Birds of Utah

Utah has 467 recorded bird species per the March 2021 records, which the Utah Bird Records Committee or UBRC accepts. One may spot birds throughout the state, with special mention to the southwestern part, having some major birding sites like the Tonaquint Nature Center and Zion National Park.

The California gull has been Utah’s state bird since 1955.

Birds of Utah

  • California Gull
  • Clark’s Grebe
  • House Finch
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Greater Sage-Grouse
  • Ferruginous Hawk
  • California Quail
  • White-Faced Ibis
  • Common Black Hawk
  • Cooper’s Hawk
  • Snow Goose
  • Snowy Plover
  • Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay
  • Northern Pygmy-Owl
  • Black-billed Magpie
  • Tundra Swan
  • Clark’s Nutcracker
  • Steller’s Jay
  • American Dipper
  • Broad-Tailed Hummingbird
  • Wilson’s Phalarope
  • American Robin
  • Mountain Chickadee
  • Black Rosy-Finch
  • Red-Naped Sapsucker
  • Chukar
  • American White Pelican
  • Violet-Green Swallow
  • Golden Eagle
  • Yellow-headed Blackbird
  • Canyon Wren
  • Juniper Titmouse
  • Black-Throated Gray Warbler
  • American Kestrel
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Bald Eagle
  • Song Sparrow
  • Black-chinned Hummingbird
  • Green-Tailed Towhee
  • Mountain Bluebird
  • Western Tanager
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • Rufous Hummingbird
  • Eastern Spot-billed Duck
  • Northern Pintail
  • Blue Jay
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Broad-winged Hawk
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • California Condor
  • Plumbeous Vireo
  • Marsh Wren
  • California Gull
  • Barn Swallow

Birds of Prey: American Kestrel, Bald Eagle, Broad-winged Hawk, California Condor, Cooper’s Hawk

Backyard Birds:

All-year-round: House Finch, Northern Cardinal, American Robin, Black-billed Magpie, Downy Woodpecker

Migratory Birds:

In Summer: Yellow-headed Blackbird, Bullock’s Oriole, Barn Swallow, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Lesser Goldfinch

In Winter: American White Pelican, Song Sparrow, Marsh Wren, Red-winged Blackbird, White-crowned Sparrow

Water Birds: American Dipper, Eastern Spot-billed Duck, Northern Pintail, American White Pelican, Tundra Swan

Common Birds Identification by Color

Black Birds

  • European Starling
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Great-tailed Grackle
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Great-tailed Grackle

Blue Birds

  • Western Bluebird
  • Mountain Bluebird
  • Blue Jay

Yellow Birds

  • American Goldfinch
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Western Meadowlark
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Pine Siskin