Indiana’s Official State Bird Checklist contains 420 species for which there is adequate evidence, either verified evidence (specimen, photograph, etc.) or convincing details, and for which origin is not questioned.  At the end of the Checklist are species categorized as Origin Hypothetical.  Species designated as Origin Hypothetical involve single records of that species where the correct identification has been established but for which origin is unresolved.  See the downloadable birding checklist with seasonal status for additional information for species appearing on the Official Bird Checklist.

Thanks to Amy Kearns

IBRC BIRD CHECKLIST DATA

ORDERFAMILYGENUS SPECIESCOMMON NAMESTATUS*
AnseriformesAnatidaeDendrocygna autumnalisBlack-bellied Whistling-DuckReview species
Waterfowl: Swans, Geese, and DucksDendrocygna bicolorFulvous Whistling-DuckReview species
Anser albifronsGreater White-fronted Goose
Chen caerulescensSnow Goose
Chen rossiiRoss’s Goose
Branta berniclaBrantReview species
Branta leucopsisBarnacle GooseReview species
Branta hutchinsiiCackling Goose
Branta canadensisCanada Goose
Cygnus olorMute SwanI
Cygnus buccinatorTrumpeter SwanSE
Cygnus columbianusTundra Swan
Aix sponsaWood Duck
Anas streperaGadwall
Anas penelopeEurasian WigeonReview species
Anas americanaAmerican Wigeon
Anas rubripesAmerican Black Duck
Anas platyrhynchosMallard
Anas discorsBlue-winged Teal
Anas cyanopteraCinnamon TealReview species
Anas clypeataNorthern Shoveler
Anas acutaNorthern Pintail
Anas creccaGreen-winged Teal
Aythya valisineriaCanvasback
Aythya americanaRedhead
Aythya collarisRing-necked Duck
Aythya marilaGreater Scaup
Aythya affinisLesser Scaup
Somateria spectabilisKing EiderReview species
Histrionicus histrionicusHarlequin DuckReview species
Melanitta perspicillataSurf Scoter
Melanitta fuscaWhite-winged Scoter
Melanitta americanaBlack Scoter
Clangula hyemalisLong-tailed Duck
Bucephala albeolaBufflehead
Bucephala clangulaCommon Goldeneye
Bucephala islandicaBarrow’s GoldeneyeReview species
Lophodytes cucullatusHooded Merganser
Mergus merganserCommon Merganser
Mergus serratorRed-breasted Merganser
Oxyura jamaicensisRuddy Duck
GalliformesOdontophoridaeColinus virginianusNorthern Bobwhite
Quail
PhasianidaePerdix perdixGray PartridgeI, Extirpated
Pheasants, Grouse, TurkeysPhasianus colchicusRing-necked PheasantI
Bonasa umbellusRuffed Grouse
Tympanuchus cupidoGreater Prairie-ChickenExtirpated
Meleagris gallopavoWild Turkey
GaviiformesGaviidaeGavia stellataRed-throated Loon
LoonsGavia pacificaPacific Loon
Gavia immerCommon Loon
Gavia adamsiiYellow-billed LoonReview species
PodicipediformesPodicipedidaePodilymbus podicepsPied-billed Grebe
GrebesPodiceps auritusHorned Grebe
Podiceps grisegenaRed-necked Grebe
Podiceps nigricollisEared Grebe
Aechmophorus occidentalisWestern Grebe
ProcellariiformesHydrobatidaeOceanodroma castroBand-rumped Storm-PetrelReview species
Storm-Petrels
CiconiiformesCiconiidaeMycteria americanaWood StorkReview species
Storks
SuliformesFregatidaeFregata magnificensMagnificent FrigatebirdReview species
Frigatebirds
SulidaeMorus bassanusNorthern GannetReview species
Gannets
PhalacrocoracidaePhalacrocorax brasilianusNeotropic CormorantReview species
