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This checklist includes all bird species found in Mississippi , based on the best information available at this time. It is based on a wide variety of sources that I collated over many years. I am pleased to offer these checklists as a service to birdwatchers. If you find any error, please do not hesitate to .

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Country or region: Mississippi
Number of species: 416
Number of globally threatened species: 8
Number of introduced species: 4
Date last reviewed: 2013-05-29
See also: http://www.mississippiornithologicalsociety.com/Files/Mississippi%20State%20Checklist/MOS_Checklist_September_2011.pdf

 
ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

Black-bellied Whistling-DuckDendrocygna autumnalis
Fulvous Whistling-DuckDendrocygna bicolor
Greater White-fronted GooseAnser albifrons
Snow GooseChen caerulescens
Ross's GooseChen rossii
BrantBranta berniclaRare/Accidental
Cackling GooseBranta hutchinsii
Canada GooseBranta canadensis
Trumpeter SwanCygnus buccinatorRare/Accidental
Tundra SwanCygnus columbianus
Wood DuckAix sponsa
GadwallAnas strepera
Eurasian WigeonAnas penelopeRare/Accidental
American WigeonAnas americana
American Black DuckAnas rubripes
MallardAnas platyrhynchos
Mottled DuckAnas fulvigula
Blue-winged TealAnas discors
Cinnamon TealAnas cyanoptera
Northern ShovelerAnas clypeata
Northern PintailAnas acuta
Green-winged TealAnas crecca
CanvasbackAythya valisineria
RedheadAythya americana
Ring-necked DuckAythya collaris
Greater ScaupAythya marila
Lesser ScaupAythya affinis
King EiderSomateria spectabilisRare/Accidental
Surf ScoterMelanitta perspicillata
White-winged ScoterMelanitta fusca
Black ScoterMelanitta americanaNear-threatened
Long-tailed DuckClangula hyemalisVulnerable
BuffleheadBucephala albeola
Common GoldeneyeBucephala clangula
Hooded MerganserLophodytes cucullatus
Common MerganserMergus merganser
Red-breasted MerganserMergus serrator
Ruddy DuckOxyura jamaicensis

 
GALLIFORMES: Odontophoridae

Northern BobwhiteColinus virginianusNear-threatened

 
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

Wild TurkeyMeleagris gallopavo

 
GAVIIFORMES: Gaviidae

Red-throated LoonGavia stellata
Pacific LoonGavia pacificaRare/Accidental
Common LoonGavia immer

 
PODICIPEDIFORMES: Podicipedidae

Pied-billed GrebePodilymbus podiceps
Horned GrebePodiceps auritus
Red-necked GrebePodiceps grisegena
Eared GrebePodiceps nigricollis
Western GrebeAechmophorus occidentalis

 
PHOENICOPTERIFORMES: Phoenicopteridae

American FlamingoPhoenicopterus ruberRare/Accidental

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Procellariidae

Great ShearwaterPuffinus gravis
Sooty ShearwaterPuffinus griseusRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Audubon's ShearwaterPuffinus lherminieriRare/Accidental

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Hydrobatidae

Wilson's Storm-PetrelOceanites oceanicusRare/Accidental

 
CICONIIFORMES: Ciconiidae

JabiruJabiru mycteriaRare/Accidental
Wood StorkMycteria americana

 
SULIFORMES: Fregatidae

Magnificent FrigatebirdFregata magnificens

 
SULIFORMES: Sulidae

Masked BoobySula dactylatraRare/Accidental
Northern GannetMorus bassanus

 
SULIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae

Neotropic CormorantPhalacrocorax brasilianus
Double-crested CormorantPhalacrocorax auritus
Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carboRare/Accidental

 
SULIFORMES: Anhingidae

AnhingaAnhinga anhinga

 
PELECANIFORMES: Pelecanidae

American White PelicanPelecanus erythrorhynchos
Brown PelicanPelecanus occidentalis

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

American BitternBotaurus lentiginosus
Least BitternIxobrychus exilis
Great Blue HeronArdea herodias
Great EgretArdea alba
Snowy EgretEgretta thula
Little Blue HeronEgretta caerulea
Tricolored HeronEgretta tricolor
Reddish EgretEgretta rufescensNear-threatened
Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
Green HeronButorides virescens
Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticorax
Yellow-crowned Night-HeronNyctanassa violacea

