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Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge

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Wapello, Iowa


This list contains 225 species which are recorded regularly on the refuge. An additional 20 species are listed as accidental and have been recorded, but cannot be expected to be present.


# - endangered
* - nests on the refuge

Sp - March-May
S - June-August
F - September-November
W - December-February

a - abundant: common species that are very numerous
c - common: almost certain to be seen in suitable habitat
u - uncommon: present but not certain to be seen
r - rare: seen at intervals of 2 to 5 years
o - occasionally


LOONS Sp S F W ___ Common Loon o - o -
GREBES Sp S F W ___ Pied-billed Grebe c u c -
PELICANS, CORMORANTS Sp S F W ___ American White Pelican r - r - ___ Double-crested Cormorant c u c -
BITTERNS, HERONS, IBISES Sp S F W ___ American Bittern* u u u - ___ Least Bittern* o o o - ___ Great Blue Heron c c c r ___ Great Egret c c c - ___ Little Blue Heron r r r - ___ Cattle Egret u u - - ___ Green Heron* c c c - ___ Black-crowned Night-Heron* c c c - ___ Yellow-crowned Night-Heron o o o -
SWANS, GEESE, DUCKS Sp S F W ___ Tundra Swan (Whistling Swan) r - r - ___ Greater White-fronted Goose o - c - ___ Snow Goose o - c - ___ Canada Goose c o a r ___ Wood Duck* a a a r ___ Green-winged Teal a - a - ___ American Black Duck u - u r ___ Mallard* a c a u ___ Northern Pintail c - a - ___ Blue-winged Teal c o a - ___ Northern Shoveler c - c - ___ Gadwall c r c - ___ American Wigeon c - c - ___ Canvasback u - u - ___ Redhead u - u - ___ Ring-necked Duck a - a r ___ Lesser Scaup a - a r ___ Common Goldeneye u - u c ___ Bufflehead u - u r ___ Hooded Merganser* c u c - ___ Common Merganser a - a r ___ Red-breasted Merganser r - r - ___ Ruddy Duck c - c -
VULTURES Sp S F W ___ Turkey Vulture* c c c -
HAWKS, EAGLES Sp S F W ___ Osprey u o u - ___ Bald Eagle# c - c c ___ Northern Harrier (Marsh Hawk) u - u u ___ Sharp-shinned Hawk u - u u ___ Cooper's Hawk* u - u u ___ Red-shouldered Hawk* u u u u ___ Broad-winged Hawk o o o - ___ Red-tailed Hawk* c c c c ___ Rough-legged Hawk o - o o ___ Golden Eagle r - r -
FALCONS Sp S F W ___ American Kestrel* u u u u ___ Peregrine Falcon# r - r -
GALLINACEOUS BIRDS Sp S F W ___ Ring-necked Pheasant* c c c c ___ Wild Turkey* u u u u ___ Northern Bobwhite* o o o o
RAILS Sp S F W ___ Virginia Rail u u u - ___ Sora* c u c - ___ Common Moorhen - r r - ___ American Coot* a u a -
SHOREBIRDS Sp S F W ___ Black-bellied Plover o - o - ___ American Golden-Plover (Lesser Gol-Pl.) o - o - ___ Semipalmated Plover r - r - ___ Killdeer* c c c - ___ American Avocet r - r - ___ Greater Yellowlegs c - c - ___ Lesser Yellowlegs c - c - ___ Solitary Sandpiper o - o - ___ Willet r - r - ___ Spotted Sandpiper* a - c - ___ Upland Sandpiper r - r - ___ Marbled Godwit u - u - ___ Semipalmated Sandpiper u - u - ___ Least Sandpiper c o c - ___ Baird's Sandpiper r - r - ___ Pectoral Sandpiper c u c - ___ Dunlin r - r - ___ Stilt Sandpiper r - r - ___ Short-billed Dowitcher u - u - ___ Long-billed Dowitcher u - u - ___ Common Snipe* c - c - ___ American Woodcock* c u c - ___ Wilson's Phalarope r - r -
