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Montana


Symbols

B - Breeding records for Montana
W - Winter records for Montana (species present from 12/15 thorugh 2/15)
3 - three records for Montana, etc. (listed only for species with 10 or fewer state records)
lines separate families


LOONS ___ Red-throated Loon 7 ___ Pacific Loon 2 ___ Common Loon B ___ Yellow-billed Loon 1
GREBES ___ Pied-billed Grebe B ___ Horned Grebe B ___ Red-necked Grebe B ___ Eared Grebe B ___ Western Grebe B ___ Clark's Grebe B
PELICANS ___ American White Pelican B
CORMORANTS ___ Double-crested Cormorant B
HERONS, EGRETS ___ American Bittern B ___ Least Bittern 3 ___ Great Blue Heron BW ___ Great Egret ___ Snowy Egret B ___ Little Blue Heron 3 ___ Cattle Egret ___ Green Heron 9 ___ Black-crowned Night-Heron B ___ Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 2
IBISES ___ White-faced Ibis B
STORKS ___ Wood Stork 2
WATERFOWL ___ Tundra Swan W ___ Trumpeter Swan BW ___ Mute Swan BW ___ Greater White-fronted Goose ___ Snow Goose ___ Ross' Goose ___ Brant 7 ___ Canada Goose BW ___ Wood Duck BW ___ Green-winged Teal BW ___ American Black Duck W ___ Mallard BW ___ Northern Pintail BW ___ Garganey 2 ___ Blue-winged Teal B ___ Cinnamon Teal BW ___ Northern Shoveler BW ___ Gadwall BW ___ Eurasian Wigeon ___ American Wigeon BW ___ Canvasback BW ___ Redhead BW ___ Ring-necked Duck BW ___ Greater Scaup ___ Lesser Scaup BW ___ Harlequin Duck BW ___ Oldsquaw W ___ Black Scoter 4 ___ Surf Scoter ___ White-winged Scoter ___ Common Goldeneye BW ___ Barrow's Goldeneye BW ___ Bufflehead BW ___ Hooded Merganser BW ___ Common Merganser BW ___ Red-breasted Merganser W ___ Ruddy Duck BW
VULTURES ___ Turkey Vulture B
HAWKS, EAGLES ___ Osprey B ___ Bald Eagle BW ___ Northern Harrier BW ___ Sharp-shinned Hawk BW ___ Cooper's Hawk BW ___ Northern Goshawk BW ___ Red-shouldered Hawk 2 ___ Broad-winged Hawk ___ Swainson's Hawk B ___ Red-tailed Hawk BW ___ Ferruginous Hawk B ___ Rough-legged Hawk W ___ Golden Eagle BW
FALCONS ___ American Kestrel BW ___ Merlin BW ___ Peregrine Falcon BW ___ Gyrfalcon W ___ Prairie Falcon BW
GALLINACEOUS BIRDS ___ Gray Partridge BW ___ Chukar BW ___ Ring-necked Pheasant BW ___ Spruce Grouse BW ___ Blue Grouse BW ___ Willow Ptarmigan 1 ___ White-tailed Ptarmigan BW ___ Ruffed Grouse BW ___ Sage Grouse BW ___ Greater Prairie-Chicken 1 ___ Sharp-tailed Grouse BW ___ Wild Turkey BW ___ Northern Bobwhite 9
RAILS, GALLINULES, COOTS ___ Yellow Rail 3 ___ Virginia Rail BW ___ Sora B ___ Common Moorhen 1 ___ American Coot BW
CRANES ___ Sandhill Crane B ___ Whooping Crane
PLOVERS ___ Black-bellied Plover ___ American Golden-Plover ___ Snowy Plover 4 ___ Semipalmated Plover ___ Piping Plover B ___ Killdeer BW ___ Mountain Plover B
STILTS, AVOCETS ___ Black-necked Stilt B ___ American Avocet B
SANDPIPERS ___ Greater Yellowlegs ___ Lesser Yellowlegs ___ Solitary Sandpiper ___ Willet B ___ Spotted Sandpiper B ___ Upland Sandpiper B ___ Whimbrel ___ Long-billed Curlew B ___ Hudsonian Godwit ___ Marbled Godwit B ___ Ruddy Turnstone ___ Black Turnstone 1 ___ Red Knot ___ Sanderling ___ Semipalmated Sandpiper ___ Western Sandpiper ___ Least Sandpiper ___ White-rumped Sandpiper ___ Baird's Sandpiper ___ Pectoral Sandpiper ___ Dunlin ___ Curlew Sandpiper 1 ___ Stilt Sandpiper ___ Buff-breasted Sandpiper ___ Short-billed Dowitcher ___ Long-billed Dowitcher ___ Common Snipe BW ___ American Woodcock 2 ___ Wilson's Phalarope B ___ Red-necked Phalarope ___ Red Phalarope 6
