• View of Square Tower House, seen along the Mesa Top Loop

    Mesa Verde

    National Park Colorado


New World Vultures (Catharitidae)
Turkey Vulture
Kites, Hawks, Eagles (Accipitridae)
Golden Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Falcons and Caracaras (Falconidae)
American Kestrel
Grouse (Phasianidae)
Wild Turkey
Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)
Mourning Dove
Typical Owls (Strigidae)
Long-eared Owl
Great Horned Owl
Northern Pygmy-Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Nightjars (Capimulgidae)
Common Poorwill
Swifts (Apodidae)
White-throated Swift
Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Woodpeckers (Picidae)
Northern Flicker
Hairy Woodpecker
Tyrant Flycatchers (Tyrannidae)
Western Kingbird
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Western Wood-Pewee
Say’s Phoebe
Gray Flycatcher
Dusky Flycatcher
Swallows (Hirundinidae)
Violet-green Swallow
Jay’s, Crows, Magpies (Corvidae)
Western Scrub-Jay
Pinyon Jay
Steller’s Jay
Clark’s Nutcracker
Black-billed Magpie
Common Raven
Chickadees and Titmice (Paridae)
Mountain Chickadee
Juniper Titmouse
Bushtits (Aegithalidae)
Nuthatches (Sittidae)
White-breasted Nuthatch
Wrens (Troglodytidae)
House Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Canyon Wren
Rock Wren
Thrushes (Turdidae)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Western Bluebird
Townsend’s Solitaire
American Robin
Vireos (Verionidae)
Plumbeous Vireo
Wood-Warblers (Parulidae)
Virginia’s Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Tanagers (Thraupidae)
Western Tanager
New World Sparrows (Emberizidae)
Green-tailed Towhee
Spotted Towhee
Vesper Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Cardinals (Cardinalidae)
Black-headed Grosbeak
Lazuli Bunting
Finches (Fringillidae)
Pine Siskin
Lesser Goldfinch
House Finch


For a more complete list of birds at Mesa Verde National Park, download this checklist (pdf, 31 kb, print landscape).

Did You Know?

View of mesas

The Ancestral Puebloans inhabited Mesa Verde for more than 700 years (550 A.D. to 1300 A.D.), but for the first six centuries, they primarily lived on the mesa tops. It was not until the final 75 to 100 years that they constructed and lived in the cliff dwellings for which Mesa Verde is known.