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Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge

Brooksville, Mississippi


Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, located in northeast Mississippi, contains 46,278 acres of excellent wildlife habitat. Essentially the refuge is a woodland interspersed with fields, lakes and streams. Pines are predominant along the high ridges, bottomland hardwoods in the river and creek bottoms, and cypress-gum in the lower, seasonally flooded areas.

The wildlife picture changes with the seasons. The fall and winter months feature waterfowl by the thousands, and bald eagles can also be seen during this period. Spring sees these species replaced by swallows, wood ibis, warblers, egrets and herons. Some species, such as the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker and eastern wild turkey, are year-round residents. The following birdlist contains 254 species. The list, using common names, is in accordance with the Sixth Edition of the A.O.U. Checklist (1983).


Seasonal Appearance
Sp - Spring - March to May
S - Summer - June to August
F - Fall - September to November
W - Winter - December to February

Seasonal Abundance
a - abundant: a common species which is very numerous
c - common: certain to be seen in suitable habitat
u - uncommon: present but not certain to be seen
o - occasional: seen only a few times during a season
r - rare: seen at intervals of 2 to 5 years
x - accidental: out of normal species range


LOONS Sp S F W ___ Common Loon r - r r
GREBES Sp S F W ___ Pied-billed Grebe c u c c ___ Horned Grebe - - r r ___ Eared Grebe - - - r
PELICANS AND CORMORANTS Sp S F W ___ American White Pelican - - r r ___ Double-crested Cormorant c u c c
ANHINGA Sp S F W ___ Anhinga u u u u
BITTERNS, EGRETS AND HERONS Sp S F W ___ American Bittern u - o u ___ Least Bittern r u r - ___ Great Blue Heron c c c c ___ Great Egret c c c u ___ Snowy Egret o o o o ___ Little Blue Heron - u u - ___ Tricolored Heron - x - - ___ Cattle Egret u u u o ___ Green Heron - c c - ___ Black-crowned Night-Heron - - o - ___ Yellow-crowned Night-Heron r u u -
IBISES AND STORKS Sp S F W ___ White Ibis u u u - ___ Glossy Ibis r - - - ___ Roseate Spoonbill - x - - ___ Wood Stork - o o -
WATERFOWL Sp S F W ___ Fulvous Whistling-Duck - - - r ___ Tundra Swan - - r r ___ Greater White-Fronted Goose - - r - ___ Snow Goose o - o o ___ Canada Goose a a a a ___ Wood Duck c c c c ___ Green-winged Teal c - c c ___ American Black Duck o - o o ___ Mallard c r a a ___ Northern Pintail o - u u ___ Blue-winged Teal c u c r ___ Northern Shoveler c - c c ___ Gadwall o - c c ___ American Wigeon c - c c ___ Canvasback - - u u ___ Redhead - - r r ___ Ring-necked Duck o - c a ___ Lesser Scaup u - u u ___ Oldsquaw - - - r ___ Surf Scoter - - x - ___ Common Goldeneye - - - r ___ Bufflehead - - u u ___ Hooded Merganser u o c c ___ Red-breasted Merganser r - r r ___ Ruddy Duck - - c c
VULTURES Sp S F W ___ Black Vulture c c c a ___ Turkey Vulture c u c c
OSPREYS, KITES, EAGLES AND HAWKS Sp S F W ___ Osprey o r o o ___ Bald Eagle u r u u ___ Northern Harrier u - u u ___ Sharp-shinned Hawk u u u u ___ Cooper's Hawk u u u u ___ Red-shouldered Hawk c c c c ___ Broad-winged Hawk u r u - ___ Red-tailed Hawk c c c c ___ Golden Eagle - - - r ___ American Kestrel u u u u
GALLINACEOUS BIRDS Sp S F W ___ Wild Turkey u u u u ___ Northern Bobwhite a a a a
RAILS, COOTS AND GALLINULES Sp S F W ___ King Rail - u u - ___ Virginia Rail - - r - ___ Sora - - r - ___ Common Moorhen - - - r ___ American Coot c r a a
