- A-Z Animals
Virginia has around 475 documented species per the June 2021 records which the Virginia Avian Records Committee of the Virginia Society of Ornithology or VARCOM accepts. Of the 475 birds, 95 are accidental, 88 occur rarely, seven are introduced, and one has gone extinct. Some of the prominent birding hotspots of Virginia include the Coastal Plains and the Blue Ridge Mountains, home to several birds like the hawks, nuthatches, kinglets, and gulls.
The northern cardinal has been officially designated as Virginia’s state bird since 1950.
All-year-round: Northern Cardinal, Carolina Wren, Carolina Chickadee, Blue Jay, American Robin
In Summer: Little Blue Heron, Cattle Egret, Common Tern, Green Heron, Mississippi Kite
In Winter: Dark-eyed Junco, Downy Woodpecker, Tundra Swan, Northern Gannet, White-throated Sparrow
Birds of Prey: Cooper’s Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Harrier, Broad-winged Hawk
Water Birds: Ring-necked Duck, Long-tailed Duck, Lesser Scaup, Greater Scaup, Bufflehead
Rare Birds: Fulvous Whistling-Duck, Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Ross’s Goose, Barnacle Goose, Common Eider