Tennessee is a big, beautiful, ecologically diverse state. All of the birds that can be regularly found in Tennessee can be found in other states, particularly nearby inland states, but some can be found more readily because they breed or winter here in significantly greater numbers. Some species are easier to find because they regularly hang out in specific habitats and locations.  The current list of species verified to have been seen at least once in the state totals close to 400, but this number is changing annually. With more of us in the state watching birds, the number of birds we find in Tennessee is certain to grow.

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  • Tennessee 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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  • Tennessee Birding Hotspots

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee. Photo by Wikimedia.Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee. Photo by USchick, Wikimedia.

Ten Great Tennessee Bird Watching Spots

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

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Swainson's warbler, photo by USFWS / Wikimedia

10 Highlight Birds of Tennessee

Here are ten bird species that make birding in Tennessee 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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