• The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher is Oklahoma's state bird.

    Photo by: Lindell Dillon

  • A female Black-Chinned Hummingbird feeds on honeysuckle in Norman, Oklahoma.

    Photo by: Lindell Dillon

  • The Tallgrass Prairie near Pawhuska is a popular destination for birdwatchers.

    Photo by: Lori Duckworth/Oklahoma Tourism


With nearly 500 species of birds winging their way across Oklahoma, this land is prime bird watching territory. Migratory birds pass through Oklahoma twice a year along the central flyway of North America and birders will find surprises here such as Bald Eagles, American White Pelicans, Lesser Prairie Chickens and more.

In Oklahoma, bird watchers can visit natural treasures such as the Tishomingo Wildlife Refuge, home to 275 species of birds, the Red Slough Wildlife Management Area with 312 bird species, the Hackberry Flats Wildlife Management Area teeming with wetlands, shorebirds and waterfowl or the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge, where tens of thousands of migratory birds stop over each year.

Birding is a great educational outdoor activity for families and in Oklahoma, you'll be rewarded with memorable experiences such as watching the intricate dances of the Lesser Prairie Chicken or spotting a Bald Eagle fishing in Oklahoma's streams and rivers. Search for the Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher, Oklahoma's state bird known for its unique tail feathers, or gaze skyward as Red-Tailed Hawks circle overhead. From Painted Buntings to Roadrunners and Killdeer, your whole family will be able to add plenty of sightings to their bird watching lists in state parks, preserves and other outdoor recreation areas in Oklahoma.

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Each winter you can follow Oklahoma eagles on a path to adventure with these handy eagle viewing tips and this list of top statewide eagle watching hot spots. read more

Lace up your hiking boots, grab your binoculars and head to the Oklahoma panhandle where you'll find a birding paradise - Black Mesa State Park and Nature Preserve. Over 100 species of birds are frequently spotted amidst the plateaus and junipers that dot this rugged landscape. read more

Woodward’s Lesser Prairie Chicken Festival wraps nature, wildlife, geography and conservation into a compelling package of eco-adventuring. read more

More than half of North America’s 800-plus bird species have been recorded in Oklahoma. read more