Birds of Colorado

Around 514 bird species have been identified in Colorado as per the August 2021 records published by the CRBC or Colorado Bird Records Committee of the Colorado Field Ornithologist. The Clear Creek Canyon region in Colorado is home to several migratory birds like the Swainson’s Thrush, Yellow Warbler, and Western Tanager.

You would find birds of several sizes here, of which the golden eagle is the largest. Other eagle, and hawk species also count among the big birds living here. Of the small birds, the prominent ones include the black-capped chickadee, house finch, and American goldfinch.

The lark bunting has been the official state bird of Colorado since 1931.

Birds of Colorado

  • Lark Bunting
  • Brown-capped Rosy Finch
  • American Dipper
  • Gray Jay
  • Mourning Dove
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • MacGillivrays Warbler
  • House Finch
  • Lazuli Bunting
  • Great Blue Heron
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Yellow-breasted Chat
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • American Kestrel
  • Golden Eagle
  • Eastern Towhee
  • Bullock’s Oriole
  • Hudsonian Godwit
  • Western Gull
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk
  • Ruddy Ground Dove
  • Canvasback
  • Kentucky Warbler
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Magnificent Frigatebird
  • Pine Warbler
  • Prairie Falcon
  • Common Goldeneye
  • Northern Pintail
  • Wild Turkey
  • King Rail
  • American Bittern
  • Red-throated Loon
  • Yellow-throated Vireo
  • Prothonotary Warbler
  • Painted Redstart
  • Neotropic Cormorant
  • Bohemian Waxwing
  • Black-billed Magpie
  • Curve-billed Thrasher
  • Bald Eagle
  • Common Starling
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow
  • American Goldfinch
  • Fox Sparrow
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  • Mountain Bluebird
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  • Purple Martin
  • Common Grackle
  • Steller’s Jay
  • Williamson’s Sapsucker
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Gadwall
  • Mountain Chickadee
  • Snowy Egret

Birds of Prey: Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Bald Eagle

Mountain Birds: White-tailed Ptarmigan, Three-toed Woodpecker, Mountain Chickadee

Water Birds: American Bittern, American Dipper, Great Blue Heron

Backyard Birds: Black-capped Chickadee, House Finch, Black-billed Magpie

Migratory Birds:

In Summer: Mourning Dove, Common Grackle, House Wren;

In Winter: Dark-eyed Junco

Rare Birds: Tundra Swan, Eurasian Wigeon, Short-billed Dowitcher

Common Birds Identification by Color

Black Birds

  • Yellow-Headed Blackbird
  • Bobolink
  • Red-Winged Blackbird
  • Brown-Headed Cowbird
  • Great-Tailed Grackle

White Birds

  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Mountain Chickadee
  • Western Gull
  • Glaucous-winged gull

Yellow Birds

  • American Goldfinch
  • American Yellow Warbler
  • Yellow-breasted Chat
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • Hooded Warbler

Blue Birds

  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Western Bluebird
  • Mountain Bluebird
  • Black-Throated Blue Warbler
  • Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay