Birding Factoids

380 species
in 49 families

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

Checklist of Tennessee BirdsLocal EventsTours and GuidesRare Bird AlertsSpeciality BirdsMap
Tennessee Specialities
(Pause your cursor on the photo to see the species name. Click on the birds for more info... )
Northern Mockingbird - Tennessee State Bird - Photo by Andrew Wilson
Photo by Andrew Wilson

Red-bellied Woodpecker - Photo copyright Ross Warner

Photo copyright Ross Warner

Indigo Bunting - Photo copyright Peter LaTourrette

Photo copyright Peter LaTourrette

    Key to Icons....Reelfoot Lake - Birding and Wildlife Viewing in

      Tennessee's Western Plains - located 25 miles south of Union City. Another site on this lake.
    ....National Wildlife Refuges Index - Tennessee. Includes links
      to information on:
      • Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge
      • Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge
      ....Key to Icons  Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge
      • Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge
      • Lower Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge
      • Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge
    Key to Icons....Great Smoky Mountains! - The Great Smoky
      Mountains National Park is the nation's most visited National Park.
    Key to Icons....Trail Map for the Great Smokey Mountains National Park.
    ....Some Birding Sites in East Tennessee - (mostly north and east of
      Knoxville). From the Tennessee Ornithological Society
    ....Birdwatching in Chattanooga - Birdwatchers enjoy combing the 
      beautiful Chattanooga area for a wide variety of colorful and rare birds. The great diversity of natural habitat attracts many different species of songbirds, waterbirds, and raptors. 
    ....Land Between The Lakes & Fort Henry Trails -
      A National RecreationTrail System for Hikers & Birders, located between Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley on the Tennessee-Kentucky border northwest of Nashville.
    ....The Nature Conservancy of Tennessee - preserve profiles
      • William B. Clark Conservation Area
      • Taylor Hollow Preserve 
      • John R. Dickey Birch Branch Sanctuary 
      • Flat Rock Cedar Glade Preserve 

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Tours and Guides

>>>>>> A Birding Pal is not a paid guide, but someone who likes to help out of town visitors. You can become a Birding Pal today! Help someone to enjoy your local birding spots and find a pal to help you when you travel. Click here for Tennessee Birding Pals, or join to be a Birding Pal!
Downy Woodpecker - Photo copyright David Geale
Photo copyright David Geale
    **..Spring in the Great Smokey Mountains with Victor Emanuel Nature
      Tours (VENT). The famous smoky haze, the rugged mountains, and the hardwood forests–these are images that bring to mind this well-known region. Many have seen it from the byways and parkways, but it is a region that can be enjoyed on many levels. Our trip takes a slower, more probing look at the complexity of this multifaceted region. Like the Ozarks and Tallgrass Prairies trip, the tour seeks to bring together birds, botany, and a natural and cultural history of a timeless region.  VENT offers nearly 140 tours to over 100 land-based destinations each year and is the largest tour company in the world specializing in birding and natural history.

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Local Birding Events

Common Grackle - Photo copyright Bill Scholtz
Photo copyright Bill Scholtz

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Rare Bird Alert

Yellow-throated Warbler - Photo copyright Giuliano Gerra and Silvio Sommazzi
Photo copyright Giuliano Gerra and Silvio Sommazzi
         Tennessee (Statewide) Hotline: (615) 356-7636 

         Chattanooga Hotline: (423) 821-3481 

         Check also Tennessee RBA Archives

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North American Specialities in Tennessee

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 Tennessee. 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 Tenneessee

___ Red-Cockaded Woodpecker
North American Endemic Specialities in Tennessee

___ Allen's Hummingbird
___ Bachman's Sparrow
___ Bewick's Wren
___ Black-chinned Hummingbird
___ Black-headed Grosbeak
___ Bullock's Oriole
___ California Gull
___ Carolina Chickadee
___ Clark's Grebe
___ Fish Crow
___ Harris's Sparrow
___ House Sparrow
___ Le Conte's Sparrow
___ Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow
___ Pileated Woodpecker
___ Prairie Falcon
___ Red-bellied Woodpecker
___ Red-shouldered Hawk
___ Ruffed Grouse
___ Say's Phoebe
___ Smith's Longspur
___ Spotted Towhee
___ Trumpeter Swan
___ Tufted Titmouse
___ Western Grebe

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Links checked December 3, 2000