Birds of Washington

Washington has around 520 bird species which the Washington Bird Records Committee of the Washington Ornithological Society accepts.  The raptors like the bald eagle, red-tailed hawk and osprey are the big birds found in the state. Whereas the backyard birds like the American robin, and dark-eyed junco are the smaller bird species inhabiting Washington.

The American goldfinch has been designated as Washington’s state bird since 1951.

Birds of Washington

  • American Robin
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • American Dipper
  • American Goldfinch
  • Black-Capped Chickadee
  • American Pipit
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Barn Swallow
  • Song Sparrow
  • American Avocet
  • Northern Flicker
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • American Crow
  • House Finch
  • Steller’s Jay
  • Redhead
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • European Starling
  • Blue-winged Teal
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • White-Crowned Sparrow
  • Canada Goose
  • Harlequin Duck
  • American Kestrel
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Mourning Dove
  • Chestnut-backed Chickadee
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Yellow-breasted Chat
  • Black Oystercatcher
  • Bohemian Waxwing
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Pine Siskin
  • Bald Eagle
  • Summer Tanager
  • Carolina Wren
  • Brown Pelican
  • Black-headed Grosbeak
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Violet-green Swallow
  • Tundra Swan
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Blue Jay
  • Hermit Thrush
  • House Wren
  • Canada Goose
  • Mallard
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • Red-naped Sapsucker
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • Snowy Plover
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk

Birds of Prey: Red-tailed Hawk, Bald Eagle, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, American Kestrel

Backyard Birds:

All-year-round: American Goldfinch, House Finch, Black-capped Chickadee, Northern Flicker , Downy Woodpecker

Migratory Birds:

In Summer: Cedar Waxwing, White-crowned Sparrow, Summer Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Violet-green Swallow

In Winter: Blue Jay, Song Sparrow,  Chestnut-backed Chickadee,  Dark-eyed Junco , Spotted Towhee

Water Birds: American Dipper, Mallard, Canada Goose, Belted Kingfisher,Harlequin Duck

Common Birds Identification by Color

Blue Birds

  • Blue Jay
  • Black-throated Blue Warbler
  • Indigo Bunting
  • Pinyon Jay
  • Steller’s Jay

Black Birds

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

Yellow Birds

  • American Goldfinch
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Nashville Warbler
  • American Yellow Warbler