The Birds of County

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County checklists are created by members of the Iowa Ornithologists' Union and the most recent Breeding Bird Atlas project. Some additional species may nest in the county but were not recorded in the BBA data.

This checklist includes 298 total species. 118 of these are nesting (*) and 99 are species of Greatest Conservation Need (blue - nesting species and green - migratory species). Download a printable checklist

Ducks, Geese, Swans
Snow Goose
Ross's Goose
Greater White-fronted Goose
Cackling Goose
*Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Trumpeter Swan
*Wood Duck
*Blue-winged Teal
Cinnamon Teal
Northern Shoveler
Gadwall
American Wigeon
*Mallard
American Black Duck
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Canvasback
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Upland Game Birds
Northern Bobwhite
*Gray Partridge
*Ring-necked Pheasant
*Wild Turkey
Grebes
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Eared Grebe
Western Grebe
Pigeons, Doves
*Rock Pigeon
*Eurasian Collared-Dove
*Mourning Dove
Cuckoos, Roadrunners, Anis
*Yellow-billed Cuckoo
*Black-billed Cuckoo
Nighthawks, Nightjars
*Common Nighthawk
*Eastern Whip-poor-will
Swifts, Hummingbirds
*Chimney Swift
*Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Rails, Coots, Cranes
Yellow Rail
King Rail
Virginia Rail
Sora
Common Gallinule
American Coot
Sandhill Crane
Shorebirds
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Black-bellied Plover
American Golden-Plover
Semipalmated Plover
*Killdeer
*Upland Sandpiper
Long-billed Curlew
Hudsonian Godwit
Marbled Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Stilt Sandpiper
Sanderling
Dunlin
Baird's Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Long-billed Dowitcher
*American Woodcock
Wilson's Snipe
*Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Lesser Yellowlegs
Willet
Greater Yellowlegs
Wilson's Phalarope
Red-necked Phalarope
Gulls, Terns, Skimmers
Bonaparte's Gull
Franklin's Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Least Tern
Caspian Tern
Black Tern
Common Tern
Forster's Tern
Loons
Common Loon
Frigatebirds, Cormorants, Darters
Neotropic Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelicans, Herons, Ibises
American White Pelican
Brown Pelican
American Bittern
Least Bittern
*Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Little Blue Heron
Cattle Egret
*Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
White-faced Ibis
New World Vultures, Kites, Hawks, Eagles
*Turkey Vulture
*Osprey
Swallow-tailed Kite
Golden Eagle
Northern Harrier
*Sharp-shinned Hawk
*Cooper's Hawk
Northern Goshawk
*Bald Eagle
Mississippi Kite
*Red-shouldered Hawk
*Broad-winged Hawk
Swainson's Hawk
*Red-tailed Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Owls
Barn Owl
*Eastern Screech-Owl
*Great Horned Owl
Snowy Owl
*Barred Owl
Great Gray Owl
*Long-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Kingfishers
*Belted Kingfisher
Woodpeckers
*Red-headed Woodpecker
*Red-bellied Woodpecker
*Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
*Downy Woodpecker
*Hairy Woodpecker
*Northern Flicker
*Pileated Woodpecker
Falcons
*American Kestrel
Merlin
Gyrfalcon
Peregrine Falcon
Prairie Falcon
Flycatchers
Western Kingbird
*Eastern Kingbird
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
*Great Crested Flycatcher
Olive-sided Flycatcher
*Eastern Wood-Pewee
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
*Acadian Flycatcher
Alder Flycatcher
*Willow Flycatcher
*Least Flycatcher
*Eastern Phoebe
Shrikes
Loggerhead Shrike
Northern Shrike
Vireos
White-eyed Vireo
*Bell's Vireo
*Yellow-throated Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
*Warbling Vireo
*Red-eyed Vireo
Jays, Magpies, Crows
Pinyon Jay
*Blue Jay
*American Crow
Larks
*Horned Lark
Swallows
*Purple Martin
*Tree Swallow
*Northern Rough-winged Swallow
*Bank Swallow
*Cliff Swallow
*Barn Swallow
Chickadees, Titmice
*Black-capped Chickadee
*Tufted Titmouse
Nuthatches
Red-breasted Nuthatch
*White-breasted Nuthatch
Creepers
Brown Creeper
Wrens
Rock Wren
*House Wren
Winter Wren
*Sedge Wren
Marsh Wren
*Carolina Wren
Bewick's Wren
Gnatcatchers
*Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Kinglets
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Thrushes
*Eastern Bluebird
Mountain Bluebird
Townsend's Solitaire
*Veery
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Swainson's Thrush
Hermit Thrush
*Wood Thrush
*American Robin
Mimids
*Gray Catbird
*Brown Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird
Starlings
*European Starling
Waxwings
Bohemian Waxwing
*Cedar Waxwing
Old World Sparrows
*House Sparrow
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Pipits
American Pipit
Finches
Evening Grosbeak
*House Finch
Purple Finch
Common Redpoll
Red Crossbill
White-winged Crossbill
*Pine Siskin
*American Goldfinch
Longspurs, Snow Bunting
Lapland Longspur
Smith's Longspur
Snow Bunting
Towhees, Sparrows
Spotted Towhee
*Eastern Towhee
American Tree Sparrow
*Chipping Sparrow
Clay-colored Sparrow
*Field Sparrow
*Vesper Sparrow
*Lark Sparrow
*Savannah Sparrow
*Grasshopper Sparrow
*Henslow's Sparrow
LeConte's Sparrow
Nelson's Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
*Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
*Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Harris's Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Chats
Yellow-breasted Chat
Blackbirds, Orioles
Yellow-headed Blackbird
*Bobolink
*Eastern Meadowlark
*Western Meadowlark
*Orchard Oriole
*Baltimore Oriole
*Red-winged Blackbird
*Brown-headed Cowbird
Rusty Blackbird
Brewer's Blackbird
*Common Grackle
Great-tailed Grackle
Wood-warblers
*Ovenbird
Worm-eating Warbler
*Louisiana Waterthrush
Northern Waterthrush
Golden-winged Warbler
Blue-winged Warbler
*Black-and-white Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Connecticut Warbler
Mourning Warbler
*Kentucky Warbler
*Common Yellowthroat
*Hooded Warbler
*American Redstart
Cape May Warbler
*Cerulean Warbler
*Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
*Yellow Warbler
*Chestnut-sided Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Palm Warbler
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
*Yellow-throated Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Canada Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Tanagers, Cardinals, Grosbeaks, Buntings
*Summer Tanager
*Scarlet Tanager
Western Tanager
*Northern Cardinal
*Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Black-headed Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak
*Indigo Bunting
*Dickcissel