Birds of Louisiana

Louisiana Birds

A Clickable Checklist

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Whistling-Ducks, Geese, Swans, and Ducks

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

Fulvous Whistling-Duck

Greater White-fronted Goose

Snow Goose

Ross's Goose

Brant *

Cackling Goose

Canada Goose *

Trumpeter Swan (Q) *

Tundra Swan *

Wood Duck


Eurasian Wigeon *

American Wigeon

American Black Duck *


Mottled Duck

Blue-winged Teal

Cinnamon Teal *

Northern Shoveler

Northern Pintail

Green-winged Teal



Ring-necked Duck

Greater Scaup

Lesser Scaup

King Eider *

Surf Scoter

White-winged Scoter *

Black Scoter

Long-tailed Duck *


Common Goldeneye

Hooded Merganser

Common Merganser *

Red-breasted Merganser

Masked Duck *

Ruddy Duck


Quail and Wild Turkey

Northern Bobwhite

Greater Prairie-Chicken (e) *

Wild Turkey



Red-throated Loon *

Common Loon



Least Grebe *

Pied-billed Grebe

Horned Grebe

Red-necked Grebe *

Eared Grebe

Western Grebe *



American Flamingo *


Albatrosses, Shearwaters, and Storm-petrels

Yellow-nosed Albatross *

Cory’s Shearwater *

Great Shearwater *

Manx Shearwater *

Audubon's Shearwater *

Wilson's Storm-Petrel

Leach's Storm-Petrel *

Band-rumped Storm-Petrel



Red-billed Tropicbird *



Jabiru *

Wood Stork


Frigatebirds, Boobies, Gannets, Cormorants, and Anhingas

Magnificent Frigatebird

Masked Booby

Brown Booby *

Red-footed Booby *

Northern Gannet

Neotropic Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant



Pelicans, Bitterns, Herons, Egrets, Night-herons, Ibises, and Spoonbills

American White Pelican

Brown Pelican

American Bittern

Least Bittern

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Little Blue Heron

Tricolored Heron

Reddish Egret

Cattle Egret

Green Heron

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

White Ibis

Glossy Ibis

White-faced Ibis

Roseate Spoonbill


Vultures, Ospreys, Kites, Eagles, Harriers, and Hawks

Black Vulture

Turkey Vulture


Swallow-tailed Kite

White-tailed Kite

Mississippi Kite

Bald Eagle

Northern Harrier

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Cooper's Hawk

Northern Goshawk *

Harris’s Hawk *

Red-shouldered Hawk

Broad-winged Hawk

Swainson's Hawk

White-tailed Hawk *

Zone-tailed Hawk *

Red-tailed Hawk

Ferruginous Hawk *

Rough-legged Hawk *

Golden Eagle *


Rails, Gallinules, Coots, and Cranes

Yellow Rail

Black Rail *

Clapper Rail

King Rail

Virginia Rail


Purple Gallinule

Common Gallinule

American Coot

Sandhill Crane

Whooping Crane (e) *


Plovers, Oystercatchers, Stilts, Avocets, Sandpipers and Allies, Gull, Terns, Skimmers, Jaegers, and Murrelets

