Texas Birding Resources

With three-fourths of all American birds represented in Texas, there are birds for the watching anytime, anywhere in the state. No other state offers the birding variety (or challenge) that Texas does.


The Nifty Fifty

The Nifty Fifty is a mini-guide to the birds of Texas. It includes descriptions, images, video and songs of 50 of the most often observed birds of Texas. 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

Texas Ornithological Society

Texas Checklist

Archived database of Texas bird images sponsored by the Texas Ornithological Society

Wildlife Rehabilitators by County

Recent Bird Sightings


Austin Austin Alerts

Lower Rio Grande Valley (956) 584-2731

San Antonio (210) 308-6788

Birding Locations

Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge
Davis Mountains State Park

Great Texas Coastal Birding Trails


Rio Grande Valley Birding Sites
South Texas Birding
Corpus Christi Birding Sites



Northern Mockingbird

Texas State Bird - Northern Mockingbird


Texas Birding Events

Whooping Crane Festival
Always the last weekend in February
Port Aransas, Texas
Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce/Tourist Bureau
403 West Cotter Ave
Port Aransas, Texas  78373
Phone:  800-45-COAST (452-6278)

Eagle Fest
Held the second weekend of 
Emory, Texas
Phone: 903-473-3913

Eagle Fest was started as an educational effort to expand our knowledge of nature and our heritage. Each year the festival includes educational displays, exhibitions and lectures; Native American art and performances; live music; and nature tours. Held on the Rains County Fair Grounds, the Texas Parks and Wildlife and the US Army Corps of Engineers are always a huge part of the event providing speakers, water safety exhibits, tour guides and nature exhibits. Eagle Fest is also privileged to provide two famous bird rehabilitation organizations. On the Wing Again provides an opportunity for kids and adults to see birds up close as they walk though the exhibit and have guides teach all about these wonderful animals and point out their unique features and abilities. Last Chance Forever provides shows of birds in action. They demonstrate the interaction between man and his environment with such birds of prey as owls, vultures, falcons, hawks and eagles.


Galveston FeatherFest
Generally held early April
P.O. Box 1468,
Galveston, TX 77553-1468


Migration Celebration
Annually in April
San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge, Texas
Phone: 979-265-2505 or 888-477-2505
Hosted annually by the Brazoria County Photographic Arts Club, there are many programs ranging from a children's imagination station, where kids create critters from clay to in-depth tours for the adults. Bird Banding Demonstrations, Nature Photography, Beginning Birding, Children's Programs, Wildflower Gardening, Dragonfly Walk, Silent Auction, Photo Contest. Tours Include: Columbia Bottomland Forest, Beginning Birding, Night Critters, Quintana Island Shorebirds, San Bernard Refuge, Brazoria Refuge. The San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge is west of Lake Jackson.


Balcones Songbird Festival
(Formerly known as the Texas Songbird Festival)

Annually in April
Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge
, Marble Falls, Texas
Phone: (512) 965-2473

Join us at the annual Balcones Songbird Festival! See the endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler and the Black-capped Vireo and many of the different species of birds observed at prior year's Festivals. Take a guided tour with wildlife experts who can help you see the endangered songbirds, unique native plants and wildlife and the natural habitat of the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. Bring a camera and take advantage of the opportunity to capture images of wildlife on a guided tour with the experts. Enjoy butterfly tours, seminars with nature experts, and much, much more! Whether you are a novice or veteran birder, we have something of interest for you! Workshops will enhance your birding skills, add to your knowledge, and provide an opportunity to meet and chat with world-renowned birders. These are but a few of the opportunities awaiting you, your family and friends. Festival mail: P.O.Box 4678 Lago Vista, TX 78645. Location of the Refuge: 24518 FM 1431 Marble Falls, TX 78654. About 45 minutes NW of Austin.


Rio Grande Birding Festival
Mid November
Rio Gande Valley of South Texas.


South Texas Wildlife and Birding Festival
Mid to late November
Kingsville, TX
Kingsville Convention and Visitors Bureau
The best festival for birding on the King and Kenedy Rachches.


Other resources and locations

If you have suggestions for additional birding resources in Texas, 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 Texas birds is welcomed.

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