4 Birds that are PINK in Arkansas! (2024)

Did you see a PINK bird in Arkansas?

Types of pink birds in Arkansas

I’m guessing you need help figuring out which species you saw with pink feathers. Well, you’ve come to the right place! To help you make an identification, I have included several photographs of each bird and detailed range maps.

4 Pink BIRDS IN Arkansas:


#1. House Finch

  • Haemorhous mexicanus

Types of pink birds in Arkansas

Identifying Characteristics:

  • Males are pinkish around their heads and upper breasts. They have brown streaks on their back, tail, and belly.
  • Females are brown with streaks on their back, tail, and belly.
  • Both sexes have notched tails and conical beaks designed to eat seeds.

It’s common to see these pink birds in Arkansas near people.

Look for them around buildings, backyards, parks, and other urban and suburban areas. As you can see, only males have pinkish-red coloring.

House Finch Range Map

house finch range map

House Finches are often the first birds to discover new bird feeders. These birds are intensely curious and rarely travel alone, so their arrival often helps other birds find your feeders, too! I see them eating sunflower, Nyjer, and safflower seeds in my yard.

House Finches have an enjoyable song, which can be heard year-round. Listen below to a series of jumbled, warbled notes.

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#2. Purple Finch

  • Haemorhous purpureus

Types of pink birds in Arkansas

Identifying Characteristics:

  • Small, with a conical seed-eating bill.
  • Males have a raspberry red or pink head, breast, and back.
  • Females have prominent streaks of white and brown below, with strong facial markings, including a whitish eyebrow and a dark line down the side of the throat.

Male Purple Finches are described as looking like they were dipped in raspberry juice.

Look for these beautiful pink birds visiting feeders in Arkansas, especially during winter. Your best chance to attract them is using black-oil sunflower seeds. Having conifer trees in your yard is also a great way to encourage them to visit.

Purple Finch Range Map

purple finch range map

Purple Finches can be challenging to identify because they look incredibly similar to the more common House Finch. I’ve made this mistake many times, believing that I saw a Purple Finch when it was, in fact, just another House Finch. To tell them apart, look at their back. The Purple Finch’s back has pink or red coloring, while the back of a House Finch has none.

Males sing a rich, musical warble. Listen below!


#3. Mourning Dove

  • Zenaida macroura

Types of pink birds in Arkansas

Identifying Characteristics:

  • A mostly grayish dove with large black spots on the wings and a long, thin tail.
  • Look for pinkish legs, a black bill, and a distinctive blue eye ring.
  • Males and females look the same.

This species is one of the most common birds in Arkansas.

But at first glance, it’s hard to see any pink coloring on them. But look closer, and you will notice that Mourning Doves have PINK legs! 🙂

Mourning Dove Range Map

mourning dove range map

Mourning Doves are common visitors to bird feeding stations. They need a flat place to feed, so the best feeders for them are trays or platforms. They are most comfortable feeding on the ground, so throw a bunch of food there, too.

It’s common to hear these pink-legged birds in Arkansas.

Listen for a low “coo-ah, coo, coo, coo.In fact, this mournful sound is how the dove got its name! Many people commonly mistake this sound for an owl. (Press PLAY below!)

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#4. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

  • Tyrannus forficatus

Types of pink birds in Arkansas

At first glance, you may wonder how the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher qualifies as a pink bird in Arkansas.

Well, take a closer look at their sides, especially while in flight. According to most bird identification books, the official coloring on their flanks and belly is “salmon-pink.”

Regardless of whether you agree, there is no denying that Scissor-tailed Flycatchers are stunning to see. They are easy to identify because of their long, forked tails.

Look for them perching on fence posts and wires in Arkansas as they wait for insects to fly past. When one is spotted, they fly after them, using their impressive tails to make midair twists and turns.

Scissor-tailed Flycatchers are also commonly heard. Listen for a song that is a series of sharp notes that initially rises in pitch and then speeds up towards the end.


Learn more about other birds in Arkansas!


Which of these pink birds have you seen in Arkansas?

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