Black-bellied Plover

American Golden-Plover

Lesser Sand-Plover *

Snowy Plover

Wilson's Plover

Semipalmated Plover

Piping Plover


American Oystercatcher

Black-necked Stilt

American Avocet

Spotted Sandpiper

Solitary Sandpiper

Greater Yellowlegs


Lesser Yellowlegs

Upland Sandpiper

Eskimo Curlew (E?) *


Long-billed Curlew

Black-tailed Godwit *

Hudsonian Godwit

Marbled Godwit

Ruddy Turnstone

Red Knot


Semipalmated Sandpiper

Western Sandpiper

Least Sandpiper

White-rumped Sandpiper

Baird's Sandpiper

Pectoral Sandpiper

Purple Sandpiper *


Curlew Sandpiper *

Stilt Sandpiper

Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Ruff *

Short-billed Dowitcher

Long-billed Dowitcher

Wilson’s Snipe

American Woodcock

Wilson's Phalarope

Red-necked Phalarope *

Red Phalarope *

Black-legged Kittiwake *

Sabine's Gull *

Bonaparte's Gull

Little Gull *

Laughing Gull

Franklin's Gull

Ring-billed Gull

Western Gull *

California Gull *

Herring Gull

Thayer's Gull *

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Glaucous Gull *

Great Black-backed Gull *

Kelp Gull *

Brown Noddy *

Sooty Tern

Bridled Tern

Least Tern

Gull-billed Tern

Caspian Tern

Black Tern

Common Tern

Arctic Tern *

Forster's Tern

Royal Tern

Sandwich Tern

Black Skimmer

Pomarine Jaeger

Parasitic Jaeger *

Long-tailed Jaeger *

Ancient Murrelet *


Pigeons, Doves, and Ground-doves

Rock Pigeon (I)

Band-tailed Pigeon *

Eurasian Collared-Dove (I)

White-winged Dove

Mourning Dove

Passenger Pigeon (E)

Inca Dove

Common Ground-Dove


Cuckoos, Roadrunners, and Anis

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Mangrove Cuckoo *

Black-billed Cuckoo

Greater Roadrunner

Smooth-billed Ani *

Groove-billed Ani


Barn Owls and True Owls

Barn Owl

Flammulated Owl *

Eastern Screech-Owl

Great Horned Owl

Snowy Owl *

Burrowing Owl *

Barred Owl

Long-eared Owl *

Short-eared Owl

Northern Saw-whet Owl *



Lesser Nighthawk *

Common Nighthawk

Antillean Nighthawk *


Eastern Whip-poor-will


Swifts and Hummingbirds

Chimney Swift

Vaux's Swift *

Green Violet-ear *

Green-breasted Mango *

Broad-billed Hummingbird *

Buff-bellied Hummingbird

Blue-throated Hummingbird *

Magnificent Hummingbird *

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Black-chinned Hummingbird

Anna's Hummingbird *

Calliope Hummingbird

Broad-tailed Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

Allen's Hummingbird *



Ringed Kingfisher *

Belted Kingfisher



Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Williamson's Sapsucker *

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Red-naped Sapsucker *

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Red-cockaded Woodpecker

Northern "Yellow-shafted" Flicker

"Red-shafted Flicker” (Q) *

Pileated Woodpecker

Ivory-billed Woodpecker (E?) *


Caracaras and Falcons

Crested Caracara

American Kestrel


Peregrine Falcon



Monk Parakeet (I)

Carolina Parakeet (E)



Olive-sided Flycatcher

Western Wood-Pewee *

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

Acadian Flycatcher

Alder Flycatcher

Willow Flycatcher *

Least Flycatcher

Hammond's Flycatcher *

Gray Flycatcher *

Pacific-slope Flycatcher *

Cordilleran Flycatcher *

Eastern Phoebe

Say's Phoebe *

Vermilion Flycatcher

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Great Crested Flycatcher

Brown-crested Flycatcher *

Great Kiskadee *

Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher *

Crowned Slaty Flycatcher *

Tropical Kingbird *

Couch's Kingbird *

Cassin's Kingbird *

Western Kingbird

Eastern Kingbird

Gray Kingbird *

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Fork-tailed Flycatcher *

Loggerhead Shrike

White-eyed Vireo

Bell's Vireo *

Yellow-throated Vireo

Plumbeous Vireo *

Cassin's Vireo *

Blue-headed Vireo

Warbling Vireo

Philadelphia Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Yellow-green Vireo *

Black-whiskered Vireo *

Blue Jay

Clark’s Nutcracker *

American Crow

Fish Crow

Chihuahuan Raven *

Horned Lark

Purple Martin

Brown-chested Martin *

Tree Swallow

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Bank Swallow

Cliff Swallow

Cave Swallow

Barn Swallow

Carolina Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse

Red-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

Brown-headed Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

Rock Wren *

Carolina Wren

Bewick's Wren

House Wren

Winter Wren

Sedge Wren

Marsh Wren

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Northern Wheatear *

Eastern Bluebird

Mountain Bluebird *

Townsend's Solitaire *


Gray-cheeked Thrush

Swainson's Thrush

Hermit Thrush

Wood Thrush

American Robin

Varied Thrush *

Gray Catbird

Northern Mockingbird

Sage Thrasher *

Brown Thrasher

Curve-billed Thrasher *

European Starling (I)

