• Massive petrified redwood stumps

    Florissant Fossil Beds

    National Monument Colorado

Birds

Woodpecker

Woodpecker

NPS Photo by Sheena Grabski

This bird list was compiled from Monument observation records, the Colorado Bird Atlas, and a bird survey of 2006. Abundance records are subjective and influenced by factors such as the relative abundance of the species, season, habitat, and species behavior. If you see ant birds not on this list please notify a Monument staff member.


FAMILY

BIRDS

RESIDENCY

FREQUENCY

HABITAT

Herons (Ardeidae)-Wading birds; Characteristics: long legs, neck and bill for stalking food in shallow waters.

Great Blue

Breeding

Uncommon

Wetlands

Geese, Ducks (Anatidae)- Aquatic, web-footed, gregarious birds.

Canada Goose

Green-winged Teal

Mallard

Blue-winged Teal

Cinnamon Teal

Gadwall

American Widgeon

Bufflehead

Common Merganser

Migrant

Breeding

Resident

Migrant

Migrant

Resident

Migrant

Migrant

Winter

Uncommon

Common

Common

Uncommon

Uncommon

Uncommon

Uncommon

Rare

Uncommon

Wetlands

Wetlands

Wetlands

Wetlands

Wetlands

Wetlands

Wetlands

Wetlands

Wetlands

Vultures (Cathartidae)-Scavengers characterized by small unfeathered head.

Turkey Vulture

Migrant

Common

Varied

Eagles, Hawks (Accipitridae)-Diurnal birds of prey equipped with hooked bills and talons.

Northern Harrier

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Cooper's Hawk

Swainson's Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Ferruginous Hawk

Rough-legged Hawk

Golden Eagle

Migrant

Resident

Resident

Migrant

Resident

Resident

Winter

Resident

Uncommon

Uncommon

Uncommon

Rare

Common

Rare

Uncommon

Common

Wetlands

Varied

Varied

Meadows

Varied

Meadows

Varied

Varied

Falcons (Falconidae)-Powerful, fast flying birds of prey.

American Kestrel

Prairie Falcon

Breeding

Resident

Common

Uncommon

Meadows

Meadows

Grouse, Quail (Phasianidae)-Ground-dwellers, with short strong bills and short rounded wings.

Wild Turkey

Winter

Rare

Forests

Plovers (Charadriidae)-Small, compact, short-billed shorebirds.

Killdeer

Breeding

Common

Wetlands

Sandpipers (Scolopacidae)-Shorebirds characterized by long bill and neck.

Spotted Sandpiper

Common Snipe

Migrant

Resident

Rare

Uncommon

Wetlands

Wetlands

Gulls (Laridae)- Long-winged swimming birds with strong flight.

Ring-billed

California

Summer

Summer

Uncommon

Uncommon

Wetlands

Wetlands

Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)-Strong fliers with plump bodies and a small bobbing head.

Mourning Dove

Resident

Uncommon

Forests

Owls (Strigidae)-Nocturnal birds of prey characterized by strong, silent flight and short necks.

Great-horned Owl

Resident

Uncommon

Forests

Goatsuckers (Caprimulgidae)-Small nocturnal birds characterized by wide mouths for snaring insects.

Common Nighthawk

Breeding

Common

Varied

Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)-Very small, colorful birds that hover at flowers sipping nectar with long slender bills.

Broad-tailed

Rufous

Breeding

Migrant

Common

Rare

Varied

Meadows

Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)-Stocky birds characterized by their large head and bill.

Belted

Resident

Uncommon

Wetlands

Woodpeckers (Picidae)-Sharp claws and a sharp bill enable thses birds to climb tree trunks and chisel out insect food and nest holes.

Williamson's Sapsucker

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Nothern Flicker

Breeding

Resident

Resident

Resident

Common

Uncommon

Uncommon

Common

Forests

Forests

Forests

Varied

Flycatchers (Tyrannidae)-Small perching birds that dart about eating insects.

Olive-sided Flycatcher

Least Flycatcher

Hammond's Flycatcher

Cordilleran Flycatcher

Western Wood Peewee

Say's Phoebe

Western Kingbird

Breeding

Breeding

Breeding

Breeding

Breeding

Breeding

Breeding

Common

Uncommon

Uncommon

Common

Common

Uncommon

Uncommon

Forests

Forests

Forests

Forests

Varied

Meadows

Varied

Swallows (Hirundinidae)-Small insect eating birds characterized by slender bodies and long pointed wings.

Tree

Violet-green

Cliff

Barn

Breeding

Breeding

Breeding

Migrant

Common

Common

Rare

Uncommon

Varied

Varied

Cliffs

Structures

Jays, Crows, Magpies (Corvidae)-Large, aggressive birds with thick bills for varied diet.

