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Konza Prairie

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Manhattan, Kansas


Phenological Checklist of the Birds of Konza Prairie

The following key defines the relative abundance indicated for each species (modified and updated from data previously published from Zimmerman, J.L. 1985. Birds of Konza Prairie Research Natural Area, Kansas. The Prairie Nauralist 17:185-192.)

1 - RARE: very few records, not to be expected

2 - OCCASIONAL: irregular during the season indicated; or if regular, irregular in its annual frequency of occurance.

3 - UNCOMMON: present during the season indicated at low densities. Appropriate habitats must be searched.

4 - COMMON: present in moderate densities during the seasons indicated and can be expected in appropriate habitats.

5 - ABUNDANT: occurs at high densities, a very noticeable species in appropriate habitats.


GREBES |Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec|Jan|Feb| ___ Pied-billed Grebe | 22|222| | | | | 22|222| | | | |
CORMORANTS |Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec|Jan|Feb| ___ Double-crested Cormorant | | | | | | | |1 | | | | |
WADING BIRDS |Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec|Jan|Feb| ___ American Bittern | |11 | | | | | | | | | | | ___ Great Blue Heron |333|333|333|333|333|333|333|222|222|222|222|222| ___ Great Egret | |1 | | | | | | | | | | | ___ Cattle Egret | | |1 | | | | | | | | | | ___ Green Heron | | 33|333|333|333|333|33 | | | | | | ___ Black-crowned Night-Heron | | | | | | | 1 | | | | | | ___ Yellow-crowned Night-Heron | | | | | | |1 | | | | | |
WATERFOWL |Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec|Jan|Feb| ___ Wood Duck | 33|333|333|333|3 | | |222| | |1 | | ___ Green-winged Teal |222|22 | | | | | | | | | | | ___ Mallard |333|33 | | | | | | 33|333|333|333|333| ___ Blue-winged Teal | 22|22 | | | | | | | | | | | ___ Gadwall |33 | | | | | | | 2|333|333|3 | | ___ American Wigeon | 1 | | | | | | | | | | | | ___ Ring-necked Duck |333|3 | | | | | | | | | | | ___ Common Goldeneye | | | | | | | | | 2|222| | 22| ___ Bufflehead | 22| | | | | | | | | 1 | | | ___ Hooded Merganser | | 22| | | | | | | | 22| | | ___ Ruddy Duck | | | | | | | | 1| | | | |
DIURNAL RAPTORS |Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec|Jan|Feb| ___ Turkey Vulture | 33|333|333|333|333|333|333|3 | | | | | ___ Osprey | | | | | | | 22| | | |1 | | ___ Misssissippi Kite | | | |1 | 1 | |222| | | | | | ___ Bald Eagle | | | | | | | | | |222|222|222| ___ Northern Harrier |333|333|333|333|332|222|333|444|444|444|333|333| ___ Sharp-shinned Hawk |444|444| | | 1 | |444|444|333|333|333|333| ___ Cooper's Hawk |222|222| | 1 | | | |222| |222|222|222| ___ Northern Goshawk | 1|1 | | | | | 1| | | | 1 | | ___ Broad-winged Hawk | |1 | | | | | | | | | | | ___ Swainson's Hawk | 33|333|3 2|222|222|222|222|22 | | | | | ___ Red-tailed Hawk |444|444|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|444|444|444| ___ Rough-legged Hawk |333|33 | | | | | | |333|333|333|333| ___ Golden Eagle |22 | | | | | | | | 22|222|222|222| ___ American Kestrel |444|444|333|333|333|333|333|333|444|444|444|444| ___ Merlin | | | | | | | | 22|22 | |1 | 1| ___ Peregrine Falcon | 22|222|2 | | | | 1 | | | | | | ___ Prairie Falcon |333|3 | | | | |333|333|333|333|333|333|
FOWL |Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec|Jan|Feb| ___ Ring-necked Pheasant |444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444| ___ Greater Prairie-Chicken |444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444| ___ Wild Turkey | 2|222|222|222|2 | | | | | | | | ___ Northern Bobwhite |444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|
MARSH BIRDS |Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec|Jan|Feb| ___ Virginia Rail | |222|2 | | | | | | | | | | ___ Sora | |222|22 | | | | 22| | | | | | ___ American Coot | |22 | | | | | | | | | | |