CormorantsPhalacrocorax auritusDouble-crested Cormorant
PelecaniformesPelecanidaePelecanus erythrorhynchosAmerican White Pelican
PelicansPelecanus occidentalisBrown PelicanReview species
ArdeidaeBotaurus lentiginosusAmerican BitternSE
Bitterns, Herons, and EgretsIxobrychus exilisLeast BitternSE
Ardea herodiasGreat Blue Heron
Ardea albaGreat EgretSC
Egretta thulaSnowy Egret
Egretta caeruleaLittle Blue Heron
Egretta tricolorTricolored HeronReview species
Egretta rufescensReddish EgretReview species
Bubulcus ibisCattle Egret
Butorides virescensGreen Heron
Nycticorax nycticoraxBlack-crowned Night-HeronSE
Nyctanassa violaceaYellow-crowned Night-HeronSE
ThreskiornithidaeEudocimus albusWhite IbisReview species
Ibises and SpoonbillsPlegadis falcinellusGlossy IbisReview species
Plegadis chihiWhite-faced IbisReview species
Platalea ajajaRoseate SpoonbillReview species
AccipitriformesCathartidaeCoragyps atratusBlack Vulture
VulturesCathartes auraTurkey Vulture
PandionidaePandion haliaetusOspreySE
Osprey
AccipitridaeElanus leucurusWhite-tailed KiteReview species
Hawks, Eagles, and KitesElanoides forficatusSwallow-tailed KiteReview species
Aquila chrysaetosGolden Eagle
Ictinia mississippiensisMississippi KiteSC
Circus cyaneusNorthern HarrierSE
Accipiter striatusSharp-shinned HawkSC
Accipiter cooperiiCooper’s Hawk
Accipiter gentilisNorthern Goshawk
Haliaeetus leucocephalusBald EagleSC
Buteo lineatusRed-shouldered HawkSC
Buteo platypterusBroad-winged HawkSC
Buteo swainsoniSwainson’s HawkReview species
Buteo jamaicensisRed-tailed Hawk
Buteo regalisFerruginous HawkReview species
Buteo lagopusRough-legged Hawk
GruiformesRallidaeCoturnicops noveboracensisYellow RailReview species
Rails, Gallinules, and CootsLaterallus jamaicensisBlack RailSE, Review Species
Rallus elegansKing RailSE
Rallus limicolaVirginia RailSE
Porzana carolinaSora
Porphyrio martinicusPurple GallinuleReview species
Gallinula galeataCommon GallinuleSE
Fulica americanaAmerican Coot
GruidaeGrus canadensisSandhill CraneSC
CranesGrus grusCommon CraneReview species
Grus monachaHooded CraneReview species
Grus americanaWhooping CraneSE, FE, Extirpated
CharadriiformesRecurvirostridaeHimantopus mexicanusBlack-necked Stilt
Stilts and AvocetsRecurvirostra americanaAmerican Avocet
CharadriidaePluvialis squatarolaBlack-bellied Plover
PloversPluvialis dominicaAmerican Golden-PloverSC
Charadrius nivosusSnowy PloverReview species
Charadrius wilsoniaWilson’s PloverReview species
Charadrius semipalmatusSemipalmated Plover
Charadrius melodusPiping PloverSE, FE
Charadrius vociferusKilldeer
Charadrius montanusMountain PloverReview species
ScolopacidaeActitis maculariusSpotted Sandpiper
Sandpipers and PhalaropesTringa solitariaSolitary SandpiperSC
Tringa erythropusSpotted RedshankReview species
Tringa melanoleucaGreater YellowlegsSC
Tringa semipalmataWillet
Tringa flavipesLesser Yellowlegs
Bartramia longicaudaUpland SandpiperSE
Numenius borealisEskimo CurlewExtinct
Numenius phaeopusWhimbrelReview species
Numenius americanusLong-billed CurlewReview species
Limosa haemasticaHudsonian Godwit
Limosa fedoaMarbled Godwit
Arenaria interpresRuddy TurnstoneSC
Calidris canutusRed KnotReview species
Calidris pugnaxRuffReview species
