According to Gardens Alive the most common bird in Minnesota is the red-winged blackbird.

I'm not much into birds. My wife and I have a bird feeder hanging from a tree in our backyard. Unfortunately, it's not easily visible from inside the house, so I don't get to see it much. I know there are birds at it because I have to refill it every few days. But I really don't have the patience to bird watch, and I honestly couldn't tell you what birds are spending time at my feeder.

According to Gardens Alive, my chances of spotting a red-winged blackbird are good. Using data from the North American Breeding Bird Survey, Gardens Alive has determined what it believes to be the most common bird in each state with the red-winged blackbird being named the most common in 11 states including Minnesota. "The Red-winged Blackbird, known for the splash of fiery orange on its shoulders, carved out a column in central America from Minnesota to Louisiana," says Gardens Alive. "Interestingly, it also claimed California—a far cry from every other state it was most seen in."

The American Robin was the second most-common bird in a total of eight states followed by a tie for third most popular between European Starling and Western Meadowlark in seven states each.

The matter of Minnesota's most common bird, it seems, is contestable, however. According to a 2019 article by, the most common bird in Minnesota was the Black-capped Chickadee with a 46% spotted frequency. The red-winged blackbird didn't even make the list of top nine birds.

With contradicting information, I'm not here to claim what Minnesota's most common bird is. Do you bird watch? What bird do you tend to see most often in Minnesota?

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