 
PELECANIFORMES: Threskiornithidae

White IbisEudocimus albus
Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellus
White-faced IbisPlegadis chihi
Roseate SpoonbillPlatalea ajaja

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Cathartidae

Black VultureCoragyps atratus
Turkey VultureCathartes aura

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Pandionidae

OspreyPandion haliaetus

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

White-tailed KiteElanus leucurusRare/Accidental
Swallow-tailed KiteElanoides forficatus
Golden EagleAquila chrysaetos
Mississippi KiteIctinia mississippiensis
Northern HarrierCircus cyaneus
Sharp-shinned HawkAccipiter striatus
Cooper's HawkAccipiter cooperii
Northern GoshawkAccipiter gentilisRare/Accidental
Bald EagleHaliaeetus leucocephalus
Harris's HawkParabuteo unicinctusRare/Accidental
Red-shouldered HawkButeo lineatus
Broad-winged HawkButeo platypterus
Swainson's HawkButeo swainsoni
Red-tailed HawkButeo jamaicensis
Ferruginous HawkButeo regalisRare/Accidental
Rough-legged HawkButeo lagopusRare/Accidental

 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

Yellow RailCoturnicops noveboracensis
Black RailLaterallus jamaicensisRare/Accidental
Clapper RailRallus longirostris
King RailRallus elegans
Virginia RailRallus limicola
SoraPorzana carolina
Purple GallinulePorphyrio martinicus
Common GallinuleGallinula galeata
American CootFulica americana

 
GRUIFORMES: Aramidae

LimpkinAramus guaraunaRare/Accidental

 
GRUIFORMES: Gruidae

Sandhill CraneGrus canadensis
Whooping CraneGrus americanaRare/Accidental Endangered

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Recurvirostridae

Black-necked StiltHimantopus mexicanus
American AvocetRecurvirostra americana

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Haematopodidae

American OystercatcherHaematopus palliatus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Black-bellied PloverPluvialis squatarola
American Golden-PloverPluvialis dominica
Snowy PloverCharadrius nivosus
Wilson's PloverCharadrius wilsonia
Semipalmated PloverCharadrius semipalmatus
Piping PloverCharadrius melodusNear-threatened
KilldeerCharadrius vociferus
Mountain PloverCharadrius montanusRare/Accidental Near-threatened

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

Spotted SandpiperActitis macularius
Solitary SandpiperTringa solitaria
Greater YellowlegsTringa melanoleuca
WilletTringa semipalmata
Lesser YellowlegsTringa flavipes
Upland SandpiperBartramia longicauda
WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus
Long-billed CurlewNumenius americanus
Hudsonian GodwitLimosa haemasticaRare/Accidental
Marbled GodwitLimosa fedoa
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
Red KnotCalidris canutus
RuffCalidris pugnaxRare/Accidental
Stilt SandpiperCalidris himantopus
SanderlingCalidris alba
DunlinCalidris alpina
Purple SandpiperCalidris maritimaRare/Accidental
Baird's SandpiperCalidris bairdii
Least SandpiperCalidris minutilla
White-rumped SandpiperCalidris fuscicollis
Buff-breasted SandpiperCalidris subruficollisNear-threatened
Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotos
Semipalmated SandpiperCalidris pusillaNear-threatened
Western SandpiperCalidris mauri
Short-billed DowitcherLimnodromus griseus
Long-billed DowitcherLimnodromus scolopaceus
Wilson's SnipeGallinago delicata
American WoodcockScolopax minor
Wilson's PhalaropePhalaropus tricolor
Red-necked PhalaropePhalaropus lobatus
Red PhalaropePhalaropus fulicarius

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Stercorariidae

Pomarine JaegerStercorarius pomarinusRare/Accidental
Parasitic JaegerStercorarius parasiticus
Long-tailed JaegerStercorarius longicaudusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Black-legged KittiwakeRissa tridactyla
Sabine's GullXema sabiniRare/Accidental
Bonaparte's GullChroicocephalus philadelphia
Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundusRare/Accidental
Little GullHydrocoloeus minutus
Laughing GullLeucophaeus atricilla
Franklin's GullLeucophaeus pipixcan
Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensis
California GullLarus californicusRare/Accidental
Herring GullLarus argentatus
Thayer's GullLarus thayeriRare/Accidental
Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscus
Glaucous GullLarus hyperboreus
Great Black-backed GullLarus marinus
Brown NoddyAnous stolidusRare/Accidental
Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatusRare/Accidental
Bridled TernOnychoprion anaethetusRare/Accidental
Least TernSternula antillarum
Gull-billed TernGelochelidon nilotica
Caspian TernHydroprogne caspia
Black TernChlidonias niger
Roseate TernSterna dougalliiRare/Accidental
Common TernSterna hirundo
Arctic TernSterna paradisaeaRare/Accidental
Forster's TernSterna forsteri
Royal TernThalasseus maximus
Sandwich TernThalasseus sandvicensis
Black SkimmerRynchops niger

