Arkansas Bird Watching and Feeding Information

Arkansas is a wonderful state for watching and feeding birds. Migrating species swell local bird populations in the spring and fall. Popular species such as the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, Eastern Bluebirds and Purple Martins nest in the state.

The Nifty Fifty

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

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northern mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird - Arkansas State Bird

Bird feeding

Developing bird-friendly habitat in your yard is the best way to attract a greater variety of species and to support local and migrating species. Native plants provide food and cover, are more insect and disease resistant than non-native species, and may require less water. A list of bird-friendly native plants for Arkansas are available by following the link on the left.


The Eastern Bluebird is a year-round resident of Arkansas. The Arkansas population of Eastern Bluebirds increases during the winter as birds that summer further north move into the state for the winter.

The Eastern Bluebird has a pleasant, musical song and a similar easy-to-identify flight call.


eastern bluebird

Eastern Bluebirds

In Arkansas nesting can commence as early as March and continue well into the summer. Two and sometimes three broods are not uncommon.

Visit the bluebird section for detailed information on feeding bluebirds or building your own bluebird house.


The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is the only hummingbird species that is normally found in Arkansas. The dynamic Ruby-throated Hummingbird migrates back and forth across the Gulf of Mexico each year.

Visit the hummingbird section for details on attracting hummingbirds.


ruby-throated hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird, male

Purple Martins

Purple Martins arrive early in Arkansas each year. Check the Purple Martin section for information on martins in Arkansas.

Detailed Purple Martin information is available in the Purple Martin section.


purple martin

Purple Martin, male


Arkansas provides birders with a variety of excellent birding locations. Large numbers of geese and other wintering waterfowl can be found in the rice fields. Reports of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker in central Arkansas have spurred searches for this magnificent bird.

The birding section of this site has tips on birding locations and bird identification. The state-based birding information section provides more localized information.

Arkansas Resource Information

Arkansas River Valley Audubon Society

38 Winrock Dr
Morrilton, AR 72110
Fax 479-890-3670

Audubon Society of Central Arkansas
2805 Linden St, Apt 3
Little Rock, AR 72205-5964

Garland County Audubon Society
472 Rock Creek Road
Hot Springs, AR 71913

Hot Springs Village Audubon Society
P.O. Box 8282
Hot Springs Village, AR 71910

Little Red River Audubon Society
PO Box 1176
Fairfield Bay, AR 72088

North Central Arkansas Audubon
4476 CR 27
Mountain Home, AR 72653

Northwest Arkansas Audubon Society
2508 Karyn St
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Tex-Ark Audubon Society
P.O. Box 6985
Texarkana, TX 75505

Three Rivers Audubon Society
1601 W 36th St
Pine Bluff, AR 71603

Additional resources

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