Passeriformes: Cardinalidae-Passeridae

This will finish up the Arkansan birds.  The Cardinalids have had some taxonomic changes recently and contain some of the most popular and beloved feeder birds.  The Icterids are a diverse group and are some of the most numerous birds in the country.  The Fringillids are Old World Finches with a few representatives in the U.S.


  • Scarlet Tanager (Br/C) migrant through southern part of state
  • Summer Tanager (Br/C)
  • Northern Cardinal (Yr/C)
  • Dickcissel (Br/C)
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Mi/C)
  • Blue Grosbeak (Br/C)
  • Indigo Bunting (Br/C)
  • Painted Bunting (Br/C)


  • Baltimore Oriole (Br/C)
  • Orchard Oriole (Br/C)
  • Bobolink (Mi/C)
  • Eastern Meadowlark (Yr/C)
  • Western Meadowlark (Wi/U)
  • Yellow-headed Blackbird (Mi/U)
  • Red-winged Blackbird (Yr/C)
  • Rusty Blackbird (Wi/C)
  • Brewer’s Blackbird (Wi/C)
  • Brown-headed Cowbird (Yr/C)
  • Common Grackle (Yr/C)
  • Great-tailed Grackle (Yr/U) only on western part of state

Fringillidae-Old World Finches

  • Evening Grosbeak (Wi/U)
  • Pine Siskin (Wi/C)
  • American Goldfinch (Yr/C)
  • House Finch (Yr/C)
  • Purple Finch (Wi/C)

Passeridae-Weaver Finches

  • House Sparrow (Yr/C)

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