GULLS, TERNS ___ Pomarine Jaeger 4 ___ Parasitic Jaeger ___ Long-tailed Jaeger 6 ___ Laughing Gull 1 ___ Franklin's Gull B ___ Bonaparte's Gull ___ Mew Gull 1 ___ Ring-billed Gull BW ___ California Gull BW ___ Herring Gull B ___ Thayer's Gull 3 ___ Iceland Gull 2 ___ Glaucous Gull ___ Glaucous-winged Gull 2 ___ Great Black-backed Gull 2 ___ Black-legged Kittiwake 4 ___ Sabine's Gull 10 ___ Ivory Gull 1 ___ Caspian Tern B ___ Common Tern B ___ Forster's Tern B ___ Least Tern B (8) ___ Black Tern B
MURRELETS ___ Marbled Murrelet 1 ___ Ancient Murrelet 5
DOVES ___ Rock Dove BW ___ Band-tailed Pigeon ___ White-winged Dove 1 ___ Mourning Dove BW
CUCKOOS ___ Black-billed Cuckoo B ___ Yellow-billed Cuckoo
BARN OWLS ___ Barn Owl 10
TYPICAL OWLS ___ Flammulated Owl B (9) ___ Eastern Screech-Owl BW ___ Western Screech-Owl BW ___ Great Horned Owl BW ___ Snowy Owl W ___ Northern Hawk-Owl ___ Northern Pygmy-Owl BW ___ Burrowing Owl B ___ Barred Owl BW ___ Great Gray Owl BW ___ Long-eared Owl BW ___ Short-eared Owl BW ___ Boreal Owl B ___ Northern Saw-whet Owl BW
NIGHTJARS ___ Common Nighthawk B ___ Common Poorwill B ___ Whip-poor-will 1
SWIFTS ___ Black Swift B ___ Chimney Swift B ___ Vaux's Swift B ___ White-throated Swift B
HUMMINGBIRDS ___ Ruby-throated Hummingbird B (7) ___ Black-chinned Hummingbird B ___ Anna's Hummingbird W (5) ___ Calliope Hummingbird B ___ Broad-tailed Hummingbird 10 ___ Rufous Hummingbird B
KINGFISHERS ___ Belted Kingfisher BW
WOODPECKERS ___ Lewis' Woodpecker BW ___ Red-headed Woodpecker B ___ Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 ___ Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 ___ Red-naped Sapsucker B ___ Williamson's Sapsucker B ___ Downy Woodpecker BW ___ Hairy Woodpecker BW ___ White-headed Woodpecker 6 ___ Three-toed Woodpecker BW ___ Black-backed Woodpecker BW ___ Northern Flicker BW ___ Pileated Woodpecker BW
FLYCATCHERS ___ Olive-sided Flycatcher B ___ Western Wood-pewee B ___ Eastern Wood-pewee 2 ___ Alder Flycatcher 3 ___ Willow Flycatcher B ___ Least Flycatcher B ___ Hammond's Flycatcher B ___ Dusky Flycatcher B ___ Cordilleran Flycatcher B ___ Eastern Phoebe 5 ___ Say's Phoebe B ___ Ash-throated Flycatcher 9 ___ Great Crested Flycatcher 2 ___ Cassin's Kingbird B ___ Western Kingbird B ___ Eastern Kingbird B ___ Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 6
LARK ___ Horned Lark BW
SWALLOWS ___ Purple Martin ___ Tree Swallow B ___ Violet-green Swallow B ___ Northern Rough-winged Swallow B ___ Bank Swallow B ___ Cliff Swallow B ___ Barn Swallow B
JAYS, CROW, RAVEN ___ Gray Jay BW ___ Steller's Jay BW ___ Blue Jay BW ___ Pinon Jay BW ___ Clark's Nutcracker BW ___ Black-billed Magpie BW ___ American Crow BW ___ Common Raven BW
CHICKADEES ___ Black-capped Chickadee BW ___ Mountain Chickadee BW ___ Boreal Chickadee BW ___ Chestnut-backed Chickadee BW
NUTHATCHES ___ Red-breasted Nuthatch BW ___ White-breasted Nuthatch BW ___ Pygmy Nuthatch BW
CREEPER ___ Brown Creeper BW
WRENS ___ Rock Wren B ___ Canyon Wren BW ___ House Wren B ___ Winter Wren BW ___ Sedge Wren 6 ___ Marsh Wren BW
DIPPER ___ American Dipper BW
KINGLETS, BLUEBIRDS, THRUSHES ___ Golden-crowned Kinglet BW ___ Ruby-crowned Kinglet BW ___ Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1 ___ Eastern Bluebird B ___ Western Bluebird B ___ Mountain Bluebird B ___ Townsend's Solitaire BW ___ Veery B ___ Gray-cheeked Thrush ___ Swainson's Thrush B ___ Hermit Thrush BW ___ Wood Thrush 5 ___ American Robin BW ___ Varied Thrush BW
THRASHERS ___ Gray Catbird B ___ Northern Mockingbird BW ___ Sage Thrasher B ___ Brown Thrasher B
PIPITS ___ American Pipit BW ___ Sprague's Pipit B
WAXWINGS ___ Bohemian Waxwing BW ___ Cedar Waxwing BW
SHRIKES ___ Northern Shrike W ___ Loggerhead Shrike B
STARLING ___ European Starling BW
VIREOS ___ Solitary Vireo B ___ Warbling Vireo B ___ Philadelphia Vireo 3 ___ Red-eyed Vireo B
