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Bird Checklists of the United States

Forest Preserve District of Cook County

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Cook County, Illinois

This checklist contains 290 species of birds that have been reported in Cook County Forest Preserves and surrounding areas. Please report sightings of any species listed as rare or accidental, or a species which has not been included in the list. For current information about bird observations within the Cook County Forest Preseves, check at your local nature center. Good Birding!

Symbols indicating abundance and seasonal distribution in the species preferred habitat are:

P - Permanent resident
M - Migrant spring and/or fall
S - Summer resident
W - Winter visitor
A - Abundant - certain to be found in good numbers in several habitat.
C - Common - likely to be found in good numbers in suitable habitat.
U - Uncommon - possible to be found in small numbers in suitable habitat.
R - Rare - unlikely to be found even in suitable habitat.
X - Accidental - out of its normal range.
* - Nesting - known to nest in the area.

Non-native, unprotected species- Rock Dove, European Starling, House Sparrow

LOONS STATUS ___ Red-throated Loon M,R ___ Common Loon M,U
GREBES STATUS ___ Pied-billed Grebe S,C,* ___ Horned Grebe M,U ___ Red-necked Grebe M,R ___ Eared Grebe M,R
PELICANS STATUS ___ American White Pelican X
CORMORANTS STATUS ___ Double-crested Cormorant S,U,*
BITTERNS, HERONS & EGRETS STATUS ___ American Bittern S,R,* ___ Least Bittern S,U,* ___ Great Blue Heron S,C,* ___ Great Egret S,C,* ___ Snowy Egret S,R ___ Little Blue Heron X ___ Cattle Egret S,U ___ Green-backed Heron S,C,* ___ Black-crowned Night-Heron S,C,* ___ Yellow-crowned Night-Heron S,U,*
SWANS STATUS ___ Tundra Swan M,U ___ Mute Swan P,U,*
GEESE STATUS ___ Greater White-fronted Goose M,R ___ Snow Goose M,U ___ Canada Goose P,A,*
DUCKS STATUS ___ Wood Duck S,C,* ___ Green-winged Teal M,C ___ American Black Duck M,U ___ Mallard P,A,* ___ Northern Pintail M,U ___ Blue-winged Teal S,C,* ___ Northern Shoveler M,C,* ___ Gadwall M,U ___ American Wigeon M,C ___ Canvasback M,R ___ Redhead M,U ___ Ring-necked Duck M,C ___ Greater Scaup M,U ___ Lesser Scaup M,U ___ Harlequin X ___ Oldsquaw W,R ___ Black Scoter M,R ___ Surf Scoter M,R ___ White-winged Scoter M,R ___ Common Goldeneye M,U ___ Bufflehead M,U ___ Hooded Merganser S,U,* ___ Common Merganser M,U ___ Red-breasted Merganser M,C ___ Ruddy Duck M,U
VULTURES STATUS ___ Turkey Vulture S,U,*
EAGLES & HAWKS STATUS ___ Osprey M,U ___ Bald Eagle M,U ___ Northern Harrier M,U ___ Sharp-shinned Hawk M,U,* ___ Cooper's Hawk S,R,* ___ Northern Goshawk M,R ___ Red-shouldered Hawk P,R,* ___ Broad-winged Hawk S,U,* ___ Swainson's Hawk M,R ___ Red-tailed Hawk P,C,* ___ Rough-legged Hawk W,U ___ Golden Eagle M,R
FALCONS STATUS ___ American Kestrel P,C,* ___ Merlin M,R ___ Peregrine Falcon M,R
PHEASANTS STATUS ___ Ring-necked Pheasant P,U,*
QUAIL STATUS ___ Northern Bobwhite P,R,*
RAILS & GALLAINULES STATUS ___ Yellow Rail M,R ___ Black Rail M,R ___ King Rail S,R,* ___ Virginia Rail S,U,* ___ Sora S,U,* ___ Common Moorhen S,U,* ___ American Coot S,U,*
CRANES STATUS ___ Sandhill Crane M,U
PLOVERS STATUS ___ Black-bellied Plover M,U ___ Lesser Golden Plover M,R ___ Semipalmated Plover M,U ___ Piping Plover M,R ___ Killdeer S,C,*
