Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
State Game and Fish Department
100 North Bismarck Expressway
Bismarck, North Dakota 58501-5095
The songbirds pictured in the following pages are representatives of 15 families of passerines which nest in North Dakota. Some families described contain members which can be found in North Dakota, but are not pictured.
Identifying songbirds in the field is both educational and rewarding. Most species exhibit field marks that you must look for to distinguish them from other birds, such as a characteristic feather pattern, bill shape, and overall size. It can also be important to recognize a bird's song, behavior, preferred habitats, and range. The descriptions found within the following pages will help you identify many of the common songbirds found in North Dakota.
To further enhance your success, it is recommended you invest in a good pair of binoculars for closer viewing and a field guide. The inexpensive field guide will provide you with more specific range maps and illustrations of male, female, and juvenile birds of all species.
This resource is based on the following source:
Grondahl, Chris and Scott Gomes. No Date. Songbirds of North Dakota. North Dakota Game and Fish Department, Bismarck, ND. 11pp.This resource should be cited as:
Grondahl, Chris and Scott Gomes. No Date. Songbirds of North Dakota. North Dakota Game and Fish Department, Bismarck, ND. Jamestown, ND: Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Online. http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/birds/songbird/songbird.htm (Version 16JUL97).
Tyrant Flycatchers -- Family Tyrannidae
Swallows -- Family Hirundinidae
Larks -- Family Alaudidae
Chickadees -- Family Paridae
Nuthatches -- Family Sittidae
Wrens -- Family Troglodytidae
Thrushes -- Family Muscicapidae
Shrikes -- Family Laniidae
Mimic Thrushes -- Family Mimidae
Waxwings -- Family Bombycillidae
Jays, Crows and Magpies -- Family Corvidae
Vireos -- Family Vireonidae
Finches -- Family Fringillidae
Warblers, Sparrows and Grosbeaks -- Family Emberizidae
Meadowlarks, Orioles and Blackbirds -- Family Icteridae