Gray Jay

Steller's Jay

Blue Jay

Clark's Nutcracker

Black-billed Magpie

American Crow

Common Raven

Resident

Resident

Resident

Migrant

Resident

Migrant

Resident

Common

Common

Rare

Uncommon

Common

Common

Common

Forests

Forests

Varied

Forests

Meadows

Varied

Varied

Chickadees (Paridae)-Small birds with short wings, short bill and drab plumage.

Mountain Chickadee

Resident

Common

Forests

Nuthatches (Sittidae)-Short-tailed tree-climbers that forage for insects in tree bark.

Red-breasted

White-breasted

Pygmy

Resident

Resident

Resident

Uncommon

Common

Common

Forests

Forests

Forests

Creepers (Certhiidae)-Small tree-climbings birds with curved bill for extracting insects from bark.

Brown

Resident

Common

Forests

Wrens (Troglodytidae)-Small chunky birds with slender bills and up-tilted tails.

Rock

Bewick's

House

Breeding

Breeding

Breeding

Rare

Uncommon

Common

Rocks

Rocks

Forests

Kinglets (Sylviidae)-Small, drab birds with thin bills for eating insects.

Ruby-crowned

Breeding

Uncommon

Forests

Thrushes (Muscicapidae)-Eloquent songbirds of open marshes and woodlands.

Western Bluebird

Mountain Bluebird

Townsend's Solitaire

Veery

Swainson's Thrush

Hermit Thrush

American Robin

Breeding

Breeding

Breeding

Breeding

Breeding

Breeding

Breeding

Common

Common

Uncommon

Rare

Uncommon

Common

Common

Varied

Varied

Forests

Wetlands

Varied

Forests

Varied

Mockingbirds (Mimidae)-Songbirds characterized by short wings and long tail.

Northern

Migrant

Rare

Forests

Shrikes (Laniidae)-Heavy hooked beaks and black masks characterize these opportunistic hunters.

Loggerhead

Northern

Breeding

Winter

Uncommon

Rare

Meadows

Meadows

Starlings (Sturnidae)-Bold birds with glossy plumage; introduced species from Europe.

European Starling

Resident

Common

Varied

Larks (Alaudidae)-Ground dwellers of open fields, slender bills for eating seeds and insects.

Horned Lark

Resident

Rare

Meadows

Vireos (Vireonidae)-Small perching songbirds characterized by eye markings (eye rings, "eyebrows", and lores).

Solitary

Warbling

Breeding

Breeding

Rare

Uncommon

Forests

Forests

Warblers (Parulidae)-Family of small, brightly colored songbirds.

Yellow

Yellow-rumped

Wilson's

Breeding

Breeding

Migrant

Uncommon

Common

Rare

Wetlands

Forests

Varied

Tanagers (Thraupidae)-Brilliant thrush like birds of the forest.

Western

Breeding

Common

Forests

Towhees, Sparrows (Fringillidae)-Family of small birds characterized by small stout bills used for cracking seeds.

Green-tailed Towhee

Rufous-sided Towhee

Canyon Towhee

American Tree Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow

Brewer's Sparrow

Vesper Sparrow

Lark Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Fox Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Lincoln's Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Breeding

Resident

Migrant

Winter

Breeding

Breeding

Breeding

Breeding

Breeding

Winter

Breeding

Resident

Migrant

Resident

Uncommon

Uncommon

Rare

Uncommon

Common

Uncommon

Uncommon

Uncommon

Common

Rare

Common

Uncommon

Rare

Common

Varied

Varied

Forests

Varied

Varied

Meadows

Meadows

Meadows

Meadows

Wetlands

Wetlands

Varied

Meadows

Varied

Blackbirds, Orioles (Icteridae)-Medium to large heavy-billed birds.

Red-winged Blackbird

Western Meadowlark

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Brewer's Blackbird

Common Grackle

Brown-headed Cowbird

Northern Oriole

Breeding

Breeding

Breeding

Breeding

Breeding

Breeding

Breeding

Common

Common

Rare

Common

Uncommon

Uncommon

Rare

Wetlands

Meadows

Wetlands

Wetlands

Varied

Varied

Wetlands

Finches, Grosbeaks (Fringillidae)

Pine Siskin

American Goldfinch

Red Crossbill

Common Redpoll

Rosy Finch

Cassin's Finch

Evening Grosbeak

Resident

Resident

Resident

Winter

Winter

Breeding

Breeding

Common

Rare

Rare

Rare

Uncommon

Uncommon

Common

Varied

Varied

Forests

Meadows

Meadows

Forests

Forests



List compiled by Norris Muth and Laine Weber.

HTML by Marc Duggan.

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