Nebraska Bird Watching and Feeding Information

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

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western meadowlark

Western Meadowlark - Nebraska 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 Nebraska is available by following the link on the left.


Both the Eastern Bluebird and Mountain Bluebird are found in Nebraska. The Eastern Bluebird is found across the state, while the Mountain Bluebird has a more limited range, primarily in the northwest.

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 Bluebirds are well known for their hovering flight as it hawks for insects.

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

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.

Bluebird begins nesting in Nebraska in early to mid-spring. One or two broods may be produced.


The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is the only species that regularly visits Nebraska. It nests in the eastern part of the state each year, before migrating south. In a remarkable journey for such a tiny bird, it migrates across the Gulf of Mexico twice each year.


ruby-throated hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird


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

Purple Martins

Purple Martins arrive in Nebraska early each year, returning from their wintering grounds in South America. Check the Purple Martin section for information on martins in Nebraska. Detailed Purple Martin information is available in the Purple Martin section.


purple martin

Purple Martin - male


Nebraska 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.

Nebraska Resource Information

Nebraska Partnership for All-Bird Conservation


Audubon Society of Omaha
P.O. Box 3542
Omaha, NE 68103

Big Bend Audubon Society
P.O. Box 1575
Kearney, NE 68848

Wachiska Audubon Society

Wildcat Audubon Society
1445 Holly Dr
Gering, NE 69341

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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