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Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

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Florissant, Colorado



This bird list compiled from Monument observation records and the Colorado Bird Atlas. Abundance records are subjective and influenced by factors such as the relative abundance of the species, season, habitat, and species behavior. For instance while Golden Eagles are common at the Monument they will be seen less frequently than the numerous and bold Steller's Jays. If you see any birds not on this list please notify a Monument staff member.
HERONS (Ardeidae)

Wading birds; characterized by long legs, neck, and bill for stalking food in shallow waters.

                                       STATUS      ABUNDANCE    HABITAT

___ Great Blue Heron                   Breeding    Uncommon     Wetlands

GEESE, DUCKS (Anatidae) Aquatic, web-footed, gregarious birds. STATUS ABUNDANCE HABITAT ___ Canada Goose Migrant Uncommon Wetlands ___ Green-winged Teal Breeding Common Wetlands ___ Mallard Resident Common Wetlands ___ Blue-winged Teal Migrant Uncommon Wetlands ___ Cinnamon Teal Migrant Uncommon Wetlands ___ Gadwall Resident Uncommon Wetlands ___ American Widgeon Migrant Uncommon Wetlands ___ Bufflehead Migrant Rare Wetlands ___ Common Merganser Winter Uncommon Wetlands
VULTURES (Cathartidae) Scavengers characterized by small unfeathered head. STATUS ABUNDANCE HABITAT ___ Turkey Vulture Migrant Common Varied
EAGLES, HAWKS (Accipitridae) Diurnal birds of prey equipped with hooked bills and talons. STATUS ABUNDANCE HABITAT ___ Northern Harrier Migrant Uncommon Wetlands ___ Sharp-shinned Hawk Resident Uncommon Varied ___ Cooper's Hawk Resident Uncommon Varied ___ Swainson's Hawk Migrant Rare Meadows ___ Red-tailed Hawk Resident Common Varied ___ Ferruginous Hawk Resident Rare Meadows ___ Rough-legged Hawk Winter Uncommon Varied ___ Golden Eagle Resident Common Varied
FALCONS (Falconidae) Powerful, fast flying, birds of prey. STATUS ABUNDANCE HABITAT ___ American Kestrel Breeding Common Meadows ___ Prairie Falcon Resident Uncommon Meadows
GROUSE, QUAIL (Phasianidae) Ground-dwellers, with short strong bills and short rounded wings. STATUS ABUNDANCE HABITAT ___ Wild Turkey Winter Rare Forests
PLOVERS (Charadriidae) Small, compact, short-billed shorebirds. STATUS ABUNDANCE HABITAT ___ Killdeer Breeding Common Wetlands
SANDPIPERS (Scolopacidae) Shorebirds characterized by long bill and neck. STATUS ABUNDANCE HABITAT ___ Spotted Sandpiper Migrant Rare Wetlands ___ Common Snipe Resident Uncommon Wetlands
GULLS (Laridae) Long-winged swimming birds with strong flight. STATUS ABUNDANCE HABITAT ___ Ring-billed Gull Summer Uncommon Wetlands ___ California Gull Summer Uncommon Wetlands
PIGEONS, DOVES (Columbidae) Strong fliers with plump bodies and a small bobbing head. STATUS ABUNDANCE HABITAT ___ Mourning Dove Resident Uncommon Forests
OWLS (Strigidae) Nocturnal birds of prey characterized by strong, silent flight and short necks. STATUS ABUNDANCE HABITAT ___ Great-horned Owl Resident Uncommon Forests
GOATSUCKERS (Caprimulgidae) Small nocturnal birds characterized by wide mouths for snaring insects. STATUS ABUNDANCE HABITAT ___ Common Nighthawk Breeding Common Varied
