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Texas Bird Watching and Feeding Information

Texas 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 Texas. It includes descriptions, images, video and songs of 50 of the most often observed birds of Texas. 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.

 

northern mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird - Texas 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 Texas is available by following the link on the left.

Bluebirds

All three species of bluebirds can be found in Texas.

Bluebirds are usually found in fields, open woodlands, parks or along golf courses or other open areas, including suburban locations with open spaces and scattered tress. In the mountains, they are found in clearings and meadows.

 

eastern bluebird

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.

 

mountain bluebird

The Mountain Bluebird is well known for its hovering flight as it hawks for insects.

 

western bluebird

Western 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
The Eastern Bluebird nests in the eastern 2/3rds of the state. One, two and sometimes three broods may be produced in a single year.

The Western Bluebird nests in isolated parts of western Texas.

The Mountain Bluebird is winter resident and does not generally nest in Texas.

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

Hummingbirds

Texas boasts a rich variety of hummingbird species. Most are found in south and western Texas. Some a very rare, with only isolated reports very few years.

  • Green Violet-ear Hummingbird - very rare
  • Green-breasted Mango - very rare
  • Buff-bellied Hummingbird
  • Berylline Hummingbird - very rare
  • Violet-crowned Hummingbird - very rare
  • Lucifer Hummingbird
  • White-eared Hummingbird - rare
  • Blue-throated Hummingbird
  • Magnificent Hummingbird
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Black-chinned Hummingbird
  • Costa's Hummingbird - very rare
  • Broad-tailed Hummingbird
  • Rufous Hummingbird - rare

 

ruby-throated hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird - the common species in the eastern half of Texas.

 

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

 

purple martin

Purple Martin - male

Birding

Texas 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.

Texas Resource Information


Wildlife Rehabilitators by County

 

Audubon Dallas
P.O. Box 12713
Dallas, TX 75225

Bastrop County Audubon Society
1005 Pine Street
Bastrop, TX 78601

Bexar Audubon Society
P.O. Box 6084
San Antonio, TX 78209

Big Country Audubon Society
P.O. Box 569
Abilene, TX 79604
325-691-8981

Central Texas Audubon Society
1308 Circlewood
Waco, TX 76712
254-722-9993

Coastal Bend Audubon Society
PO Box 3604
Corpus Chrsti, TX 78463

El Paso Trans Pecos Audubon Society
P.O. Box 972441
El Paso, TX 79997
915-751-0125

Fort Worth Audubon Society
P.O. Box 16528
Fort Worth, TX 76162

Golden Triangle Audubon Society
P.O. Box 1292
Nederland, TX 77627

Houston Audubon Society
440 Wilchester
Houston, TX 77079
713-932-1639
Fax 713-461-2911

Huntsville Audubon Society
P.O. Box 6818
Huntsville, TX 77340

Llano Estacado Audubon Society
PO Box 6066
Lubbock, TX 79493-6066

Monte Mucho Audubon Society
Box 200
Realitos, TX 78376
361-288-2759

Prairie & Timbers Audubon Society
c/o Heard Natural Science Museum
One Nature Place
McKinney, TX 75069

Rio Brazos Audubon Society
PO Box 9960
College Station, TX 77842

Rio Grande Delta Audubon Society
8801 Boca Chica Blvd
Brownsville, TX 78521
956-831-4653

Texas Panhandle Audubon Society
PO Box 30939
Amarillo, TX 79120

Travis Audubon Society
3710 Cedar Street, Box 5
Austin, TX 78705
512-300-2473

Twin Lakes Audubon Society
Copperas Cove, TX 76522

Tyler Audubon Society
PO Box 132936
Tyler, TX 75713

 

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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