Checklist of the

Birds of Utah
(January 2018)

Compiled by the
Utah Birds Records Committee

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This Checklist contains 463 species approved by the Utah Bird Records Committee through January 2018, arranged in taxonomic order and using nomenclature of the American Ornithological Society's Checklist of North American Birds, 7th Edition, 58th supplement.

(For lists of “Provisional Species,” “Unverified Species,” “Established Introduced Species,” and “Non-established Introduced Species,” go to the “Auxiliary Lists” on the Records Committee website).

Documentation is requested for sightings of birds notated with a # on this checklist or any bird not on the checklist. You can submit written documentation or print a sight record on the internet at  Documentation and photographs can be submitted to

Key to Codes  (last update in 2018)

   Abundance Codes
C = COMMON - Found consistently in large numbers in appropriate habitat and season
F = FAIRLY COMMON-- Found consistently in moderate numbers in appropriate habitat and season
U = UNCOMMON - Inconsistently found  in small numbers in appropriate habitat and season
R = RARE - Found infrequently but annually in very small numbers in appropriate habitat and season
O = OCCASIONAL - Not observed annually, but a few individuals may occur some years in appropriate habitat and season
A = ACCIDENTAL - Not expected and out of normal range (few records)
I = IRREGULAR  - Abundance may vary greatly from year to year.  (A range is given. Example: IW(R-C) = rare to common winter visitant)

   Status Codes
P =   Permanent Resident (Found year round in the state)
S =   Summer Resident (Present in the state during the nesting season)
W =  Winter Visitant (Present in the state during January and/or February)
T =   Transient (Migrates through the state in spring and/or fall)

#   Species for which documentation is requested
+   Provisional species accepted on sight record(s) only
*    Species that are found primarily in Washington County
^   Species that are found primarily in northern Utah

Bird List


  Fulvous Whistling-Duck # A
  Snow Goose CT,OW
  Ross's Goose FT,RW
  Greater White-fronted Goose RT
  Brant # A
  Cackling Goose RT
  Canada Goose CP
  Trumpeter Swan RT,RW
  Tundra Swan UT,UW
  Wood Duck  UP
  Garganey # + A
  Blue-winged Teal US
  Cinnamon Teal CS,RW
  Northern Shoveler CS,FW
  Gadwall CS,FW
  Eurasian Wigeon OT
  American Wigeon RS,CW
  Mallard CP
  American Black Duck # A
  Northern Pintail CS,UW
  Green-winged Teal FS,CW
  Canvasback FT,RS,RW
  Redhead CS,UW
  Ring-necked Duck RS,CW
  Greater Scaup RT,RW
  Lesser Scaup CT,RS,UW
  Harlequin Duck # A
  Surf Scoter RT
  White-winged Scoter RT
  Black Scoter # OT
  Long-tailed Duck RW
  Bufflehead FW
  Common Goldeneye CW
  Barrow's Goldeneye  ^UW
  Hooded Merganser UW
  Common Merganser CT,RS,UW
  Red-breasted Merganser CT
  Ruddy Duck  CP


Scaled Quail # A
California Quail CP
Gambel's Quail *CP
Chukar FP
Gray Partridge ^UP
Ring-necked Pheasant CP
Ruffed Grouse UP
Greater Sage-Grouse UP
Gunnison Sage-Grouse RP
White-tailed Ptarmigan RP
Dusky Grouse FP
Sharp-tailed Grouse  ^UP
Wild Turkey FP


Pied-billed Grebe FS,UW
Horned Grebe UT,RW
Red-necked Grebe # A
Eared Grebe CS,UW
Western Grebe CS,RW
Clark's Grebe CS,RW
DOVES & PIGEONS Columbiformes
  Rock Pigeon CP
  Band-tailed Pigeon US
  Eurasian Collared-Dove CP
  Inca Dove *RP
  Common Ground-Dove # A
  Ruddy Ground-Dove # A
  White-winged Dove *US
  Mourning Dove CS,UW


  Yellow-billed Cuckoo # OS
  Black-billed Cuckoo # A
  Greater Roadrunner *UP
GOATSUCKERS Caprimulgiformes
  Lesser Nighthawk *FS
  Common Nighthawk CS
  Common Poorwill CS
  Mexican Whip-poor-will # A