SHOREBIRDS |Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec|Jan|Feb| ___ American Golden-Plover | | 33|3 | | | | | | | | | | ___ Killdeer |333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|222|222|222|222| ___ Greater Yellowlegs | | 1 | | | | | | | | | | | ___ Lesser Yellowlegs | |222|2 | | | | | | | | | | ___ Solitary Sandpiper | | | 22| | |222|222|2 | | | | | ___ Willet | | 1 | | | | | | | | | | | ___ Spotted Sandpiper | | 22|2 | |22 | | | | | | | | ___ Upland Sandpiper | | 44|444|444|444|443|222|2 | | | | | ___ Marbled Godwit | |1 | | | | | | | | | | | ___ Long-billed Dowitcher | | | | | | | |1 | | | | | ___ Common Snipe | 3|333|332|222| | | |2 | | | | | ___ American Woodcock |222|222|222|222|222|222|2 | | | | | |
GULLS |Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec|Jan|Feb| ___ Franklin's Gull | | 44|222| | | | | | | | | | ___ Ring-billed Gull |222|222| | | | | | 1 | | | | |
DOVES AND CUCKOOS |Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec|Jan|Feb| ___ Rock Dove |333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333| ___ Mourning Dove |555|555|555|555|555|555|554|444|444|422|222|22 | ___ Black-billed Cuckoo | | | 33|333|333|333|333|33 | | | | | ___ Yellow-billed Cuckoo | | |444|444|444|433|333|3 | | | | |
OWLS |Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec|Jan|Feb| ___ Barn Owl | 1| | | | | | | | | | | | ___ Eastern Screech-Owl |222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222| ___ Great Horned Owl |333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333| ___ Burrowing Owl | | 1| | | | | | | | | | | ___ Barred Owl |333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333| ___ Long-eared Owl | | | | | | | | | | 1| | | ___ Short-eared Owl | 2|22 | | | | | 2|222| | |222|222|
GOATSUCKERS TO KINGFISHERS |Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec|Jan|Feb| ___ Common Nighthawk | | |444|444|444|444|444| | | | | | ___ Common Poorwill | | 44|444|444|444|333|333| | | | | | ___ Chuck-will's-widow | | |333|333|33 | | | | | | | | ___ Whip-poor-will | |22 | | | | | |1 | | | | | ___ Chimney Swift | | 44|444|444|444|444|444|4 | | | | | ___ Ruby-throated Hummingbird | | | 22|222|222|222| | | | | | | ___ Belted Kingfisher |333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|332|222|
WOODPECKERS |Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec|Jan|Feb| ___ Red-headed Woodpecker |444|444|555|555|555|555|444|444|444|444|444|444| ___ Red-bellied Woodpecker |444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444| ___ Yellow-bellied Sapsucker | |1 | | | | | | 33|3 | | | | ___ Downy Woodpecker |444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444| ___ Hairy Woodpecker |333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333| ___ Northern Flicker |444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|
FLYCATCHERS |Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec|Jan|Feb| ___ Olive-sided Flycatcher | | | 33| | | 33|333| | | | | | ___ Eastern Wood-Pewee | | |444|444|444|444|444| | | | | | ___ Willow Flycatcher | | | 1 |11 | | | | | | | | | ___ Least Flycatcher | | |444| | | |444|44 | | | | | ___ Eastern Phoebe | 33|333|333|333|333|333|333|33 | | | | | ___ Great Crested Flycatcher | | |555|444|444|444|333| | | | | | ___ Western Kingbird | | 2|222|222|222|222|22 | | | | | | ___ Eastern Kingbird | | |555|444|444|444|555| | | | | | ___ Scissor-tailed Flycatcher | | 2|222|222|222|222|222|22 | | | | |
LARKS |Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec|Jan|Feb| ___ Horned Lark |222|222|222|2 1| 1 | | | |222|222|222|222|
SWALLOWS |Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec|Jan|Feb| ___ Purple Martin | |222|222|222|222|222| | | | | | | ___ Tree Swallow | | |1 | | | | | | | | | | ___ Northern Rough-winged Swallow | 3|333|333|333|333|322|2 | | | | | | ___ Cliff Swallow | | |222|222|222|222|22 | | | | | | ___ Barn Swallow | | 44|444|444|444|444|555|44 | | | | |
JAYS AND CROWS |Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec|Jan|Feb| ___ Blue Jay |444|444|444|444|444|444|445|555|544|444|444|444| ___ American Crow |333|333|333|333|333|333|444|444|444|333|333|333|
