Latin: Protonotaria citrea
Louisiana: Paradise for Birds and Birders
Roseate Spoonbill Photo: Keith Kennedy
More than 470 bird species have been recorded within Louisiana's borders. Louisiana has many different types of habitat and therefore hosts a dazzling diversity of birds. And it's not just diversity -- Louisiana is also known for the sheer numbers of birds that flock to its waters and wetlands. Some waterbirds that are rare or thinly distributed elsewhere in the country assemble by the tens of thousands -- or even hundreds of thousands -- in Louisiana. Also, because of Louisiana's position on the Gulf Coast, it's a truly world-class place to view the spring and fall migration of countless warblers, buntings, grosbeaks, flycatchers, vireos, thrushes, and other Neotropical migrants.