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Birds of the Gunnison Basin

This list shows the species of birds that have been observed in the Gunnison Basin along with their status, relative abundance and favored habitats. The list shows both regular residents along with accidentals that may have only been seen once.  The links are in alphabetical order, but the bird list is in taxonomic order. Species are listed in alphabetical order under each heading.  If you have reliable sightings of birds not shown on this list we would appreciate it if you could share your observation by phone, email or personal visit at our office. Happy Birding

This list was prepared by: Arden Anderson (BLM), Dr. Ron Meyer (Black Canyon Audubon Society), Peggy Dobie , and Lora Schmillen (US Forest Service).

 

  Status Codes

  Abundance Codes

  Habitat Codes

 Y - Yearlong resident  Ab - Abundant  A - Alpine
 S - Summer resident  FC - Fairly common  CF - Coniferous Forest
 W - Winter Resident  C - Common  GL - Grasslands
 M - Migrant in Spring or Fall  U - Uncommon   S - Shrublands & Sage
 

 Acc - Accidental

 R - Riparian & Streamside
     Aq - Aquatic
     M - Miscellaneous

Common Name

Status

Abundance Habitats Used  
Loons
Arctic Loon
M R Aq
Common Loon
M U Aq
     
Grebes
Western Grebe
S FC Aq
Pied Billed Grebe
S FC Aq
Eared Grebe
S FC Aq
Horned Grebe
M R Aq

Top

     
Pelicans
American White Pelican
M
R
Aq
Brown Pelican
M
Acc
Aq

Top

     

Cormorants

Double Breasted Cormorant
 M
U
Aq

Top

     

Bitterns

American Bittern
   S
U
Aq
Top      

Herons

Black-crowned Night Heron
S
FC
R, Aq
Great Blue Heron
Y
FC
R, Aq
Green-backed Heron
M
R
R, Aq
Little Blue Heron
M
R
R, Aq
Top      

Egrets

Cattle Egret
M
U
R, Aq, M
Great Egret
M
R
R, Aq
Snowy Egret
S
U
R, Aq
Top      

Ibis

White-faced Ibis
S
FC
Aq, M
Top      

Ducks

American Wigeon
S
C
Aq
Barrow's Golden Eye
M
U
Aq
Blue-winged Teal
S
FC
Aq
Bufflehead
M
FC
Aq
Black Scoter
M
Acc
Aq
Canvasback
M
U
Aq
Cinnamon Teal
S
FC
Aq
Common Goldeneye
W
FC
Aq
Common Merganser
Y
C
Aq
Gadwall
Y
FC
Aq
Green-winged Teal
Y
FC
Aq
Hooded Merganser
M
R
R, Aq
Lesser Scaup
M
FC
Aq
Mallard
Y
Ab
Aq
Northern Pintail
M
U
Aq
Northern Shoveler
M
C
Aq
Red-breasted Merganser
M
U
Aq
Redhead
S
FC
Aq
Ring-necked Duck
M
FC
Aq
Ruddy Duck
M
U
Aq
Surf Scoter
M
Acc
Aq
Wood Duck
M
R
R, Aq
Top      

Geese

Canada Goose
S
C
Aq
Snow Goose
M
R
Aq
Top      

Swans

Trumpeter Swan
M
R
Aq
Tundra Swan
M
R
Aq
Top      

Vultures

Turkey Vulture
S
FC
R, S
Black Vulture
S
Acc
GL, S
Top      

Osprey

Osprey
M
U
Aq, R
Top      

Hawks

Broad-winged Hawk
M
R
R, M
Cooper's Hawk
Y
U
CF, GL,S,R,M
Ferruginous Hawk
M
R
GL, M, R, S
Northern Goshawk
Y
U
CF, GL,S,R,M
Northern Harrier
Y
FC
all except CF
Red-backed Hawk
S
Acc
GL, M
Red-tailed Hawk
Y
C
All
Rough-legged Hawk
W
FC
GL, S, M
Swainson's Hawk
S
FC
A, GL, S, R, M
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Y
U
CF, S, R, M
Top      

Eagles

Bald Eagle
W
FC
Aq
Golden Eagle
Y
FC
All
Top      

Falcons

American Kestrel
S
FC
CF, GL,S,R,M
Merlin
M
U
GL, S, R, M
Peregrine Falcon
S
R
CF, GL,S,R,M
Prairie Falcon
Y
U
All except Aq
Top      

