Kentucky Bird Watching and Feeding Information

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

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northern cardinal

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


The Eastern Bluebird is a year-round resident in Kentucky.

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

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 Kentucky, nesting begins in early spring. Up to three broods may be produced by a nesting pair.

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

Detailed Purple Martin information is available in the Purple Martin section


Purple Martin

Purple Martin 



Kentucky 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.

Kentucky Resource Information

Buckley Hills Audubon Society

Daviess County Audubon Society
Calhoun, KY 42327

Frankfort Audubon Society
PO Box 137
Frankfort, KY 40601

Henderson Audubon Society
732 S Adams St
Henderson, KY 42420

Jackson Purchase Audubon Society
726 Bellevue Dr
Paducah, KY 42001

Little River Audubon Society
PO Box 352
Hopkinsville, KY 42240

Louisville Audubon Society
3745 Illinois Ave
Louisville, KY 40213

Additional resources

If you have suggestions for additional resources for watching or feeding birds in Alabama, please submit them using this form. The resource does not need to be a particular location.

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