Birds of Illinois

Attract birds and butterflies to your Illinois property - Tips from the University of Illinois Extension.

Birders living in or visiting the Chicago area will want to take a look at the Chicago Region Birding Trail Guide.

Help out the birds by planting trees and shrubs that provide food and cover.  The Morton Arboretum's guide to trees and shrubs that attract birds.


State Bird


Flicker aka Yellowhammer

The Illinois state bird is the Cardinal






Regional Bird Guides


Birds of Illinois Field Guide





Online Resources for Illinois Bird Watchers


The Illinois Ornithological Society

Birds of Illinois

Birds Checklist for the State of Illinois

Illinois Birders' Forum
An active online forum for Illinois bird watchers.