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Top 25 Birds of Minnesota (with Pictures)

Here are some of the coolest looking birds you will see:

Palm Warbler

Although we don’t find tropical plants in Minnesota, these bird species are named after a tropical plant, “Palm,” which raises their families in the state’s northern regions. It is a small songbird that belongs to the New World warbler family

Palm Warbler is a dull brownish bird with distinctive yellow under the throat and tail. In Minnesota, these birds breed in bogs and areas with thick ground cover and evergreen trees in the boreal forest. Palm Warblers stop in weedy fields, fence rows, forest edges, and other areas with shrubs and trees during migration.

Palm Warblers play a significant role in maintaining the food chain in Northern American regions, including Minnesota. These birds eat insects, such as caterpillars, flies, and beetles, and consume hawthorn, sea grape, bayberry, and seeds during the winter.

Although these birds pick insects from the ground or low tree branches, research highlights that they can also catch some insects in midair. Palm Warbler’s size is 4.9-5.7 inches in length and 0.34-0.37 oz. in mass.


Red-eyed Vireo



Gray Catbird



Northern Cardinal



Black-capped Chickadee



House Wren



American Crow



Barn Swallow



American Robin



Hairy Woodpecker



Mourning Dove



White-breasted Nuthatch

Get a pair of binoculars to see them better from a distance.


American Goldfinch



Song Sparrow




Barn Swallow



Blue Jay



Dark-eyed Junco



Song Sparrow



Chipping Sparrow



Common Grackle



Downy Woodpecker



Red-eyed Vireo


Birding hotspots in Minnesota are:

  • Hawk Ridge
  • Sax-Zim Bog
  • Felton Prairie
  • Lost River State Forest
  • Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge
  • Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
  • Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge
  • Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge
  • Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge
  • Minnesota Valley River Birding Trail

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