  Black Swift OS
  Chimney Swift # + A
  Vaux's Swift # RT
  White-throated Swift CS
Hummingbirds Trochilidae
  Rivoli’s Hummingbird # A
  Ruby-throated Hummingbird # A
  Black-chinned Hummingbird CS
  Anna's Hummingbird *RW
  Costa's Hummingbird *US
Broad-tailed Hummingbird CS
  Rufous Hummingbird CT
  Allen’s Hummingbird # A
  Calliope Hummingbird UT,RS
  Broad-billed Hummingbird # A
RAILS & CRANES Gruiformes
Virginia Rail FS,UW
Sora FS,RW
Purple Gallinule # A
Common Gallinule *RP
American Coot CP
Sandhill Crane FS
Common Crane # A


  Black-necked Stilt CS
  American Avocet CS,RW
  Black-bellied Plover UT
  American Golden-Plover RT
  Pacific Golden-Plover # A
  Snowy Plover FS
  Semipalmated Plover UT
  Killdeer CP
  Mountain Plover # OS
  Upland Sandpiper # A
  Whimbrel RT
  Long-billed Curlew FS
  Bar-tailed Godwit # A
  Hudsonian Godwit # OT
  Marbled Godwit CT
  Ruddy Turnstone RT
  Red Knot RT
  Ruff # A
  Sharp-tailed Sandpiper # A
  Stilt Sandpiper RT
  Curlew Sandpiper # A
  Sanderling CT,RW
  Dunlin RT
  Purple Sandpiper # A
  Baird's Sandpiper FT
  Least Sandpiper CT,RW
  White-rumped Sandpiper # A
  Buff-breasted Sandpiper # A
  Pectoral Sandpiper UT
  Semipalmated Sandpiper RT
  Western Sandpiper CT
  Short-billed Dowitcher RT
  Long-billed Dowitcher CT,RW
  Wilson’s Snipe CS,UW
  Spotted Sandpiper FS
  Solitary Sandpiper UT
  Wandering Tattler # A
  Lesser Yellowlegs FT
  Willet CS
  Greater Yellowlegs FT,RW
  Wilson's Phalarope CT,CS
  Red-necked Phalarope CT
  Red Phalarope # OT
Jaegers, Alcids, Gulls,Terns Laridae
  Pomarine Jaeger # A
  Parasitic Jaeger # A
  Long-tailed Jaeger # A
  Ancient Murrelet # A
  Black-legged Kittiwake # A
  Sabine's Gull RT
  Bonaparte's Gull FT
  Little Gull # A
  Laughing Gull # A
  Franklin's Gull CS
  Heermann's Gull # A
  Mew Gull OT,OW
  Ring-billed Gull US,CW
  Western Gull # A
  Yellow-footed Gull # A
  California Gull CS,UW
  Herring Gull UW
  Iceland Gull RW
  Lesser Black-backed Gull A
  Glaucous-winged Gull RW
  Glaucous Gull RW
  Least Tern # OT
  Caspian Tern US
  Black Tern UT,US
  Common Tern RT
  Arctic Tern # A
  Forster's Tern CS


Red-throated Loon # A
Pacific Loon RT
Common Loon FT,UW
Yellow-billed Loon # A


Wood Stork # A


Magnificent Frigatebird # A
Neotropic Cormorant RP
Double-crested Cormorant CS,RW


American White Pelican CS,OW
Brown Pelican # A
American Bittern US,RW
Least Bittern # *OP
Great Blue Heron CP
Great Egret US, RW
Snowy Egret CS
Little Blue Heron # A
Tricolored Heron # A
  Reddish Egret # A
Cattle Egret CS
Green Heron *RS,OW
Black-crowned Night-Heron CS,UW
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron # A
White Ibis # A
Glossy Ibis O
White-faced Ibis CS
Roseate Spoonbill # A
VULTURES Cathartiformes
  Turkey Vulture FS
California Condor * RP
HAWKS & EAGLES Accipitriformes
  Osprey US
White-tailed Kite # A
Mississippi Kite # + A
Bald Eagle RS,CW
Northern Harrier FP
Sharp-shinned Hawk FP
Cooper's Hawk FP
Northern Goshawk UP
Common Black-Hawk *RS
Gray Hawk # + A
Red-shouldered Hawk O
Broad-winged Hawk RT
Swainson's Hawk FS
Zone-tailed Hawk # *OS
Red-tailed Hawk CP
Ferruginous Hawk UP
Rough-legged Hawk FW
Golden Eagle FP
OWLS Strigiformes
  Barn Owl UP
  Flammulated Owl US
  Western Screech-Owl UP
  Great Horned Owl CP
  Snowy Owl # A
  Northern Pygmy-Owl UP
  Elf Owl # + A
  Burrowing Owl US,RW
  Spotted Owl RP
  Great Gray Owl # A
  Long-eared Owl UP
  Short-eared Owl UP
  Boreal Owl # O
  Northern Saw-whet Owl RP