 
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

Rock PigeonColumba liviaIntroduced species
White-crowned PigeonPatagioenas leucocephalaRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Band-tailed PigeonPatagioenas fasciataRare/Accidental
Eurasian Collared-DoveStreptopelia decaoctoIntroduced species
White-winged DoveZenaida asiatica
Mourning DoveZenaida macroura
Inca DoveColumbina inca
Common Ground-DoveColumbina passerina
Ruddy Ground-DoveColumbina talpacotiRare/Accidental

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

Yellow-billed CuckooCoccyzus americanus
Black-billed CuckooCoccyzus erythropthalmus
Groove-billed AniCrotophaga sulcirostris

 
STRIGIFORMES: Tytonidae

Barn OwlTyto alba

 
STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae

Eastern Screech-OwlMegascops asio
Great Horned OwlBubo virginianus
Snowy OwlBubo scandiacusRare/Accidental
Burrowing OwlAthene cunicularia
Barred OwlStrix varia
Long-eared OwlAsio otusRare/Accidental
Short-eared OwlAsio flammeus
Northern Saw-whet OwlAegolius acadicusRare/Accidental

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Caprimulgidae

Lesser NighthawkChordeiles acutipennisRare/Accidental
Common NighthawkChordeiles minor
Chuck-will's-widowAntrostomus carolinensis
Eastern Whip-poor-willAntrostomus vociferus

 
APODIFORMES: Apodidae

Chimney SwiftChaetura pelagicaNear-threatened

 
APODIFORMES: Trochilidae

Green VioletearColibri thalassinusRare/Accidental
Ruby-throated HummingbirdArchilochus colubris
Black-chinned HummingbirdArchilochus alexandri
Anna's HummingbirdCalypte annaRare/Accidental
Broad-tailed HummingbirdSelasphorus platycercusRare/Accidental
Rufous HummingbirdSelasphorus rufus
Allen's HummingbirdSelasphorus sasinRare/Accidental
Calliope HummingbirdSelasphorus calliopeRare/Accidental
Broad-billed HummingbirdCynanthus latirostrisRare/Accidental
Buff-bellied HummingbirdAmazilia yucatanensisRare/Accidental
White-eared HummingbirdHylocharis leucotisRare/Accidental

 
CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

Belted KingfisherMegaceryle alcyon

 
PICIFORMES: Picidae

Red-headed WoodpeckerMelanerpes erythrocephalusNear-threatened
Red-bellied WoodpeckerMelanerpes carolinus
Yellow-bellied SapsuckerSphyrapicus varius
Downy WoodpeckerPicoides pubescens
Hairy WoodpeckerPicoides villosus
Red-cockaded WoodpeckerPicoides borealisVulnerable
Northern FlickerColaptes auratus
Pileated WoodpeckerDryocopus pileatus
Ivory-billed WoodpeckerCampephilus principalisCritically endangered (possibly extinct)

 
FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

Crested CaracaraCaracara cheriwayRare/Accidental
American KestrelFalco sparverius
MerlinFalco columbarius
Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus
Prairie FalconFalco mexicanusRare/Accidental

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Psittacidae

Monk ParakeetMyiopsitta monachusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Tyrannidae

Olive-sided FlycatcherContopus cooperiNear-threatened
Western Wood-PeweeContopus sordidulusRare/Accidental
Eastern Wood-PeweeContopus virens
Yellow-bellied FlycatcherEmpidonax flaviventris
Acadian FlycatcherEmpidonax virescens
Alder FlycatcherEmpidonax alnorum
Willow FlycatcherEmpidonax traillii
Least FlycatcherEmpidonax minimus
Eastern PhoebeSayornis phoebe
Say's PhoebeSayornis sayaRare/Accidental
Vermilion FlycatcherPyrocephalus rubinus
Ash-throated FlycatcherMyiarchus cinerascensRare/Accidental
Great Crested FlycatcherMyiarchus crinitus
Sulphur-bellied FlycatcherMyiodynastes luteiventrisRare/Accidental
Cassin's KingbirdTyrannus vociferansRare/Accidental
Western KingbirdTyrannus verticalis
Eastern KingbirdTyrannus tyrannus
Gray KingbirdTyrannus dominicensisRare/Accidental
Scissor-tailed FlycatcherTyrannus forficatus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Laniidae

