Texas is home to a variety of beautiful native birds, as well as many other feathered friends who grant us a splash of color and magic as they pass through each year. On our birding page, you can find birding magazine articles, birding videos, birding checklists and more.
From Our Pages: Birding Articles
Two Texas birders find high adventure in their quests to see most of the world’s avian species. read more
Longtime columnist Phyllis Yochem carries on newspaper’s birding legacy. read more
Delighting birders, rare ‘star’ vagrants travel through Texas each year. read more
Keeping eyes on the sky in Corpus Christi. read more
The Great Texas Birding Classic goes statewide this year. read more
Careful planting will entice hummingbirds to hang out at your house. read more
It’s no secret that feather-friendly Texas, where more than 600 bird species have been recorded, boasts a plethora of productive birding destinations. But two coastal cities rank crown and scapulars above the nation’s other birding hotbeds, earning titles of “America’s Birdiest City.” read more
We’re in exactly the right place, and it’s precisely the right time. The Texas coast is a hot spot for watching a steady parade of migratory birds from August through November. Flycatchers, vireos, warblers and swallows, orioles, tanagers, kites, flickers and terns — it seems as if everything with two wings is passing through. read more
Don’t be fooled by their drab looks — wrens boast busybody energy and beautiful songs. read more
Though the Great Texas Birding Classic is postponed till 2013, many other events offer wondrous bird-watching opportunities. read more
Endangered cranes found winter homes outside Aransas refuge and left Texas earlier than usual. read more
Customize a feast for your feathered friends with a variety of feeders. read more
Serious birders know High Island and Bolivar Flats. Instead of those standbys, recapture the feeling of discovery with these other, lesser-known hot spots along the upper Texas coast. read more
With grace, stamina and charisma, this endangered species has shown an extraordinary ability to survive. read more
Colonies of coastal birds face many threats, and Audubon volunteers have been standing guard. read more
If you lead them in the right direction and make it fun, they may soon know their warblers and waxwings. read more
As I head out in the pre-dawn darkness of a cool December morning on the Gulf Coast, I’m grateful that the wind has died down, and the temperature has held above 60 degrees. I’m on my way to join a team of birders participating in the annual Freeport Christmas Bird Count, and I’ve been warned that it will be a long, demanding day, particularly if the weather doesn’t cooperate. read more
Birders often refer to each other as the particular birds they’ve become identified with over the years. So if you were a legendary birder, perhaps the world’s best-known birder, you might expect a nom de plume, so to speak, that suggests a noble, rare or exotic bird. Golden eagle, perhaps. Or, say, the resplendent quetzal, a famous dazzler. But Victor Emanuel, who doesn’t really want to declare a favorite bird, says that he doesn’t mind his moniker as the hooded warbler. read more
There are all manner of ways in which one can get lured into being a birdwatcher. Perhaps you were bit by the birding bug while sitting in your own backyard or while watching a documentary on public television. Maybe you got it from a friend or family member whose addiction, er, um, hobby, was just too big to ignore. read more
There is a magical moment at the start of a kayak trip when you sit down and launch into a new adventure. We use open cockpit, sit-on-top kayaks that are very stable. To get started, you straddle it, sit down and push off. After a stroke or two, the kayak glides forward, needing only a few inches of water in which to float. And I promise you this vessel will transform your view of the Texas coast. read more
Bird by Bird: a look at Texas bird species
Birding on TPWD video
Basics of Birding
With more species than any other state, Texas has birds that are as varied and colorful as its people. We'll show you where to see them.
Guarding the Nest
When birds are nesting on islands along the Texas coast, people need to keep their distance and avoid disturbing them.
Lesser prairie-chicken populations have steadily declined. Wildlife biologists are counting on private landowners for help.
Wintering whooping cranes on the Texas coast, foraging and whooping.