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Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge

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Slidell, Louisiana

Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge is one of over 500 national wildlife refuges. The refuge is located approximately 40 miles north of New Orleans, Louisiana and encompasses approximately 37,000 acres. The primary objectives of Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge are to preserve the bottomland hardwood ecosystem, to provide habitat for the protection of fish and wildlife, and to provide opportunities for fish and wildlife-oriented public use and recreation.

Opportunities for bird watching abound on the refuge but visitors should be aware that much of the refuge is accessible only by boat. The bottomland hardwood forests and the mix of bayous, oxbow lakes, and main river systems create a diversity of habitats important to a wide range of bird species. Neotropical migrants abound during the fall and spring migrations and many species nest on the refuge. The refuge also supports a number of small wading bird rookeries. Each winter several thousand waterfowl make their home on the refuge and wood ducks are common summer nesters. The American swallow-tailed kite makes its home on the refuge with documented nesting occurring here.

The following bird list contains 166 species, representing observations by refuge personnel and refuge volunteers. Other species have been observed in adjacent areas but have not been observed on the refuge.

Common names and sequencing are from the American Ornithologist's Union Checklist of North American Birds. 6th Edition, 1985, and Supplement of July, 1985.


Sp - Spring -- March-May
S - Summer -- June-July
F - Fall -- August-November
W -Winter -- December-February

a - abundant -- Several individuals per day in appropriate habitat and season
c - common -- Certain to be seen in suitable habitat
u - uncommon -- Usually present in suitable habitat
o - occasional -- Seen only a few times during a season
r - rare -- Seen every few years

