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Birds of Devils Tower

Devils Tower National Monument provides myriad ecosystem opportunities for our more than 160 species of birds: the riparian areas around the Belle Fourche River, prey possibilities within the Prairie Dog town, and the Ponderosa Pine forest that climbs the hill under Devils Tower. Even the rocky crags of the Tower host ideal nesting locations. Consequently, a diversity of birds occur in the park, especially during migration and summer.

LEGEND:
C = Common
F = Fairly Common
U = Uncommon
R = Rare
I = Introduced
* = Breeding.

PELICANS AND CORMORANTS

  • American White Pelican R
  • Double-crested Cormorant R

HERONS AND EGRETS

  • Great Blue Heron* F
  • Green Heron R
  • Black-crowned Night Heron R

GEESE AND DUCKS

  • Snow Goose R
  • Canada Goose U
  • Wood Duck* O
  • Green-winged Teal R
  • Mallard* U
  • Blue-winged Teal R
  • Common Merganser U

AMERICAN VULTURES

  • Turkey Vulture* F

HAWKS AND EAGLES

  • Osprey U
  • Bald Eagle U
  • Northern Harrier U
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk U
  • Cooper's Hawk* U
  • Northern Goshawk* U
  • Red-tailed Hawk* F
  • Ferruginous Hawk R
  • Rough-legged Hawk U
  • Golden Eagle U

FALCONS

  • American Kestrel* F
  • Merlin R
  • Peregrine Falcon R
  • Prairie Falcon* F

GROUSE, TURKEYS, & QUAIL

  • Ring-necked Pheasant I, O
  • Sharp-tailed Grouse R
  • Wild Turkey* I,U

CRANES

  • Sandhill Crane R

PLOVERS

  • Killdeer* O

SANDPIPERS

  • Spotted Sandpiper* R

GULLS & TERNS

  • Ring-billed Gull R

DOVES & PIGEONS

  • Rock Dove* I, C
  • Mourning Dove* F

CUCKOOS

  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo R

TYPICAL OWLS

  • Eastern Screech Owl* O
  • Great Horned Owl* U
  • Long-eared Owl O
  • Short-eared Owl R
  • Northern Saw-whet Owl* O

NIGHTJARS

  • Common Nighthawk* O
  • Common Poorwill* O

SWIFTS

  • White-throated Swift* F

HUMMINGBIRDS

  • Broad-tailed Hummingbird R

KINGFISHERS

  • Belted Kingfisher* U

WOODPECKERS

  • Lewis' Woodpecker* U
  • Red-headed Woodpecker* F
  • Red-naped Sapsucker R
  • Williamson's Sapsucker R
  • Downy Woodpecker* U
  • Hairy Woodpecker* F
  • Black-backed Woodpecker* O
  • Northern Flicker* C

TYRANT FLYCATCHERS

  • Western Wood-Pewee* U
  • Least Flycatcher R
  • Dusky Flycatcher R
  • Cordilleran Flycatcher O
  • Eastern Phoebe R
  • Say's Phoebe* U
  • Western Kingbird O
  • Eastern Kingbird* F

LARKS

  • Horned Lark R

SWALLOWS

  • Tree Swallow U
  • Violet-green Swallow* U
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow* O
  • Cliff Swallow* U
  • Barn Swallow* U

JAYS, MAGPIES & CROWS

  • Gray Jay* F
  • Steller's Jay R
  • Blue Jay* F
  • Pinyon Jay* F
  • Clark's Nutcracker R
  • Black-billed Magpie O
  • American Crow* F

CHICKADEES

  • Black-capped Chickadee* C

NUTHATCHES

  • Red-breasted Nuthatch* C
  • White-breasted Nuthatch* C
  • Pygmy Nuthatch R

CREEPERS

  • Brown Creeper* U

WRENS

  • Rock Wren* U
  • Canyon Wren* O
  • House Wren* F

KINGLETS, BLUEBIRDS, AND THRUSHES

  • Golden-crowned Kinglet R
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet O
  • Eastern Bluebird R
  • Mountain Bluebird* F
  • Townsend's Solitaire* F
  • Veery R
  • Swainson's Thrush O
  • American Robin* C

THRASHERS

  • Gray Catbird O
  • Brown Thrasher* O

PIPITS

  • American Pipit R

WAXWINGS

  • Bohemian Waxwing O
  • Cedar Waxwing* O

SHRIKES

  • Northern Shrike R
  • Loggerhead Shrike R

STARLINGS

  • European Starling* I, U

VIREOS

  • Solitary Vireo* F
  • Warbling Vireo* U
  • Red-eyed Vireo* C

WOOD WARBLERS, TANAGERS, SPARROWS, & BLACKBIRDS

  • Tennessee Warbler R
  • Orange-crowned Warbler R
  • Yellow Warbler* F
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler* F
  • Blackpoll Warbler O
  • American Redstart R
  • Ovenbird* U
  • MacGillivray's Warbler R
  • Common Yellowthroat* F
  • Hooded Warbler R
  • Wilson's Warbler R
  • Yellow-breasted Chat* F
  • Western Tanager* F
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak O
  • Black-headed Grosbeak* U
  • Lazuli Bunting* R
  • Indigo Bunting R
  • Dickcissel R
  • Rufous-sided Towhee* F
  • American Tree Sparrow F
  • Chipping Sparrow* U
  • Clay-colored Sparrow F
  • Brewer's Sparrow R
  • Field Sparrow R
  • Vesper Sparrow* O
  • Lark Sparrow* U
  • Lark Bunting R
  • Savannah Sparrow R
  • Song Sparrow* U
  • Lincoln's Sparrow R
  • Swamp Sparrow R
  • White-throated Sparrow R
  • White-crowned Sparrow O

WOOD WARBLERS, TANAGERS, SPARROWS, & BLACKBIRDS

  • Harris' Sparrow R
  • Dark-eyed Junco* F
  • Red-winged Blackbird* F
  • Western Meadowlark* F
  • Yellow-headed Blackbird R
  • Brewer's Blackbird* U
  • Common Grackle* U
  • Brown-headed Cowbird* C
  • Orchard Oriole R
  • Northern Oriole* U

FINCHES

  • Gray-crowned Rosy Finch U
  • Pine Grosbeak R
  • Cassin's Finch* U
  • House Finch R
  • Red Crossbill* C
  • White-winged Crossbill R
  • Common Redpoll O
  • Pine Siskin* F
  • American Goldfinch* U
  • Evening Grosbeak* U

WEAVERS

  • House Sparrow* I, O

Very rare or unconfirmed records:

  • Canvasback
  • Swainson's Hawk
  • Sage Grouse
  • Passenger Pigeon (extinct)
  • Burrowing Owl
  • Common Raven (extirpated)
  • Sage Thrasher
  • Gray Vireo
  • Black-and-white Warbler

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 10
Devils Tower, WY 82714

Phone:

(307) 467-5283 x635
Devils Tower National Monument Phone Number

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