AVOCETS & SANDPIPERS STATUS ___ American Avocet M,R ___ Greater Yellowlegs M,U ___ Lesser Yellowlegs M,C ___ Solitary Sandpiper M,U ___ Willet M,R ___ Spotted Sandpiper S,C,* ___ Upland Sandpiper M,R ___ Whimbrel M,R ___ Hudsonian Godwit M,R ___ Marbled Godwit M,R ___ Ruddy Turnstone M,U ___ Red Knot M,R ___ Sanderling M,U ___ Semipalmated Sandpiper M,U ___ Western Sandpiper M,R ___ Least Sandpiper M,C ___ White-rumped Sandpiper M,R ___ Baird's Sandpiper M,R ___ Pectoral Sandpiper M,U ___ Dunlin M,U ___ Stilt Sandpiper M,U ___ Buff-breasted Sandpiper M,R ___ Short-billed Dowitcher M,U ___ Long-billed Dowitcher M,R ___ Common Snipe M,U ___ American Woodcock S,U,*
PHALAROPES STATUS ___ Wilson's Phalarope M,U ___ Red-necked Phalarope M,R ___ Red Phalarope M,R
GULLS STATUS ___ Franklin's Gull M,R ___ Little Gull W,R ___ Bonaparte's Gull M,U ___ Ring-billed Gull P,C,* ___ Herring Gull P,C,* ___ Thayer's Gull W,U ___ Iceland Gull W,R ___ Glaucous Gull W,R ___ Great Black-backed Gull W,R
TERNS STATUS ___ Caspian Tern S,R ___ Common Tern M,U,* ___ Forster's Tern M,U ___ Black Tern S,R,*
DOVES STATUS ___ Rock Dove P,C,* ___ Mourning Dove P,A,*
CUCKOOS STATUS ___ Black-billed Cuckoo S,U,* ___ Yellow-billed Cuckoo S,U,*
OWLS STATUS ___ Common Barn Owl X ___ Eastern Screech Owl P,C,* ___ Great Horned Owl P,C,* ___ Snowy Owl W,R ___ Barred Owl P,R,* ___ Long-eared Owl W,U ___ Short-eared Owl M,U ___ Northern Saw-whet Owl W,R
GOATSUCKERS STATUS ___ Common Nighthawk S,U,* ___ Chuck-will's-widow M,R ___ Whip-poor-will S,R,*
SWIFTS STATUS ___ Chimney Swift S,A,*
HUMMINGBIRDS STATUS ___ Ruby-throated Hummingbird S,U,*
KINGFISHERS STATUS ___ Belted Kingfisher S,C,*
WOODPECKERS STATUS ___ Red-headed Woodpecker P,U,* ___ Red-bellied Woodpecker P,U,* ___ Yellow-bellied Sapsucker M,U ___ Downy Woodpecker P,C,* ___ Hairy Woodpecker P,U,* ___ Northern Flicker S,C,* ___ Pileated Woodpecker X,*
FLYCATCHERS STATUS ___ Olive-sided Flycatcher M,R ___ Eastern Wood-Pewee S,C,* ___ Yellow-bellied Flycatcher M,R ___ Acadian Flycatcher S,U,* ___ Alder Flycatcher S,U,* ___ Willow Flycatcher S,C,* ___ Least Flycatcher S,U,* ___ Eastern Phoebe S,U,* ___ Great Crested Flycatcher S,U,* ___ Western Kingbird X ___ Eastern Kingbird S,C,*
LARKS STATUS ___ Horned Lark P,U,*
SWALLOWS STATUS ___ Purple Martin S,C,* ___ Tree Swallow S,A,* ___ Northern Rough-winged Swallow S,U,* ___ Bank Swallow S,U,* ___ Cliff Swallow S,R,* ___ Barn Swallow S,C,*
JAYS & CROWS STATUS ___ Blue Jay P,C,* ___ American Crow P,C,*
TITMICE & CHICKADEES STATUS ___ Black-capped Chickadee P,A,* ___ Tufted Titmouse P,U,*
NUTHATCHES STATUS ___ Red-breasted Nuthatch M,U ___ White-breasted Nuthatch P,C,*
CREEPERS STATUS ___ Brown Creeper M,U
WRENS STATUS ___ Carolina Wren P,U,* ___ Bewick's Wren X ___ House Wren S,C,* ___ Winter Wren M,U ___ Sedge Wren S,U,* ___ Marsh Wren S,U,*
KINGLETS & GNATCATCHER STATUS ___ Golden-crowned Kinglet M,C ___ Ruby-crowned Kinglet M,C ___ Blue-gray Gnatcatche M,U,*
THRUSHES STATUS ___ Eastern Bluebird S,U,* ___ Veery S,R,* ___ Gray-cheeked Thrush M,U ___ Swainson's Thrush M,U ___ Hermit Thrush M,U ___ Wood Thrush S,U,* ___ American Robin S,A,* ___ Varied Thrush X
THRASHERS STATUS ___ Gray Catbird S,C,* ___ Northern Mockingbird M,R ___ Brown Thrasher S,C,*
PIPITS STATUS ___ Water Pipit M,R
WAXWINGS STATUS ___ Bohemian Waxwing X ___ Cedar Waxwing P,C,*
SHRIKES STATUS ___ Northern Shrike W,U ___ Loggerhead Shrike X
STARLINGS STATUS ___ European Starling P,A,*
