Backyard Birds In Louisiana (26 Species With Pictures)

Wild birds may be found in Louisiana in a variety of habitats. In this article, we’ll look at several of Louisiana’s most well-known and well-known birds, notably those that may be found locally. Several of these species are migratory while only care part-time residents. Others prefer to live in Louisiana year-round. So, let’s learn a little about each species in Louisiana’s 26 backyard birds.

After that, I’ll teach you how to capture their attention in your yard, provide you with a crash course in the 10 various types of bird feeders that may be used to do so, and even recommend a few birdwatching destinations and clubs around Louisiana.

How many different species of wild birds are in Louisiana?

The number of species of birds in North America, the United States, or even in the state of Louisiana is difficult to determine with any precision. Nonetheless, as of 2020, the official state list included 485 species, according to the Louisiana Ornithological Society.

There are 2,059 species in North America, according to one report, while just 914 species, according to another. So I’m not sure how reliable these numbers are, but they do provide a ballpark estimate of the number of species.

We’re going to take a quick look at some of our favorite Louisiana backyard species for the purposes of this article.


We’ll take a look at 26 species of Louisiana birds, both year-round and seasonal residents, below. They are some of the more notable and well-known Louisiana backyard birds, many of which you can see at your bird feeders, but they aren’t all the species in the state or even close to it. Let’s get started right now!


Scientific nameCardinalis cardinalis

Length: 8.3-9.1 in

Weight: 1.5-1.7 oz

Wingspan: 9.8-12.2 in

In North America, the Northern Cardinals are one of the most well-known and widespread backyard birds. Females have duller hues and are more pale brown with reddish tinting, while males have bright red feathers and a black mask. The distinctive hairstyles of both men and women, as well as their crimson orange beaks, are immediately recognizable.

Since cardinals do not migrate, Northern Cardinals may be found all year long throughout Louisiana.

Most seed feeders will be visited, and they’ll be given a combination of black sunflower seeds and other seeds.


Scientific nameBaeolophus bicolor

Length: 5.5-6.3 in

Weight: 0.6-0.9 oz

Wingspan: 7.9-10.2 in

Throughout their range, these little birds are abundant at feeders and in yards. They, too, have a little mohawk on their heads that distinguishes them from other birds (like Cardinals). With a black patch just above their beaks, titmice are silver-gray on top and lighter on bottom.

Throughout the year, Louisiana is home to the Tufted Titmouse.

Most seed feeders will be visited by titmice, who will provide a combination of seed blends and black sunflower seeds.


Scientific namePoecile carolinensis

Length: 3.9-4.7 in

Weight: 0.3-0.4 oz

Wingspan: 5.9-7.9 in

Because of their “black cap” and black bib, chickadees are tiny little birds that are very easy to identify. Their underbodies are puffy and light, with solid white cheeks and gray wings and backs.

Carolinawide Chickadees are a common backyard bird in Louisiana, and should not be confused with the similarly named Black-capped Chickadees who live farther north. They’re often observed darting back and forth from a feeder to cover and uncover more, or they’re seen at a bird feeder. When I open a new feeder in my yard, chickadees are usually among the first birds I see. Because of their size, they’re often seen as bold and inquisitive.

Louisiana is home to the Carolina chickadee all year.

Most seed feeders will be visited by Chickadees, who will offer mixed seed blends and black sunflower seeds.


Scientific nameCyanocitta cristata

Length: 9.8-11.8 in

Weight: 2.5-3.5 oz

Wingspan: 13.4-16.9 in

In North America and the United States, another well-known bird species is the mockingbird. The Blue Jay is the name of the bird. They have mostly blue feathers on their back and belly, as well as a large blue crest on top of their heads. They have black stripes on their wings and tail. In addition, they have a necklace-like black ring around their necks. They are among the first to sound the alarm for all the birds in an area when a predator like a hawk approaches, making several loud, metallic sounding calls.

Another year-round resident of Louisiana is the Blue Jays.

Platform feeders, peanut feeders, and feeders with large perches are popular among blue Jays. Black sunflower seeds, mixed seeds, and peanuts are good options.


