Wisconsin Birds: Pictures And Bird Identification Tips

picture of an American Robin, the state bird of Wisconsin, and part of the Wisconsin birds series

Wisconsin Society for Ornithology lists close to 450 species on their Wisconsin birds checklist. The number of breeding birds changes as the breeding bird atlas continues to be updated. Somewhere around one-half of the total number of documented birds in the Wisconsin also breed in the state.

Knowledge about the types of birds that breed in the state is as important as the total number of birds in the state because it provides planners with the ability to focus on the types of bird habitat, i.e., forests, grasslands, that need attention in order to provide long term sustainable habitat for the population.

Wisconsin is also one of three states to name the American Robin as the state bird. It’s a very popular garden bird and the most common of all the thrush related species. During the winter season, Robins are known to gather in large flocks, sometimes reaching populations of 100,000 or more, in areas that provide adequate food, shelter and water.

Landscaping for Birds


picture of a White-throated Sparrow, a common feeder bird in Wisconsin
Everyone enjoys the backyard feeder birds as much as the birds enjoy the backyard feeders. Do you want birds in the yard on a more consistent basis? There’s an easy answer. Families with a knack for landscaping might also consider landscaping their yard for birds.

The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin provides two very good reasons to consider the landscaping option. First, many birds don’t use the feeder. Second those that do rarely receive a sufficient amount of proper nutrition. Landscaping for birds also provides an additional element of safety for the birds, making them more likely to choose the landscaped yard as a favorite habitat, even home.

Did you know, for example that close to three dozen Wisconsin birds consume the berries on American Elderberry shrubs? This includes, Red-bellied and Red-headed Woodpeckers, Eastern Bluebirds, American Robins, and Northern Cardinal.

Additionally, one Black Cherry tree in the yard entices close to four dozen bird species during the summer months. This includes Redheaded Woodpeckers, Northern Flickers, Northern Mockingbirds, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, and White-throated Sparrows, pictured.

As the site grows, more information covering Wisconsin birds will be added. Until then, press the button to learn more about Wisconsin woodpeckers.