Birding Factoids

446 species
in 48 families

66 of the 246 species 
endemic to 
North America are 
represented here. 
No state endemics
2 USA endemics

    Oklahoma
    Hotspots
Checklist of Oklahoma BirdsLocal EventsTours and GuidesRare Bird AlertsSpeciality BirdsMap
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Oklahoma Specialities
(Pause your cursor on the photo to see the species name. Click on the birds for more info... )
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - Oklahoma State Bird

Great-tailed Grackle - Photo by Marcus Martin

Photo by Marcus Martin

Lesser Prairie Chicken - Photo copyright Mary Scott

Photo copyright Mary Scott

Yellow-billed Cuckoo - Photo copyright Rita Wege & Larry Prosser

Photo copyright Rita Wege & Larry Prosser

Dickcissel - Photo by Paul Conover

Courtesy of SouthWest Louisiana Birding Page

Red-Tailed Hawk - Highest breeding density - Photo copyright Tony Galvan

Photo copyright Tony Galvan
    ...
    Key to Icons....Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge - No trip to the
      Lawton area would be complete without a visit to the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge north of the city. The 60,000 acre refuge is maintained by the National Wildlife Refuge System in a wild and natural condition.
    ...
    Key to Icons....Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge - 25 miles
      northwest of Lawton, Oklahoma. Another site on this reserve
    ...
    Key to Icons....Ouachita National Forest  -  Located in west central
      Arkansas and southeast Oklahoma
    ...
    ...Oklahoma Birding Hotspots - by Bill Horn. 
    ...
    ....Red Slough Wetlands, Ouachita National Forest, Oklahoma - 
      The Red Slough Wildlife Management Area is a 4,855 acre wetland project designed to restore hydrology and re-establish bottomland hardwoods. It is cooperatively managed by the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. Project goals and objectives are to maximize diversity and offer outstanding recreational opportunities. Red Slough is a very popular recreational destination located in southeastern Oklahoma and is a premier birdwatching area.
    ...
    ....Payne County Birding Hotspots - Includes information on:
      • Sanborne Lake
      • Keystone Lake
      • Kaw Lake
      • Prairie and Crosstimbers
      • Sooner Lake
    ...
    ....Gold Treasure NW Oklahoma - Salt Plains Lake
      in Cherokee Oklahoma - Highway 64, 12 Miles West of Salt Planes Lake on Highway 11. The land holds many treasures in the salt-flat area. Not only game and fish ,but over 300 bird species many endangered ones.
    ...
    ....Wildlife of OG&E's Konawa Reservoir and Recreation Area
      located near Konawa, between Ada and Seminole, in south-central Oklahoma. In addition to the resident birds, each new season brings an influx of migratory birds. These include many ducks, geese and occasional bald eagles that spend the winter.
    ...
    ....Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
      The Departmentís Wildlife Diversity Program coordinates the statewide Watchable Wildlife activities, which include a network of Watchable Wildlife Areas, winter Bald Eagle Tours, spring Watchable Wildlife Weekends and the summer Selman Bat Viewing Tours.
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    ....National Wildlife Refuges Index - Oklahoma. Includes links
      to information on:
      • Deep Fork NWR
      • Little River NWR
      • Optima NWR
      • Ozark Plateau NWR
      • Salt Plains NWR
      • Sequoyah NWR
      • Tishomingo NWR
      • Washita NWR
      ....Key to Icons  Wichita Mountains WR
    ...
    ....The Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma - preserve profiles
      including::
      • Tallgrass Prairie Preserve
      • Black Mesa Preserve
      • Arkansas River Least Tern Preserve
      • Redbud Valley Natural Area 
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    ....Oklahoma Trip Report - by Dick and Jean Hoffman.
    ...
    ....Oklahoma Trip Reports - a number of Oklahoma trip reports are
      available from Blake Maybank's "Birding the Americas - Trip Report and Trip Planning Repository".

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Golden-fronted Woodpecker - Photo copyright Jean Coronel
Photo copyright Jean Coronel
    ....Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
      The Departmentís Wildlife Diversity Program coordinates the statewide Watchable Wildlife activities, which include a network of Watchable Wildlife Areas, winter Bald Eagle Tours, spring Watchable Wildlife Weekends and the summer Selman Bat Viewing Tours. 

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Local Birding Events

Snowy Egret - Photo copyright Peter Wallack
Photo copyright Peter Wallack

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Rare Bird Alert

Northern Bobwhite - Photo copyright Erik Breden
Photo copyright Erik Breden
         Oklahoma (Statewide) Hotline: (918) 669-6646 
         Oklahoma City Hotline: (405) 373-4531 
         Check also Oklahoma RBA Archives

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North American Specialities

in Oklahoma

Information derived from Sibley & Monroe checklists in Thayer's Birder's Diary - Version 2.5.
These counts will differ in minor ways from counts based on the ABA classification,
but an international checklist system was required to enable world-wide
country to country comparisons.These speciality birds may be uncommon, or extremely rare
at this location, or may only be present in migration. However, documented sightings of each species
noted below have been made in Oklahoma. Consult the Breeding Bird Survey or
Christmas Bird Count data on the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center website
to determine the "best" place to see each bird. Species printed in blue are endangered.


USA Endemics in Oklahoma

___ Lesser Prairie Chicken ___ Red-cockaded Woodpecker
North American Endemic Specialities in Oklahoma

___ Anna's Hummingbird
___ Bachman's Sparrow
___ Baird's Sparrow
___ Bewick's Wren
___ Black-capped Vireo
___ Black-chinned Hummingbird
___ Black-headed Grosbeak
___ Black-throated Sparrow
___ Brewer's Sparrow
___ Bullock's Oriole
___ California Gull
___ Calliope Hummingbird
___ Canyon Towhee
___ Canyon Wren
___ Carolina Chickadee
___ Cassin's Finch
___ Cassin's Sparrow
___ Chestnut-collared Longspur
___ Clark's Grebe
___ Clark's Nutcracker
___ Common Poorwill
___ Cordilleran Flycatcher
___ Curve-billed Thrasher
___ Ferruginous Hawk
___ Fish Crow
___ Greater Roadrunner
___ Grey Vireo
___ Grey-crowned Rosy-Finch
___ Harris's Sparrow
___ House Finch
___ Le Conte's Sparrow
___ Lewis's Woodpecker
___ McCown's Longspur
___ Mottled Duck
___ Mountain Bluebird
___ Mountain Chickadee
___ Mountain Plover
___ Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow
___ Phainopepla
___ Pileated Woodpecker
___ Pinyon Jay
___ Plain Titmouse
___ Prairie Falcon
___ Pygmy Nuthatch
___ Pyrrhuloxia
___ Red-bellied Woodpecker
___ Red-naped Sapsucker
___ Red-shouldered Hawk
___ Rufous-crowned Sparrow
___ Sage Sparrow
___ Sage Thrasher
___ Say's Phoebe
___ Scaled Quail
___ Sharp-tailed Grouse
___ Smith's Longspur
___ Spotted Towhee
___ Townsend's Solitaire
___ Trumpeter Swan
___ Tufted Titmouse
___ Verdin
___ Western Bluebird
___ Western Grebe
___ Western Screech-Owl
___ Western Scrub-Jay
___ Whooping Crane
___ Williamson's Sapsucker

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Links checked December 2, 2000