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Birds of San Diego

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San Diego, California


More bird species have been recorded in San Diego County than in any other county is the United States.

In fact, the total of 484 species exceeds that of most states. The following list conforms to the A.O.U checklist order that is current at this time, January 2000.


*=species sighted fewer than 10 times in last 25 years.
**=species is also considered rare in the County.

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LOONS ___ Red-throated Loon ___ Pacific Loon ___ Common Loon
GREBES ___ Pied-billed Grebe ___ Horned Grebe ___ Red-necked Grebe* ___ Eared Grebe ___ Western Grebe ___ Clark's Grebe
ALBATROSSES ___ Short-tailed Albatross* ___ Black-footed Albatross ___ Laysan Albatross*
FULMARS & SHEARWATERS ___ Northern Fulmar ___ Cook's Petrel** ___ Pink-footed Shearwater ___ Fleshy-footed Shearwater* ___ Buller's Shearwater** ___ Sooty Shearwater ___ Short-tailed Shearwater ___ Black-vented Shearwater
STORM-PETRELS ___ Wilson's Storm-Petrel* ___ Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel* ___ Leach's Storm-Petrel ___ Ashy Storm-Petrel ___ Black Storm-Petrel ___ Least Storm-Petrel
TROPICBIRDS ___ Red-billed Tropicbird**
BOOBIES ___ Masked Booby* ___ Blue-footed Booby* ___ Brown Booby* ___ Red-footed Booby*
PELICANS ___ American White Pelican ___ Brown Pelican
CORMORANTS ___ Double-crested Cormorant ___ Brandt's Cormorant ___ Pelagic Cormorant
DARTERS ___ Anhinga*
FRIGATEBIRDS ___ Magnificent Frigatebird**
BITTERNS & HERONS ___ American Bittern ___ Least Bittern ___ Great Blue Heron ___ Great Egret ___ Snowy Egret ___ Little Blue Heron ___ Tricolored Heron** ___ Reddish Egret** ___ Cattle Egret ___ Green-backed Heron ___ Black-crowned Night-Heron ___ Yellow-crowned Night-Heron*
IBISES AND SPOONBILLS ___ White Ibis* ___ White-faced Ibis ___ Roseate Spoonbill*
STORKS ___ Wood Stork**
AMERICAN VULTURES ___ Turkey Vulture ___ California Condor - Extirpated
SWANS, GEESE & DUCKS ___ Fulvous Whistling-Duck* ___ Tundra Swan** ___ Greater White-Fronted Goose ___ Snow Goose ___ Ross' Goose ___ Brant ___ Canada Goose ___ Wood Duck ___ Green-winged Teal ___ Mallard ___ Northern Pintail ___ Blue-winged Teal ___ Cinnamon Teal ___ Northern Shoveler ___ Gadwall ___ Eurasian Wigeon** ___ American Wigeon ___ Canvasback ___ Redhead ___ Ring-necked Duck ___ Tufted Duck* ___ Greater Scaup ___ Lesser Scaup ___ King Eider* ___ Harlequin Duck* ___ Long-tailed Duck** ___ Black Scoter** ___ Surf Scoter ___ White-winged Scoter** ___ Common Goldeneye ___ Barrow's Goldeneye* ___ Bufflehead ___ Hooded Merganser ___ Common Merganser ___ Red-breasted Merganser ___ Ruddy Duck
KITES, EAGLES & HAWKS ___ Osprey ___ White-tailed Kite ___ Mississippi Kite* ___ Bald Eagle ___ Northern Harrier ___ Sharp-shinned Hawk ___ Cooper's Hawk ___ Northern Goshawk* ___ Harris' Hawk* ___ Red-shouldered Hawk ___ Broad-winged Hawk** ___ Swainson's Hawk ___ Zone-tailed Hawk** ___ Red-tailed Hawk ___ Ferruginous Hawk ___ Rough-legged Hawk** ___ Golden Eagle
FALCONS ___ American Kestrel ___ Merlin ___ Peregrine Falcon ___ Prairie Falcon