TITMICE, NUTHATCHES AND CREEPERS |Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec|Jan|Feb| ___ Black-capped Chickadee |444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444| ___ Tufted Titmouse |444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444| ___ Red-breasted Nuthatch | | | | | | | | 1 | | | | | ___ White-breasted Nuthatch |444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444| ___ Brown Creeper |333|333| | | | | | 33|333|333|333|333|
WRENS |Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec|Jan|Feb| ___ Rock Wren | | | | | | | | 1 | | | | | ___ Carolina Wren |333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333| ___ Bewick's Wren |444|444|444|444|444|444|333|333|222|222|222|222| ___ House Wren | |555|555|555|555|555|444|44 | | | | | ___ Winter Wren |222|22 | | | | | 2|222|222|222|222|222| ___ Sedge Wren | | 2|22 |1 |333|333|333|33 | | | | | ___ Marsh Wren | | | | | | | 1 |1 | | | | |
KINGLETS AND GNATCATCHERS |Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec|Jan|Feb| ___ Golden-crowned Kinglet | 2 |222| | | | | | 33|333|33 |222|222| ___ Ruby-crowned Kinglet | 4|444|44 |1 | | | 44|444|4 | 1| | | ___ Blue-gray Gnatcatcher | |333|333|333|333|333|33 | | | | | |
THRUSHES |Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec|Jan|Feb| ___ Eastern Bluebird |444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|333|333|333| ___ Mountain Bluebird | |1 | | | | | | | | | 1| | ___ Veery | | | 1 | | | | | | | | | | ___ Gray-cheeked Thrush | | | 1 | | | | | | | | | | ___ Swainson's Thrush | | |333|3 | | | 22| | | | | | ___ Hermit Thrush | | | | | | | |222| | | | | ___ Wood Thrush | | |2 | | | | |22 | | | | | ___ American Robin |444|444|444|444|444|444|555|555|555|544|334|444|
THRASHERS (MIMIC THRUSHES) |Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec|Jan|Feb| ___ Gray Catbird | | |333|333|333|333|333|33 | | | | | ___ Northern Mockingbird | 33|333|332|222|222|222|333|333| 1 | | | | ___ Brown Thrasher | |555|555|555|555|555|444|44 | | | | |
PIPITS TO STARLINGS |Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec|Jan|Feb| ___ American Pipit | | 2|22 | | | | 2|222| | | | | ___ Sprague's Pipit | | | | | | | | 1 | | | | | ___ Cedar Waxwing | |333|33 | | | |1 | |333|222|222|222| ___ Loggerhead Shrike |333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|332|222|222|222| ___ European Starling |444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|
VIREOS |Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec|Jan|Feb| ___ White-eyed Vireo | | |1 | | 22|2 | | | | | | | ___ Bell's Vireo | | |444|444|444|444|444| | | | | | ___ Solitary Vireo | | |22 | | | | 33|33 | | | | | ___ Warbling Vireo | | 33|333|333|333|333|33 | | | | | | ___ Red-Eyed Vireo | | |333|333|333|333|33 | | | | | |
WOOD WARBLERS |Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec|Jan|Feb| ___ Tennessee Warbler | | |444| | | | | | | | | | ___ Orange-crowned Warbler | | 4|4 | | | | 4|44 | | | | | ___ Nashville Warbler | | 4|4 | | | 4|444|444| | | | | ___ Northern Parula | | 2|222|222|222|222|2 | | | | | | ___ Yellow Warbler | | |33 | 1 | | 22|2 | | | | | | ___ Chestnut-sided Warbler | | | 1 | | | | | | | | | | ___ Magnolia Warbler | | | 1 | | | | | 1 | | | | | ___ Yellow-rumped Warbler | |444|4 | | | | |555|44 | | | | ___ Black-throated Green Warbler | | |22 | | | | |22 | | | | | ___ Blackburnian Warbler | | |22 | | | |22 | | | | | | ___ Pine Warbler | 1| 1 | | | | | | | | | | | ___ Palm Warbler | | | | | | | 1| 1 | | | | | ___ Bay-breasted Warbler | | | | | | | 1 | | | | | | ___ Blackpoll Warbler | | |22 | | | | | | | | | | ___ Black-and-white Warbler | | |333|332|222| | 22|333| | | | | ___ American Redstart | | |33 | | | |333| | | | | | ___ Ovenbird | | |22 | | | | 1| | | | | | ___ Louisiana Waterthrush |333|333|333|333|333|2 | | | | | | | ___ Kentucky Warbler | | | 22|222|222|222| | | | | | | ___ Mourning Warbler | | | 22| | | | 22|2 | | | | | ___ Common Yellowthroat | | 44|444|444|444|444|444|44 | | | | | ___ Wilson's Warbler | | |22 | | | 33|333| | | | | | ___ Yellow-breasted Chat | | | 1 | | | | | | | | | |
