Badlands National Park Birds

215 species of birds have been recorded in the park.

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Abundance is based on summer bird counts. Go to: Grebes Pelicans Cormorants Herons Waterfowl Owls Goatsuckers Swifts Hummingbirds Kingfishers Woodpeckers Vultures - Eagles - Hawks - Falcons Gallinaceous Birds Rails - Coots - Cranes Shorebirds Gulls - Terns Pigeons - Doves Cuckoos Flycatchers Larks Swallows Jays - Crows - Magpies Chickadees Nuthatches Creepers Wrens Kinglets Bluebirds - Thrushes Mimic Thrushes Pipits Waxwings Shrikes Starling Vireos Warblers Tanagers Grosbeaks - Buntings Meadowlarks - Blackbirds - Orioles Finches Old World Sparrows Grebes Common Name Visibility Pied-billed Grebe Common Horned Grebe Rare Eared Grebe Uncommon Western Grebe Rare Pelicans and Cormorants Common Name Visibility American White Pelican Occasional Double-crested Cormorant Occasional Herons Common Name Visibility American Bittern Rare Great Blue Heron Common Snowy Egret Rare Black-crowned Night-Heron Rare Waterfowl Common Name Visibility Tundra Swan Rare Trumpeter Swan Rare Snow Goose Uncommon Canada Goose Common Wood Duck Rare Green-winged Teal Common Mallard Common Northern Pintail Common Blue-winged Teal Common Cinnamon Teal Rare Northern Shoveler Uncommon Gadwall Common American Wigeon Uncommon Canvasback Rare Redhead Common Ring-necked Duck Uncommon Lesser Scaup Uncommon Common Goldeneye Uncommon Bufflehead Uncommon Common Merganser Common Ruddy Duck Uncommon Vultures, Eagles, Hawks, and Falcons Common Name Visibility Turkey Vulture Common Bald Eagle Uncommon Northern Harrier Common Sharp-shinned Hawk Uncommon Cooper's Hawk Uncommon Northern Goshawk Rare Broad-winged Hawk Rare Swainson's Hawk Common Red-tailed Hawk Common Ferruginous Hawk Common Rough-legged Hawk Common Golden Eagle Uncommon American Kestrel Common Merlin Uncommon Peregrine Falcon Rare Prairie Falcon Uncommon Gallinaceous Birds Common Name Visibility Gray partridge Rare Ring-necked Pheasant Uncommon Sharp-tailed Grouse Common Wild Turkey Uncommon Rails, Coots, and Cranes Common Name Visibility Virginia Rail Uncommon Sora Common American Coot Common Whooping Crane Occasional Sandhill Crane Abundant Shorebirds Common Name Visibility Killdeer Common American Avocet Uncommon Greater Yellowlegs Uncommon Lesser Yellowlegs Common Solitary Sandpiper Uncommon Upland Sandpiper Common Long-billed Curlew Uncommon Sanderling Rare Semipalmated Sandpiper Uncommon Least Sandpiper Uncommon Baird's Sandpiper Common Pectoral Sandpiper Uncommon Stilt Sandpiper Uncommon Buff-breasted Sandpiper Rare Short-billed Dowitcher Rare Long-billed Dowitcher Uncommon Common Snipe Uncommon Wilson's Phalarope Common Red-necked Phararope Uncommon Gulls and Terns Common Name Visibility Franklin's Gull Rare Ring-billed Gull Uncommon California Gull Rare Common Tern Rare Forster's Tern Uncommon Black Tern Uncommon Pigeons and Doves Common Name Visibility Rock Dove Common Mourning Dove Abundant Cuckoos Common Name Visibility Black-billed Cuckoo Rare Yellow-billed Cuckoo Rare Owls Common Name Visibility Barn Owl Rare Eastern Screen-Owl Uncommon Great Horned Owl Common Snowy Owl Occasional Burrowing Owl Common Long-eared Owl Uncommon Short-eared Owl Uncommon Goatsuckers Common Name Visibility Common Nighthawk Common Common Poorwill Rare Swifts Common Name Visibility White-throated Swift Common Hummingbirds Common Name Visibility Ruby-throated Hummingbird Rare Kingfishers Common Name Visibility Belted Kingfisher Rare Woodpeckers Common Name Visibility Red-headed Woodpecker Uncommon Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Accidental Downy Woodpecker Uncommon Hairy Woodpecker Uncommon Northern Flicker Common Flycatchers Common Name Visibility Olive-sided Flycatcher Accidental Western Wood Pewee Rare Willow Flycatcher Rare Least Flycatcher Uncommon Eastern Phoebe Rare Say's Phoebe Common Great Crested Flycatcher Rare Western Kingbird Common Ruby-throated Hummingbird Rare Larks Common Name Visibility Horned Lark Abundant Swallows Common Name Visibility Tree Swallow Rare Violet-green Swallow Rare Northern Rough-winged Swallow Uncommon Bank Swallow Rare Cliff Swallow Abundant Barn Swallow Abundant Jays, Crows, and Magpies Common Name Visibility Blue Jay Rare Black-billed Magpie Abundant American Crow Uncommon Chickadees Common Name Visibility Black-capped Chickadee Common Nuthatches Common Name Visibility Red-breasted Nuthatch Common White-breasted Nuthatch Uncommon Creepers Common Name Visibility Brown Creeper Uncommon Wrens Common Name Visibility Rock Wren Common Canyon Wren Accidental House Wren Common Winter Wren Accidental Kinglets Common Name Visibility Golden-crowned Kinglet Uncommon Rubby-crowned Kinglet Uncommon Bluebirds and Thrushes Common Name Visibility Eastern Bluebird Uncommon Mountain Bluebird Common Townsend's Solitaire Uncommon Gray-cheeked Thrush Rare Swainson's Thrush Common Hermit Thrush Rare American Robin Common Mimic Thrushes Common Name Visibility Gray Catbird Rare Northern Mockingbird Rare Brown Thrasher Uncommon Pipits Common Name Visibility American Pipit Uncommon Sprague's Pipit Rare Waxwings Common Name Visibility Bohemian Waxwing Rare Cedar Waxwing Uncommon Shrikes Common Name Visibility Northern Shrike Uncommon Loggerhead Shrike Common Starling Common Name Visibility European Starling Uncommon Vireos Common Name Visibility Bell's Vireo Uncommon Warbling Vireo Uncommon Red-eyed Vireo Uncommon Warblers Common Name Visibility Golden-winged Warbler Accidental Tennessee Warbler Rare Orange-crowned Warbler Common Northern Parula Accidental Yellow Warbler Common Magnolia Warbler Accidental Yellow-rumped Warbler Common Pine Warbler Accidental Palm Warbler Accidental Blackpoll Warbler Rare Black-and-white Warbler Rare American Redstart Common Ovenbird Rare Northern Waterthrush Uncommon Common Yellowthroat Common Wilson's Warbler Uncommon Yellow-breasted Chat Common Tanagers Common Name Visibility Western Tanager Rare Grosbeaks and Buntings Common Name Visibility Rose-breasted Grosbeak Rare Black-headed Grosbeak Uncommon Blue Grosbeak Uncommon Lazuli Bunting Uncommon Indigo Bunging Rare Dickcissel Occasional Rufous-sided Towhee Common American Tree Sparrow Abundant Chipping Sparrow Uncommon Clay-colored Sparrow Common Brewer's Sparrow Rare Field Sparrow Uncommon Vesper Sparrow Rare Lark Sparrow Common Lark Bunting Abundant Savannah Sparrow Common Grasshopper Sparrow Abundant Fox Sparrow Rare Song Sparrow Uncommon Lincoln's Sparrow Uncommon White-throated Sparrow Uncommon White-crowned Sparrow Common Harris' Sparrow Rare Dark-eyed Junco Common Lapland Longspur Common Chestnut-collared Longspur Rare Snow Bunting Occasional Meadowlarks, Blackbirds, and Orioles Common Name Visibility Bobolink Rare Red-winged Blackbird Abundant Western Meadowlark Abundant Yellow-headed Blackbird Common Rusty Blackbird Rare Brewer's Blackbird Rare Common Grackle Common Brown-headed Cowbird Common Orchard Oriole Common Northern Oriole Uncommon Finches Common Name Visibility Rosy Finch Occasional House Finch Rare Red Crossbill Occasional Common Redpoll Occasional Pine Siskin Uncommon Lesser Goldfinch Accidental American Goldfinch Common Evening Grosbeak Accidental Old World Sparrows Common Name Visibility House Sparrow Common

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