Georgia Birding Resources

From songbirds to shorebirds – from forest to wetlands – our coastal plain provides a wonderful variety of habitats for observing the daily lives of our spectacular feathered friends. The Georgia Coast is approximately 100 miles long and comprises 14 barrier islands, 5 major river systems, and a half million acres of marshlands all working together to form one of the most productive ecosystems in the world. It is a nursery for fish and shellfish, and provides staging and nesting areas as well as an abundance of food for year-round resident and migratory water birds.


The Nifty Fifty

The Nifty Fifty is a mini-guide to the birds of Georgia. It includes descriptions, images, video and songs of 50 of the most often observed birds of Georgia. View the guide by clicking here or on the Nifty Fifty link on the left.

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Some birds prefer to stay near the ground, while others are almost always seen high in a tree. Look for the following notations in the species descriptions to determine where the species is most likely to be seen. If a note is not present, the bird does not have a strong affinity for a particular region.

  • Look high.
  • Look mid-story.
  • Look low.

State Information

Georgia Ornithological Society
Georgia Bird Checklists


Recent Bird Sightings

(770) 493-8862 Statewide


Birding Locations

Jekyll Island
Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge


Brown Thrasher

Georgia State Bird - Brown Thrasher


Georgia Birding Events

Spring Birding Week on Little St. Simons Island

Usuallly in April
Phone: 888-733-5774
Visit Little St. Simons Island during Spring Birding Week. Throughout the week, guest naturalists will guide tours and offer evening lectures. This will be the peak of migration.


Georgia's Colonial Coast Birding & Nature Festival
Usually in October
Jekyll Island, Georgia
Phone: 1-877-4JEKYLL
Georgia's Colonial Coast Birding & Nature Festival provides a vast spectrum of opportunities for everyone from the casual nature enthusiast to the most experienced birder. Field trips to over twenty-five different natural areas, including barrier islands, and informative seminars on a wide range of topics are the cornerstones of the festival.


Other resources and locations

If you have suggestions for additional birding resources in Georgia, from web sites to your favorite birding location, submit your information using the following form. You can cut and paste large amounts if text into the information field. Birding locations are the most desired, but any good resource on Georgia birds is welcomed.

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