Grouse

Blue Grouse
Y
FC
CF, A, S, R,
Gunnison Sage Grouse
Y
U
S
White-tailed Ptarmigan
Y
FC
A
Top      

Turkey

Wild Turkey
Y
R
CF, S M
Top      

Quail

Chukar
Y
R
GL, S, M
Top      

Rails

Sora
S
FC
R, Aq
Virginia Rail
S
U
R, Aq
Top      

Coots

American Coot
S
FC
Aq
Top      

Cranes

Sandhill Crane
M
FC
GL, S, Aq, M
Whooping Crane
M
R
S, Aq, M
Top      

Plovers

Black-bellied Plover
M
R
Aq
Killdeer
R
C
GL, Aq, M
Lesser Golden Plover
M
R
Aq, M
Semipalmated Plover
M
R
Aq, M
Snowy Plover
M
R
Aq
Top      

Avocets

American Avocet
M
U
Aq
Black-necked Stilt
M
U
Aq
Top      

Sandpipers

Baird's Sandpiper
M
U
Aq
Common Snipe
Y
FC
GL, R, Aq, M
Dunlin
M
R
Aq
Greater Yellowlegs
M
FC
Aq
Least Sandpiper
M
U
Aq
Lesser Yellowlegs
M
FC
Aq
Long-billed Curlew
M
U
GL, Aq, M
Long-billed Dowitcher
M
FC
Aq, M
Marbled Godwit
M
R
Aq
Pectoral Sandpiper
M
U
Aq
Sanderling
M
U
Aq
Semipalmated Sandpiper
M
U
Aq
Solitary Sandpiper
M
U
Aq
Spotted Sandpiper
S
FC
Aq
Stilt Sandpiper
M
R
Aq
Western Sandpiper
M
FC
Aq, M
White-rumped Sandpiper
M
R
Aq
Willet
M
U
Aq
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Phalaropes

Red-necked Phalarope
M
R
Aq
Wilson's Phalarope
S
FC
GL, Aq, M
Northern Phalarope
M
R
Aq
Top      

Jaegers

Parasitic Jaeger
M
Acc
Aq
Top      

Gulls

Bonaparte's Gull
M
R
Aq
California Gull
S
FC
Aq, M
Franklin's Gull
M
U
GL, Aq
Herring Gull
M
U
Aq
Ring-billed Gull
S
C
Aq
Sabine's Gull
M
Acc
Aq
Top      

Terns

Black Tern
M
R
Aq
Common Tern
M
R
Aq
Forster's Tern
M
R
Aq
Top      

Pigeons

Band-tailed Pigeon
S
R
CF, M
Top      

Doves

Mourning Dove
S
C
CF, GL,S,R,M
Rock Dove
Y
FC
M
White-winged Dove
M
R
GL, S
Eurasian Collared Dove
Y
FC
M
Top      

Cuckoos

Yellow-billed Cuckoo
M
R
R
Top      

Owls

Barn Owl
M
R
R, M
Boreal Owl
Y
R
CF, S
Burrowing Owl
S
R
GL, S
Flammulated Owl
S
FC
CF, R
Great Horned Owl
Y
FC
CF, R, M
Long-eared Owl
S
U
CF, S, R, M
Northern Pygmy Owl
S
R
CF, R
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Y
U
CF, R, M
Short-eared Owl
W
U
GL, Aq, M
Snowy Owl
W
R
GL, Aq, M
Western Screech Owl
S
U
CF, R, M
Top      

Nightjars

Common Nighthawk
S
FC
CF, GL,S,R,M
Common Poorwill
S
U
CF, S, R
Top      

Swifts

Black Swift
S
R
Aq, Cliffs
Chimney Swift
M
R
M, Cliffs
White-throated Swift
S
C
M, Cliffs
Top      

Hummingbirds

Black-chinned Hummingbird
S
U
CF, S, R, M
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
S
Ab
CF, A, S, R, M
Calliope Hummingbird
M
U
A,CF, GL, SR,
Magnificent Hummingbird
M
R
CF, R, M
Rufous Hummingbird
M
FC
A,CF,GL,R
Ruby Throated Hummingbird
M
Acc
R, M
Top      

Kingfishers

Belted Kingfisher
Y
FC
R, Aq
Top      

Woodpeckers

Downy Woodpecker
Y
FC
CF, S, R, M
Hairy Woodpecker
Y
FC
CF, S, R, M
Lewis' Woodpecker
S
U
CF, S, R, M
Northern Flicker
Y
C
CF, S, R, M
Red-headed Woodpecker
M
R
CF, R, M
Red-naped Sapsucker
S
FC
CF, R
Three-toed Woodpecker
Y
R
CF
Williamson's Sapsucker
S
U
CF, S, R
Top      