TANAGERS |Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec|Jan|Feb| ___ Summer Tanager | | |333|333|333|333|333| | | | | | ___ Scarlet Tanager | | 3|333|222|222|2 | | | | | | |
GROSBEAKS AND BUNTINGS |Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec|Jan|Feb| ___ Northern Cardinal |444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444| ___ Rose-breasted Grosbeak | | 4|433|333|333|333|322|22 | | | | | ___ Blue Grosbeak | | |333|333|333|333| | | | | | | ___ Lazuli Bunting | | | 1 | | | | | | | | | | ___ Indigo Bunting | | |444|333|333|333|444|3 | | | | | ___ Dickcissel | | |444|555|555|555|333|33 | | | | |
SPARROWS |Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec|Jan|Feb| ___ Rufous-sided Towhee |333|333|333|333|333|333|333|444|443|333|333|333| ___ American Tree Sparrow |444|422| | | | | | 22|444|555|555|555| ___ Chipping Sparrow | | 44|444| | | | 33|333| | | | | ___ Clay-colored Sparrow | | 33|33 | | | | |33 | | | | | ___ Field Sparrow |444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|333|333|333|333| ___ Vesper Sparrow |344|444| | | | | 4|444|433|33 | | | ___ Lark Sparrow | | 44|333|333|333|333|444| | | | | | ___ Lark Bunting | | | |1 | | | |1 | | | | | ___ Savannah Sparrow |444|444|44 | | | | 4|444|4 | 1 | | | ___ Grasshopper Sparrow | |555|555|555|555|555|333|33 | | | | | ___ Henslow's Sparrow | | 33|333|333|333|333|332|22 | | | | | ___ Le Conte's Sparrow | 2|22 | | | | | 3|333|33 | | | | ___ Fox Sparrow |333|33 | | | | | |333|333| | | | ___ Song Sparrow |333|333|3 | | | | |444|444|333|333|333| ___ Lincoln's Sparrow | | 44|444|44 | | | 44|444|44 | 2|22 | | ___ Swamp Sparrow | | 3|333| | | | |333|3 | | | | ___ White-throated Sparrow | 33|333| | | | | |333|33 | | | | ___ White-crowned Sparrow | | 33|33 | | | | |333|33 | | | | ___ Harris' Sparrow |444|444|444| | | | | 44|444|443|333|333| ___ Dark-Eyed Junco |444|44 | | | | | |444|444|444|444|444| ___ Lapland Longspur | | | | | | | | | | 1| | 1 | ___ Smith's Longspur | 1 | | | | | | | |1 | | | 1 | ___ Chestnut-collared Longspur | 1 |1 | | | | | | | | | | | ___ Snow Bunting | | | | | | | | |1 | 1 | | |
BLACKBIRDS TO ORIOLES |Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec|Jan|Feb| ___ Bobolink | | | | 1 | | | | | | | | | ___ Red-winged Blackbird |333|333|444|444|444|444|222|444|433|222|222|222| ___ Eastern Meadowlark |555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|552|222|222|222| ___ Western Meadowlark |222|222|222|222|222|222|222|22 | | | | | ___ Yellow-headed Blackbird | | 22| | | | |22 | | | | | | ___ Rusty Blackbird |222|22 | | | | | | |222|222|222|222| ___ Brewer's Blackbird | |222| | | | | | | |22 | | | ___ Great-tailed Grackle | | |1 |1 | | | | | | | | | ___ Common Grackle |444|444|444|444|444|444|555|555|444|2 | | | ___ Brown-headed Cowbird |444|444|444|555|555|555|333|333|33 |1 | 1| | ___ Orchard Oriole | | |333|333|333|333| | | | | | | ___ Northern Oriole | | |444|444|444|444|44 | | | | | |
FINCHES |Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec|Jan|Feb| ___ Purple Finch | | | | | | | | |22 | |222|222| ___ House Finch | | | | | | | | |1 | | | | ___ Pine Siskin |333|333| | | | | | 33|333|333|3 | | ___ American Goldfinch |333|333|333|333|333|333|444|444|444|333|333|333| ___ Evening Grosbeak | | | | | | | | | | 1 | | |
WEAVER FINCH |Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec|Jan|Feb| ___ House Sparrow |333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|

For additional information contact:
                   John Zimmerman
                   Biology Division
                   Kansas State University
                   Manhattan, KS 66506-4901
                   Telephone: 913/532-6620
This resource is based on the following source:
Zimmerman, J.L. No Date. Birds of Konza Prairie Research Natural Area, Kansas. 
     The Prairie Nauralist 17:185-192.
This resource should be cited as:
Zimmerman, J.L. No Date. Birds of Konza Prairie Research Natural Area, Kansas.  
     Jamestown, ND: Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Online.  
     http://www.npwrc.usgs.govkonzapr.htm 
     (Version 30DEC2002).

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