  Belted Kingfisher UP
  Lewis's Woodpecker UP
  Red-headed Woodpecker # A
  Acorn Woodpecker RP
  Williamson's Sapsucker US,RW
  Yellow-bellied Sapsucker # O
  Red-naped Sapsucker CS,RW
  Red-breasted Sapsucker # O
  Ladder-backed Woodpecker *FP
  Downy Woodpecker CP
  Hairy Woodpecker FP
  American Three-toed Woodpecker RP
  Northern Flicker CP
  Gilded Flicker # A
FALCONS Falconiformes
American Kestrel CP
Merlin UW
Gyrfalcon # A
Peregrine Falcon UP
Prairie Falcon UP
PERCHING BIRDS Passeriformes
Flycatchers Tyrannidae
  Olive-sided Flycatcher FS
  Western Wood-Pewee CS
  Willow Flycatcher FS
  Least Flycatcher # OT
  Hammond's Flycatcher FS
  Gray Flycatcher FS
  Dusky Flycatcher CS
  Pacific-slope Flycatcher # FT
  Cordilleran Flycatcher FS
  Black Phoebe *UP
  Eastern Phoebe # A
  Say's Phoebe CS,UW
  Vermilion Flycatcher *R
  Dusky-capped Flycatcher A
  Ash-throated Flycatcher FS
  Great Crested Flycatcher # + A
  Brown-crested Flycatcher *RS
  Tropical Kingbird # A
  Thick-billed Kingbird # A
  Cassin's Kingbird US
  Western Kingbird CS
  Eastern Kingbird US
  Scissor-tailed Flycatcher # A
Shrikes Laniidae
  Loggerhead Shrike CP
  Northern Shrike RW
Vireos Vireonidae
  White-eyed Vireo # A
  Bell's Vireo *US
  Gray Vireo US
  Yellow-throated Vireo # A
  Cassin's Vireo UT
  Blue-headed Vireo # A
  Plumbeous Vireo CS
  Philidelphia Vireo # A
  Warbling Vireo CS
  Red-eyed Vireo OT
Jays & Crows Corvidae
  Gray Jay UP
  Pinyon Jay CP
  Steller's Jay CP
  Blue Jay OW
  Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay CP
Clark's Nutcracker FP
  Black-billed Magpie CP
  American Crow FS,CW
  Common Raven CP
Larks Alaudidae
  Horned Lark CP
Swallows Hirundinidae
  Purple Martin RS
  Tree Swallow CS
  Violet-green Swallow CS
  Northern Rough-winged Swallow CS
  Bank Swallow CS
  Cliff Swallow CS
  Barn Swallow CS
Chickadees Paridae
  Black-capped Chickadee CP
  Mountain Chickadee CP
  Juniper Titmouse CP
Penduline Tits Remizidae
  Verdin *CP
Bushtits (Long-tailed Tits) Aegithalidae


Nuthatches Sittidae
  Red-breasted Nuthatch CP
  White-breasted Nuthatch  FP
  Pygmy Nuthatch  FP
Treecreepers Certhiidae

Brown Creeper 

Wrens Troglodytidae
  Rock Wren CS,UW
  Canyon Wren CP
  House Wren CS,*RW
  Pacific Wren OS,UW
  Winter Wren # A
  Marsh Wren CS, UW
  Bewick's Wren CP
  Cactus Wren *UP


  Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  CS

Black-tailed Gnatcatcher 




American Dipper 



  Golden-crowned Kinglet  UP
  Ruby-crowned Kinglet


Thrushes Turdidae
  Eastern Bluebird # A
  Western Bluebird  US,RW
  Mountain Bluebird CS,UW
  Townsend's Solitaire  CP
  Veery # A
  Swainson's Thrush  FS
  Hermit Thrush CS,RW
  Wood Thrush # A
  Rufous-backed Robin # A
  American Robin CP
  Varied Thrush  OW
Thrashers Mimidae
  Gray Catbird US
  Curve-billed Thrasher # A
  Brown Thrasher # OT
  Bendire's Thrasher  RS
  Le Conte's Thrasher # *A
  Crissal Thrasher  *UP
  Sage Thrasher  CS,*RW
  Northern Mockingbird  UP
Starling Sturnidae
  European Starling CP
Waxwings Bombycillidae
  Bohemian Waxwing IW(R-C)
  Cedar Waxwing US,CW
Silky Flycatchers Ptilogonatidae