GULLS, TERNS Sp S F W ___ Franklin's Gull o - o - ___ Bonaparte's Gull r - r - ___ Ring-billed Gull a c a c ___ Herring Gull c - c c ___ Caspian Tern u r u - ___ Common Tern o - o - ___ Forster's Tern u - c - ___ Least Tern r - r - ___ Black Tern u r u -
DOVES Sp S F W ___ Rock Dove u u c - ___ Mourning Dove* c c c c
CUCKOOS Sp S F W ___ Black-billed Cuckoo r - r - ___ Yellow-billed Cuckoo* c c c -
OWLS Sp S F W ___ Barn Owl r r r r ___ Eastern Screech-Owl* u u u u ___ Great Horned Owl* u u u u ___ Barred Owl* c c c c ___ Long-eared Owl - - - r ___ Short-eared Owl - - o o
GOATSUCKERS Sp S F W ___ Common Nighthawk* c c u - ___ Chuck-will's-widow o - - - ___ Whip-poor-will* c u o -
SWIFTS, HUMMINGBIRDS Sp S F W ___ Chimney Swift u u u - ___ Ruby-throated Hummingbird* o o o -
KINGFISHERS Sp S F W ___ Belted Kingfisher* u u u r
WOODPECKERS Sp S F W ___ Red-headed Woodpecker* a a a a ___ Red-bellied Woodpecker* c c c c ___ Yellow-bellied Sapsucker c o c - ___ Downy Woodpecker* u u u u ___ Hairy Woodpecker* u u u u ___ Northern Flicker (Common Flicker)* c c c c ___ Pileated Woodpecker* u u u u
FLYCATCHERS Sp S F W ___ Olive-sided Flycatcher u u u - ___ Eastern Wood-Pewee* u u u - ___ Yellow-bellied Flycatcher u u u - ___ Acadian Flycatcher* u u u - ___ Alder Flycatcher r r r - ___ Willow Flycatcher r r r - ___ Least Flycatcher u u u - ___ Eastern Phoebe* u u u - ___ Great Crested Flycatcher* u u u - ___ Eastern Kingbird* u u u -
LARKS Sp S F W ___ Horned Lark* c c c -
SWALLOWS Sp S F W ___ Purple Martin* c c c - ___ Tree Swallow* c c a - ___ Northern Rough-winged Swallow c c a - ___ Bank Swallow u u u - ___ Cliff Swallow u u u - ___ Barn Swallow c c c -
JAYS, CROWS Sp S F W ___ Blue Jay* a a a c ___ American Crow* a a a a
CHICKADEES Sp S F W ___ Black-capped Chickadee* c c c o ___ Tufted Titmouse* u u u o
NUTHATCHES Sp S F W ___ Red-breasted Nuthatch c c c c ___ White-breasted Nuthatch* c c c c
CREEPERS Sp S F W ___ Brown Creeper o o o o
WRENS Sp S F W ___ Carolina Wren* c c c - ___ House Wren* o o - - ___ Winter Wren - - o o ___ Sedge Wren* o o o - ___ Marsh Wren* o o o -
KINGLETS Sp S F W ___ Golden-crowned Kinglet u - u - ___ Ruby-crowned Kinglet u u u - ___ Blue-gray Gnatcatcher u u u -
THRUSHES Sp S F W ___ Eastern Bluebird* c c c - ___ Veery u u - - ___ Gray-cheeked Thrush u u - - ___ Swainson's Thrush u u - - ___ Wood Thrush* o o - - ___ American Robin* c c c r
THRASHERS Sp S F W ___ Gray Catbird* u u u - ___ Northern Mockingbird* c c o - ___ Brown Thrasher* c c c r
PIPITS Sp S F W ___ American Pipit (Water Pipit) r - r -
WAXWINGS Sp S F W ___ Cedar Waxwing u u u u
SHRIKES Sp S F W ___ Loggerhead Shrike* r r r r
STARLINGS Sp S F W ___ European Starling* c c c c
