Indiana Bird Watching and Feeding Information

Indiana is a great place to watch and feed birds. Birdbaths, misters and drippers are especially effective in attracting birds, including non seed-eating species. Species that might be expected at feeders include: American Goldfinch, Carolina Wren, Black-capped Chickadee, Blue Jay, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Cardinal and Mourning Dove. Each of these species is shown in the Nifty Fifty mini-guide.

The Nifty Fifty

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

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northern cardinal

Northern Cardinal - Indiana 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 Indiana are available by following the link on the left.


Eastern Bluebirds begin nesting in Indiana in early spring and continue well into the summer. They are most often found in open woodlands, parks, fields, along golf courses and cemeteries. The can be found in suburban areas with adequate open space.

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


eastern bluebird

Eastern Bluebirds

Bluebirds can be attracted to peanut butter mixes, suet and fruit. Raisins soaked in hot water to soften them are well received. The bluebird's special favorite is mealworms.

In Indiana, nesting commences as early as March and continues well into the summer. One and sometimes two or even three broods are produced.

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


The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is the only species that regularly visits Indiana. It nests in the state each year, before migrating south. It flies across the Gulf of Mexico twice each year.

Visit the hummingbird section for details on attracting hummingbirds as well as images of all regularly occurring North American hummingbirds.


ruby-throated hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 

Purple Martins

Purple Martins arrive in Indiana in early spring, returning from their wintering grounds in South America. Check the Purple Martin section for information on martins in Indiana.

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


purple martin

Purple Martin, male 


Indiana provides birders with a variety of exciting birding locations.

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

Indiana Resource Information

Amos W. Butler Audubon Society
PO Box 80024
Indianapolis, IN 46280

Dunes-Calumet Audubon Society
PO Box 447
Hammond, IN 46325-0447

Evansville Audubon Society
551 N. Boeke Road
Evansville, IN 47711

Knob & Valley Audubon Society
P.O. Box 556
New Albany, IN 47150

Potawatomi Audubon Society
PO Box 1632
La Porte, IN 46352

Robert Cooper Audubon Society
1200 North Minnetrista Parkway
Muncie, IN 47303

Sassafras Audubon Society
PO Box 85
Bloomington, IN 47402

South Bend Elkhart Audubon Society
P.O. Box 581
Mishawaka, IN 46546

Stockbridge Audubon Society
PO Box 13131
Fort Wayne, IN 46864

Sycamore Audubon Society
PO Box 2716
West Lafayette, IN 47996

Tippecanoe Audubon Society
721 N Wayne Street
Manchester, IN 46962

Wabash Valley Audubon Society
PO Box 2338
Terre Haute, IN 47802

Additional resources

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