Scientific nameSialia sialis

Length: 6.3-8.3 in

Weight: 1.0-1.1 oz

Wingspan: 9.8-12.6 in

Bluebirds have a bright royal blue color on top with rusty reddish-orange chests and white bellies, as they are named. The females’ colors, especially the blues, are significantly duller and more faded than those of the males. In the United States, they are almost the most sought-after birdhouse tenants. creating a thriving business for the bluebird house. They’re common in backyards, but not as evident at feeders. I was able to attract a mating pair with this birdhouse, which I placed up on Amazon.

Bluebirds migrate to various regions of North America, but not to Louisiana. Any time of year, this bird may be seen here. Visit the Louisiana Bayou Bluebird Society for more information.

Bluebirds are not seed-eaters, but may be tempted to sample mealworms in a tray feeder or in a dish.


Scientific nameToxostoma rufum

Length: 9.1-11.8 in

Weight: 2.1-3.1 oz

Wingspan: 11.4-12.6 in

The breast and belly of the brown thrasher are heavily streaked. Their beak is solid black and their eyes are yellow. Since they’ll thrash through fallen leaves in search of bugs, I assume they’re called thrashers. Don’t quote me on that. Brown thrashers are skilled vocal birds, with over 1100 different songs, including those of other species, according to research.

Anytime of year, you may see the brown thrasher in Louisiana.

Bird seeders are not a common sight in the Brown Thrashers’ habitat, although they may collect seeds on the ground. They’re mostly found by digging through leaves and sticks in search of insects.


Scientific nameTurdus migratorius

Length: 7.9-11.0 in

Weight: 2.7-3.0 oz

Wingspan: 12.2-15.8 in

Robins are typically spotted hopping around the grass, hunting for worms and other invertebrates. They are quite widespread in backyards. They do not eat seeds, despite the fact that they may see bird feeders from time to time. They’re hard to mistake because of their brilliant crimson bodies and yellow beaks. During the winter, they retreat to the woods in many places and don’t return until spring. They appear to be leaving the state, but in most cases, they stay throughout the winter as a result of this.

Throughout the year, robins may be found across much of Louisiana, however they are only present during the winter along its southern border.

Attract them to meal worms, native fruit-bearing plants, or a bird bath since American Robins are seldom seen at bird feeders.


Scientific nameZenaida macroura

Length: 9.1-13.4 in

Weight: 3.0-6.0 oz

Wingspan: 17.7 in

.Doves are small birds that may be seen perched on power lines or in groups in trees. They are approximately the size of a robin. They’re usually seen wandering around on the ground, rather than on my tray feeder. Gray mourning doves with black markings on the top, a light peachy hue below, and pink legs are the most common variety.

Mourning doves can be found across Louisiana year-round.

Seed feeders are visited by doves, but they prefer to scour the ground for fallen seeds. Sprinkle some seeds on the ground or try a ground feeder with a mixed seed blend.


Scientific nameSturnus vulgaris

Length: 7.9-9.1 in

Weight: 2.1-3.4 oz

Wingspan: 12.2-15.8 in

In the 1890s, 100 starlings were released in New York, and they have since spread across the United States. They will overrun feeders, destroying the nests of other birds and killing their offspring. They will also overtake you while you’re out feeding other birds. They have yellow beaks and feet, and are mostly dark with white specks on their backs and wings. In the right light, starlings can appear to be very lovely, with a purple and green iridescent color.

Unfortunately, this invasive species may be found in every state in the lower 48 at any time of year.

Almost anything can be eaten by European Starlings. We recommend that you don’t try to attract them because they’re an invasive species, and they’ll show up anyway.


Scientific nameSpinus tristis

Length: 4.3-5.1 in

Weight: 0.4-0.7 oz

Wingspan: 7.5-8.7 in

In the spring and summer, when the goldfinches have their bright yellow feathers, they are among my favorite birds to see at feeders. Males have a black cap on top of their heads during this time, and females are mostly yellow, or “gold.” They have black-tipped wings. Their vibrant yellow fades to a more drab brownish or olive color during the winter when they molt. The black on their wings and finch-like beaks are always visible, no matter what the season.

Throughout the year, goldfinches may be observed in Louisiana’s northern parts, however they are more prevalent throughout the winter months in the state’s central and southern regions.

Thistle feeders are preferred by goldfinches, and sunflower chips are eaten by them as well. However, a thistle feeder is the best way to attract them.


