Green jay, a Texas bird species.

Texas Bird Watching

Birding Texas

The second-largest U.S. state boasts a whopping 639 bird species, and perhaps the hottest birding hot spot in North America: The Rio Grande Valley. In South Texas, you can expect to see many species at the northern limits of their global range. Birding is likely to be better than good anywhere along the state’s southern border, but head north, and you’ll find plenty of other hot spots, too. From the Davis Mountains and the basin and range area in the west, to the lowlands leading to the Gulf Coast, to the Piney Woods of the East, and the Great Plains of Central Texas—with that kind of habitat diversity, it’s no wonder the state attracts such a Texas-size number of bird species.