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State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations

Rhode Island Red Gallus gallus (Domestic fowl developed from the Red Jungle Fowl) ©Heathe Lion - Wikimedia

Birding Rhode Island

Rhode Island, the first state to declare independence from Great Britain is also the smallest of the 50 states. Comprising of approximately 1,545 square miles, the mean elevation is 200 feet. It’s highest point is Jerimoth Hill at only 812 feet.

The state bird is the Rhode Island Red, a popular breed of chicken. The coloring includes golden brown feathers that tend to become reddish in the sun. Their eyes are orange and have reddish brown beaks and yellow feet.

The 'Ocean State' is known to have about 400 species of birds. The state includes 5 wildlife refuges in Charlestown, South Kingstown, Middletown, Narragansett and Block Island.

The Audubon Society of Rhode Island is located in Smithfield. You may hear weekly updated reports of rare bird sightings by calling the Voice of Audubon at 401-245-7500 ext: 55. To report rare sightings, call 401-949-7301 and leave a message. Some of the more recent sightings include the Black-tailed Gull, Sandhill Crane and the Bald Eagle.


Number of Species

Number of bird species: 425

As at December 2012


iGoTerra Checklist

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Useful Reading

Bird Walks in Rhode Island

by Adam J Fry, Keith Gannon (Illustrator) Paperback (May 1992) Backcountry Publications, US

ISBN: 0881502189

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Rhode Island Birds

An Introduction to Familiar Species by James Kavanagh, illustrated by Raymond Leung - Waterford Press

ISBN: 9781583552254

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Useful Information

State Bird

Rhode Island Red (Chicken)


Audubon Society of Rhode Island


Audubon Society of Rhode Island is separate from the national society, and I believe actually older, and is responsible for our state rare bird alerts…

Nature Conservancy in Rhode Island


The Nature Conservancy of Rhode Island had one of its most successful years ever in 2000. We preserved over 2,000 acres of land through outright acquisition, by working with partners, and through conservation easements. Whatever the method of preservation, we have achieved successful conservation goals…


Abbreviations Key

Brenton Point State Park


Satellite View

Occupying the former grounds of one of Newport's grandest estates, Brenton Point State Park affords its visitors one of the most commanding and spectacular views on the East Coast. The park is located at the point of land where Narragansett Bay meets the Atlantic, midway along renowned Ocean Drive.

Norman Bird Sanctuary


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The Norman Bird Sanctuary is 450 acre wildlife refuge offering over 7 miles of hiking trails. Visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll through the woods or hike to the top of Hanging Rock to a breathtaking view of the ocean and surrounding areas. A wide variety of educational programs are offered for all age groups. Guided walks for schools and community groups are available, but should be scheduled in advance. A trailside museum and the Barn Owl Gift Shop are also available to browse in.

Rhode Island Refuges - US Fish & Wildlife Service


Listings of useful numbers, areas of special interest etc…

Forums & Mailing Lists


Mailing List

To post to list: RIBIRDS@yahoogroups.com

List contact: RIBIRDS-owner@yahoogroups.com

To subscribe to list: RIBIRDS-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

RIBIRDS is intended for the discussion of bird sightings within and around Rhode Island. Identification and birding locations are also encouraged…

Guides & Tour Operators

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Birding Pal


Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area…

Trip Reports

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Trip Report Repository

CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

2011 [06 June] - Ronnie Lindqvist

PDF Report

Other Links

Birding in Rhode Island


Listings such as Rhode Island Rare Bird Alert etc…

Birds of New England


Some excellent photographs… Over 200 species of birds either breed, are resident, or winter in New England. This includes both inland birds and coastal birds. Some of these birds have a small New England range (for example, the Acadian Flycatcher) and other birds are found throughout the region…

Catherine Hamilton's Sitings


A website that is primarily focussed on Rhode Island sightings, with some travelling in N. America as well, with excellent notes and drawings by Catherine Hamilton.

Rhode Island Bird Watching


Discover the top birding locations in Rhode Island. Find out more about Rhode Island Bird Clubs and Birding Organizations in Rhode Island. Print out a checklist of Rhode Island birds. Find the Rare Bird Alert Phone Numbers for Rhode Island. Order books to help you become a better birder in Rhode Island. Discover links to Rhode Island Birding web sites. Print out special maps of Rhode Island before you begin your trip…

Rhode Island Birding


RhodeIslandBirding.com has been established to provide those interested in birding in Rhode Island with information to assist them in making their birding time more fun and productive…

Rhode Island Birds


Rhode Islandbirds.com serves the backyard bird enthusiast of Rhode Island. If you enjoy feeding and watching birds in your yard or local park then we hope to provide you with information to enhance the enjoyment of your hobby…

Rhode Island Birds - Recent Postings


Recent Postings from Rhode Island Birds



This site contains information about birds and birding in the state of Rhode Island. It is not affiliated with any organization.

Traj and Joan's Birds


Streaming video of birdfeeders and interior of birdhouse in Woonsocket, RI…

Visitor Information for Rhode Island


e.g. Block Island National Wildlife Refuge- Block Island National Wildlife Refuge comprises 66 acres of some of the most beautiful dune habitat on the Atlantic Coast. Simply by virtue of its location on the flyway, the refuge is an important resting stop, providing cover for large numbers of neotropical migrants and raptors. Additionally, the intertidal shoreline supports a significant roosting area for migratory shorebirds including the black-bellied and semi-palmated plover, sanderling and dunlin during both the spring and autumn migrations. In 1996, the threatened piping plover attempted to nest on refuge beaches for the first time in over a decade. Also, the refuge supports a gull colony of 1,000 pairs and a colonial wading bird rookery consisting of 30 black crowned night heron nests.