Calidris acuminataSharp-tailed SandpiperReview species
Calidris himantopusStilt Sandpiper
Calidris ferrugineaCurlew SandpiperReview species
Calidris ruficollisRed-necked StintReview species
Calidris albaSanderling
Calidris alpinaDunlin
Calidris maritimaPurple SandpiperReview species
Calidris bairdiiBaird’s Sandpiper
Calidris minutillaLeast Sandpiper
Calidris fuscicollisWhite-rumped Sandpiper
Calidris subruficollisBuff-breasted SandpiperSC
Calidris melanotosPectoral Sandpiper
Calidris pusillaSemipalmated Sandpiper
Calidris mauriWestern Sandpiper
Limnodromus griseusShort-billed DowitcherSC
Limnodromus scolopaceusLong-billed Dowitcher
Gallinago delicataWilson’s Snipe
Scolopax minorAmerican Woodcock
Phalaropus tricolorWilson’s PhalaropeSC
Phalaropus lobatusRed-necked Phalarope
StercorariidaeStercorarius pomarinusPomarine JaegerReview species
JaegersStercorarius parasiticusParasitic JaegerReview species
Stercorarius longicaudusLong-tailed JaegerReview species
AlcidaeUria lomviaThick-billed MurreReview species
Murres and MurreletsBrachyramphus perdixLong-billed MurreletReview species
Synthliboramphus antiquusAncient MurreletReview species
Phalaropus fulicariusRed PhalaropeReview species
LaridaeRissa tridactylaBlack-legged KittiwakeReview species
Gulls, Terns, and SkimmersXema sabiniSabine’s GullReview species
Chroicocephalus philadelphiaBonaparte’s Gull
Chroicocephalus ridibundusBlack-headed GullReview species
Hydrocoloeus minutusLittle GullReview species
Rhodostethia roseaRoss’s GullReview species
Leucophaeus atricillaLaughing Gull
Leucophaeus pipixcanFranklin’s Gull
Larus crassirostrisBlack-tailed GullReview species
Larus canusMew GullReview species
Larus delawarensisRing-billed Gull
Larus californicusCalifornia GullReview species
Larus argentatusHerring Gull
Larus thayeriThayer’s GullReview species
Larus glaucoidesIceland GullReview species
Larus fuscusLesser Black-backed Gull
Larus schistisagusSlaty-backed GullReview species
Larus hyperboreusGlaucous GullReview species
Larus marinusGreat Black-backed GullReview species
Larus dominicanusKelp GullReview species
Onychoprion fuscatusSooty TernReview species
Sternula antillarumLeast TernSE, FE, Review species
Gelochelidon niloticaGull-billed TernReview species
Hydroprogne caspiaCaspian Tern
Chlidonias nigerBlack TernSE
Chlidonias leucopterusWhite-winged TernReview species
Sterna dougalliiRoseate TernReview species
Sterna hirundoCommon Tern
Sterna paradisaeaArctic TernReview species
Sterna forsteriForster’s Tern
Thalasseus maximusRoyal TernReview species
Rynchops nigerBlack SkimmerReview species
ColumbiformesColumbidaeColumba liviaRock PigeonI
Pigeons and DovesPatagioenas fasciataBand-tailed PigeonReview species
Streptopelia decaoctoEurasian Collared-DoveI
Zenaida asiaticaWhite-winged DoveReview species
Zenaida macrouraMourning Dove
Ectopistes migratoriusPassenger PigeonExtinct
Columbina passerinaCommon Ground-DoveReview species
CuculiformesCuculidaeCoccyzus americanusYellow-billed Cuckoo
Cuckoos and AnisCoccyzus erythropthalmusBlack-billed Cuckoo
Crotophaga sulcirostrisGroove-billed AniReview species
StrigiformesTytonidaeTyto albaBarn OwlSE
Barn Owls
StrigidaeMegascops asioEastern Screech-Owl
