Birds of West Virginia

West Virginia has 354 documented species per the July 2021 records which the West Virginia Bird Records Committee accepts. Of these, 65 are rare, five introduced, while two, the passenger pigeon and ivory-billed woodpecker, have gone extinct.

The northern cardinal has been West Virginia’s state bird since 1949.

Birds of West Virginia

  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Eastern Towhee
  • Song Sparrow
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Indigo Bunting
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • American Goldfinch
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • House Sparrow
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Purple Finch
  • Cooper’s Hawk
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Broad-winged Hawk
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Common Grackle
  • Rough-legged Hawk
  • Northern Harrier
  • Common Loon
  • Blue-winged Teal
  • American Wigeon
  • Northern Pintail
  • Northern Goshawk
  • Mallard
  • Blue Jay
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • European Starling

Backyard Birds: Downy Woodpecker,Northern Cardinal, American Goldfinch,Tufted Titmouse,Song Sparrow

Rare Birds: Black Swan,Hooded Merganser,Caspian Tern, Eurasian-collared Dove,Olive-sided Flycatcher

Birds of Prey: Red-tailed Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Northern Harrier

Water Birds: Common Loon,Mallard, American Wigeon, Northern Pintail, Blue-winged Teal

Common Birds Identification by Color

Blue Birds

  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Blue-winged Teal
  • Blue Jay

Black Birds

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