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Birding in Texas

Due to the range of bird habitats and remarkable geography of Texas, our state is host to some 640 different species of birds. The word “Texas” means friendly, and the birds here are just as friendly as the people. Because they aren’t shy, the birds are easy to observe and study. There are hundreds of birding hotspots across the state, but below is an introduction to some of the most popular, productive spots that you should not miss if you are a birder planning a trip to Texas. All hotspots are navigable and easy to find.

Birding in Texas

For more detailed information, research the city for birding areas. Or, contact Texas Birding at for questions, itineraries, and book recommendations.

















Birding Hotspots in Texas

Coastal Bend

Corpus Christi

  • Hans & Pat Suter Wildlife Refuge
  • Hazel Bazemore County Park
  • Pollywog Ponds
  • South Texas Botanical Gardens (seasonal)


  • King Ranch Bird and Wildlife Tours

Port Aransas

  • Aransas Bay Whooping Crane Boat Tours (Skimmer Boat)
  • Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
  • Beach at the Jetty
  • Goose Island State Park
  • Goose Island 8th Street area
  • Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center Wetland
  • Mustang Island (various stops)
  • Paradise Pond

Lower Rio Grande Valley


  • Brushline Road Drive
  • Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge


  • Edinburg Scenic Wetlands World Birding Center
  • La Sal Del Rey


  • Arroyo Colorado Hike & Bike Trail
  • Harlingen Thicket Nature Park
  • Hugh Ramsey Nature Park


  • Old Hidalgo Pumphouse World Birding Center
  • Streets East of Pumphouse for Monk Parakeets


  • Casa Blanca International State Park
  • Max A. Mandel Municipal Golf Course (bird from a golf cart)
  • Monte Mucho Audubon website for information

Los Fresnos

  • Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
  • Highway 100 Utility Lines
  • Old Port Isabel Road
  • Russell Town – Highway 100
  • FM 803 Irrigation #6
  • Los Fresnos Nature Park
  • Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Park
  • Inn at Chachalaca Bend


  • Anzalduas County Park
  • Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park
  • National Butterfly Center

San Ygnacio

South Padre Island

  • SPI Birding, Nature Center & Alligator Sanctuary


  • Estero Llano Grande Lake
  • Estero Llano Grande State Park World Birding Center
  • Frontera Audubon Thicket
  • Valley Nature Center

Southeast Texas


  • Big Thicket Preserve (numerous hot spots)
  • Cattail Marsh Wetlands


  • Lake Conroe


  • Brazos Bend State Park
  • El Franco Lee Park
  • John Hargrove Environmental Complex
  • Shadow Creek Ranch Nature Trail

Port Arthur

  • JD Murphree Wildlife Management Area
  • McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge
  • Pleasure Island
  • Sabine Woods
  • Sea Rim State Park
  • Texas Point National Wildlife Refuge

West Texas

Big Bend Region

Big Bend National Park:

  • Chisos Basin Area
  • Rio Grande Village
  • Sam Nail Ranch
  • Cottonwood Campground
  • Santa Elena Canyon Nature Trail


  • Pena Colorado Park
  • Gage Gardens


  • Lajitas Golf Resort
  • Barton Warnock Visitor Center, Big Bend Ranch State Park

Study Butte/Terlingua:

  • Christmas Mountains Oasis

Annual Birding Festivals

Laredo Birding Festival (February)

Port Aransas Whooping Crane Birding Festival (February)