Birds of Vermont

The list that the Vermont Birds Record Committee or VBRC published enlists around 388 species as per the 2020 records inhabiting Vermont. The state has only one extinct species, the passenger pigeon that no longer lives in Vermont.

Among the big birds living here, some prominent ones include the sharp-shinned hawk and the red-tailed hawk. On the other hand, the backyard birds such as the blue jay, black-capped chickadee, and song sparrow are some of the small birds of Vermont.

The hermit thrush noted for its sweet call has been Vermont’s state bird since 1941.

Birds of Vermont

Backyard Birds:

All-year-round: Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Blue Jay, American Goldfinch, American Crow

Migratory Birds:

In Summer: Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Common Grackle , Red-winged Blackbird , White-breasted Nuthatch, Red-eyed Vireo

In Winter: Cedar Waxwing, Black-capped Chickadee,  Downy Woodpecker,  Dark-eyed  Junco, American Tree Sparrow

Birds of Prey: Red-tailed Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Northern Harrier, Northern Goshawk, Broad-winged Hawk

Common Birds Identification by Color

Red Birds

  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • Northern Cardinal
  • House Finch

Yellow Birds

  • Cedar Waxwing
  • American Yellow Warbler
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  • Yellow-headed Blackbird

Black Birds

  • Rusty Blackbird
  • Common Grackle
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Yellow-headed Blackbird
  • Brewer’s Blackbird