From the sugar-white beaches of the Gulf of Mexico north to the scenic Tennessee River Valley and east to the foothills of the Appalachians, Alabama is home to a wide variety of birds. More than 180 species regularly breed in Alabama, and more than 400 species have been recorded in the state, placing it among the best birding states in the Lower 48.  Alabama’s abundant hardwood forests and many waterways and lakes make it attractive to millions of birds.  The geography offers many specialized areas, providing suitable habitat for shorebirds, raptors, passerines, and sparrows. It is reasonable to see well over 250 species in a year, and by working hard, a few birders have seen more than 300 species in one year in Alabama.

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  • Alabama 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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  • Alabama Birding Hotspots

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Green heron chicks at the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge look skyward for their next meal. Photo by Roy W Lowe / USFWS

Ten Bird Watching Hotspots in Alabama

You can find birds virtually anywhere on the planet. The same statement is true of Alabama, so do not despair if you can’t go to one of these great spots. But if you can find your way to one or more, you will be rewarded handsomely for the trip. We have included the best seasons to see birds at each location, but there are many birds present all year.
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  • Birds of Alabama

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Swallow-tailed kite photo by Dick Daniels / Wikimedia

10 Highlight Birds in Alabama

Grab a field guide and your binoculars. When you go birding in Alabama, you're in for a treat! Here are ten bird species that make birding in this state exciting and special.
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