Scientific nameThryothorus ludovicianus

Length: 4.7-5.5 in

Weight: 0.6-0.8 oz

Wingspan: 11.4 in

The tops of these tiny birds are reddish-brown, while the bottoms are pale orangish. These have a lengthy, somewhat bent beak with a strong white eyebrow. They prefer to stay in the bushes, making them difficult to detect. Their loud “teakettle-teakettle” cry is one you would recognize.

All year long, Carolina wrens may be found in Louisiana and the southeastern United States.

In backyards, Carolina Wrens are frequently seen visiting suet feeders.


Scientific namePasser domesticus

Length: 5.9-6.7 in

Weight: 0.9-1.1 oz

Wingspan: 7.5-9.8 in

Houses Sparrows are the only other wild species in the United States, and they are generally seen as pests. You can lawfully capture and humanely kill such birds as starlings. They were introduced in New York around the turn of the century, and like starlings, they have since spread across the United States. Their wings and buffy chest are streaked with black and brown, and they are generally brown in color. When it comes to other birds, they are generally hostile, especially around nests.

Louisiana is home to various House Sparrows.

House Sparrows, like the European Starling, are invasive species that endanger native species. Almost anything will go down well for them.


Scientific nameSphyrapicus varius

Length: 7.1-8.7 in

Weight: 1.5-1.9 oz

Wingspan: 13.4-15.8 in

The yellow-bellied sapsucker is recognized for drilling rows of holes in tree bark to create sapwells, which they can drink from. It belongs to the woodpecker family. They have yellow streaks on their black and white body, a black and white striped face, and a red hat. Females do not have a red throat patch, whereas males do. They have been known to drill sapwells in over 1,000 species of trees and woody plants, despite their preference for birch and maple trees.

During the winter months, yellow-bellied sapsuckers may be found all throughout Louisiana.

A suet feeder is possible for yellow-bellied sapsuckers to visit, but it’s more likely that they’ll come after you’ve planted young birch or maple trees in your yard.


Scientific nameMolothrus ater

Length: 7.5 – 8.7 in

Weight: 1.5 – 1.8 oz

Wingspan: 12.6 – 15.0 in

Because of the color of the males, as well as their tendency to migrate in huge flocks (sometimes mixed with actual blackbirds), brown-headed cowbirds are often grouped together under the moniker “blackbirds.” The male has a dark brown head and an iridescent black body. Females are a bit lighter in color overall.

Unfortunately, cowbirds lay their eggs in the nests of other birds, robbing other species of their habitat and reducing their numbers. They may sometimes enter the nest and lay one egg amongst the others, or they may push other eggs out of the nest to make room for their own. Many birds will raise the chick as their own, despite the fact that it is an imposter egg.

Throughout Louisiana, you’ll find wild turkeys all year.

Feeders are enticing to brown-headed cowbirds, who may arrive in huge numbers. Mixed seed is devoured by them with very little exception.


Scientific nameIcterus spurius

Length: 5.9-7.1 in

Weight: 0.6-1.0 oz

Wingspan: 9.8 in

The orchard oriole, the smallest of the oriole species in the United States, comes from Central America for a brief summer breeding season. The head, back, and sides of males are black, while the belly is dark red-orange. Females have a yellowish body with gray wings, which makes them look quite different. Juvenile males have a black patch on their throat, which adds to the mystery. They resemble females in appearance but are boys in age. Search high in the trees, especially near riverbanks.

Only from late spring to late summer does Orchard Oriole live in Louisiana.

Attract Orchard orioles with a nectar feeder, orange halves, or fruit jelly. They won’t eat from seed feeder, but you can try.


Scientific nameMelanerpes carolinus

Length: 9.4 in

Weight: 2.0-3.2 oz

Wingspan: 13.0-16.5 in

At feeders and in backyards in general, these medium-sized woodpeckers are rather frequent. The brilliant red stripe along the back of their heads is the first thing you’ll notice when they’re described as “red-bellied.” They have a simple white fracture with a pinkish red lower section of their abdomen that is typically not visible. With the white and black barring on their wings, they’re really easy to spot.

The state of Louisiana is home to red-bellied woodpeckers who live all year.

Red-bellied Woodpeckers prefer suet feeders, but will eat at seed feeders when peanuts are provided. They are most attracted to suet feeders.