PHEASANTS, TURKEYS & QUAIL ___ Ring-necked Pheasant** ___ Wild Turkey ___ Gambel's Quail ___ California Quail ___ Mountain Quail
RAILS, GALLINULES & COOTS ___ Black Rail* ___ Yellow Rail* ___ Clapper Rail ___ Virginia Rail ___ Sora ___ Purple Gallinule* ___ Common Moorhen ___ American Coot
CRANES ___ Sandhill Crane*
PLOVERS ___ Black-bellied Plover ___ American Golden-Plover** ___ Pacfic Golden-Plover** ___ Snowy Plover ___ Wilson's Plover* ___ Semipalmated Plover ___ Killdeer ___ Mountain Plover**
OYSTERCATCHERS ___ American Oystercatcher* ___ Black Oystercatcher**
STILTS AND AVOCETS ___ Black-necked Stilt ___ American Avocet
SANDPIPERS & PHALAROPES ___ Greater Yellowlegs ___ Lesser Yellowlegs ___ Spotted Redshank* ___ Solitary Sandpiper ___ Willet ___ Wandering Tattler ___ Spotted Sandpiper ___ Upland Sandpiper* ___ Whimbrel ___ Long-billed Curlew ___ Bar-tailed Godwit* ___ Marbled Godwit ___ Ruddy Turnstone ___ Black Turnstone ___ Surfbird ___ Red Knot ___ Sanderling ___ Western Sandpiper ___ Least Sandpiper ___ Baird's Sandpiper ___ Pectoral Sandpiper ___ Sharp-tailed Sandpiper* ___ Dunlin ___ Curlew Sandpiper* ___ Stilt Sandpiper** ___ Buff-breasted Sandpiper* ___ Ruff** ___ Short-billed Dowitcher ___ Long-billed Dowitcher ___ Common Snipe ___ Wilson's Phalarope ___ Red-necked Phalarope ___ Red Phalarope
SKUAS, GULLS, TERNS & SKIMMERS ___ Pomarine Jaeger ___ Parasitic Jaeger ___ Long-tailed Jaeger** ___ South Polar Skua** ___ Laughing Gull** ___ Franklin's Gull** ___ Little Gull* ___ Bonaparte's Gull ___ Heermann's Gull ___ Mew Gull ___ Ring-billed Gull ___ California Gull ___ Herring Gull ___ Thayer's Gull ___ Lesser Black-backed Gull* ___ Yellow-footed Gull* ___ Western Gull ___ Band-tailed Gull (Belcher's)* ___ Black-tailed Gull* ___ Glaucous-winged Gull ___ Glaucous Gull** ___ Iceland Gull* ___ Black-legged Kittiwake ___ Sabine's Gull** ___ Gull-billed Tern ___ Caspian Tern ___ Royal Tern ___ Elegant Tern ___ Sandwich Tern* ___ Common Tern ___ Arctic Tern ___ Forster's Tern ___ Least Tern ___ Sooty Tern* ___ Black Tern ___ Black Skimmer
AUKS, MURRES & PUFFINS ___ Common Murre ___ Pigeon Guillemot* ___ Marbled Murrelet* ___ Kittlitz's Murrelet* ___ Xantus's Murrelet ___ Craveri's Murrelet ___ Ancient Murrelet ___ Cassin's Auklet ___ Parakeet Auklet* ___ Rhinoceros Auklet ___ Tufted Puffin* ___ Horned Puffin*
PIGEONS & DOVES ___ Rock Dove ___ Band-tailed Pigeon ___ Spotted Dove ___ White-winged Dove ___ Mourning Dove ___ Inca Dove* ___ Common Ground-Dove ___ Ruddy Ground-Dove*
PARROTS ___ Red-headed Parrot
CUCKOOS & ROADRUNNERS ___ Yellow-billed Cuckoo* ___ Greater Roadrunner
BARN OWLS ___ Barn Owl
TYPICAL OWLS ___ Flammulated Owl** ___ Western Screech-Owl ___ Great Horned Owl ___ Northern Pygmy-Owl* ___ Burrowing Owl ___ Spotted Owl ___ Long-eared Owl ___ Short-eared Owl ___ Northern Saw-whet Owl
GOATSUCKERS ___ Lesser Nighthawk ___ Common Nighthawk* ___ Common Poorwill ___ Whip-poor-will*
SWIFTS ___ Black Swift ___ Chimney Swift* ___ Vaux's Swift ___ White-throated Swift
HUMMINGBIRDS ___ Broad-billed Hummingbird* ___ Xantus' Hummingbird ___ Violet-crowned Hummingbird* ___ Black-chinned Hummingbird ___ Anna's Hummingbird ___ Costa's Hummingbird ___ Calliope Hummingbird ___ Rufous Hummingbird ___ Allen's Hummingbird
KINGFISHERS ___ Belted Kingfisher
