BFI Guide to Birds of Conservation Concern

Use this guide to plan community activities for the birds of greatest conservation concern in Iowa. Some need nesting habitat while others are migratory and are in need of safe places to feed and rest as they make their treks north and south.

Family Species Scientific Name
Ducks, Geese, Swans Trumpeter Swan Cygnus buccinator
Ducks, Geese, Swans Blue-winged Teal Spatula discors
Ducks, Geese, Swans American Wigeon Mareca americana
Ducks, Geese, Swans Northern Pintail Anas acuta
Ducks, Geese, Swans Canvasback Aythya valisineria
Ducks, Geese, Swans Redhead Aythya americana
Ducks, Geese, Swans Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris
Ducks, Geese, Swans Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis
Upland Game Birds Northern Bobwhite Colinus virginianus
Upland Game Birds Ruffed Grouse Bonasa umbellus
Upland Game Birds Sharp-tailed Grouse Tympanuchus phasianellus
Upland Game Birds Greater Prairie-Chicken Tympanuchus cupido
Grebes Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegena
Grebes Eared Grebe Podiceps nigricollis
Cuckoos, Roadrunners, Anis Yellow-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus americanus
Cuckoos, Roadrunners, Anis Black-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus erythropthalmus
Nighthawks, Nightjars Common Nighthawk Chordeiles minor
Nighthawks, Nightjars Chuck-will's-widow Caprimulgus carolinensis
Nighthawks, Nightjars Eastern Whip-poor-will Caprimulgus vociferus
Swifts, Hummingbirds Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica
Rails, Coots, Cranes King Rail Rallus elegans
Rails, Coots, Cranes Common Gallinule Gallinula galeata
Shorebirds Piping Plover Charadrius melodus
Shorebirds Upland Sandpiper Bartramia longicauda
Shorebirds American Woodcock Scolopax minor
Shorebirds Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata
Shorebirds Wilson's Phalarope Phalaropus tricolor
Gulls, Terns, Skimmers Franklin's Gull Leucophaeus pipixcan
Gulls, Terns, Skimmers Least Tern Sternula antillarum
Gulls, Terns, Skimmers Black Tern Chlidonias niger
Gulls, Terns, Skimmers Forster's Tern Sterna forsteri
Pelicans, Herons, Ibises American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
Pelicans, Herons, Ibises American Bittern Botaurus lentiginosus
Pelicans, Herons, Ibises Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
Pelicans, Herons, Ibises White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi
New World Vultures, Kites, Hawks, Eagles Northern Harrier Circus hudsonius
New World Vultures, Kites, Hawks, Eagles Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
New World Vultures, Kites, Hawks, Eagles Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
New World Vultures, Kites, Hawks, Eagles Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus
New World Vultures, Kites, Hawks, Eagles Swainson's Hawk Buteo swainsoni
Owls Barn Owl Tyto alba
Owls Eastern Screech-Owl Megascops asio
Owls Burrowing Owl Athene cunicularia
Owls Long-eared Owl Asio otus
Owls Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus
Kingfishers Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
Woodpeckers Red-headed Woodpecker Melanerpes erythrocephalus
Woodpeckers Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
Falcons American Kestrel Falco sparverius
Falcons Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
Flycatchers Eastern Kingbird Tyrannus tyrannus
Flycatchers Eastern Wood-Pewee Contopus virens
Flycatchers Acadian Flycatcher Empidonax virescens
Flycatchers Say's Phoebe Sayornis saya
Shrikes Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus
Vireos Bell's Vireo Vireo bellii
Larks Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris
Swallows Purple Martin Progne subis
Swallows Bank Swallow Riparia riparia
Wrens Sedge Wren Cistothorus platensis
Wrens Bewick's Wren Thryomanes bewickii
Thrushes Veery Catharus fuscescens
Thrushes Wood Thrush Hylocichla mustelinus
Mimids Brown Thrasher Toxostoma rufum
Towhees, Sparrows Field Sparrow Spizella pusilla
Towhees, Sparrows Grasshopper Sparrow Ammodramus savannarum
Towhees, Sparrows Henslow's Sparrow Centronyx henslowii
Blackbirds, Orioles Bobolink Dolichonyx oryzivorus
Blackbirds, Orioles Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna
Blackbirds, Orioles Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta
Blackbirds, Orioles Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula
Wood-warblers Worm-eating Warbler Helmitheros vermivorus
Wood-warblers Golden-winged Warbler Vermivora chrysoptera
Wood-warblers Prothonotary Warbler Protonotaria citrea
Wood-warblers Kentucky Warbler Geothlypis formosus
Wood-warblers Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
Wood-warblers Cerulean Warbler Setophaga cerulea
Tanagers, Cardinals, Grosbeaks, Buntings Dickcissel Spiza americana