PLOVERS Sp S F W ___ Black-bellied Plover - - r - ___ Semipalmated Plover r r r - ___ Piping Plover - r r r ___ Killdeer c c c c
STILTS AND AVOCETS Sp S F W ___ American Avocet - - r -
SHOREBIRDS Sp S F W ___ Greater Yellowlegs u u u u ___ Lesser Yellowlegs u u u u ___ Solitary Sandpiper o - c - ___ Spotted Sandpiper o r o o ___ Sanderling - - r - ___ Semipalmated Sandpiper o o u - ___ Western Sandpiper - r - - ___ Least Sandpiper u u u - ___ White-rumped Sandpiper r - - - ___ Pectoral Sandpiper u u c - ___ Dunlin - - - r ___ Stilt Sandpiper r - r - ___ Buff-breasted Sandpiper - r - - ___ Short-billed Dowitcher - - r - ___ Long-billed Dowitcher - - - r ___ Common Snipe u r u u ___ American Woodcock u r u u
GULLS AND TERNS Sp S F W ___ Bonaparte's Gull r - - r ___ Ring-billed Gull u - - u ___ Herring Gull - - - o ___ Caspian Tern - r r - ___ Common Tern - - o - ___ Black Tern - o o -
PIGEONS AND DOVES Sp S F W ___ Mourning Dove c c c c
CUCKOOS Sp S F W ___ Black-billed Cuckoo r - r - ___ Yellow-billed Cuckoo u c c -
OWLS Sp S F W ___ Barn Owl r r r r ___ Eastern Screech-Owl u u u u ___ Great Horned Owl u u u u ___ Barred Owl c c c c ___ Short-eared Owl r - r r
GOATSUCKERS Sp S F W ___ Common Nighthawk o c o r ___ Chuck-will's-widow u c - - ___ Whip-poor-will u - u -
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 c c c c ___ Yellow-bellied Sapsucker u - u u ___ Downy Woodpecker c c c c ___ Hairy Woodpecker u u u u ___ Red-cockaded Woodpecker u u u u ___ Northern Flicker c c c c ___ Pileated Woodpecker c c c c
FLYCATCHERS Sp S F W ___ Olive-sided Flycatcher - - r - ___ Eastern Wood-Pewee c c c - ___ Acadian Flycatcher c c o - ___ Least Flycatcher u r u - ___ Eastern Phoebe c u c u ___ Great Crested Flycatcher c c - - ___ Eastern Kingbird c c u -
MARTINS AND SWALLOWS Sp S F W ___ Purple Martin c c u - ___ Tree Swallow c - c - ___ Northern Rough-winged Swallow u r u - ___ Bank Swallow c c c - ___ Cliff Swallow r - - - ___ Barn Swallow c c c -
JAYS AND CROWS Sp S F W ___ Blue Jay c c c c ___ American Crow c c c c ___ Fish Crow r r - -
CHICKADEES AND TITMICE Sp S F W ___ Carolina Chickadee c c c c ___ Tufted Titmouse c c c c
NUTHATCHES Sp S F W ___ Red-breasted Nuthatch - - r r ___ White-breasted Nuthatch u u u u ___ Brown-headed Nuthatch c c c c
CREEPERS Sp S F W ___ Brown Creeper - - u u
WRENS Sp S F W ___ Carolina Wren a a a a ___ Bewick's Wren r r r r ___ House Wren - - - r ___ Winter Wren - - u u ___ Sedge Wren - r r r ___ Marsh Wren - - - u
KINGLETS AND GNATCATCHERS Sp S F W ___ Golden-crowned Kinglet u - u c ___ Ruby-crowned Kinglet u - u c ___ Blue-gray Gnatcatcher c c c r
BLUEBIRDS AND THRUSHES Sp S F W ___ Eastern Bluebird c c c c ___ Veery o - o - ___ Gray-cheecked Thrush u - u - ___ Swainson's Thrush u - u - ___ Hermit Thrush - - u u ___ Wood Thrush c c o - ___ American Robin c u c c
MIMICS Sp S F W ___ Gray Catbird u u u r ___ Northern Mockingbird c c c c ___ Brown Thrasher c c c c
PIPITS Sp S F W ___ American Pipit - - u u
WAXWINGS Sp S F W ___ Cedar Waxwing u r u c
SHRIKES Sp S F W ___ Loggerhead Shrike c c c c
STARLINGS Sp S F W ___ European Starling c c c c
VIREOS Sp S F W ___ White-eyed Vireo c a c r ___ Solitary Vireo r - - r ___ Yellow-throated Vireo u u u r ___ Warbling Vireo u - u - ___ Philadelphia Vireo r - r - ___ Red-eyed Vireo c c c -