Scientific namePicoides pubescens

Length: 5.5-6.7 in

Weight: 0.7-1.0 oz

Wingspan: 9.8-11.8 in

These common garden birds are fond of visiting bird feeders and are often seen. They’re one of the first species I see at a new bird feeder, and they’re the tiniest woodpeckers in North America. Their white underbodies, black wings with white markings, black and white striped heads, and a red spot on the rear of their skulls (males have no red) make them instantly distinguishable. Downy’s are smaller than the Hairy Woodpecker, although they look a lot like him.

During Louisiana’s year-round, you may see Downy Woodpeckers.

At most types of bird feeders, Downy Woodpeckers are a common sight. Mixed seed, black sunflower seed, and suet should be offered.


Scientific nameQuiscalus quiscula

Length: 11.0-13.4 in

Weight: 2.6-5.0 oz

Wingspan: 14.2-18.1 in

Grackles are also rather stunning in the right light, with their iridescent feathers, despite being classified as a bully bird like the starling. They are sometimes black in appearance, but hues of blue, green, brown, and purple may be visible under a bright light. They’ll often roost alongside other sorts of blackbirds and form massive flocks numbering in the billions of birds. Their solid color, long slender body, and yellow ringed eye make them easy to recognize.

Grackle is a common sight in Louisiana throughout the year.


Scientific nameHirundo rustica

Length: 5.9-7.5 in

Weight: 0.6-0.7 oz

Wingspan: 11.4-12.6 in

Birds of the open field, such as barn swallows. The back of these beautifully colored birds is dark blue, and the orange around the eyes and neck. They may have a light tawny brown to a vivid orange breast and belly. Their lengthy, deeply Forked tail is one of their distinguishing characteristics. These are extremely agile flyers that fly over water, fields, farms, and meadows, catching insects in the air. Cup-shaped nests, which are frequently found in the eaves of barns, gazebos, covered pavilions, and under bridges, are built out of mud and grass.

The US is where barn swallows go. These can be found throughout Louisiana during the spring and summer, and they are bred.

Barn Swallows aren’t interested in a bird feeder because they eat flying insects. If you have a barn, outbuilding, or gazebo, you can try to attract them by installing a nestbox.


Scientific nameMimus polyglottos

Length: 8.3-10.2 in

Weight: 1.6-2.0 oz

Wingspan: 12.2-13.8 in

The ability to imitate the songs of other bird species gave mockingbirds their name. A male mockingbird may learn up to 200 different songs throughout its lifetime, according to estimates. The rather long tail feathers distinguish these medium-sized backyard birds, which are mostly gray and white in color. They’re frequently encountered in high bushes, where they may be aggressive toward invading birds.

Throughout the year, northern mockingbirds may be found in Louisiana.

Backyard Northern Mockingbirds are common, although they don’t feed at bird feeders. Other ideas below, such as fruit-bearing bushes or a bird bath, may entice them to your yard.


Scientific nameZonotrichia albicollis

Length: 6.3-7.1 in

Weight: 0.8-1.1 oz

Wingspan: 7.9-9.1 in

Much of the United States is home to white-throated sparrows. They migrate to Canada to breed during the summer after spending the winter in the wild. Their bold facial pattern of black and white stripes with yellow spots between the eyes makes them easier to identify among sparrows, as does their white throat patch. Females prefer to nest in secret places of deep vegetation and brush, usually on or just above the ground.

White-throated sparrows are found across Louisiana throughout the winter months, but not during the summer.

Feeders are visited by white-throated sparrows, who enjoy grabbing dropped seed. Sunflower, millet, and mixed seed blends are available.


Scientific nameArchilochus colubris

Length: 2.8-3.5 in

Weight: 0.1-0.2 oz

Wingspan: 3.1-4.3 in

Ruby-throated hummingbirds are the most common species of hummingbird in the United States, and they are only found in the eastern half. In the Eastern United States, they are also the only hummingbird breeding species. Because males have a bright red throat, they got the name. On their backs, wings, and heads, ruby-throated hummers have emerald green underparts with white. The red throat feathers are missing from females.

Hummingbirds of other species may visit the state, but ruby-throated hummingbirds are the most frequent hummmingbird seen in Louisiana. From spring to autumn, they can be found all over the state.

