Birding in South Carolina

Hundreds of species for you to see year round!

South Carolina Birds


Bring your binoculars and your birding list. South Carolina's many varied habitats are home to a diversity of birdlife unmatched by many larger Atlantic States. With over 375 species, birders from around the world flock to South Carolina to view migrating coastal birds, the South Carolina state bird, the Carolina Wren, the Bachman's sparrow, Swainson's warbler, swallow-tailed kite, Mississippi kite, red-cockaded woodpecker, painted bunting and other remarkable South Carolina birds.

Habitats of South Carolina Birds

The swamps and streams, maritime hardwood forest, upland pine stands, urban areas and agricultural tracts of the Palmetto State provide habitats for species as varied as the South Carolina state bird, the Carolina wren, the endangered wood stork, the tiny ruby-throated hummingbird and even the majestic bald eagle.

Premier Birding Destinations

With such great birding destinations as the Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife RefugeHuntington Beach State Park and Caesars Head, you won't find better birding on the Atlantic Coast of America. Guided field studies offer birders access to South Carolina birds in areas not regularly open to the public.

Use the links and South Carolina birding listings below for more information on birding in South Carolina. Click on a birding destination for more information on that location.

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Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge
The refuge encompasses approximately 30,000 acres that include large sections of tidal emergent wetlands, forested wetlands and upland forests associated with the Waccamaw and Pee Dee Rivers. Wetland habitats range...
The Chattooga River, best known as the location for the movie “Deliverance," is Wildwater’s most popular rafting trip. This National Wild and Scenic River with spectacular scenery and exciting whitewater...
Adventure Carolina
Guided canoe and kayak trips on the Congaree, Saluda and Edisto rivers, as well as hiking and rock climbing trips. Canoe, kayak, and tube rentals available.

Equipment rental available. Retail...
Audubon Center At Francis Beidler Forest
The National Audubon Society\'s Francis Beidler Forest in Four Holes Swamp contains within its 17,000 acres, the largest remaining stand of virgin Bald Cypress/Tupelo Gum swamp forest left anywhere in...
Barrier Island Eco Tours
Naturalist led boat excursions though salt marsh tidal creeks to Capers Island Heritage Preserve, one of the few remaining undeveloped barrier islands on the East Coast. Excursions include the Capers...
Beaufort Kayak Tours
Beaufort Kayak Tours provides high quality, narrated natural and cultural history kayak tours on the waters of historic Beaufort County. Tours are suitable for beginners and recommended for most ages....
Black River Outdoors Center
South Carolina is a paddling wonderland! Visitors of all ages with a spirit of adventure and an appreciation of nature and history will enjoy paddling the slow-moving waters of the...
Blue Heron Nature Center
This 10-acre green space boasts the Blue Heron Nature Trail, a quarter-mile recycled rubber trail around a three-acre pond, and a quarter-mile of boardwalk through forested wetlands. The property also...
Blue Wave Adventures Dolphin Watch
The Original Blue Wave Adventures Dolphin Watch provides the most exciting tour on the Grand Strand. We offer daily adventures emphasizing the ecology, wildlife and beauty of the SC coast....
Bull Island Ferry-Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge
Depart from Garris Landing, Awendaw, SC, for a leisurely 30-minute ferry ride through rich salt marsh creeks, home to dolphin, egrets, pelicans and herons. Relax and enjoy the scenery within...

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