Birding Missouri

Welcome to Missouri, the “Show me State,” and to a great range of birding opportunities. The state is blessed with tremendous migrations in both spring and autumn, with a world of opportunities for the backyard birder and those who love to watch bird feeders from the conform of their homes at any time of the year. Missouri is a state where visiting birders can enjoy the birds of the prairies and the southwest – scissor-tailed flycatcher, prairie chicken, western kingbird, yellow-headed blackbird, great-tailed grackle, greater roadrunner, and painted bunting; the birds of the south – black vulture, fish crow, black-necked stilt, swainson’s warbler and bachman’s sparrow.

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  • Missouri Birding & Nature Festivals

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BWD Festival Finder

During the peak of bird migration, there's nothing more exciting than attending a birding festival. The birds are spectacular and the people are great. If you haven't tried a festival yet, this is a must-do for next season! Use BWD's Birding and Nature Festival Finder to help you select from the many available in special areas all over the country.
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  • Missouri Birding Hotspots

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An early migration north for snow geese, as seen at Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge in northwest Missouri. Photo by CrunchySkies / Wikimedia.

10 Great Missouri Birding Spots

Every state has its top hotspots. Here are ten that we picked out for Missouri. Your Top Ten list may vary, but it doesn’t matter as long as we all get to go birding, right?
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  • Birds of Missouri

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Snow goose, blue morph. Photo by Cephas / Wikimedia.

10 Highlight Birds of Missouri

Because Missouri is a crossroads where prairies meet the flora and fauna of both the North and the South, the state offers its Midwestern visitors an opportunity to see a wide variety of avian and plant species not found in neighboring Upper Midwestern states. Here's a list of the top 10 birds to watch for.
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