Birds at Tallgrass Prairie

 

Species list compiled from records of the Kansas Ornithological Society, Kansas Breeding Bird Atlas Project, and the Kansas Biological Survey.

* Breeding species documented

+ Fewer than 10 records in Kansas

Updated Septempber 2021.

 

American Wigeon Anas americana

Blue-winged Teal Anas discors

Bufflehead Bucephala albeola

Cackling Goose Branta hutchinsii

Canada Goose* Branta canadensis

Canvasback Aythya valisineria

Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera

Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula

Common Merganser Mergus merganser

Gadwall Anas strepera

Greater Scaup Aythya marila

Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons

Green-winged Teal Anas crecca

Hooded Merganser Lophodytes cucullatus

Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis

Mallard Anas platyrhynchos

Northern Pintail Anas acuta

Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata

Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator

Redhead Aythya americana

Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris

Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis

Snow Goose/Blue Goose Chen caerulescens

Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus

Wood Duck Aix sponsa

Greater Prairie Chicken* Tympanuchus cupido

Ring-necked Pheasant* Phasianus colchicus

Wild Turkey* Meleagris gallopavo

Northern Bobwhite* Colinus virginianus

Common Loon Gavia immer

Red-throated Loon Gavia stellata

Eared Grebe Podiceps nigricolis

Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus

Pied-billed Grebe* Podilymbus podiceps

Western Grebe Aechmophorus occidentalis

American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

Brown Pelican Pelicanus occidentalis

Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus

American Bittern Botaurus lentiginosus

Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax

Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis (exotic)

