Birding Kentucky

As a landlocked state Kentucky is not blessed with the diversity of birdlife that coastal areas offer. Nonetheless, its placement in the central United States offers bird watchers great opportunities to experience a wide variety of birds. Our state's largely rural nature makes great bird watching locales easy to find. In fact, the combination of federal and state "natural" lands that are easily accessible for bird watching—national parks, national forests, state parks and nature preserves, wildlife management areas, and others—makes it one of the most bird-watching friendly states in the nation!

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  • Kentucky 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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  • Kentucky Birding Hotspots

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Black-throated blue warblers are known to nest in the Black Mountain region of Kentucky. Photo by Brian Henry.

Ten Birding Hotspots in Kentucky

Every state has its top hotspots. Here are ten that we picked out for Kentucky. 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 Kentucky

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Kentucky Warbler, photo by USFWS / Wikimedia

10 Highlight Birds in Kentucky

Here are ten bird species that make birding in Kentucky exciting and special. Of course there are hundreds of other species to see, so don’t stop with just these ten!
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