WOODPECKERS ___ Lewis' Woodpecker ___ Acorn Woodpecker ___ Yellow-bellied Sapsucker** ___ Red-naped Sapsucker ___ Red-breasted Sapsucker ___ Williamson's Sapsucker** ___ Ladder-backed Woodpecker ___ Nuttall's Woodpecker ___ Downy Woodpecker ___ Hairy Woodpecker ___ White-headed Woodpecker ___ Northern Flicker
TYRANT FLYCATCHERS ___ Olive-sided Flycatcher ___ Greater Pewee** ___ Western Wood-Pewee ___ Willow Flycatcher ___ Least Flycatcher** ___ Hammond's Flycatcher ___ Dusky Flycatcher ___ Gray Flycatcher ___ Pacific-slope Flycatcher ___ Black Phoebe ___ Eastern Phoebe** ___ Say's Phoebe ___ Vermilion Flycatcher ___ Dusky-capped Flycatcher* ___ Ash-throated Flycatcher ___ Great-crested Flycatcher* ___ Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher* ___ Tropical Kingbird** ___ Cassin's Kingbird ___ Thick-billed Kingbird* ___ Western Kingbird ___ Eastern Kingbird** ___ Scissor-tailed Flycatcher**
SHRIKES ___ Loggerhead Shrike
VIREOS ___ White-eyed Vireo* ___ Bell's Vireo ___ Gray Vireo ___ Blue-headed Vireo* ___ Cassin's Vireo ___ Plumbeous Vireo ___ Yellow-throated Vireo* ___ Hutton's Vireo ___ Warbling Vireo ___ Philadelphia Vireo** ___ Red-eyed Vireo** ___ Yellow-green Vireo**
JAYS & CROWS ___ Steller's Jay ___ Western Scrub Jay ___ Pinyon Jay* ___ Clark's Nutcracker** ___ American Crow ___ Common Raven
LARKS ___ Horned Lark
SWALLOWS ___ Purple Martin ___ Tree Swallow ___ Violet-green Swallow ___ Northern Rough-winged Swallow ___ Bank Swallow** ___ Cliff Swallow ___ Barn Swallow
TITMICE ___ Mountain Chickadee ___ Oak Titmouse
VERDINS ___ Verdin
BUSHTITS ___ Bushtit
NUTHATCHES ___ Red-breasted Nuthatch** ___ White-breasted Nuthatch ___ Pygmy Nuthatch
CREEPERS ___ Brown Creeper
WRENS ___ Cactus Wren ___ Rock Wren ___ Canyon Wren ___ Bewick's Wren ___ House Wren ___ Winter Wren** ___ Marsh Wren
DIPPERS ___ American Dipper**
KINGLETS ___ Golden-crowned Kinglet** ___ Ruby-crowned Kinglet ___ Blue-gray Gnatcatcher ___ California Gnatcatcher ___ Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
WHEATEARS ___ Northern Wheatear
SOLITAIRES & THRUSHES ___ Western Bluebird ___ Mountain Bluebird ___ Townsend's Solitaire** ___ Gray-cheeked Thrush* ___ Swainson's Thrush ___ Hermit Thrush ___ Wood Thrush* ___ American Robin ___ Rufous-backed Robin* ___ Varied Thrush**
WRENTITS ___ Wrentit
MOCKINGBIRDS & THRASHERS ___ Gray Catbird** ___ Northern Mockingbird ___ Sage Thrasher** ___ Brown Thrasher** ___ Bendire's Thrasher** ___ California Thrasher ___ Crissal Thrasher** ___ Le Conte's Thrasher
STARLINGS ___ European Starling
PIPITS ___ Red-throated Pipit** ___ American Pipit ___ Sprague's Pipit*
WAXWINGS ___ Bohemian Waxwing* ___ Cedar Waxwing
SILKY-FLYCATCHERS ___ Phainopepla
WOOD WARBLERS ___ Blue-winged Warbler* ___ Golden-winged Warbler* ___ Tennessee Warbler** ___ Orange-crowned Warbler ___ Nashville Warbler ___ Virginia's Warbler** ___ Lucy's Warbler** ___ Northern Parula** ___ Yellow Warbler ___ Chestnut-sided Warbler** ___ Magnolia Warbler** ___ Cape May Warbler** ___ Black-throated Blue Warbler** ___ Yellow-rumped Warbler ___ Black-throated Gray Warbler ___ Townsend's Warbler ___ Hermit Warbler ___ Black-throated Green Warbler** ___ Blackburnian Warbler** ___ Yellow-throated Warbler** ___ Grace's Warbler* ___ Pine Warbler* ___ Prairie Warbler** ___ Palm Warbler** ___ Bay-breasted Warbler** ___ Blackpoll Warbler** ___ Cerulean Warbler* ___ Black-and-white Warbler** ___ American Redstart** ___ Prothonotary Warbler** ___ Worm-eating Warbler** ___ Ovenbird** ___ Northern Waterthrush** ___ Louisiana Waterthrush* ___ Kentucky Warbler** ___ Connecticut Warbler* ___ Mourning Warbler* ___ MacGillivray's Warbler ___ Common Yellowthroat ___ Hooded Warbler** ___ Wilson's Warbler ___ Canada Warbler** ___ Red-faced Warbler* ___ Painted Redstart** ___ Yellow-breasted Chat
TANAGERS ___ Hepatic Tanager* ___ Summer Tanager ___ Scarlet Tanager** ___ Western Tanager
TOWHEES AND SPARROWS ___ Green-tailed Towhee ___ Spotted Towhee ___ California Towhee ___ Cassin's Sparrow* ___ Rufous-crowned Sparrow ___ American Tree Sparrow* ___ Chipping Sparrow ___ Clay-colored Sparrow** ___ Brewer's Sparrow ___ Black-chinned Sparrow ___ Vesper Sparrow ___ Lark Sparrow ___ Black-throated Sparrow ___ Sage Sparrow ___ Lark Bunting** ___ Savannah Sparrow ___ Baird's Sparrow* ___ Grasshopper Sparrow ___ Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow** ___ Fox Sparrow ___ Song Sparrow ___ Lincoln's Sparrow ___ Swamp Sparrow** ___ White-throated Sparrow** ___ White-crowned Sparrow ___ Golden-crowned Sparrow ___ Harris' Sparrow** ___ Dark-eyed Junco ___ McCown's Longspur* ___ Lapland Longspur** ___ Chestnut-collared Longspur** ___ Little Bunting*
GROSBEAKS & ALLIES ___ Pyrrhuloxia* ___ Rose-breasted Grosbeak** ___ Black-headed Grosbeak ___ Blue Grosbeak ___ Lazuli Bunting ___ Indigo Bunting** ___ Painted Bunting* ___ Dickcissel**
BLACKBIRDS AND ALLIES ___ Bobolink** ___ Red-winged Blackbird ___ Tricolored Blackbird ___ Western Meadowlark ___ Yellow-headed Blackbird** ___ Rusty Blackbird* ___ Brewer's Blackbird ___ Great-tailed Grackle ___ Common Grackle* ___ Bronzed Cowbird* ___ Brown-headed Cowbird ___ Orchard Oriole** ___ Hooded Oriole ___ Streak-backed Oriole* ___ Baltimore Oriole** ___ Bullock's Oriole ___ Scott's Oriole
FINCHES ___ Purple Finch ___ Cassin's Finch** ___ House Finch ___ Red Crossbill** ___ Pine Siskin** ___ Lesser Goldfinch ___ Lawrence's Goldfinch ___ American Goldfinch ___ Evening Grosbeak**
OLD WORLD SPARROWS ___ House Sparrow
SUPPLEMENTAL LIST - Birds that have been reported and their status.
Species not on this checklist, but are included on other checklists that have been circulated
For further information contact:
                 San Diego County Parks
                 5201 Ruffin Road, Suite P
                 San Diego, CA 92123
                 (619) 694-3049     
                 Robert R. Copper, Director
                 San Diego County Rare Bird Alert: (619) 479-3400

This resource is based on the following source:
Aguillard, Douglas.  2000.  Field checklist of the birds of the San Diego 
     County.  National City, California.  Unpaginated.
This resource should be cited as:
Aguillard, Douglas.  2000.  Field checklist of the birds of the San Diego 
     County.  National City, California.  Unpaginated.  Jamestown, 
     ND: Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Online.
     http://www.npwrc.usgs.govsandiego.htm 
     (Version 13NOV2001).

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