If you put out nectar feeders, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are usually found in backyards in March or April.


Scientific nameMyiarchus crinitus

Length: 6.7-8.3 in

Weight: 0.9-1.4 oz

Wingspan: 13.4 in

This big flycatcher migrates to the United States. To reproduce, you must breed. With a warm brown back, gray face, and yellow belly, they are roughly the size of a robin. Their head has a squared-off look because of the low crest on their head. It may be difficult to see large crested flycatchers because they spend so much time high up in the tops of trees, but if you get familiar with their song and calls, you might begin to hear them a lot. Using binoculars to scan the tree tops, I’ve discovered that I’m occasionally able to spot them in my yard along the tree line. In parks, woodlands, golf courses, and forested communities, listen for them.

Throughout the breeding season, large crested flycatchers may be found across Louisiana.

Insect eaters, great crested flycatchers don’t feed at backyard feeders. They will, however, utilize backyard nest boxes and are cavity nesters.


Scientific namePasserina cyanea

Length: 4.7-5.1 in

Weight: 0.4-0.6 oz

Wingspan: 7.5-8.7 in

These lovely buntings migrate at night from their wintering grounds in Mexico and southern Florida, up to Canada. Males are bright blue all over with some black on their wings, while females are mostly brown with just hints of blue. Rather than blue pigment, these birds’ feathers reflect light in a certain way. Listen for them in the summer, especially near agricultural and forest edges.

During the summer, Indigo Buntings may be found across much of Louisiana, although they are only observable on the coast during spring and autumn migration.

They may come to feeders if you offer mixed seed and nyjer, but they are not as prevalent as feeders.


Scientific nameColaptes auratus

Length: 11.0-12.2 in

Weight: 3.9-5.6 oz

Wingspan: 16.5-20.1 in

In backyards across the United States, but not particularly at feeders, these medium to big sized woodpeckers are rather frequent. They’re also, in my opinion, some of North America’s most stunning birds. Flickers, unlike other woodpeckers, prefer to discover insects on the ground rather than in the trees. The black patches on their bellies, stiff black bib, red patch on the back of their necks, and barred black and gray wings will help you identify them. A black “stache” is seen on males. They have dazzling yellow feathers on the underside of their wings and tail in Louisiana, where they get the yellow-shafted kind (nicknamed “yellowhammer”).

Throughout most of Louisiana, Northern Flickers may be seen year-round in backyards, however along the southern coast, they are only seen during winter.

A suet feeder is visited by Northern Flickers on occasion, however they are more likely to find their own food. If you have one, they will stop by a bird bath.


Interested in attracting some of these birds to your backyard? Take a look at these 5 simple tips, starting with the most obvious.

Scientific nameCorvus brachyrhynchos

Length: 15.8-20.9 in

Weight: 11.2-21.9 oz

Wingspan: 33.5-39.4 in

Crows are black in hue and have a large size. Like their cousin the raven, they are also recognized for their exceptional intellect when solving problems. Large groups of crows will roost higher up in the tree tops, giving them a birds-eye view of everything below. The roost will yell out if a owl or hawk arrives, alerting everyone of potential danger.

Because they are so huge, American Crows seldom visit bird feeders and are omnivorous.


Want to attract a few of these birds to your property? Begin with the most basic of these 5 simple tips.


Put up a bird feeder or two to attract birds to your yard in the greatest and most obvious way. A basic tube feeder, hopper feeder, platform feeder, or window feeder are all great starters. For further ideas on each, check out the section below.


You may use a simple terra cotta flower pot saucer, like this one, instead of a pedestal birdbath. Birds need water to drink and bathe in, so adding a water feature to your yard will only help you attract more birds. Moreover, since moving water attracts the birds to visit the water even more, consider adding a solar fountain.


If placed in the right location at the correct time of year, several bird species will readily take up residence in birdhouses. Among the most popular birds to attract to birdhouses are Eastern Bluebirds. A mating pair of bluebirds was inspecting my birdhouse in the yard the same day I put it up.


When the birds sense danger, make sure that your yard has trees, bushes, and shrubs for them to dart back and forth from. Predators are their primary defense. Do your best to add some landscaping elements that will allow birds to view your yard as safe if your yard is in a new development with no mature trees.