Old World Sparrows Passeridae
  House Sparrow CP
Pipit Motocillidae
  American Pipit CS,UW
Finches Fringillidae
  Brambling # A
  Evening Grosbeak RS,IW(R-C)
  Pine Grosbeak UP
  Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch IW(U-C)
  Black Rosy-Finch UP
  Brown-capped Rosy-Finch # A
  House Finch CP
  Purple Finch # A
  Cassin's Finch FP
  Common Redpoll # RW
  Hoary Redpoll # A
  Red Crossbill UP
  White-winged Crossbill O
  Pine Siskin CP
  Lesser Goldfinch FP
  Lawrence's Goldfinch # A
  American Goldfinch CP
Longspurs & Snow Bunting Calcariidae
  Lapland Longspur  RW
  Chestnut-collared Longspur # A
  McCown's Longspur # A
  Snow Bunting  ^RW


  Green-tailed Towhee FS,OW
  Spotted Towhee CP
  Rufous-crowned Sparrow *RP
  Canyon Towhee # A
  Abert's Towhee *UP
  Cassin’s Sparrow # A
  American Tree Sparrow UW
  Chipping Sparrow CS
  Clay-colored Sparrow OT
  Brewer's Sparrow CS
  Field Sparrow # + A
  Black-chinned Sparrow  *US
  Vesper Sparrow CS,*RW
  Lark Sparrow CS
  Black-throated Sparrow  CS
  Sagebrush Sparrow UP
  Bell's Sparrow # *RW
  Lark Bunting  ^RS
  Savannah Sparrow CS,RW
  Grasshopper Sparrow  ^RS
  Baird's Sparrow # + A
  Le Conte's Sparrow # A
  Nelson's Sparrow # A
  Fox Sparrow  US,OW
  Song Sparrow CP
  Lincoln's Sparrow CS,RW
  Swamp Sparrow OW
  White-throated Sparrow  RW
  Harris's Sparrow RW
  White-crowned Sparrow CP
  Golden-crowned Sparrow RW
  Dark-eyed Junco CP


  Yellow-breasted Chat 


Blackbirds & Orioles

  Yellow-headed Blackbird CS,RW
  Bobolink RS
  Western Meadowlark CP
  Orchard Oriole # A
  Hooded Oriole *US
  Streak-backed Oriole # A
  Bullock's Oriole CS
  Baltimore Oriole # A
  Scott's Oriole US
  Red-winged Blackbird CP
  Bronzed Cowbird # A
  Brown-headed Cowbird CS,RW
  Rusty Blackbird # A
  Brewer's Blackbird CP
  Common Grackle RS
  Great-tailed Grackle UP
Warblers Parulidae
  Ovenbird # OT
  Worm-eating Warbler # A
  Louisiana Waterthrush # + A
  Northern Waterthrush RT
  Golden-winged Warbler # A
  Blue-winged Warbler # A
  Black-and-white Warbler OT
  Prothonotary Warbler # A
  Tennessee Warbler # OT
  Orange-crowned Warbler CS,RW
  Lucy's Warbler  *CS
  Nashville Warbler UT
  Virginia's Warbler CS
  Connecticut Warbler # + A
  MacGillivray's Warbler  FS
  Kentucky Warbler # A
  Common Yellowthroat FS
  Hooded Warbler # A
  American Redstart  RT
  Cape May Warbler # A
  Northern Parula # OT
  Magnolia Warbler # A
  Bay-breasted Warbler # A
  Yellow Warbler CS
  Chestnut-sided Warbler # A
  Blackpoll Warbler # OT
  Black-throated Blue Warbler # A
  Palm Warbler # OT
  Pine Warbler # A
  Yellow-rumped Warbler CS,UW
  Yellow-throated Warbler # A
  Prairie Warbler # + A
  Grace's Warbler  US
  Black-throated Gray Warbler  CS
  Townsend's Warbler UT
  Hermit Warbler # OT
  Black-throated Green Warbler # A
  Canada Warbler # A
  Wilson's Warbler US,CT
  Painted Redstart # O

Tanagers, Grosbeaks & Buntings

  Summer Tanager  *US
  Scarlet Tanager # A
  Western Tanager FS
  Northern Cardinal # A
  Pyrrhuloxia # A
  Rose-breasted Grosbeak  OT
  Black-headed Grosbeak CS
  Blue Grosbeak  US
  Lazuli Bunting  CS
  Indigo Bunting  RS
  Painted Bunting # A
  Dickcissel # A

 Bald Eagle photo  by Kent Keller  ©Kent R.Keller


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