Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Breeding Birds of North Dakota
Towns and Cities
These residential areas normally comprise several distinct ecological elements,
many of which are commonly interspersed throughout the greater part of the community.
Typical habitat niches include the following: office buildings, stores, and
other commerical buildings; resident homes and apartment buildings; garages
and sheds; landscaped lawns, parks and golf courses with planting of ornamental
trees and shrubs; garden plots; and paved and gravelled driveways and streets.
Characteristic Breeding Birds
Primary intraneous species:
Mourning Dove, Western Kingbird, Purple Martin (local), House Wren, Brown
Thrasher, American Robin, House Sparrow, Common Grackle, Chipping Sparrow.
Secondary intraneous species (including well-marked subspecies):
Common Nighthawk, Chimney Swift (local), Yellow-shafted Flicker, Eastern Kingbird,
Blue Jay, Gray Catbird, Eastern Bluebird (local), Cedar Waxwing, Starling,
Warbling Vireo, Yellow Warbler, Brown-headed Cowbird, Baltimore Oriole (local),
Orchard Oriole, American Goldfinch, Song Sparrow. In addition, semiferal populations
of the Rock Dove (barn pigeon) are often present.
includes many characteristic species of grassland, cropland, and woodland
habitats that occur adjacent to residential areas of towns and cities.
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