western tanager in pine
Western Tanagers are summer residents of the park.

Photo by Sally King

Birds add color, movement, and sound to all areas of Bandelier National Monument. Birds such as Steller's Jays, Canyon Towhees, and Mountain Chickadees stay year-round whereas Turkey Vultures, Western Tanagers, and Black-headed Grosbeaks are "summer only" residents. Sandhill Cranes rarely land in the park but make their presence known each fall and spring as they migrate overhead.

If you are looking for a specific bird, it is important to know the habitat it likes. Some birds are common only in the park's lush riparian areas while others prefer the drier mesatops.

western screech owl
Western Screech Owl

Photo by Sally King

More information is available on the following:
Kid's bird identification sheet
Summer/Migratory Birds
Year-round and Winter Birds
Turkey Vultures

Last updated: March 3, 2019

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