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King Ranch Birds

Vermillion Flycatcher

Vermillion Flycatcher

King Ranch boasts a vast array of migratory bird species at various times of the year.

With 825,000 acres of varied habitat, the King Ranch is a haven for birds and birdwatchers alike. Named as a site on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail and as a Globally Important Bird Area by the American Bird Conservancy, the ranch boasts a bird list of 356 species.

Ferruginous Pygmy Owl

Ferruginous Pygmy Owl

Vast tracts of habitat are home to a variety of South Texas specialty birds, including ferruginous pygmy-owl, tropical parula, northern beardless-tyrannulet, Audubon’s oriole, Botteri’s sparrow, green jay, white-tailed hawk, olive sparrow, and much more. Over the years, the ranch has also hosted a large number of rare birds including double-striped thick-knee, jabiru, Eurasian wigeon, masked duck, aplomado falcon, and garganey.

White-Tailed Hawk

White-Tailed Hawk

Situated at the confluence of several migratory pathways, the ranch is a virtual highway for migrating birds in both fall and spring. During the winter months, large numbers of birds, having finished breeding in the northern reaches of the U.S., join our tropical year-round residents. Special winter residents include Sprague’s pipit, burrowing owl, mountain plover, and piping plover.

As one of the premier birding destinations in South Texas and the country, the King Ranch offers a wide variety of birding opportunities. Please see the nature tour page on this website for a listing of tours (under the visit section). For a complete bird list of the ranch please click on the link below.

King Ranch Bird List

Click here to view/print a checklist of the birds of King Ranch in PDF format.