Flycatchers

Ash-throated Flycatcher
M
R
CF, S, R, M
Black Phoebe
S
R
R
Cassin's Kingbird
M
R
CF, GL, R, M
Dusky Flycatcher
S
FC
CF, S, R
Eastern Kingbird
S
U
CF, S, R, M
Eastern Phoebe
M
Acc
R
Gray Flycatcher
S
R
CF
Hammond's Flycatcher
S
U
CF, R
Least Flycatcher
M
U
R
Olive-sided Flycatcher
S
FC
CF, R, M
Say's Phoebe
S
FC
GL, S, R, M
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
M
Acc
M
Vermillion Flycatcher
M
Acc
R
Western Flycatcher
S
FC
CF, S, R
Western Kingbird
S
FC
CF, R, M
Western Wood-pewee
S
C
CF, R, M
Willow Flycatcher
S
FC
R, Aq
Top      

Larks

Horned Lark
Y
FC
A, GL, S, M
Top      

Swallows

Bank Swallow
S
R
R, Aq, M
Barn Swallow
S
C
R, Aq, M
Cliff Swallow
S
C
R, Aq, M
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
S
FC
Aq, GL, S,R,M
Tree Swallow
S
C
CF, R, Aq
Violet-green Swallow
S
C
CF, R, Aq
Top      

Jays

Blue Jay
M
Acc
R, M
Clark's Nutcracker
Y
FC
A, CF
Gray Jay
Y
C
CF, R
Pinyon Jay
S
U
CF, S, R, M
Scrub Jay
Y
U
CF, S, M
Steller's Jay
Y
FC
CF, S, R
Top      

Magpies

Black-billed Magpie
Y
C
CF, GL,S,R,M
Top      

Crows

American Crow
Y
FC
All
Common Raven
Y
C
CF, GL,A,R,M
Top      

Chickadees

Black-capped Chickadee
Y
C
CF, S, R, M
Mountain Chickadee
Y
C
CF, S, R, M
Top      

Titmice

Bushtit
Y
R
CF, S, R, M
Plain Titmouse
Y
U
CF, S, R
Top      

Nuthatches

Pygmy Nuthatch
Y
U
CF, R
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Y
U
CF, R, M
White-breasted Nuthatch
Y
FC
CF, S, R, M
Top      

Creepers

Brown Creeper
Y
FC
CF, R, M
Top      

Wrens

Bewick's Wren
Y
R
CF, R
Canyon Wren
Y
U
M
House Wren
S
C
A, CF, S, R
Marsh Wren
Y
U
Aq
Rock Wren
S
U
GL, S
Winter Wren
W
R
R
Top      

Dipper

American Dipper
Y
C
Aq
Top      

Kinglets

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
M
U
CF, S, R, M
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Y
U
CF, GL,S, RM
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
S
C
A, CF, R, M
Top      

Thrushes

American Robin
Y
Ab
CF, A,S,R,M
Hermit Thrush
S
FC
CF, R, M
Mountain Bluebird
Y
C
CF, GL,S,R,M
Swainson's Thrush
S
U
CF, S, R, M
Townsend's Solitaire
Y
FC
CF, R, M
Varied Thrush
M
Acc
CF, R
Veery
S
U
R
Western Bluebird
S
U
CF, GL,S,R,M
Wood Thrush
M
Acc
R
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Mockingbirds

Brown Thrasher
M
R
R, M
Gray Catbird
S
R
S, R
Northern Mockingbird
Y
U
CF, GL,S,R,M
Sage Thrasher
S
FC
GL, S, R, M
Top      

Pipits

Water Pipit
S
FC
A, GL, Aq
Top      

Waxwings

Bohemian Waxwing
W
U
CF, R, M
Cedar Waxwing
S
U
CF, R, M
Top      

Shrikes

Loggerhead Shrike
S
FC
CF, GL,S,R,M
Northern Shrike
W
U
CF, GL,S,R,M
Top      

Starlings

European Starling
Y
Ab
R, M
Top      

Vireos

Philadelphia Vireo
M
Acc
R
Red-eyed Vireo
S
U
R, M
Solitary Vireo
S
FC
CF, R, M
Warbling Vireo
S
C
R, M
Top      