HUMMINGBIRDS (Trochilidae) Very small, colorful birds that hover at flowers sipping nectar with long slender bills. STATUS ABUNDANCE HABITAT ___ Broad-tailed Hummingbird Breeding Common Varied ___ Rufous Hummingbird Migrant Rare Meadows
KINGFISHERS (Alcedinidae) Stocky birds characterized by their large head and bill. STATUS ABUNDANCE HABITAT ___ Belted Kingfisher Resident Uncommon Wetlands
WOODPECKERS (Picidae) Strong claws and a sharp bill enable these birds to climb tree trunks and chisel out insect food and nest holes. STATUS ABUNDANCE HABITAT ___ Williamson's Sapsucker Breeding Common Forests ___ Downy Woodpecker Resident Uncommon Forests ___ Hairy Woodpecker Resident Uncommon Forests ___ Northern Flicker Resident Common Varied
FLYCATCHERS (Tyrannidae) Small perching birds that dart about eating insects. STATUS ABUNDANCE HABITAT ___ Olive-sided Flycatcher Breeding Common Forests ___ Least Flycatcher Breeding Uncommon Forests ___ Hammond's Flycatcher Breeding Uncommon Forests ___ Cordilleran Flycatcher Breeding Common Forests ___ Western Wood Peewee Breeding Common Varied ___ Say's Phoebe Breeding Uncommon Meadows ___ Western Kingbird Breeding Uncommon Varied
SWALLOWS (Hirundinidae) Small insect eating birds characterized by slender bodies and long pointed wings. STATUS ABUNDANCE HABITAT ___ Tree Swallow Breeding Common Varied ___ Violet-green Swallow Breeding Common Varied ___ Cliff Swallow Breeding Rare Cliffs ___ Barn Swallow Migrant Uncommon Structures
JAYS, CROWS, MAGPIES (Corvidae) Large, aggressive birds with thick bills for a varied diet. STATUS ABUNDANCE HABITAT ___ Gray Jay Resident Common Forests ___ Steller's Jay Resident Common Forests ___ Blue Jay Resident Rare Varied ___ Clark's Nutcracker Migrant Uncommon Forests ___ Black-billed Magpie Resident Common Meadows ___ American Crow Migrant Common Varied ___ Common Raven Resident Common Varied
CHICKADEES (Paridae) Small birds with short wings, short bill and drab plumage. STATUS ABUNDANCE HABITAT ___ Mountain Chickadee Resident Common Forests
NUTHATCHES (Sittidae) Short-tailed tree-climbers that forage for insects in tree bark. STATUS ABUNDANCE HABITAT ___ Red-breasted Nuthatch Resident Uncommon Forests ___ White-breasted Nuthatch Resident Common Forests ___ Pygmy Resident Common Forests
CREEPERS (Certhiidae) Small tree-climbing birds with curved bills for extracting insects from bark. STATUS ABUNDANCE HABITAT ___ Brown Creeper Resident Common Forests
WRENS (Troglodytidae) Small chunky birds with slender bills and up-tilted tails. STATUS ABUNDANCE HABITAT ___ Rock Wren Breeding Rare Rocks ___ Bewick's Wren Breeding Uncommon Rocks ___ House Wren Breeding Common Forests
KINGLETS (Sylviidae) Small, drab birds with thin bills for eating insects. STATUS ABUNDANCE HABITAT ___ Ruby-crowned Kinglet Breeding Uncommon Forests
THRUSHES (Muscicapidae) Eloquent songbirds of open marshes and woodlands. STATUS ABUNDANCE HABITAT ___ Western Bluebird Breeding Common Varied ___ Mountain Bluebird Breeding Common Varied ___ Townsend's Solitaire Breeding Uncommon Forests ___ Veery Breeding Rare Wetlands ___ Swainson's Thrush Breeding Uncommon Varied ___ Hermit Thrush Breeding Common Forests ___ American Robin Breeding Common Varied
MOCKINGBIRDS (Mimidae) Songbirds characterized by short wings and long tails. STATUS ABUNDANCE HABITAT ___ Northern Mockingbird Migrant Rare Forests