Loggerhead ShrikeLanius ludovicianus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Vireonidae

White-eyed VireoVireo griseus
Bell's VireoVireo belliiNear-threatened
Black-capped VireoVireo atricapillaRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Yellow-throated VireoVireo flavifrons
Blue-headed VireoVireo solitarius
Warbling VireoVireo gilvus
Philadelphia VireoVireo philadelphicus
Red-eyed VireoVireo olivaceus
Black-whiskered VireoVireo altiloquusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Corvidae

Blue JayCyanocitta cristata
American CrowCorvus brachyrhynchos
Fish CrowCorvus ossifragus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Alaudidae

Horned LarkEremophila alpestris

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Northern Rough-winged SwallowStelgidopteryx serripennis
Purple MartinProgne subis
Tree SwallowTachycineta bicolor
Bank SwallowRiparia riparia
Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Cliff SwallowPetrochelidon pyrrhonota
Cave SwallowPetrochelidon fulvaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Paridae

Carolina ChickadeePoecile carolinensis
Tufted TitmouseBaeolophus bicolor

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sittidae

Red-breasted NuthatchSitta canadensis
White-breasted NuthatchSitta carolinensis
Brown-headed NuthatchSitta pusilla

 
PASSERIFORMES: Certhiidae

Brown CreeperCerthia americana

 
PASSERIFORMES: Troglodytidae

Rock WrenSalpinctes obsoletusRare/Accidental
House WrenTroglodytes aedon
Winter WrenTroglodytes hiemalis
Sedge WrenCistothorus platensis
Marsh WrenCistothorus palustris
Carolina WrenThryothorus ludovicianus
Bewick's WrenThryomanes bewickiiRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Polioptilidae

Blue-gray GnatcatcherPolioptila caerulea

 
PASSERIFORMES: Regulidae

Golden-crowned KingletRegulus satrapa
Ruby-crowned KingletRegulus calendula

 
PASSERIFORMES: Turdidae

Eastern BluebirdSialia sialis
Mountain BluebirdSialia currucoidesRare/Accidental
Townsend's SolitaireMyadestes townsendiRare/Accidental
VeeryCatharus fuscescens
Gray-cheeked ThrushCatharus minimus
Swainson's ThrushCatharus ustulatus
Hermit ThrushCatharus guttatus
Wood ThrushHylocichla mustelina
American RobinTurdus migratorius

 
PASSERIFORMES: Mimidae

Gray CatbirdDumetella carolinensis
Brown ThrasherToxostoma rufum
Northern MockingbirdMimus polyglottos

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

European StarlingSturnus vulgarisIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Motacillidae

Citrine WagtailMotacilla citreolaRare/Accidental
American PipitAnthus rubescens
Sprague's PipitAnthus spragueiiVulnerable

 
PASSERIFORMES: Bombycillidae

Cedar WaxwingBombycilla cedrorum

 
PASSERIFORMES: Calcariidae

Lapland LongspurCalcarius lapponicus
Smith's LongspurCalcarius pictus
Snow BuntingPlectrophenax nivalisRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Parulidae

