More than 190 species of resident and transient birds are known to use the park. Approximately half of these species breed in the park including eighteen species of warblers. Roughly thirty bird species are year-round residents including tufted titmice, red-tailed hawks, Carolina chickadees, wild turkeys, and barred owls.
Due to the Park's location along the crest of the Blue Ridge and the extent of forested habitat, Shenandoah provides essential habitat for neotropical migratory birds, both for nesting and as a travel corridor. Certain areas, such as Big Meadows, support species that can be found nowhere else in the park.
NPSpecies is a consolidated database where you can find the latest information on any species from any National Park Service unit. This resource lets you search for species information on specific parks and allows you to create your own itemized species lists.
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Rarely seen or heard, the scarlet tanager prefers to spend its time in the upper canopy of the forest.
Once abundant, the cerulean warbler has declined due to habitat loss. If you are lucky you may spot one in Shenandoah.
Learn about these year-round residents of Shenandoah National Park, and one of the few birds regularly seen in the winter.
Last updated: March 5, 2019