VIREOS Sp S F W ___ White-eyed Vireo* c c c - ___ Yellow-throated Vireo* u u u - ___ Warbling Vireo* u u u - ___ Philadelphia Vireo u u u - ___ Red-eyed Vireo* c c c -
WOOD WARBLERS Sp S F W ___ Golden-winged Warbler o - o - ___ Tennessee Warbler a - u - ___ Orange-crowned Warbler o - o - ___ Nashville Warbler u - u - ___ Northern Parula u u u - ___ Yellow Warbler* u u u - ___ Chestnut-sided Warbler u - u - ___ Magnolia Warbler u - u - ___ Yellow-rumped Warbler c - c - ___ Black-throated Green Warbler r - r - ___ Blackburnian Warbler r - r - ___ Yellow-throated Warbler o - o - ___ Palm Warbler o - o - ___ Bay-breasted Warbler r - r - ___ Blackpoll Warbler u - u - ___ Cerulean Warbler* c o c - ___ Black-and-white Warbler u - u - ___ American Redstart* c c c - ___ Worm-eating Warbler* u - u - ___ Ovenbird u - u - ___ Northern Waterthrush c - u - ___ Louisiana Waterthrush r - r - ___ Kentucky Warbler* u u u - ___ Mourning Warbler r - r - ___ Common Yellowthroat* c c c - ___ Wilson's Warbler u u u - ___ Canada Warbler u u u - ___ Yellow-breasted Chat* u u u -
TANAGERS Sp S F W ___ Summer Tanager* u u u - ___ Scarlet Tanager* u u u -
GROSBEAKS, BUNTINGS Sp S F W ___ Northern Cardinal* c c c c ___ Rose-breasted Grosbeak u - u - ___ Indigo Bunting* c c c - ___ Dickcissel* c c c -
TOWHEES, SPARROWS Sp S F W ___ Rufous-sided Towhee* o o o - ___ American Tree Sparrow c c c c ___ Chipping Sparrow* u - u - ___ Field Sparrow* c c c - ___ Vesper Sparrow u u u - ___ Lark Sparrow r - r - ___ Savannah Sparrow* u - u - ___ Fox Sparrow u - u - ___ Song Sparrow c c c - ___ Lincoln's Sparrow o - o - ___ Swamp Sparrow* c - c c ___ White-throated Sparrow c - c u ___ White-crowned Sparrow u u u o ___ Dark-eyed Junco c - c a
MEADOWLARKS, BLACKBIRDS, ORIOLES Sp S F W ___ Bobolink u - u - ___ Red-winged Blackbird* a a a - ___ Eastern Meadowlark* c c c r ___ Yellow-headed Blackbird r r r r ___ Rusty Blackbird u - u r ___ Brewer's Blackbird - - - r ___ Common Grackle* a a a c ___ Brown-headed Cowbird* c c c r ___ Orchard Oriole* u u u - ___ Baltimore Oriole* a a c -
FINCHES Sp S F W ___ Purple Finch r - r u ___ Pine Siskin - - - r ___ American Goldfinch* a a a a ___ Evening Grosbeak - - - r
OLD WORLD SPARROWS Sp S F W ___ House Sparrow a a a a
ACCIDENTALS Horned Grebe Swainson's Hawk Glossy Ibis King Rail Snowy Egret Yellow Rail Sandhill Crane Marbled Godwit Brant Western Sandpiper Greater Scaup Glaucous Gull Oldsquaw Least Tern White-winged Scoter Barn Owl Barrow's Goldeneye Blue-winged Warbler Northern Goshawk* White-winged Crossbill

For further information contact:
                 Refuge Manager
                 Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge
                 10728 County Road X61
                 Wapello, Iowa 52653
This resource should be cited as:
No Date.  Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge Bird Checklist.  Jamestown, 
     ND: Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Online.  
     http://www.npwrc.usgs.govwapello.htm 
     (Version 30DEC2002).

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