OvenbirdSeiurus aurocapilla
Worm-eating WarblerHelmitheros vermivorum
Louisiana WaterthrushParkesia motacilla
Northern WaterthrushParkesia noveboracensis
Bachman's WarblerVermivora bachmaniiCritically endangered (possibly extinct)
Blue-winged WarblerVermivora cyanoptera
Golden-winged WarblerVermivora chrysopteraNear-threatened
Black-and-white WarblerMniotilta varia
Prothonotary WarblerProtonotaria citrea
Swainson's WarblerLimnothlypis swainsonii
Tennessee WarblerOreothlypis peregrina
Orange-crowned WarblerOreothlypis celata
Nashville WarblerOreothlypis ruficapilla
Connecticut WarblerOporornis agilisRare/Accidental
Mourning WarblerGeothlypis philadelphia
Kentucky WarblerGeothlypis formosa
Common YellowthroatGeothlypis trichas
Hooded WarblerSetophaga citrina
American RedstartSetophaga ruticilla
Cape May WarblerSetophaga tigrina
Cerulean WarblerSetophaga ceruleaVulnerable
Northern ParulaSetophaga americana
Magnolia WarblerSetophaga magnolia
Bay-breasted WarblerSetophaga castanea
Blackburnian WarblerSetophaga fusca
Yellow WarblerSetophaga petechia
Chestnut-sided WarblerSetophaga pensylvanica
Blackpoll WarblerSetophaga striata
Black-throated Blue WarblerSetophaga caerulescens
Palm WarblerSetophaga palmarum
Pine WarblerSetophaga pinus
Yellow-rumped WarblerSetophaga coronata
Yellow-throated WarblerSetophaga dominica
Prairie WarblerSetophaga discolor
Black-throated Gray WarblerSetophaga nigrescensRare/Accidental
Townsend's WarblerSetophaga townsendiRare/Accidental
Black-throated Green WarblerSetophaga virens
Canada WarblerCardellina canadensis
Wilson's WarblerCardellina pusilla
Painted RedstartMyioborus pictusRare/Accidental
Yellow-breasted ChatIcteria virens

 
PASSERIFORMES: Emberizidae

Green-tailed TowheePipilo chlorurusRare/Accidental
Spotted TowheePipilo maculatusRare/Accidental
Eastern TowheePipilo erythrophthalmus
Bachman's SparrowPeucaea aestivalisNear-threatened
American Tree SparrowSpizella arborea
Chipping SparrowSpizella passerina
Clay-colored SparrowSpizella pallida
Field SparrowSpizella pusilla
Vesper SparrowPooecetes gramineus
Lark SparrowChondestes grammacus
Lark BuntingCalamospiza melanocorysRare/Accidental
Savannah SparrowPasserculus sandwichensis
Grasshopper SparrowAmmodramus savannarum
Henslow's SparrowAmmodramus henslowiiNear-threatened
Le Conte's SparrowAmmodramus leconteii
Nelson's SparrowAmmodramus nelsoni
Seaside SparrowAmmodramus maritimus
Fox SparrowPasserella iliaca
Song SparrowMelospiza melodia
Lincoln's SparrowMelospiza lincolnii
Swamp SparrowMelospiza georgiana
White-throated SparrowZonotrichia albicollis
Harris's SparrowZonotrichia querula
White-crowned SparrowZonotrichia leucophrys
Dark-eyed JuncoJunco hyemalis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cardinalidae

Summer TanagerPiranga rubra
Scarlet TanagerPiranga olivacea
Western TanagerPiranga ludoviciana
Northern CardinalCardinalis cardinalis
Rose-breasted GrosbeakPheucticus ludovicianus
Black-headed GrosbeakPheucticus melanocephalus
Blue GrosbeakPasserina caerulea
Lazuli BuntingPasserina amoenaRare/Accidental
Indigo BuntingPasserina cyanea
Painted BuntingPasserina cirisNear-threatened
DickcisselSpiza americana

 
PASSERIFORMES: Icteridae

BobolinkDolichonyx oryzivorus
Red-winged BlackbirdAgelaius phoeniceus
Eastern MeadowlarkSturnella magna
Western MeadowlarkSturnella neglecta
Yellow-headed BlackbirdXanthocephalus xanthocephalus
Rusty BlackbirdEuphagus carolinusVulnerable
Brewer's BlackbirdEuphagus cyanocephalus
Common GrackleQuiscalus quiscula
Boat-tailed GrackleQuiscalus major
Great-tailed GrackleQuiscalus mexicanusRare/Accidental
Shiny CowbirdMolothrus bonariensisRare/Accidental
Bronzed CowbirdMolothrus aeneus
Brown-headed CowbirdMolothrus ater
Orchard OrioleIcterus spurius
Hooded OrioleIcterus cucullatusRare/Accidental
Bullock's OrioleIcterus bullockiiRare/Accidental
Altamira OrioleIcterus gularisRare/Accidental
Baltimore OrioleIcterus galbula

 
PASSERIFORMES: Fringillidae

House FinchHaemorhous mexicanus
Purple FinchHaemorhous purpureus
Red CrossbillLoxia curvirostraRare/Accidental
Pine SiskinSpinus pinus
Lesser GoldfinchSpinus psaltriaRare/Accidental
American GoldfinchSpinus tristis
Evening GrosbeakCoccothraustes vespertinus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae

House SparrowPasser domesticusIntroduced species

 

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