WARBLERS TO BLACKBIRDS ___ Tennessee Warbler B ___ Orange-crowned Warbler B ___ Nashville Warbler B ___ Northern Parula 4 ___ Yellow Warbler B ___ Chestnut-sided Warbler 7 ___ Magnolia Warbler ___ Cape May Warbler 5 ___ Black-throated Blue Warbler 3 ___ Yellow-rumped Warbler BW ___ Black-throated Gray Warbler 3 ___ Townsend's Warbler B ___ Black-throated Green Warbler 5 ___ Blackburnian Warbler 7 ___ Yellow-throated Warbler 1 ___ Pine Warbler 3 ___ Prairie Warbler 1 ___ Palm Warbler ___ Bay-breasted Warbler 5 ___ Blackpoll Warbler ___ Black-and-white Warbler B ___ American Redstart B ___ Ovenbird B ___ Northern Waterthrush B ___ Kentucky Warbler 1 ___ Connecticut Warbler 3 ___ Mourning Warbler 1 ___ MacGillivray's Warbler B ___ Common Yellowthroat B ___ Wilson's Warbler B ___ Canada Warbler 4 ___ Painted Redstart 1 ___ Yellow-breasted Chat B ___ Summer Tanager 1 ___ Scarlet Tanager 6 ___ Western Tanager B ___ Northern Cardinal 1 ___ Rose-breasted Grosbeak ___ Black-headed Grosbeak B ___ Blue Grosbeak 3 ___ Lazuli Bunting B ___ Indigo Bunting ___ Dickcissel B ___ Green-tailed Towhee B ___ Rufous-sided Towhee BW ___ American Tree Sparrow W ___ Chipping Sparrow BW ___ Clay-colored Sparrow B ___ Brewer's Sparrow B ___ Field Sparrow B ___ Vesper Sparrow B ___ Lark Sparrow B ___ Black-throated Sparrow 2 ___ Sage Sparrow B (10) ___ Lark Bunting B ___ Savannah Sparrow B ___ Baird's Sparrow B ___ Grasshopper Sparrow B ___ Le Conte's Sparrow B ___ Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow 2 ___ Fox Sparrow BW ___ Song Sparrow BW ___ Lincoln's Sparrow B ___ Swamp Sparrow W (8) ___ White-throated Sparrow W ___ Golden-crowned Sparrow 4 ___ White-crowned Sparrow BW ___ Harris' Sparrow W ___ Dark-eyed Junco BW ___ McCown's Longspur BW ___ Lapland Longspur W ___ Smith's Longspur 4 ___ Chestnut-collared Longspur B ___ Snow Bunting W ___ Bobolink B ___ Red-winged Blackbird BW ___ Western Meadowlark BW ___ Yellow-headed Blackbird BW ___ Rusty Blackbird W ___ Brewer's Blackbird BW ___ Common Grackle BW ___ Brown-headed Cowbird B ___ Orchard Oriole B ___ Northern Oriole B
FINCHES ___ Brambling 1 ___ Rosy Finch BW ___ Pine Grosbeak BW ___ Purple Finch W ___ Cassin's Finch BW ___ House Finch BW ___ Red Crossbill BW ___ White-winged Crossbill W ___ Common Redpoll W ___ Hoary Redpoll W ___ Pine Siskin BW ___ American Goldfinch BW ___ Evening Grosbeak BW
WEAVER FINCHES ___ House Sparrow BW

This list is based on the species and sequence from Montana Bird Distribution Committee. 1996. P.D. Skaar's Montana Bird Distribution, fifth edition. Montana Natural Heritage Program Special Publication No. 3, 130 pp. Copies of the Montana Bird Distribution are available for $8 plus $2 shipping from:
                          Montana Audubon
                          P.O. Box 595
                          Helena, MT 59624
                          Telephone: 406/443-3949
For more information contact:
                          Montana Natural Heritage Program
                          1515 East Sixth Avenue
                          Helena, MT 59620
                          Telephone: 406/444-3009
This resource is based on the following source:
Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks.  1992.  A list of Montana 
     birds.  Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, & Parks.  Unpaginated.
This resource should be cited as:
Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks.  1992.  A list of Montana 
     birds.  Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, & Parks.  Unpaginated.  
     Jamestown, ND: Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Online.
     http://www.npwrc.usgs.govmontana.htm  
     (Version 22MAY98).

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