Wildlife Viewing Opportunities on the Bayou Teche Refuge

The Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge has many species of plants, animals, birds, reptiles, and insects. Take a stroll on the walking trails to see plants such as the Louisiana purple iris, white spider lillies, mulberry, hibiscus, rose mallow, live and other oaks, cypress and tupelo trees and various grasses. You can view wood ducks, American bald eagles, pelicans, egrets,  herons, hummingbirds, owls, American Bittern, Ibis, Roseate Spoonbills, migratory birds and many others. The refuge is the only refuge dedicated to preserve the Louisiana Black Bear which is a threatened species. Animals, aquatic species and reptiles on the refuge include alligators, turtles, many various of fish, nutria rats, mink, beaver, otters, hogs, rabbits, possums, snakes, coyotes, deer, just to name a few. Come and explore for yourself!

Northern Cardinal
Northern Cardinal
White Eyed Vireo
White Eyed Vireo
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Tufted Titmouse
Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Carolina Wren
Carolina Wren
Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret
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Barred_Owl2_edited.jpg
Red Bellied Woodpecker
Red Bellied Woodpecker

Birding on the Franklin & Garden City Units

Bayou Teche Refuge offers a variety of opportunities to see various types of birds. The Franklin and Garden City unit is comprised of cypress tupelo swamp and fresh water marsh. Common birds found at these locations are the Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Fish Crow, Barred Owl, Red Bellied Woodpecker, Tufted Titmouse, Prothonotary Warbler, White Eyed Vireo, Indigo Bunting, Carolina Chickadee, Carolina Wren, Northern Cardinal and Red Winged Blackbird. Click on the photos to find links, descriptions and information on the various birds shown.

Birding on the Centerville Unit

The Centerville Unit's habitat is bottomland hardwood.  Common birds found at this location are the Fish Crow, Prothonotary Warbler, Indigo Bunting, Loggerhead Shrike, Northern Mockingbird, Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal, Mourning Dove, Eastern Towhee and Red Winged Blackbird.

Indigo Bunting
Indigo Bunting
Loggerhead Shrike
Loggerhead Shrike
Eastern Towhee
Eastern Towhee
Mourning Dove
Mourning Dove
Blue Jay
Blue Jay
Red-winged Blackbird
Red-winged Blackbird

Common Birds Found Throughout the Refuge

Birds found throughout the refuge include the Red Tailed Hawk, Red Shouldered Hawk, Mississippi Kite, Swallow Tailed Kite and the Bald Eagle.

Red Tailed Hawk
Red Tailed Hawk
Swallow-tailed Kite
Swallow-tailed Kite
Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle
Mississippi Kite
Mississippi Kite
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

Not Sure What Bird You are Viewing?

If you are unsure of the bird you are viewing, you can search for them on the following websites.

Audubon                           Birds of North America           Cornell Lab of Ornithology          

                                                                                                                                                              

www.audubon.org        www.birds-of-north-america.net         www.allaboutbirds.org