Typical OwlsBubo virginianusGreat Horned Owl
Bubo scandiacusSnowy Owl
Athene cuniculariaBurrowing OwlReview species
Strix variaBarred Owl
Asio otusLong-eared Owl
Asio flammeusShort-eared OwlSE
Aegolius acadicusNorthern Saw-whet Owl
CaprimulgiformesCaprimulgidaeChordeiles minorCommon NighthawkSC
Nighthawks and NightjarsAntrostomus carolinensisChuck-will’s-widow
Antrostomus vociferusEastern Whip-poor-willSC
ApodiformesApodidaeChaetura pelagicaChimney Swift
Swifts
TrochilidaeColibri thalassinusMexican Violet-earReview species
HummingbirdsArchilochus colubrisRuby-throated Hummingbird
Archilochus alexandriBlack-chinned HummingbirdReview species
Calypte annaAnna’s HummingbirdReview species
Selasphorus rufusRufous Hummingbird
Selasphorus calliopeCalliope HummingbirdReview species
CoraciiformesAlcedinidaeMegaceryle alcyonBelted Kingfisher
Kingfishers
PiciformesPicidaeMelanerpes erythrocephalusRed-headed Woodpecker
WoodpeckersMelanerpes carolinusRed-bellied Woodpecker
Sphyrapicus variusYellow-bellied Sapsucker
Picoides pubescensDowny Woodpecker
Picoides villosusHairy Woodpecker
Picoides arcticusBlack-backed WoodpeckerReview species
Colaptes auratusNorthern Flicker
Dryocopus pileatusPileated Woodpecker
FalconiformesFalconidaeCaracara cheriwayCrested CaracaraReview species
Falcons and CaracarasFalco sparveriusAmerican Kestrel
Falco columbariusMerlin
Falco rusticolusGyrfalconReview species
Falco peregrinusPeregrine FalconSE
Falco mexicanusPrairie FalconReview species
PsittaciformesPsittacidaeMyiopsitta monachusMonk ParakeetI, Review species
ParakeetsConuropsis carolinensisCarolina ParakeetExtinct
PasseriformesTyrannidaeContopus cooperiOlive-sided Flycatcher
Tyrant FlycatchersContopus sordidulusWestern Wood-PeweeReview species
Contopus virensEastern Wood-Pewee
Empidonax flaviventrisYellow-bellied Flycatcher
Empidonax virescensAcadian Flycatcher
Empidonax alnorumAlder Flycatcher
Empidonax trailliiWillow Flycatcher
Empidonax minimusLeast Flycatcher
Sayornis phoebeEastern Phoebe
Sayornis sayaSay’s PhoebeReview species
Pyrocephalus rubinusVermilion FlycatcherReview species
Myiarchus crinitusGreat Crested Flycatcher
Tyrannus verticalisWestern KingbirdReview species
Tyrannus tyrannusEastern Kingbird
Tyrannus dominicensisGray KingbirdReview species
Tyrannus forficatusScissor-tailed FlycatcherReview species
Tyrannus savanaFork-tailed FlycatcherReview species
LaniidaeLanius ludovicianusLoggerhead ShrikeSE
ShrikesLanius excubitorNorthern Shrike
VireonidaeVireo griseusWhite-eyed Vireo
VireosVireo belliiBell’s Vireo
Vireo flavifronsYellow-throated Vireo
Vireo solitariusBlue-headed Vireo
Vireo gilvusWarbling Vireo
Vireo philadelphicusPhiladelphia Vireo
Vireo olivaceusRed-eyed Vireo
CorvidaeCyanocitta cristataBlue Jay
Jays, Magpies, Crows, and RavensAphelocoma spwestern scrub-jay sp.Review species
Pica hudsoniaBlack-billed MagpieReview species
Corvus brachyrhynchosAmerican Crow
Corvus ossifragusFish CrowReview species
Corvus coraxCommon RavenReview species
AlaudidaeEremophila alpestrisHorned Lark
Larks
HirundinidaeProgne subisPurple Martin
Martins and SwallowsTachycineta bicolorTree Swallow
Stelgidopteryx serripennisNorthern Rough-winged Swallow
Riparia ripariaBank Swallow