White Wagtail *

American Pipit

Sprague's Pipit

Cedar Waxwing

Lapland Longspur

Chestnut-collared Longspur *

Smith's Longspur *

McCown's Longspur *


Worm-eating Warbler

Louisiana Waterthrush

Northern Waterthrush

Bachman's Warbler (E?) *

Golden-winged Warbler

Blue-winged Warbler

Black-and-white Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Swainson's Warbler

Tennessee Warbler

Orange-crowned Warbler

Lucy's Warbler *

Nashville Warbler

Virginia's Warbler *

Connecticut Warbler *

MacGillivray's Warbler *

Mourning Warbler

Kentucky Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Hooded Warbler

American Redstart

Cape May Warbler

Cerulean Warbler

Northern Parula

Tropical Parula *

Magnolia Warbler

Bay-breasted Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Palm Warbler

Pine Warbler

Yellow-rumped "Myrtle" Warbler

"Audubon's Warbler” *

Yellow-throated Warbler

Prairie Warbler

Black-throated Gray Warbler *

Townsend's Warbler *

Hermit Warbler *

Black-throated Green Warbler

Canada Warbler

Wilson's Warbler

Red-faced Warbler *

Painted Redstart *

Yellow-breasted Chat

Green-tailed Towhee *

Spotted Towhee*

Eastern Towhee

Cassin’s Sparrow *

Bachman's Sparrow

American Tree Sparrow *

Chipping Sparrow

Clay-colored Sparrow

Brewer's Sparrow *

Field Sparrow

Vesper Sparrow

Lark Sparrow

Lark Bunting *

Savannah Sparrow

Grasshopper Sparrow

Baird's Sparrow *

Henslow's Sparrow

Le Conte's Sparrow

Nelson's Sparrow

Seaside Sparrow

Fox Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Lincoln's Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Harris's Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow *

Dark-eyed "Slate-colored" Junco

"Gray-headed Junco” *

"Oregon Junco”

Hepatic Tanager *

Summer Tanager

Scarlet Tanager

Western Tanager *

Northern Cardinal

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Black-headed Grosbeak *

Blue Bunting *

Blue Grosbeak

Lazuli Bunting *

Indigo Bunting

Varied Bunting *

Painted Bunting



Red-winged Blackbird

Eastern Meadowlark

Western Meadowlark

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Rusty Blackbird

Brewer's Blackbird

Common Grackle

Boat-tailed Grackle

Great-tailed Grackle

Shiny Cowbird *

Bronzed Cowbird

Brown-headed Cowbird

Orchard Oriole

Hooded Oriole *

Bullock's Oriole *

Baltimore Oriole

Scott's Oriole *

Purple Finch

House Finch (I)

Red Crossbill *

Pine Siskin

Lesser Goldfinch *

American Goldfinch

Evening Grosbeak *

House Sparrow (I)

aList is based on the Official La. Checklist (Dittmann, LBRC April 2011) with updates through AOU’s Check-list of North American Birds 7th edition [AOU 1998, updated through 53nd Supplement (AOU 2012)].  The list was compiled with edits 20 November 2012 and retains legend utilized in Dittmann, LBRC (2011):

* = species on Review List of the Louisiana Bird Records Committee [( (extremely rare in state; requires documentation)]; (E) = extinct; (e) = formerly present but now extirpated in Louisiana; (Q) = status in question; (I) = established introduced population, or records originate from established introduced population;  H = Hypothetical (none currently so designated: LBRC requires specimen/photo for acceptance of First State Record)

bMonk Parakeet was added by Michael Seymour, LDWF (so public knows it is expected in the state).  Due to certain occurrence criteria not being met at this date, the species is not listed on the Official La. Checklist (Dittmann, LBRC 2011).