Pennsylvania Birds: Pictures And Bird Identification Tips

picture of a Ruffed Grouse, the state bird of Pennsylvania, and part of the Pennsylvania birds series

Pennsylvania birds often get formally presented by raw numbers. Of the close to four hundred and fifty species that have been documented in the state going all the way back to colonial days, close to three hundred are considered regulars, or species on can expect to see on a day to day or year to year basis.

Pennsylvania birds also mean far more than raw numbers School children across the state learn that the name Pennsylvania translates into Penn’s woods. Given the fact that Pennsylvania still retains some healthy forested areas Pennsylvania birds often means forest birds.

Experts have documented about one hundred species that show by their actions that Penn’s Woods remain a great place to live or visit. Some of them are the neotropical migrants. Warblers such as Setophaga pensylvanica, the Chestnut-sided Warbler, breed in the hardwood forests along the state’s north boundary.

Off all the forest birds, the Ruffed Grouse takes the place of honor. It’s the official state bird. The picture shows this game bird and its mottled gray, brown and black plumage.

They are forest ground dwellers with nests by or near trees and the underlying brush. Visitors and hikers can often find them as forest edges because the open areas allow them to scout for predators.

Top Ten Feeder Birds

picture of a Blue Jay, a very common feeder bird in the Eastern United States
Pennsylvania birds also means feeder birds. The birds most common in the backyards of residential areas from the twin urban areas of Pittsburgh to the west and Philadelphia to the east and all else between are fairly similar.

According to a recent Audubon Backyard Bird Count here are the birds that Pennsylvania residents wake up to on a regular basis.

  • Northern Cardinal
  • Mourning Dove
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • American Goldfinch
  • Blue Jay
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • House Finch
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
The picture shows the Blue Jay.

It’s also important to remind all the backyard bird feeder enthusiasts to remember to keep the feeder clean. Experts often suggest soaking it in a bleached water mixture about two times per year. Think four tablespoons of bleach for every quart of water. That way the feeder does not become a mold magnet and create bacteria that can harm a bird’s health.

Categories for Pennsylvania birds organize around common sense topics. Members are invited to post their bird pictures and stories.

People looking for additional bird identification help can press the green bird button at the top of the page.