WARBLERS Sp S F W ___ Blue-winged Warbler u - u - ___ Golden-winged Warbler u - u - ___ Tennessee Warbler u - u - ___ Orange-crowned Warbler u - u u ___ Nashville Parula u - u - ___ Northern Parula u r u - ___ Yellow Warbler u - u - ___ Chestnut-sided Warbler u - u - ___ Magnolia Warbler u - u - ___ Black-throated Blue Warbler u - u - ___ Yellow-rumped Warbler c - c a ___ Black-throated Green Warbler u - u - ___ Blackburnian Warbler u - u - ___ Yellow-throated Warbler u u u - ___ Pine Warbler c c c c ___ Prairie Warbler u r u - ___ Palm Warbler u - u u ___ Bay-breasted Warbler u - u - ___ Blackpoll Warbler u - u - ___ Cerulean Warbler u - u - ___ Black-and-white Warbler c u c - ___ American Redstart u u u - ___ Prothonotary Warbler c c u - ___ Worm-eating Warbler r - - - ___ Swainson's Warbler r r r - ___ Ovenbird u - u - ___ Northern Waterthrush u - u - ___ Louisiana Waterthrush u u u - ___ Kentucky Warbler u u u - ___ Connecticut Warbler r - - - ___ Mourning Warbler r - r - ___ Common Yellowthroat c c u r ___ Hooded Warbler c u u - ___ Wilson's Warbler o - o - ___ Canada Warbler o - o - ___ Yellow-breasted Chat c c u -
TANAGERS Sp S F W ___ Summer Tanager c c u - ___ Scarlet Tanager u - u -
CARDINALS, GROSBEAKS AND BUNTINGS Sp S F W ___ Northern Cardinal a a a a ___ Rose-breasted Grosbeak u - u - ___ Blue Grosbeak u u u - ___ Indigo Bunting c c c - ___ Dickcissel u u u -
SPARROWS Sp S F W ___ Rufous-sided Towhee c u c c ___ Bachman's Sparrow r - - - ___ American Tree Sparrow - - - r ___ Chipping Sparrow c c c c ___ Field Sparrow c c c c ___ Vesper Sparrow u - u r ___ Lark Sparrow - r - - ___ Savannah Sparrow u - u c ___ Grasshopper Sparrow u u u u ___ Le Conte's Sparrow - - - r ___ Sharp-tailed Sparrow - - - r ___ Fox Sparrow u - u u ___ Song Sparrow c - u c ___ Lincoln's Sparrow r - r r ___ Swamp Sparrow u - u c ___ White-throated Sparrow c - c a ___ White-crowned Sparrow - - - r ___ Dark-eyed Junco u - c c
BLACKBIRDS, MEADOWLARKS AND ORIOLES Sp S F W ___ Bobolink u - u - ___ Red-winged Blackbird c a c c ___ Eastern Meadowlark c c c c ___ Rusty Blackbird u - - u ___ Brewer's Blackbird - - - u ___ Common Grackle c u c c ___ Brown-headed Cowbird c c c c ___ Orchard Oriole u c u - ___ Northern Oriole u - u -
FINCHES Sp S F W ___ Purple Finch u - u u ___ House Finch - - - r ___ Red Crossbill x x x x ___ Pine Siskin - - r o ___ American Goldfinch c r c c ___ Evening Grosbeak - - - o
WEAVER FINCHES Sp S F W ___ House Sparrow u u u u
Acknowledgements

This list was developed and formulated by the Oktibbeha Audubon Society. Their hard work and many trips to the refuge are gratefully appreciated.

To report unusual sightings or for further information, contact:

                      Refuge Manager
                      Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge
                      2970 Bluff Lake Road
                      Brooksville, MS  39739
                      Telephone: 601/323-5548

This resource is based on the following source:
Oktibbeha Audubon Society.  1985.  Birds of Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, 
     Mississippi.  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Unpaginated.
This resource should be cited as:
Oktibbeha Audubon Society.  1985.  Birds of Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, 
     Mississippi.  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Unpaginated.  Jamestown, 
     ND: Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Online.
     http://www.npwrc.usgs.govnoxubee.htm 
     (Version 22MAY98).

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