Birds in Tennessee

The state of Tennessee is home to a variety of bird species. Birds in Tennessee range from the more common Carolina Chickadee to the less common Olive-sided Flycatcher. Tennessee’s official bird is the Northern Mockingbird, which was designated as the state bird in 1933. The Northern Mockingbird is regarded as one of North America’s finest songbirds. It is present throughout the year in Tennessee.

This list of Tennessee birds contains species that have been documented in the state of Tennessee and accepted by the Tennessee Ornithological Society’s Tennessee Bird Records Committee (TBRC).

As of February 2020, the official list contained 423 species. 41 are classified as accidental, 30 as casual, and 13 as provisional, as specified below. Five species were introduced to North America, two of which are now extinct and three of which have been extirpated.  

Tennessee birds of prey 

If you believe terrestrial wildlife is inhumane, wait until you read about Tennessee’s plethora of birds of prey.

A raptor is any bird that is a predator that feeds on other birds, animals, or insects (bird of prey). Raptor is derived from the Latin word raptus, which means “to seize and carry away.”

Hawks, owls, falcons, eagles, vultures, ospreys, and kites are all classified as birds of prey, and Tennessee is home to a plethora of them. Hawks in Tennessee are more well known to be the raptors as well.

You’ll learn a little about each of the list’s ferocious raptors. To learn more, visit this area and click more predators.

Owls in Tennessee

Owls are also considered birds of prey. But due to their unique appearance and behavior, we have clustered them in a separate category from other raptors displayed above. Did you know that Tennessee is home to a variety of owl species? Tennessee is currently home to eight prominent owl species, making it an excellent state for spotting these fascinating evening birds.

The Barred and Eastern Screech Owls are the easiest to hear and locate. The Great-horned owl is the next most visible year-round inhabitant, while the Barn owl is the most uncommon and difficult to locate. Fortunately, Tennessee provides a diverse range of habitats and benefits for resident owls.

Backyard birds of Tennessee

Tennessee is home to about 423 bird species, which is excellent news for novice and experienced birdwatchers. There is always a new bird around, and with a little persuasion, you may just attract a new regular visitor to your own garden.

Today, we’ll look at some instances of local winged species and provide advice on how to feed and locate these magnificent creatures, as well as several hotspots where you can spend some time away from the house doing what you love.

Let’s get this program going and begin our tour of Tennessee’s backyard birds!

Bluebirds in Tennessee

Bluebirds are one of Tennessee’s most popular backyard birds and have caught people’s interest and attention for an extended period of time. These little birds, which are easily identified by their stunning blue plumage, are actually members of the thrush family (Turdidae).

There are different types of bluebirds, and regardless of which species of blue feathered buddy you seek, you’re likely to spot one in Tennessee. Eastern bluebirds are widespread throughout the state. Blue jays, blue grosbeaks, and belted kingfishers are among the bluebirds that call the volunteer state home.

Sialia Sialis - Eastern Bluebird found in the US

Sialia Sialis – Eastern Bluebird

In North America, the eastern bluebird, Sialia siali breeds in open forests, farmlands, and orchards. They belong to the Turdidae ...

Types of ducks in Tennessee

Ducks are birds in the family Anatidae. They are

Best Birdwatching Spots in Tennessee

Tennessee is an excellent site to see birds regardless of your level of interest or ability, and it is not simply the plentiful birdlife that contributes to this, but also the people. For decades, the citizen-scientist movement has thrived throughout the state, and your interest in birds will only contribute to it.

Bird watching has a long and illustrious history in Tennessee, dating all the way back to the 1600s diary notes on birds written by some of the earliest explorers.

Check out the sections below where you can go to find this amazing bird sanctuary.

  1. Ensley Bottoms – Maxson Wastewater Lagoons
  2. Tennessee NWR- Duck River
  3. Shelby Farms Park
  4. Tennessee NWR – Duck River Unit – Refuge Rd. Wildlife Loop
  5. Tennessee NWR – Big Sandy Unit

Other common birds in Tennessee

Some of these species spend the entire year in Tennessee, while others are migratory and only visit the Volunteer State on a seasonal basis.

We’ll look at some common birds in Tennessee below; some are year-round inhabitants, while others are not. Obviously, this list does not include all the state’s species, or even close to it, but it does include some of the most renowned and identifiable Tennessee backyard birds. Without further ado, let us examine!

If you have encountered a bird in Tennessee that is not yet on our list or that you cannot identify yourself, we’ll be happy to identify it for you. Simply take a picture of it and upload your picture, a quick description and the U.S. state where it was found here on our bird identification page

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