Warblers

American Redstart
S
R
R
Black-and-white Warbler
M
R
S, R, M
Blackpoll Warbler
M
Acc
R
Black-throated Gray Warbler
S
U
CF, S, R
Chestnut-sided Warbler
M
Acc
R
Common Yellowthroat
S
U
R, Aq, M
MacGillivray's Warbler
S
FC
CF, S, R, M
Nashville Warbler
M
U
CF, R, M
Northern Waterthrush
M
U
R, Aq, M
Orange-crowned Warbler
S
FC
CF, S, R, M
Palm Warbler
S
Acc
R, CF
Parula Warbler
M
Acc
R
Prairie Warbler
M
Acc
CF, R, S
Tennessee Warbler
M
U
CF, R, M
Townsend's Warbler
M
U
CF, S, R
Virginia's Warbler
S
FC
CF, GL, S, R,
Wilson's Warbler
S
FC
A, S, R, M
Yellow-breasted Chat
S
U
S, R, M
Yellow-rumped Warbler
S
FC
CF, GL, R, M
Yellow Warbler
S
C
S, R, M
Top      

Tanagers

Scarlet Tanager
M
Acc
R
Western Tanager
S
FC
CF, S, R, M
Top      

Blackbirds

Bobolink
S
R
GL, M
Brewer's Blackbird
S
C
GL, S, R, M
Brown-headed Cowbird
S
FC
All except A
Red-winged Blackbird
Y
C
Aq, GL,S,R,M
Rusty Blackbird
W
Acc
R
Western Meadowlark
S
FC
CF, GL, S, M
Yellow-headed Blackbird
S
FC
R, Aq, M
Top      

Grackles

Common Grackle
S
C
R, M
Great-tailed Grackle
S
R
CF, R
Top      

Orioles

Bullock's Oriole
S
FC
R, M
Orchard Oriole
M
U
R, M
Top      

Grosbeaks

Black-headed Grosbeak
S
FC
CF, GL, R
Blue Grosbeak
S
U
CF, GL, S, R
Evening Grosbeak
Y
FC
CF, R, M
Indigo Bunting
M
U
S, R, M
Lazuli Bunting
S
U
CF, S, R, M
Pine Grosbeak
Y
FC
CF
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
M
U
R, M
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Sparrows

American Tree Sparrow
W
FC
GL, S, R, M
Black-throated Sparrow
M
Acc
CF, GL, S
Brewer's Sparrow
S
FC
CF, GL, S, R
Canyon Towhee
M
U
Chestnut-collared Longspur
M
U
GL, S
Chipping Sparrow
S
FC
CF, GL,S, R,M
Clay Colored Sparrow
M
Acc
GL, R, M
Dark-eyed Junco
Y
C
CF, S, R, M
Dickcissel
M
R
GL, M
Fox Sparrow
S
U
R
Grasshopper Sparrow
M
Acc
S
Green-tailed Towhee
S
FC
GL, S, R
Harris' Sparrow
W
U
S, R, M
House Sparrow
Y
Ab
M
Lapland Longspur
W
U
GL, M
Lark Bunting
S
U
GL, S, R, M
Lark Sparrow
S
U
CF, GL, S, R
LeContes Sparrow
M
Acc
S, GL, R
Lincoln's Sparrow
S
C
Aq, GL,A,R,M
Spotted Towhee
S
U
GL, S, R, M
Sage Sparrow
S
U
S
Savannah Sparrow
S
FC
GL, Aq
Sharp-tailed Sparrow
M
Acc
Aq
Snow Bunting
W
R
GL, S
Song Sparrow
Y
FC
R, Aq, M
Vesper Sparrow
S
C
CF, GL, S
White-crowned Sparrow
Y
C
A, CF,S,R,M
White-throated Sparrow
M
R
R, M
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Finches

American Goldfinch
Y
FC
R, M
Cassin's Finch
Y
FC
CF, S, R, M
Common Redpoll
W
U
GL, S, M
House Finch
Y
FC
All except A
Lesser Goldfinch
S
U
GL, S, R, M
Pine Siskin
Y
C
CF, GL,S,R,M
Red Crossbill
Y
U
CF, R
White Winged Crossbill
M
R
CF
Rosy Finch - all 3 types
Y
FC
CF, GL,S,A,M
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Created by the Bureau of Land Management, Colorado
Point of Contact:
Arden Anderson
Last modified: January 30, 2006