Having native plants that provide these foods will only help your endeavor to attract additional birds for many birds that eat nuts, berries, and seeds. Moreover, since most songbirds feed insects to their hatchlings, native plants help caterpillars and other insects that feed many birds and support nesting birds. That may encourage the growth of non-native plants that crowd out native plants, which are important for a healthy ecosystem.


In the yards of many homeowners, there are ten of the most popular bird feeders.

  1. Hopper feeders have a compartment in the middle, the hopper, that holds the bird seed, which is why they’re called hopper feeders. Birds may land on the perches and feast from them on the sides. To keep the seed dry, many hopper feeders are shaped like a house and covered on top. For this type of feeder, use black sunflower seeds or mixed birdseed. This is one of my favorite hopper feeders, and it’s squirrel-proof.
  2. Platform feeders are open on top and may usually be hanged from a tree or hook, pole-mounted, or otherwise suspended. These feeders are simple to set up and ideal for feeding most kinds of birds. Every animal in your yard that can reach them will eat from them, despite the fact that they are completely open. For this kind of feeder, use black sunflower seeds or a combination of birdseed. In my garden right now, I’m using this platform feeder.
  3. Tube feeders are simply clear plastic tube-shaped bird feeders with a tube at the bottom. They may hold from a few cups of seed to 5 pounds or more, and they may be of any size. These are wonderful because they allow you to seed easily when it’s time to refill, as well as keeping your seed fresh and dry. Tube feeders are used by many kinds of birds. In tube feeders, you can use both black sunflower seeds and mixed seeds. This squirrel proof tube feeder is made by Squirrel Buster, and it’s one of the best on the market.
  4. Suet feeders are designed for one type of suet cake, which is for birds. They’re a very basic idea, with a metal wire cage as the basis and a tail-prop for bigger birds thrown in for good measure. Suet feeders, which are frequently visited by woodpeckers in the winter when birds are searching for high-fat foods, are popular. I suggest attracting larger woodpeckers, such as the Pileated and Northern Flicker, by purchasing a suet feeder with a long tail prop.
  5. Window feeders are tiny bird feeders that use suction cups to attached to a glass window. They’re open on top and you simply pour seed into the tray region to replenish them, similar to tray feeders. These feeders are ideal for people who don’t have large yards and are popular with a variety of different species of birds. They’re extremely simple to get started with. For this kind of feeder, use black sunflower seeds or a blend of birdseed. This is, without a doubt, the most popular bird feeder on Amazon, and maybe the entire internet.
  6. Thistle feeders are specialized bird feeders designed particularly for thistle seed that are commonly known as Nyjer feeders. Birds in the finch family, which includes the American Goldfinch and House Finch, are the primary species of birds that thistle feeders attract. Thistle feeders are usually tube-shaped, with tiny holes along the sides of the tube that allow birds to pick thistle out. Droll Yankees has a fantastic thistle feeder.
  7. Ground feeders are tray feeders that sit on the ground level. Birds such as Mourning Doves and Juncos, as well as squirrels, raccoons, and other kinds of ground creatures, will love them. For this kind of feeder, use black sunflower seeds or a combination of birdseed. This recycled plastic ground feeder is something you may like.
  8. Oriole feeders are a kind of specialist feeder that is used to feed one species of bird, orioles. The feeder is usually orange in hue and features tiny plastic or glass jars designed for holding jelly, which orioles adore. Another food that orioles like is orange halves, which you can put on the feeder. An oriole feeder with four jelly trays is shown below. This will hold orange halves.
  9. Hummingbird feeders, also known as hummingbird feeders, are specialized devices that extract sugar water from nectar. I frequently see Downy Woodpeckers at my feeders, even though they are meant for hummingbirds, and they adore the sweet nectar as much as I do. To learn how to make hummingbird nectar without boiling the water, read this article. There’s no need to spend a lot of money on a hummingbird feeder since they’re so simple and cost-effective.
  10. Peanut feeders are tube-shaped devices made of metal wire mesh material that are similar to thistle feeders. To enable for whole unshelled or shelled peanuts to pass through the holes, only the holes in the wire mesh are much further apart. These should be filled with peanuts and attract birds such as Blue Jays. Squirrel Buster is the best option if you want to keep squirrels out of your peanut feeder. This simple one will suffice for the time being.

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