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Kansas Bird Watching and Feeding Information

Kansas 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 Kansas. It includes descriptions, images, video and songs of 50 of the most often observed birds of Kansas. View the guide by clicking here or on the Nifty Fifty link on the left.

If the guide does not load, try downloading the free Flash player.

 

western meadowlark

Western Meadowlark - Kansas 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 Kansas are available by following the link on the left.

Bluebirds

Both the Mountain and Eastern Bluebirds can be found in Kansas. The range of the Mountain Bluebird is generally limited to the western part of the state, range expands during migration.

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

 

eastern bluebird

Eastern Bluebirds

 

 

mountain bluebird


Mountain Bluebird

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.

Nesting
In Kansas, nesting commences in early spring and continues well into the summer. One and sometimes two broods are produced.

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

Hummingbirds

The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is the only species that regularly visits Kansas. 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, maleĀ 

Purple Martins

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

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

 

purple martin

Purple Martin, maleĀ 

Birding

Kansas 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.

Kansas Resource Information


Jayhawk Audubon Society
PO Box 3741
Lawrence, KS 66047

Kanza Audubon Society
10178 W 293RD St
Reading, KS 66868

Leavenworth Audubon Society
1007 N 2nd St
Lansing, KS 66043
913-727-3871

Northern Flint Hills Audubon Society
PO Box 1932
Manhattan, KS 66505-1932

Smoky Hills Audubon Society
121 E. Third St.
Minnesota, KS 67467

Southeast Kansas Audubon Society
Chanute, KS 66720
620-431-1723

Sperry-Galligar Audubon Society
PO Box 205
Pittsburg, KS 66762

Topeka Audubon Society
PO Box 1941
Topeka, KS 66601

Wichita Audubon Society
PO Box 47607
Wichita, KS 67210

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