Petrochelidon pyrrhonotaCliff Swallow
Petrochelidon fulvaCave SwallowReview species
Hirundo rusticaBarn Swallow
ParidaePoecile carolinensisCarolina Chickadee
Chickadees and TitmicePoecile atricapillusBlack-capped Chickadee
Poecile hudsonicusBoreal ChickadeeReview species
Baeolophus bicolorTufted Titmouse
SittidaeSitta canadensisRed-breasted Nuthatch
NuthatchesSitta carolinensisWhite-breasted Nuthatch
Sitta pygmaea/Sitta pusillaPygmy/Brown-headed NuthatchReview species
CerthiidaeCerthia americanaBrown Creeper
Creepers
TroglodytidaeSalpinctes obsoletusRock WrenReview species
WrensTroglodytes aedonHouse Wren
Troglodytes hiemalisWinter Wren
Cistothorus platensisSedge WrenSE
Cistothorus palustrisMarsh WrenSE
Thryothorus ludovicianusCarolina Wren
Thryomanes bewickiiBewick’s WrenReview species
PolioptilidaePolioptila caeruleaBlue-gray Gnatcatcher
Gnatcatchers
RegulidaeRegulus satrapaGolden-crowned Kinglet
KingletsRegulus calendulaRuby-crowned Kinglet
MuscicapidaeOenanthe oenantheNorthern WheatearReview species
Old World Flycatchers
TurdidaeSialia sialisEastern Bluebird
ThrushesSialia currucoidesMountain BluebirdReview species
Myadestes townsendiTownsend’s SolitaireReview species
Catharus fuscescensVeery
Catharus minimusGray-cheeked Thrush
Catharus ustulatusSwainson’s Thrush
Catharus guttatusHermit Thrush
Hylocichla mustelinaWood Thrush
Turdus migratoriusAmerican Robin
Ixoreus naeviusVaried Thrush
MimidaeDumetella carolinensisGray Catbird
Mockingbirds and ThrashersToxostoma rufumBrown Thrasher
Oreoscoptes montanusSage ThrasherReview species
Mimus polyglottosNorthern Mockingbird
SturnidaeSturnus vulgarisEuropean StarlingI
Starlings
MotacillidaeAnthus rubescensAmerican Pipit
Pipits
BombycillidaeBombycilla garrulusBohemian WaxwingReview species
WaxwingsBombycilla cedrorumCedar Waxwing
CalcariidaeCalcarius lapponicusLapland Longspur
Longspurs and Snow BuntingsCalcarius pictusSmith’s Longspur
Rhynchophanes mccowniiMcCown’s LongspurReview species
Plectrophenax nivalisSnow Bunting
ParulidaeSeiurus aurocapillaOvenbird
New World WarblersHelmitheros vermivorumWorm-eating WarblerSC
Parkesia motacillaLouisiana Waterthrush
Parkesia noveboracensisNorthern Waterthrush
Vermivora chrysopteraGolden-winged WarblerSE
Vermivora cyanopteraBlue-winged Warbler
Mniotilta variaBlack-and-white WarblerSC
Protonotaria citreaProthonotary Warbler
Limnothlypis swainsoniiSwainson’s WarblerReview species
Oreothlypis peregrinaTennessee Warbler
Oreothlypis celataOrange-crowned Warbler
Oreothlypis ruficapillaNashville Warbler
Oporornis agilisConnecticut Warbler
Geothlypis philadelphiaMourning Warbler
Geothlypis formosaKentucky Warbler
Geothlypis trichasCommon Yellowthroat
Setophaga citrinaHooded WarblerSC
Setophaga ruticillaAmerican Redstart
Setophaga kirtlandiiKirtland’s WarblerSE, FE Review Species
Setophaga tigrinaCape May Warbler
Setophaga ceruleaCerulean WarblerSE
Setophaga americanaNorthern Parula
Setophaga magnoliaMagnolia Warbler
Setophaga castaneaBay-breasted Warbler
Setophaga fuscaBlackburnian Warbler
Setophaga petechiaYellow Warbler
Setophaga pensylvanicaChestnut-sided Warbler
Setophaga striataBlackpoll Warbler
Setophaga caerulescensBlack-throated Blue Warbler
Setophaga palmarumPalm Warbler
