The Birds of County

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IOU BBA

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 327 total species. 101 of these are nesting (*) and 106 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
Tundra 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
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
*Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
*Ruddy Duck
Upland Game Birds
Northern Bobwhite
Gray Partridge
*Ring-necked Pheasant
Greater Prairie-Chicken
*Wild Turkey
Grebes
*Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Eared Grebe
Western Grebe
Clark's Grebe
Pigeons, Doves
*Rock Pigeon
*Eurasian Collared-Dove
White-winged Dove
*Mourning Dove
Cuckoos, Roadrunners, Anis
*Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Black-billed Cuckoo
Nighthawks, Nightjars
*Common Nighthawk
Chuck-will's-widow
Eastern Whip-poor-will
Swifts, Hummingbirds
*Chimney Swift
*Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Rails, Coots, Cranes
Yellow Rail
Black Rail
King Rail
Virginia Rail
Sora
Purple Gallinule
Common Gallinule
*American Coot
Sandhill Crane
Shorebirds
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Black-bellied Plover
American Golden-Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Piping Plover
*Killdeer
*Upland Sandpiper
Whimbrel
Hudsonian Godwit
Marbled Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Red Knot
Ruff
Stilt Sandpiper
Sanderling
Dunlin
Baird's Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Buff-breasted 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
Sabine's Gull
Bonaparte's Gull
Franklin's Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Glaucous Gull
Least Tern
Caspian Tern
*Black Tern
Common Tern
Forster's Tern
Loons
Red-throated Loon
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Yellow-billed Loon
Frigatebirds, Cormorants, Darters
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelicans, Herons, Ibises
American White Pelican
American Bittern
*Least Bittern
*Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy 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
Black Vulture
*Turkey Vulture
Osprey
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
Ferruginous Hawk
Owls
Barn Owl
Eastern Screech-Owl
*Great Horned Owl
Snowy Owl
Burrowing Owl
*Barred Owl
Long-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Kingfishers
*Belted Kingfisher
Woodpeckers
*Red-headed Woodpecker
Acorn Woodpecker
*Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
*Downy Woodpecker
*Hairy Woodpecker
*Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Falcons
*American Kestrel
Merlin
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
Say's 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
*Blue Jay
Black-billed Magpie
*American Crow
Common Raven
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
*House Wren
Pacific Wren
Winter Wren
*Sedge Wren
*Marsh Wren
Carolina 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
Varied Thrush
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
Pine Grosbeak
*House Finch
Purple Finch
Common Redpoll
Hoary Redpoll
Red Crossbill
White-winged Crossbill
*Pine Siskin
*American Goldfinch
Longspurs, Snow Bunting
Lapland Longspur
Chestnut-collared 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
Bullock's 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
Prairie 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
Lazuli Bunting
*Indigo Bunting
Painted Bunting
*Dickcissel