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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.


2019-20 Birding Calendar

Our resident birds and migrating birds make Texas a prime spot to watch for feathered friends. Find a bird-watching event to suit every taste in our online-only 2019-20 Birding Calendar.

From Our Pages: Birding Articles

Knock on Wood

No other bird is made to survive in trees quite like a woodpecker.

Backyard Birds

Find out which species are coming to your feeder.

Feeding Winter Birds

You don't have to put away your hummingbird feeder.

Birding by the Numbers

Bird watchers brave the cold to tally species for the Christmas Bird Count.

Wanderlist: Winter Birding

It's never too cold to enjoy birding in Texas.

Born to Boom

Breeding program restocks chicks in a battle to bring Attwater's back from the brink.

11 Birdbrained Behaviors

Our state ornithologist answers, 'Why do birds do that?'

Better Birding Photos

Follow these tips to photograph birds like a pro. read more

Parrots in the City

The Valley embraces its population of red-crowned parrots. read more

Birding the Corners

Texas’ eight border-turns offer habitat diversity and birds galore. read more

Sky Island Hummingbirds

Fort Davis opens gates to hummer heaven every fall. read more

Searching for the Rainbow Flyer

Treasured male painted buntings sport riotous plumage. read more

Gruesome Gliders

Hold your nose and offer up praise for the much-maligned but most worthy vulture. read more

Safe on the Shore

Beach-nesting birds need our help to protect their young. read more

Under Our Wing

Celebrating avian protection on the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Convention. read more

How to Fledge a Birder

The pleasures of passing along a passion for birds. read more

The Family That Birds Together ...

Birding Classic road trip unites family members in a quest for togetherness and a bunch of birds. read more

Skills: What's That Bird?

Field guides and apps enrich any birder's outing, no matter the skill level. read more

Name That Tune

The top 10 bird songs in Texas. read more | Bonus: Listen to the bird songs.

The 12 Most Beautiful Birds in Texas

There are plenty of lovely avian contenders for the list. read more

12 Birds Every Texan Should Know

A short starter list for those who long to put a name with a beak. read more

3 Days in the Field: Lifted Up

Birding on the coast with experts proves transformational for two rookies. read more

Purple Martin Majesty

Unlocking the secrets of a songbird’s amazing journey. read more

First Lady of Texas Birders

Connie Hagar pioneered scientific observation in "birdy" Rockport. read more

The 8,000-Bird Club

Two Texas birders find high adventure in their quests to see most of the world’s avian species. read more

Bird Lady of Corpus Christi

Longtime columnist Phyllis Yochem carries on newspaper’s birding legacy. read more

Unexpected Guests

Delighting birders, rare ‘star’ vagrants travel through Texas each year. read more

Hawk Watch

Keeping eyes on the sky in Corpus Christi. read more

Birds by the Numbers

The Great Texas Birding Classic goes statewide this year. read more

Skill Builder: Come Hither, Hummers

Careful planting will entice hummingbirds to hang out at your house. read more

Birdiest Cities

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

Wrens: Not-So-Plain Janes

Don’t be fooled by their drab looks — wrens boast busybody energy and beautiful songs. read more

Bird by Bird: a look at Texas bird species

Reddish egret

Scrub jay

Peregrine falcon

Roseate spoonbill

Black rail

Black-crowned night-herons

Brown thrasher

Bald eagle

Burrowing owl

Red-crowned parrot

House finch


Ruby-throated hummingbird

Great-tailed grackle

Loggerhead shrike

Black skimmer

Mississippi kite

Whooping crane

Mottled duck

Greater roadrunner


Buff-bellied hummingbird

Pileated woodpecker

Scissor-tailed flycatcher

Crested caracara

Cedar waxwing

Northern cardinal

Purple martin

Brown pelican

White-winged dove

Black-bellied whistling duck


Elf owl

See more bird profiles at the TPWD Wildlife Fact Sheets page

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

Lesser prairie-chicken populations have steadily declined. Wildlife biologists are counting on private landowners for help.

Whooping Cranes

Wintering whooping cranes on the Texas coast, foraging and whooping.

Watch more videos on the TPWD YouTube channel

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