VIREOS STATUS ___ White-eyed Vireo S,R,* ___ Bell's Vireo* S,R,* ___ Solitary Vireo M,R ___ Yellow-throated Vireo S,U,* ___ Warbling Vireo S,U,* ___ Philadelphia Vireo M,U ___ Red-eyed Vireo S,C,*
WARBLERS STATUS ___ Blue-winged Warbler S,C,* ___ Golden-winged Warbler S,U,* ___ Tennessee Warbler M,C ___ Orange-crowned Warbler M,U ___ Nashville Warbler M,C ___ Northern Parula M,U ___ Yellow Warbler S,C,* ___ Chestnut-sided Warbler M,U,* ___ Magnolia Warbler M,C ___ Cape May Warbler M,U ___ Black-throated Blue Warbler M,R,* ___ Black-throated Green Warbler M,C ___ Yellow-rumped Warbler M,C ___ Blackburnian Warbler M,U ___ Yellow-throated Warbler X ___ Pine Warbler M,R ___ Prairie Warbler M,R ___ Palm Warbler M,C ___ Bay-breasted Warbler M,U ___ Blackpoll Warbler M,C ___ Cerulean Warbler M,U ___ Black-and-White Warbler M,C ___ American Redstart M,C,* ___ Prothonotary Warbler S,R,* ___ Worm-eating Warbler M,R ___ Ovenbird S,R,* ___ Northern Waterthrush M,U ___ Louisiana Waterthrush S,R,* ___ Kentucky Warbler S,R,* ___ Connecticut Warbler M,R ___ Mourning Warbler M,R ___ Common Yellowthroat S,C,* ___ Hooded Warbler M,R ___ Wilson' Warbler M,U ___ Canada Warbler M,U ___ Yellow-breasted Chat S,R,*
TANAGERS STATUS ___ Summer Tanager X ___ Scarlet Tanager S,U,*
GROSBEAKS, BUNTINGS & STATUS SPARROWS ___ Northern Cardinal P,C,* ___ Rose-breasted Grosbeak S,U,* ___ Blue Grosbeak X ___ Indigo Bunting S,C,* ___ Dickcissel S,R,* ___ Rufous-sided Towhee S,U,* ___ American Tree Sparrow W,C ___ Chipping Sparrow S,C,* ___ Clay-colored Sparrows M,R ___ Field Sparrow S,C,* ___ Vesper Sparrow S,U,* ___ Lark Sparrow S,R,* ___ Savannah Sparrow S,C,* ___ Grasshopper Sparrow S,R,* ___ Henslow's Sparrow S,R,* ___ Le Conte's Sparrow M,R ___ Sharp-tailed Sparrow M,R ___ Fox Sparrow M,U ___ Song Sparrow P,C,* ___ Lincoln's Sparrow M,U ___ Swamp Sparrow P,U,* ___ White-throated Sparrow M,C ___ White-crowned Sparrow M,U ___ Harris' Sparrow M,R ___ Dark-eyed Junco W,A ___ Lapland Longspur W,U ___ Snow Bunting W,U
BLACKBIRDS & ORIOLES STATUS ___ Bobolink S,U,* ___ Red-winged Blackbird S,A,* ___ Eastern Meadowlark S,C,* ___ Western Meadowlark S,R,* ___ Yellow-headed Blackbird S,U,* ___ Rusty Blackbird M,R ___ Brewer's Blackbird S,R,* ___ Common Grackle S,A,* ___ Brown-headed Cowbird S,C,* ___ Orchard Oriole S,R,* ___ Northern Oriole S,C,*
FINCHES STATUS ___ Pine Grosbeak W,R ___ Purple Finch W,U ___ House Finch P,C,* ___ Red Crossbill W,R ___ White-winged Crossbill W,R ___ Common Redpoll W,R ___ Pine Siskin W,U ___ American Goldfinch P,C,* ___ Evening Grosbeak W,R

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For more information please contact:

Forest Preserve District of Cook County
Telephone:  (312)-261-8400  (708)-366-9420
TDD#:  (708)-771-1190   1-800-870-3666

This resource is based on the following source:
Forest Preserve District of Cook County.  No date.  Checklist of birds of the 
     Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Illinois.  Forest Preserve 
     District of Cook County.  Unpaginated.
This resource should be cited as:
Forest Preserve District of Cook County.  No date.  Checklist of birds of the 
     Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Illinois.  Forest Preserve 
     District of Cook County.  Unpaginated.  Jamestown, ND: Northern Prairie 
     Wildlife Research Center Online.
     (Version 22MAY98).

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