Texas is a hotspot for some of the best birding around, which is why areas of the state draw birders from around the U.S. Some 650 species have been spotted in the Lone Star State. Given its mass of territory, it should come as little surprise there’s Texas-sized opportunity to check some birds off your list.

If you’re looking for that perfect winter getaway, Texas lets you enjoy some warm weather while squeezing in a bit of birding. Not only can you see some colorful birds staying for the winter, but you can also find species you can’t find anywhere else in the U.S. The one that comes top of mind is the Green Jay, which draws birders to Bentsen-Rio Grande State Park every winter.

Or, check out one of nine sites of the World Birding Center, located along the Rio Grande Valley, home to many tropical bird species. The Center features exhibits and guided activities, such as wilderness walks and float trips.

To plan your trip, a good place to start is the Great Texas Wildlife Trails, which will guide you through the best birding spots of the Lone Star State.

Top Texas backyard birds

Which birds are common to Texas? Here, we compiled a list of feeder favorites, as reported by the 500-some citizen birders who took part in Project FeederWatch from November 2020 through April 2021.

  1. Northern Cardinal
  2. Carolina Chickadee
  3. White-winged Dove
  4. Pine Siskin
  5. House Finch
  6. Carolina Wren
  7. Blue Jay
  8. American Robin
  9. American Goldfinch
  10. Northern Mockingbird
  11. Yellow-rumped Warbler
  12. Tufted Titmouse
  13. Red-bellied Woodpecker
  14. Orange-crowned Warbler
  15. Mourning Dove
  16. House Sparrow
  17. Downy Woodpecker
  18. Dark-eyed Junco
  19. Chipping Sparrow
  20. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  21. White-throated Sparrow
  22. Lesser Goldfinch
  23. Eastern Phoebe
  24. Cedar Waxwing
  25. Black-crested Titmouse
  26. Black-chinned Hummingbird
  27. Bewick's Wren
  28. Eastern Bluebird
  29. Brown-headed Cowbird
  30. American Crow
  31. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  32. White-crowned Sparrow
  33. Red-winged Blackbird
  34. Purple Finch
  35. Pine Warbler
  36. Ladder-backed Woodpecker
  37. European Starling
  38. Eurasian Collared-Dove
  39. Common Grackle
  40. Hermit Thrush

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