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Breeding Birds of the Platte River Valley


Species Accounts


Family Podicipedidae
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)
Family Phalacrocoracidae
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Family Ardeidae
American Bittern (Botaurus Lengtiginosus)
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Green-backed Heron (Butorides striatus)
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
Family Anatidae
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca)
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)
Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Gadwall (Anas strepera)
American Wigeon (Anas americana)
Redhead (Aythya americana)
Family Cathartidae
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)
Family Accititridae
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)
Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni)
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis)
Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)
Prairie Falcon (Falco mexicanus)
Family Phasianidae
Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
Greater Prairie-Chicken (Tympanuchus cupido)
Sharp-tailed Grouse (Tympanuchus phasianellus)
Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)
Northern Bobwhite (Colinus virginianus)
Family Rallidae
Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola)
Sora (Porzana carolina)
Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)
American Coot (Fulica americana)
Family Charadriidae
Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus)
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
Family Recurvirostridae
American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)
Family Scolopacidae
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularia)
Upland Sandpiper (Bartramia longicauda)
Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus)
Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)
American Woodcock (Scolopax minor)
Wilson's Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor)
Least Tern (Sterna antillarum)
Black Tern (Chlidonias niger)
Family Columbidae
Rock Dove (Columba livia)
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
Family Cuculidae
Black-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus erythropthalmus)
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus)
Family Tytonidae
Common Barn-Owl (Tyto alba)
Family Strigidae
Eastern Screech-Owl (Otus asio)
Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia)
Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)
Family Caprimulgidae
Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor)
Family Apodidae
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)
Family Alcedinidae
Belted Kingfisher (Ceryle alcyon)
Family Picidae
Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)
Family Tyrannidae
Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus)
Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens)
Willow Flycatcher (Epidonax traillii)
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
Say's Phoebe (Sayornis saya)
Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)
Cassin's Kingbird (Tyrannus vociferans)
Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis)
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus forficatus)
Family Alaudidae
Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris)
Family Hirundinidae
Purple Martin (Progne subis)
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)
Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia)
Cliff Swallow (Hirundo pyrrhonota)
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
Family Corvidae
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica)
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
Chihuahuan Raven (Corvus cryptoleucus)
Family Paridae
Black-capped Chickadee (Parus atricapillus)
Family Sittidae
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)
Family Troglodytidae
Rock Wren (Salpinctes obsoletus)
Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)
Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis)
Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris)
Family Muscicapidae
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)
Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
Family Mimidae
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottis)
Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)
Family Bombycillidae
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)
Family Laniidae
Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)
Family Sturnidae
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
Family Vireonidae
Bell's Vireo (Vireo bellii)
Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus)
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)
Family Emberizidae
Yellow Warbler (Dendoica petechia)
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)
Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens)
Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus)
Blue Grosbeak (Guiraca caerulea)
Lazuli Bunting (Passerina amoena)
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)
Dickcissel (Spiza americana)
Rufous-sided Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)
Cassin's Sparrow (Aimophila cassinii)
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)
Brewer's Sparrow (Spizella breweri)
Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)
Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus)
Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)
Lark Bunting (Calamospiza melanocorys)
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)
Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum)
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)
Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorous)
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna)
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus)
Brewer's Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)
Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus)
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)
Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius)
Northern Oriole (Icterus galbula)
Family Fringillidae
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
Pine Siskin (Carduelis pinus)
American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
Family Passeridae
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)

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