn Swallow, Blue Jay, House Finch, Rusty Blackbird, Palm Warbler

In Winter: Dark-eyed Junco, Tufted Titmouse, Red-bellied Woodpecker, White-breasted Nuthatch, Evening Grosbeak

Birds of Prey: Red-tailed Hawk,Bald Eagle,Broad-Winged Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk

Common Birds Identification by Color

Black Birds

  • Common Grackle
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • European Starling
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Baltimore Oriole