SHRIKES (Lanniidae) Heavy hooked beaks and black masks characterize these opportunistic hunters. STATUS ABUNDANCE HABITAT ___ Loggerhead Shrike Breeding Uncommon Meadows ___ Northern Shrike Winter Rare Meadows
STARLINGS (Sturnidae) Bold birds with glossy plumage; introduced species from Europe. STATUS ABUNDANCE HABITAT ___ European Starling Resident Common Varied
LARKS (Alaudidae) Ground dwellers of open fields, slender bills for eating seeds and insects. STATUS ABUNDANCE HABITAT ___ Horned Lark Resident Rare Meadows
VIREOS (Vireonidae) Small perching songbirds characterized by eye markings (eye rings, "eyebrows", and lores). STATUS ABUNDANCE HABITAT ___ Solitary Vireo Breeding Rare Forests ___ Warbling Vireo Breeding Uncommon Forests
WARBLERS (Parulidae) Family of small, brightly colored, songbirds. STATUS ABUNDANCE HABITAT ___ Yellow Warbler Breeding Uncommon Wetlands ___ Yellow-rumped Warbler Breeding Common Forests ___ Wilson's Warbler Migrant Rare Varied
TANAGERS (Thraupidae) Brilliant thrush like birds of the forest. STATUS ABUNDANCE HABITAT ___ Western Tanager Breeding Common Forests
TOWHEES, SPARROWS (Fringillidae) Family of small birds characterized by small stout bills used for cracking seeds. STATUS ABUNDANCE HABITAT ___ Green-tailed Towhee Breeding Uncommon Varied ___ Rufous-sided Towhee Resident Uncommon Varied ___ Canyon Towhee Migrant Rare Forests ___ American Tree Sparrow Winter Uncommon Varied ___ Chipping Sparrow Breeding Common Varied ___ Brewer's Sparrow Breeding Uncommon Meadows ___ Vesper Sparrow Breeding Uncommon Meadows ___ Lark Sparrow Breeding Uncommon Meadows ___ Savannah Sparrow Breeding Common Meadows ___ Fox Sparrow Winter Rare Wetlands ___ Song Sparrow Breeding Common Wetlands ___ Lincoln's Sparrow Resident Uncommon Varied ___ White-crowned Sparrow Migrant Rare Meadows ___ Dark-eyed Junco Resident Common Varied
BLACKBIRDS, ORIOLES (Icteridae) Medium to large heavy-billed birds. STATUS ABUNDANCE HABITAT ___ Red-winged Blackbird Breeding Common Wetlands ___ Western Meadowlark Breeding Common Meadows ___ Yellow-headed Blackbird Breeding Rare Wetlands ___ Brewer's Blackbird Breeding Common Wetlands ___ Common Grackle Breeding Uncommon Varied ___ Brown-headed Cowbird Breeding Uncommon Varied ___ Northern Oriole Breeding Rare Wetlands
FINCHES, GROSBEAKS (Fringillidae) STATUS ABUNDANCE HABITAT ___ Pine Siskin Resident Common Varied ___ American Goldfinch Resident Rare Varied ___ Red Crossbill Resident Rare Forest ___ Common Redpoll Winter Rare Meadows ___ Rosy Finch Winter Uncommon Meadows ___ Cassin's Finch Breeding Uncommon Forests ___ Evening Grosbeak Breeding Common Forests

Produced by Norris Muth and Laine Weber.

For additional information contact:

               Florissant Fossil Beds NM
               P.O. Box 185
               Florissant, CO 80816
               Tel.# (719) 748-3253

This resource is based on the following source:
Monument observation records and the Colorado Bird Atlas.  No date.  Florissant 
     Fossil Beds, Bird List.  Norris Muth and Laine Weber.  Unpaginated.
This resource should be cited as:
Monument observation records and the Colorado Bird Atlas.  No date.  Florissant 
     Fossil Beds, Bird List.  Norris Muth and Laine Weber.  Unpaginated.
     Jamestown, ND: Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Online.
     http://www.npwrc.usgs.govfloriss.htm 
     (Version 30DEC2002).

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