Birds of Idaho

The Idaho Birds Records Committee accepts 432 bird species in Idaho per the April 2019 records. Of the several bird species, the passenger pigeon is considered extinct. The Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area in Idaho is densely populated with nesting raptors from hawks to falcons and eagles to owls.

The Mountain bluebird has been officially adopted as Idaho’s state bird in 1931. This bird mostly dwells in the northern part of Idaho for most of the year.

Birds of Idaho

  • Northern Hawk Owl       
  • White-tailed Kite
  • Least Bittern
  • American Robin
  • Barn Swallow
  • Mountain Bluebird
  • Black-billed Magpie
  • Broad-winged Hawk
  • Golden Eagle
  • Song Sparrow
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Mourning Dove
  • European Starling
  • Merlin
  • Reddish Egret   
  • Tricolored Heron             
  • Wood Stork       
  • Rough-legged Hawk
  • Gyrfalcon           
  • Brown Pelican  
  • Surf Scoter
  • Ferruginous Hawk
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow
  • Northern Flicker
  • House Finch      
  • Northern Pygmy Owl    
  • Glaucous Gull   
  • Western Gull
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Band-tailed Pigeon
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • Black Phoebe    
  • Black-bellied Plover       
  • Dickcissel
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Painted Bunting
  • Sanderling          
  • Broad-billed Hummingbird          
  • Bald Eagle
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Black-and-white Warbler             
  • Short-billed Dowitcher 
  • Marbled Godwit                              
  • Ancient Murrelet
  • Chestnut-collared Longspur       
  • White-winged Dove      
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • Cassin’s Sparrow             
  • American Goldfinch
  • Cape May Warbler                         
  • Western Tanager
  • Emperor Goose               
  • Black Scoter       
  • White-winged Scoter    
  • Hooded Warbler             

Birds of Prey: Ferruginous Hawk, Golden Eagle, Gyrfalcon, Merlin, Turkey Vulture

Backyard Birds:

All-year-round:  American Robin, Black-billed Magpie, Northern Flicker

Migratory Birds:

In Summer: American Goldfinch, Western Tanager, Mountain Bluebird

In Winter: Bald Eagle, Rough-legged Hawk, Northern Pygmy Owl

Common Birds Identification by Color

Yellow Birds

  • American Goldfinch
  • American Yellow Warbler
  • Yellow-headed Blackbird
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Western Tanager

Black Birds

  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • European Starling
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Brewer’s Blackbird
  • Yellow-headed Blackbird