Top 15 Forest Birds in Memphis Parks

From biologist Fields Falcone:

Birds you are more likely to see or hear in mature interior lowland forests of Shelby County in the summer (e.g. Lucius Burch State Natural Area along the Wolf River):

  1. Northern Cardinal
  2. Carolina Wren
  3. Tufted Titmouse
  4. Carolina Chickadee
  5. American Robin
  6. White-eyed Vireo
  7. Red-eyed Vireo
  8. Red-bellied Woodpecker
  9. Downy Woodpecker
  10. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  11. Acadian Flycatcher
  12. Eastern Wood-pewee
  13. Yellow-billed Cuckoo
  14. Summer Tanager
  15. Northern Parula

Here is another list from Wolf River Conservancy for common suburban birds likely to be seen around your house and neighborhood, in no particular order. 

  1. Northern Cardinal
  2. American Robin
  3. Blue Jay
  4. Northern Mockingbird
  5. Mourning Dove
  6. House Finch
  7. Carolina Wren
  8. Red-bellied Woodpecker
  9. Downy Woodpecker
  10. Northern Flicker
  11. Common Grackle
  12. European Starling
  13. Ring-necked Dove
  14. House Sparrow
  15. Ruby-throated Hummingbird

To learn more about birds and how to identify them both by sight and by sound, you might start with these websites or phone app's:

For information about making your yard more bird-friendly, including planting native plants, visit the following links, and peruse many other resources on our Conservation at Home page.

Creating Wildlife Habitat (National Wildlife Federation)

Native Plant Finder (NWF)

Working Lands for  Wildlife (NRCS)

Native Plants Database (Audubon)

Posted by Cathy Justis at 1:16 PM