Mississippi Bird Watching

There are more than 800 bird species that occur in continental North America and its adjacent islands. The most recent Checklist of Birds of Mississippi includes almost one-half of them. That’s a lifetime’s worth of birds, and getting to see them, one by one, is a great big adventure. The end of the bird-watching rainbow is nowhere in sight—no one has seen all the birds within the geographical boundaries of this or any other state, and no one has ever learned every fascinating thing there is to know about their lives.

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  • Mississippi 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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  • Mississippi Birding Hotspots

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Viksburg National Military Park. Photo by Ken Lund / Wikimedia.

Ten Bird Watching Hotspots in Mississippi

When asked to name the best birding areas in the state the bird watchers of Mississippi were quick to name a variety of tried and true places. According to those who made the nominations, each should be ranked #1, but since we have thus far taken a south-to-north view of bird watching in the state, they will be listed that way, leaving it up to you to choose your own favorite.
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  • Birds of Mississippi

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Swallow-tailed kite photo by Dick Daniels / Wikimedia

10 Highlight Birds of Mississippi

Here are ten bird species that make birding in Mississippi 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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