Setophaga pinusPine Warbler
Setophaga coronataYellow-rumped Warbler
Setophaga dominicaYellow-throated Warbler
Setophaga discolorPrairie Warbler
Setophaga nigrescensBlack-throated Gray WarblerReview species
Setophaga townsendiTownsend’s WarblerReview species
Setophaga virensBlack-throated Green Warbler
Cardellina canadensisCanada Warbler
Cardellina pusillaWilson’s Warbler
Icteria virensYellow-breasted Chat
EmberizidaePipilo chlorurusGreen-tailed TowheeReview species
SparrowsPipilo maculatusSpotted TowheeReview species
Pipilo erythrophthalmusEastern Towhee
Peucaea cassiniiCassin’s SparrowReview species
Peucaea aestivalisBachman’s SparrowReview species
Spizella arboreaAmerican Tree Sparrow
Spizella passerinaChipping Sparrow
Spizella pallidaClay-colored Sparrow
Spizella pusillaField Sparrow
Pooecetes gramineusVesper Sparrow
Chondestes grammacusLark Sparrow
Calamospiza melanocorysLark BuntingReview species
Passerculus sandwichensisSavannah Sparrow
Ammodramus savannarumGrasshopper Sparrow
Ammodramus henslowiiHenslow’s SparrowSE
Ammodramus leconteiiLe Conte’s Sparrow
Ammodramus nelsoniNelson’s Sparrow
Passerella iliacaFox Sparrow
Melospiza melodiaSong Sparrow
Melospiza lincolniiLincoln’s Sparrow
Melospiza georgianaSwamp Sparrow
Zonotrichia albicollisWhite-throated Sparrow
Zonotrichia querulaHarris’s Sparrow
Zonotrichia leucophrysWhite-crowned Sparrow
Junco hyemalisDark-eyed Junco
CardinalidaePiranga rubraSummer Tanager
Tanagers, Cardinals, Grosbeaks, etc.Piranga olivaceaScarlet Tanager
Piranga ludovicianaWestern TanagerReview species
Cardinalis cardinalisNorthern Cardinal
Pheucticus ludovicianusRose-breasted Grosbeak
Pheucticus melanocephalusBlack-headed GrosbeakReview species
Passerina caeruleaBlue Grosbeak
Passerina cyaneaIndigo Bunting
Passerina cirisPainted BuntingReview species
Spiza americanaDickcissel
IcteridaeDolichonyx oryzivorusBobolink
Blackbirds and OriolesAgelaius phoeniceusRed-winged Blackbird
Sturnella magnaEastern Meadowlark
Sturnella neglectaWestern MeadowlarkSC
Xanthocephalus xanthocephalusYellow-headed BlackbirdSE
Euphagus carolinusRusty Blackbird
Euphagus cyanocephalusBrewer’s Blackbird
Quiscalus quisculaCommon Grackle
Quiscalus mexicanusGreat-tailed GrackleReview species
Molothrus aterBrown-headed Cowbird
Icterus spuriusOrchard Oriole
Icterus bullockiiBullock’s OrioleReview species
Icterus graduacaudaAudubon’s Oriole
Icterus galbulaBaltimore Oriole
FringillidaeFringilla montifringillaBramblingReview species
FinchesPinicola enucleatorPine GrosbeakReview species
Haemorhous mexicanusHouse FinchI
Haemorhous purpureusPurple Finch
Loxia curvirostraRed Crossbill
Loxia leucopteraWhite-winged Crossbill
Acanthis flammeaCommon Redpoll
Acanthis hornemanniHoary RedpollReview species
Spinus pinusPine Siskin
Spinus tristisAmerican Goldfinch
Coccothraustes vespertinusEvening Grosbeak
PasseridaePasser domesticusHouse SparrowI
Old World SparrowsPasser montanusEurasian Tree SparrowI, Review Species
* Key to Status: Special Concern (SC), State Endangered (SE), Federal Threatened (FT), Federal Endangered (FE), Federal Candidate (FC), I (Introduced)

Last updated: December 2016

Thanks to Amy Kearns

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