ANHINGAS                               SP   S   F   W

___ Anhinga                             u   c   u   r

BITTERNS, HERONS, AND EGRETS SP S F W ___ Great Blue Heron c c c c ___ Great Egret c c c c ___ Snowy Egret c c c c ___ Little Blue Heron c c c c ___ Tri-colored (Louisiana) Heron c r r - ___ Cattle Egret c c c c ___ Green-backed Heron c c c - ___ Black-crowned Night-Heron u u u - ___ Yellow-crowned Night-Heron c c c -
IBISES AND SPOONBILLS SP S F W ___ Glossy/White-faced Ibis r r r r ___ White Ibis r r r r
DUCKS, GEESE AND SWANS SP S F W ___ Wood Duck a a a a ___ Green-winged Teal o - o o ___ Mallard - - - u ___ Blue-winged Teal u - u u ___ Hooded Merganser u - - -
AMERICAN VULTURES SP S F W ___ Black Vulture c c c c ___ Turkey Vulture c c c c
TURKEYS, QUAIL, ETC. SP S F W ___ Bobwhite Quail c c c c ___ Wild Turkey c c c c
KITES, EAGLES AND HAWKS SP S F W ___ Osprey u - u - ___ American Swallow-tailed Kite o o o - ___ Mississippi Kite c - c - ___ Bald Eagle r - r r ___ Sharp-shinned Hawk u - u u ___ Cooper's Hawk u u u u ___ Red-shouldered Hawk a a a a ___ Broad-winged Hawk c c c - ___ Red-tailed Hawk c u c c
CARACARAS AND FALCONS SP S F W ___ American Kestrel u - u u ___ Merlin r - r - ___ Peregrine Falcon r - r -
PLOVERS SP S F W ___ Killdeer c c c c
SANDPIPERS, PHALAROPES, AND ALLIES SP S F W ___ Solitary Sandpiper u - u - ___ Spotted Sandpiper c c c c ___ Least Sandpiper u - u - ___ Common Snipe u - u u ___ American Woodcock u - c c
PIGEONS AND DOVES SP S F W ___ Mourning Dove c c c c
CUCKOOS, ROADRUNNERS, AND ANIS SP S F W ___ Black-billed Cuckoo u - u - ___ Yellow-billed Cuckoo c c c -
BARN OWLS SP S F W ___ Common Barn Owl u u u u
TYPICAL OWLS SP S F W ___ Eastern Screech Owl u u u u ___ Great Horned Owl u u u u ___ Barred Owl a a a a
GOATSUCKERS SP S F W ___ Common Nighthawk c c c - ___ Chuck-will's-widow u u u - ___ Whip-poor-will o o o - ___ Lesser Nighthawk r - r -
SWIFTS SP S F W ___ Chimney Swift c c c -
HUMMINGBIRDS SP S F W ___ Ruby-throated Hummingbird c c c -
KINGFISHERS SP S F W ___ Belted Kingfisher c c c c
WOODPECKERS SP S F W ___ Red-headed Woodpecker c c c c ___ Red-bellied Woodpecker a a a a ___ Yellow-bellied Sapsucker u - c c ___ Downy Woodpecker c c c c ___ Hairy Woodpecker c c c c ___ Northern Flicker c c c c ___ Pileated Woodpecker a a a a
TYRANT FLYCATCHERS SP S F W ___ Eastern Wood-Pewee c c c - ___ Acadian Flycatcher c c c - ___ Least Flycatcher c - c - ___ Eastern Phoebe c - c c ___ Vermilion Flycatcher r - r - ___ Great Crested Flycatcher c c c - ___ Eastern Kingbird c c c -
MARTINS AND SWALLOWS SP S F W ___ Purple Martin c c - - ___ Tree Swallow c - c - ___ Northern Rough-winged Swallow c c c - ___ Barn Swallow c - c -
JAYS AND CROWS SP S F W ___ Blue Jay c c c c ___ American Crow c c c c ___ Fish Crow a a a a
CHICKADEES AND TITMICE SP S F W ___ Carolina Chickadee a a a a ___ Tufted Titmouse a a a a
NUTHATCHES SP S F W ___ Brown-headed Nuthatch c c c c
CREEPERS SP S F W ___ Brown Creeper u - u u
WRENS SP S F W ___ Carolina Wren a a a a ___ House Wren c - c c ___ Winter Wren c - c c ___ Bewick's Wren - - u u
KINGLETS AND GNATCATCHERS SP S F W ___ Golden-crowned Kinglet u - u u ___ Ruby-crowned Kinglet a - a a ___ Blue-gray Gnatcatcher a a c c
THRUSHES AND ROBIN SP S F W ___ Veery c - c - ___ Gray-cheeked Thrush c - u - ___ Swainson's Thrush c - u - ___ Hermit Thrush c - c c ___ Wood Thrush c c c - ___ American Robin a - a a
MOCKINGBIRDS AND THRASHERS SP S F W ___ Gray Catbird c c c u ___ Mockingbird c c c c ___ Brown Thrasher c c c c
PIPITS SP S F W ___ American Pipit u - u u
WAXWINGS SP S F W ___ Cedar Waxwing u - u u
SHRIKES SP S F W ___ Loggerhead Shrike u u u u
STARLINGS SP S F W ___ European Starling (introduced) c c c c
VIREOS SP S F W ___ White-eyed Vireo a a a - ___ Solitary Vireo c - c c ___ Yellow-throated Vireo u u u - ___ Warbling Vireo u u u - ___ Philadelphia Vireo - - u - ___ Red-eyed Vireo a a a -
WOOD WARBLERS SP S F W ___ Blue-winged Warbler u - u - ___ Golden-winged Warbler u - u - ___ Tennessee Warbler u - u - ___ Nashville Warbler - - u - ___ Orange-crowned Warbler u - u u ___ Northern Parula Warbler a a a - ___ Yellow Warbler c - c - ___ Chestnut-sided Warbler u - c - ___ Magnolia Warbler u - u - ___ Yellow-rumped Warbler a - a a ___ Black-throated Green Warbler c - c - ___ Blackburnian Warbler u - u - ___ Yellow-throated Warbler c c c - ___ Pine Warbler o o o o ___ Palm Warbler u - u u ___ Bay-breasted Warbler u - u - ___ Cerulean Warbler u - u - ___ Black-and-white Warbler c u c - ___ American Redstart c c c - ___ Prothonotary Warbler a a a - ___ Worm-eating Warbler u - u - ___ Swainson's Warbler c c c - ___ Ovenbird u - u - ___ Northern Waterthrush u - u - ___ Louisiana Waterthrush u u u - ___ Kentucky Warbler c c c - ___ Common Yellowthroat c u c u ___ Hooded Warbler c c c - ___ Wilson's Warbler u - u - ___ Canada Warbler u - u - ___ Backman's Warbler r r - - ___ Yellow-breasted Chat u u u -
TANAGERS SP S F W ___ Summer Tanager c c c - ___ Scarlet Tanager u - u -
GROSBEAKS, FINCHES, SPARROWS AND BUNTINGS SP S F W ___ Northern Cardinal a a a a ___ Rose-breasted Grosbeak u - u - ___ Blue Grosbeak u - u - ___ Indigo Bunting c c c - ___ Painted Bunting u u u - ___ Purple Finch - - - o ___ Pine Siskin - - - c ___ American Goldfinch u - u u ___ Rufous-sided Towhee c c c c ___ Dickcissel u - - - ___ Slate-colored Junco - - - o ___ Chipping Sparrow u u u c ___ Savannah Sparrow o - o o ___ Fox Sparrow u - u u ___ Song Sparrow u - u u ___ Lincoln's Sparrow u - u u ___ Swamp Sparrow c - c u ___ White-throated Sparrow a - a a ___ White-crowned Sparrow u - u u
BLUEBIRDS SP S F W ___ Eastern Bluebird u u u u
BLACKBIRDS, GRACKLES, COWBIRDS AND ORIOLES SP S F W ___ Red-winged Blackbird a a a a ___ Rusty Blackbird c - c c ___ Brewer's Blackbird u - u u ___ Boat-tailed Grackle o o o o ___ Common Grackle a a a a ___ Brown-headed Cowbird c c c c ___ Orchard Oriole u u u - ___ Northern (Baltimore) Oriole u u u -
Ethics for birdwatching

Take care not to disturb nesting birds, exposing eggs and young to extreme temperatures and predation.

Disturb wintering wildlife as little as possible, particularly during critical feeding and resting periods. They need all of their energy reserves to withstand the stresses of harsh weather and migration.

Do not litter! Many birds die when they become entangled in fishing lines, 6-pack rings and other trash, or when they mistake garbage for food.

For further information, or to report a species not listed contact:

               Refuge Manager                            
               Southeast Louisiana Refuges               
               1010 Gause Boulevard
               Building 936      
               Slidell, Louisiana 70458            


Date:______________________________ Time:_________________ to:_________________ Weather:_______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ No. of species:________________________________________________________________ Route or area:_________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ Observers:_____________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ Remarks:_______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________

This resource is based on the following source:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 01/93. Birds of Bogue Chitto National Wildlife 
     Refuge Checklist. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Unpaginated.
This resource should be cited as:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 01/93. Birds of Bogue Chitto National Wildlife 
     Refuge Checklist. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Unpaginated.
     Jamestown, ND: Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Online.
     (Version 28OCT98).

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