Birds & Wildlife

Birds of the Bent

Discover the bird species observed at Bent of the River Audubon Center

Select here to view the list of species recorded at the Bent of the River Audubon Center, National Audubon Society's 700-acre wildlife sanctuary located in Southbury, Connecticut. Bent of the River contains a variety of vegetation communities that provide essential habitats for many of the neo-tropical migrant landbirds that breed in southern New England.

To see the most recent eBird lists from the sanctuary, click here.

For more bird information, visit the Audubon Online Bird Guide.

Birds Commonly Seen at Bent of the River

Canada Goose

Latin:  Branta canadensis

Illustration for Canada Goose

Wood Duck

Latin:  Aix sponsa

Illustration for Wood Duck


Latin:  Anas platyrhynchos

Illustration for Mallard

Common Merganser

Latin:  Mergus merganser

Illustration for Common Merganser

Wild Turkey

Latin:  Meleagris gallopavo

Illustration for Wild Turkey

Great Blue Heron

Latin:  Ardea herodias

Illustration for Great Blue Heron

Turkey Vulture

Latin:  Cathartes aura

Illustration for Turkey Vulture


Latin:  Pandion haliaetus

Illustration for Osprey

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Latin:  Accipiter striatus

Illustration for Sharp-shinned Hawk

Cooper's Hawk

Latin:  Accipiter cooperii

Illustration for Cooper's Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

Latin:  Buteo lineatus

Illustration for Red-shouldered Hawk

Broad-winged Hawk

Latin:  Buteo platypterus

Illustration for Broad-winged Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Latin:  Buteo jamaicensis

Illustration for Red-tailed Hawk

American Woodcock

Latin:  Scolopax minor

Illustration for American Woodcock

Mourning Dove

Latin:  Zenaida macroura

Illustration for Mourning Dove

Great Horned Owl

Latin:  Bubo virginianus

Illustration for Great Horned Owl

Barred Owl

Latin:  Strix varia

Illustration for Barred Owl

Chimney Swift

Latin:  Chaetura pelagica

Illustration for Chimney Swift

Belted Kingfisher

Latin:  Megaceryle alcyon

Illustration for Belted Kingfisher

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Latin:  Melanerpes carolinus

Illustration for Red-bellied Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Latin:  Dryobates villosus

Illustration for Hairy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Latin:  Colaptes auratus

Illustration for Northern Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker

Latin:  Dryocopus pileatus

Illustration for Pileated Woodpecker

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Latin:  Contopus virens

Illustration for Eastern Wood-Pewee

Least Flycatcher

Latin:  Empidonax minimus

Illustration for Least Flycatcher

Great Crested Flycatcher

Latin:  Myiarchus crinitus

Illustration for Great Crested Flycatcher

Eastern Kingbird

Latin:  Tyrannus tyrannus

Illustration for Eastern Kingbird

Blue-headed Vireo

Latin:  Vireo solitarius

Illustration for Blue-headed Vireo

Yellow-throated Vireo

Latin:  Vireo flavifrons

Illustration for Yellow-throated Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Latin:  Vireo olivaceus

Illustration for Red-eyed Vireo

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Latin:  Stelgidopteryx serripennis

Illustration for Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Cliff Swallow

Latin:  Petrochelidon pyrrhonota

Illustration for Cliff Swallow

Barn Swallow

Latin:  Hirundo rustica

Illustration for Barn Swallow

White-breasted Nuthatch

Latin:  Sitta carolinensis

Illustration for White-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

Latin:  Certhia americana

Illustration for Brown Creeper

Carolina Wren

Latin:  Thryothorus ludovicianus

Illustration for Carolina Wren

House Wren

Latin:  Troglodytes aedon

Illustration for House Wren

Winter Wren

Latin:  Troglodytes hiemalis

Illustration for Winter Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Latin:  Regulus satrapa

Illustration for Golden-crowned Kinglet

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Latin:  Polioptila caerulea

Illustration for Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Eastern Bluebird

Latin:  Sialia sialis

Illustration for Eastern Bluebird


Latin:  Catharus fuscescens

Illustration for Veery

Hermit Thrush

Latin:  Catharus guttatus

Illustration for Hermit Thrush

Wood Thrush

Latin:  Hylocichla mustelina

Illustration for Wood Thrush

American Robin

Latin:  Turdus migratorius

Illustration for American Robin

Gray Catbird

Latin:  Dumetella carolinensis

Illustration for Gray Catbird

Northern Mockingbird

Latin:  Mimus polyglottos

Illustration for Northern Mockingbird

European Starling

Latin:  Sturnus vulgaris

Illustration for European Starling

Cedar Waxwing

Latin:  Bombycilla cedrorum

Illustration for Cedar Waxwing

Yellow Warbler

Latin:  Setophaga petechia

Illustration for Yellow Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Latin:  Setophaga pensylvanica

Illustration for Chestnut-sided Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Latin:  Setophaga coronata

Illustration for Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Latin:  Setophaga virens

Illustration for Black-throated Green Warbler

Palm Warbler

Latin:  Setophaga palmarum

Illustration for Palm Warbler

Black-and-white Warbler

Latin:  Mniotilta varia

Illustration for Black-and-white Warbler

American Redstart

Latin:  Setophaga ruticilla

Illustration for American Redstart

Worm-eating Warbler

Latin:  Helmitheros vermivorum

Illustration for Worm-eating Warbler


Latin:  Seiurus aurocapilla

Illustration for Ovenbird

Louisiana Waterthrush

Latin:  Parkesia motacilla

Illustration for Louisiana Waterthrush

Common Yellowthroat

Latin:  Geothlypis trichas

Illustration for Common Yellowthroat

Hooded Warbler

Latin:  Setophaga citrina

Illustration for Hooded Warbler

Scarlet Tanager

Latin:  Piranga olivacea

Illustration for Scarlet Tanager

Eastern Towhee

Latin:  Pipilo erythrophthalmus

Illustration for Eastern Towhee

Chipping Sparrow

Latin:  Spizella passerina

Illustration for Chipping Sparrow

Field Sparrow

Latin:  Spizella pusilla

Illustration for Field Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Latin:  Melospiza melodia

Illustration for Song Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Latin:  Zonotrichia albicollis

Illustration for White-throated Sparrow

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Latin:  Pheucticus ludovicianus

Illustration for Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Red-winged Blackbird

Latin:  Agelaius phoeniceus

Illustration for Red-winged Blackbird

Common Grackle

Latin:  Quiscalus quiscula

Illustration for Common Grackle

Brown-headed Cowbird

Latin:  Molothrus ater

Illustration for Brown-headed Cowbird

Orchard Oriole

Latin:  Icterus spurius

Illustration for Orchard Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

Latin:  Icterus galbula

Illustration for Baltimore Oriole

House Finch

Latin:  Haemorhous mexicanus

Illustration for House Finch

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