Birds are the most visible animals visitors are likely to encounter at Pinnacles National Park, with over 160 species documented in the park since 1908. Turkey vultures circle and soar in the skies overhead, while acorn woodpeckers and Steller's jays call noisily among the pines and oaks near the visitor centers. In the winter, dark-eyed juncos and California towhees perch and forage around willows and underbrush. In the spring and summer, black-headed grosbeaks and warbling vireos sing loudly from oaks and pines as they set up nesting territories.
Learn why and how Pinnacles works to protect these massive, majestic, and severely-endangered creatures.
Pinnacles is home to several iconic birds of prey, including prairie and peregrine falcons.
You may hear the hammering or "wheka wheka" calls of the woodpeckers that make their homes at Pinnacles.
Last updated: May 7, 2019