Birds are the most visible and diverse group of vertebrate life found in Big Thicket National Preserve, with nearly 300 species confirmed as present or very likely to at least fly through the Preserve. Of these, 74 species breed within BTNP, and 60 species are common or abundant. Big Thicket National Preserve lies on a major migratory flyway, and many species of birds are transient during spring and fall migrations. Birds found in Big Thicket predominantly consist of three categories: passerines (including many neotropical songbirds), raptors, and waterfowl. The abundance and variety of birds in Big Thicket National Preserve contribute to one of the favorite visitor activities - bird watching. Big Thicket National Preserve is considered a “Globally Important Bird Area” by the American Bird Conservancy in addition to being an UNESCO “International Biosphere Reserve”.
Last updated: April 14, 2015