Birds

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Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge was established specifically for the protection of the endangered Mississippi sandhill crane. Through preservation of habitat for the survival of the cranes the refuge has become an oasis for both year-round feathered residents and migratory birds. Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge is truly 'for the birds'. 

  • Mississippi Sandhill Crane

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    Mississippi sandhill cranes are a critically endangered subspecies found nowhere else on earth in the wild but on and adjacent to the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge. There are only about 110 individuals remaining in the wild.


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  • Henslow's Sparrow

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    Birders say that this refuge is a “wintering Henslow’s heaven.” The single largest concentration of migratory Henslow’s sparrows – one quarter of the entire U.S. population – spends winter here. This secretive sparrow thrives in the damp, open, grassy savannas that are preserved by prescribed burning.

  • Bald Eagle

    Bald Eagle

    With a wingspan between 5 - 7 1/2 feet and striking white plumage on its head, a Bald eagle is hard to miss! Bald eagles nest at the refuge and both adults and juveniles can often be seen soaring above the marshes. 

  • Prothonotary Warbler

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    Providing a flash of color in the bottomland swamps where it actively forages for insects, the Prothonotary warbler can be seen from April through mid October. This is the only warbler species that nests in tree cavities and artificial nest boxes.

  • Yellow Rail

    Yellow Rail

    A small and extremely secretive marsh bird, the Yellow rail makes it home in the wet savannas found throughout the refuge. Though seldom seen, they can sometimes be heard in the evenings with their distinct call which sounds like two small pebbles being clicked together. 

  • Red-bellied Woodpecker

    Red-bellied Woodpecker

    A common, year-round resident that can often be seen while strolling the C.L Dees Nature Trail, the Red-bellied woodpecker has a grey underbelly, striking black baring on its wings and back, and a red cap and nape. 

  • Bird Checklist

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    Download the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge Bird Checklist.

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