Great Blue Heron* Aredea herodias

Great Egret Ardeu alba

Green Heron Butorides striatus

Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea

Roseate Spoonbill+ Platalea ajaja

Snowy Egret Egretta thula

White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Nyctanassa violacea

Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura

Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus

Cooper’s Hawk* Accipiter cooperii

Ferruginous Hawk Buteo regalis

Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos

Mississippi Kite Ictinia mississippientis

Northern Goshawk Accipiter gentilis

Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus

Osprey Pandion haliaetus

Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus

Red-tailed Hawk* Buteo jamaicensis

Rough-legged Hawk Buteo lagopus

Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus

Swainson's Hawk Buteo swainsoni

American Kestrel* Falco sparverius

Merlin Falco columbarius

Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus

Prairie Falcon Falco mexicanus

American Coot Fulica americana

Purple Gallinule Porphyrio martinica

Sora Porzana carolina

Virginia Rail Rallus limicola

American Avocet Recurvirostra americana

Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus

Sandhill Crane Grus canadensis

Whooping Crane Grus americana

American Golden-Plover Pluvialis dominica

Killdeer* Charadrius vociferus

Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus

American Woodcock* Scolopax minor

Baird’s Sandpiper Calidris bairdii

Buff-breasted Sandpiper Calidris subruficollis

Dunlin Calidris alpina

Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca

Hudsonian Godwit Limosa haemastica

Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla

Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes

Long-billed Curlew Numenius americanus

Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus

Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos

Semipalmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla

Short-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus griseus

Solitary Sandpiper Tringa solitaria

Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularia

Stilt Sandpiper Calidris himantopus

Upland Sandpiper* Bartramia longicauda

Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri

White-rumped Sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis

Willet Tringa semipalmata

Wilson’s Phalarope Phalaropus tricolor

Wilson’s Snipe Gallinago delicata

Black Tern Chlidonias niger

Bonaparte's Gull Larus philadelphia

Forster’s Tern Sterna forsteri

Franklin’s Gull Leucophaeus pipixcan

Herring Gull Larus argentatus

Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis

Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto

Mourning Dove* Zenaida macroura

Rock Pigeon* Columba livia

Black-billed Cuckoo* Coccyzus erythropthalmus

Greater Roadrunner Geococcyx californianus

Yellow-billed Cuckoo* Coccyzus americanus

Barn Owl* Tyto alba

Barred Owl* Strix varia

Burrowing Owl* Athene cunicularia

Eastern Screech-Owl* Megascops asio

Great Horned Owl* Bubo virginianus

Long-eared Owl Asio otus

Northern Saw-whet Owl Aegolius acadicus

Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus

Snowy Owl Bubo scandiacus

Common Nighthawk* Chordeiles minor

Chuck-will’s-widow* Antrostomus carolinensis

Eastern Whip-poor-will* Antrostomus vociferus

Chimney Swift* Chaetura pelagica

Ruby-throated Hummingbird* Archilochus colubris

Rufous Hummingbird Selasphorus rufus

Belted Kingfisher* Ceryle alcyon

Downy Woodpecker* Picoides pubescens

Hairy Woodpecker* Picoides villosus

Northern Flicker* Colaptes auratus

Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus

Red-bellied Woodpecker* Melanerpes carolinus

Red-headed Woodpecker* Melanerpes erythrocephalus

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius

Acadian Flycatcher Empidonax virescens

Eastern Kingbird* Tyrannus tyrannus

Eastern Phoebe* Sayornis phoebe

Eastern Wood-Pewee* Contopus virens

Great Crested Flycatcher* Myiarchus crinitus

Least Flycatcher Empidonax minimus

Olive-sided Flycatcher* Contopus cooperi

Say’s Phoebe Sayornis saya

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher* Tyrannus forficatus

Western Kingbird* Tyrannus verticalis

Willow Flycatcher Empidonax traillii

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher Empidonax flaviventris

Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus

Bell’s Vireo* Vireo bellii

Blue-headed Vireo Vireo solitarius

Philadelphia Vireo Vireo philadelphicus

Red-eyed Vireo* Vireo olivaceus

Warbling Vireo* Vireo gilvus

White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus

Yellow-throated Vireo Vireo flavifrons

American Crow* Corvus brachyrhynchos

Black-billed Magpie* Pica hudsonia

Blue Jay* Cyanocitta cristata

Fish Crow* Corvus ossifragus

Horned Lark* Eremophila alpestris

Bank Swallow Riparia riparia

Barn Swallow* Hirundo rustica

Cliff Swallow* Hirundo pyrrhonota

Northern Rough-winged Swallow* Stelgidopteryx serripennis

Purple Martin* Progne subis

Tree Swallow* Tachycineta bicolor

Black-capped Chickadee Parus atricapillus

Tufted Titmouse Parus bicolor

Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis

White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis

Brown Creeper Certhia americana

Bewick's Wren* Thryomanes bewickii

Carolina Wren* Thryothorus ludovicianus

House Wren* Troglodytes aedon

Sedge Wren Cistothorus platensis

Winter Wren* Troglodytes troglodytes

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher* Polioptila caerulea

Golden-crowned Kinglet Regalus satrapa

Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regalus calendula

American Robin* Turdus migratorius

Eastern Bluebird* Sialia sialis

Gray-cheeked Thrush Catharus minimus

Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus

Mountain Bluebird Sialia currucoides

Swainson's Thrush Catharus ustulatus

Townsend's Solitaire Myadestes townsendi

Wood Thrush Hylocichla mustelina

Brown Thrasher Toxostoma rufum

Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis

Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos

European Starling* Sturnus vulgaris (exotic)

American Pipit Anthus rubescens

Sprague’s Pipit Anthus spragueii

Cedar Waxwing* Bombycilla cedrorum

Chestnut-collared Longspur Calcarius ornatus

Lapland Longspur Calcarius lapponicus

Smith's Longspur Calcarius pictus

American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla

Bay-breasted Warbler Setophaga castanea

Black-and-White Warbler* Mniotilta varia

Black-throated Blue Warbler Setophaga caerulescens

Black-throated Green Warbler Setophaga virens

Blackburnian Warbler Setophaga fusca

Blackpoll Warbler Setophaga striata

Chestnut-sided Warbler Setophaga pensylvanica

Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas

Louisiana Waterthrush* Parkesia motacilla

Mourning Warbler Oporornis philadelphia

Nashville Warbler Leiothlypis ruficapilla

Northern Parula* Parula americana

Northern Waterthrush Parkesia noveboracensis

Orange-crowned Warbler Leiothlypis celata

Ovenbird Seiurus aurocapilla

Palm Warbler Dendroica palmarum

Prothonotary Warbler* Protonotaria citrea

Tennessee Warbler Vermivora peregrina

Wilson’s Warbler Cardellina pusilla

Yellow-breasted Chat Icteria virens

Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata

Yellow Warbler* Dendroica petechia

American Tree Sparrow Spizella arborea

Chipping Sparrow* Spizella passerina

Clay-colored Sparrow Spizella pallida

Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis

Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus

Field Sparrow* Spizella pusilla

Fox Sparrow Passerella iliaca

Grasshopper Sparrow* Ammodramus savannarum

Harris' Sparrow Zonotrichia querula

Henslow’s Sparrow* Centronyx henslowii

Lark Bunting* Calamospiza melanocorys

Lark Sparrow* Chondestes grammacus

LeConte’s Sparrow Ammospiza leconteii

Lincoln’s Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii

Nelson’s Sparrow Ammospiza nelsoni

Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis

Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia

Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus

Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana

Vesper Sparrow* Pooecetes gramineus

White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis

White Crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys

Black-headed Grosbeak Pheucticus melanocephalus

Blue Grosbeak* Guiraca caerulea

Dickcissel* Spizza americana

Indigo Bunting* Passerina cyanea

Northern Cardinal* Cardinalis cardinalis

Painted Bunting* Passerina ciris

Rose-breasted Grosbeak* Pheucticus ludovicianus

Scarlet Tanager Piranga olivacea

Summer Tanager Piranga rubra

Western Tanager Piranga ludoviciana

Baltimore Oriole* Icterus galbula

Bobolink Dolichonyx oryzivorus

Brewer's Blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus

Brown-headed Cowbird* Molothrus ater

Common Grackle* Quiscalus quiscula

Eastern Meadowlark* Sturnella magna

Great-tailed Grackle* Quiscalus mexicanus

Orchard Oriole* Icterus spurius

Oriole Intergrade Icterus spp.

Red-winged Blackbird* Agelaius phoeniceus

Rusty Blackbird Euphagus carolinus

Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta

Yellow-headed Blackbird Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus

American Goldfinch* Carduelis tristis

Evening Grosbeak Coccothraustes vespertinus

House Finch* Carpodacus mexicanus

Pine Siskin Spinus pinus

Purple Finch Carpodacus purpureus

House Sparrow* Passer domesticus (exotic)

 

Useful apps, books and websites

  • Merlin Bird ID developed by The Cornell Lab includes photo and sound identification.

  • eBird developed by The Cornell Lab includes GPS, bird identification, bird sighting hot spots, and a checklist to contribute your sightings.

  • iBird developed by WhatBird.com provides pictures, sounds, migration paths, and information equivelant to 14 printed field guides.

  • Dunn, John L. and Jonathan Alderfer. National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 7th ed. National Geographic Society. 2017.

  • All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology: www.allaboutbirds.org

  • WhatBird: www.whatbird.com

 

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