Checklist of the

Birds of Utah
(July 2017) 

Compiled by the
Utah Birds Records Committee

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This Checklist contains 461 species approved by the Utah Bird Records Committee through July  2017, arranged in taxonomic order and using nomenclature of the 7th American Ornithologist's Union Check-list of North American Birds and the 54th supplement of that Check-list.

(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 Photographs and other documentation can be submitted by e-mail to [email protected]

Key to Codes  (last update in 2009)

   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
  Greater White-fronted Goose RT
  Snow Goose CT,OW
  Ross's Goose FT,RW
  Brant # A
  Cackling Goose RT
  Canada Goose CP
  Trumpeter Swan RT,RW
  Tundra Swan UT,UW
  Wood Duck UP
  Gadwall CS,FW
  Eurasian Wigeon OT
  American Wigeon RS,CW
  American Black Duck # A
  Mallard CP
  Blue-winged Teal US
  Cinnamon Teal CS,RW
  Northern Shoveler CS,FW
  Northern Pintail CS,UW
  Garganey # + A
  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 (Blue Grouse) FP
Sharp-tailed Grouse  ^UP
Wild Turkey  FP


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


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


Wood Stork # A


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


American White Pelican CS,OW
Brown Pelican # A
American Bittern US,RW
Least Bittern #  A
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, HAWKS & EAGLES Accipitriformes
Turkey Vulture FS
  California Condor RP
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
Red-shouldered Hawk O
Broad-winged Hawk RT
Gray Hawk # + A
Swainson's Hawk FS
Zone-tailed Hawk # *OS
Red-tailed Hawk CP
Ferruginous Hawk UP
Rough-legged Hawk FW
Golden Eagle FP
RAILS & CRANES Gruiformes
Virginia Rail FS,UW
Sora FS,RW
Purple Gallinule # A
Common Gallinule   (C. Moorhen) *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
  Spotted Sandpiper FS
  Solitary Sandpiper UT
  Wandering Tattler # A
  Greater Yellowlegs FT,RW
  Willet CS
  Lesser Yellowlegs FT,RW
  Upland Sandpiper # A
  Whimbrel  RT
  Long-billed Curlew FS
  Hudsonian Godwit # OT
  Bar-tailed Godwit # + A
  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
  Wilson's Phalarope CT,CS
  Red-necked Phalarope CT
  Red Phalarope # OT
Gulls, Terns, & Alcids 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
  Thayer's Gull RW
  Iceland Gull # A
  Lesser Black-backed Gull A
  Glaucous-winged Gull RW
  Glaucous Gull RW
  Least Tern # OT
  CaspianTern US
  Black Tern UT,US
  Common Tern RT
  Forster's Tern CS
DOVES & PIGEONS Columbiformes
  Rock Pigeon CP
  Band-tailed Pigeon  US
  Eurasian Collared-Dove CP
  White-winged Dove  *US
  Mourning Dove CS,UW
  Inca Dove *RP
  Common Ground-Dove # A

Ruddy Ground-Dove #



  Yellow-billed Cuckoo # OS
  Black-billed Cuckoo # A
  Greater Roadrunner  *UP
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 

GOATSUCKERS Caprimulgiformes
  Lesser Nighthawk  *FS
  Common Nighthawk CS

Common Poorwill 

  Mexican Whip-poor-will # A
  Black Swift  OS
  Chimney Swift # A
  Vaux's Swift # RT
  White-throated Swift CS
Hummingbirds Trochilidae
  Magnificent 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


  Belted Kingfisher UP
  Lewis's Woodpecker  UP
  Red-headed Woodpecker # A
  Acorn Woodpecker RP
  Williamson's Sapsucker  US,RW
  Yellow-bellied Sapsucker # A
  Red-naped Sapsucker CS,RW
  Red-breasted Sapsucker # A
  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
  Cordilleran Flycatcher FS
  Black Phoebe  *UP
  Eastern Phoebe # A
  Say's Phoebe CS,UW
  Vermilion Flycatcher  *R
  Ash-throated Flycatcher  FS
  Great Crested Flycatcher # + A
  Brown-crested Flycatcher  *RS
  Tropical Kingbird # A
  Cassin's Kingbird  US
  Thick-billed Kingbird # A
  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
  Plumbeous Vireo CS
  Cassin's Vireo  UT
  Blue-headed Vireo # A
  Warbling Vireo CS
  Philadelphia Vireo # A

Red-eyed Vireo 

Jays & Crows Corvidae
  Gray Jay  UP
  Pinyon Jay  CP
  Steller's Jay  CP
  Blue Jay OW
  Western 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


  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 RP
  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
Pipit Motocillidae
  American Pipit CS,UW
Waxwings Bombycillidae
  Bohemian Waxwing IW(R-C)
  Cedar Waxwing US,CW
Silky Flycatchers Ptilogonatidae


Longspurs & Snow Bunting Calcariidae
  Lapland Longspur  RW
  Chestnut-collared Longspur # A
  McCown's Longspur # A
  Snow Bunting  ^RW
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
  Yellow-breasted Chat 



  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 # A
  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

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

Blackbirds & Orioles

  Bobolink  RS
  Red-winged Blackbird CP
  Western Meadowlark CP
  Yellow-headed Blackbird CS,RW
  Rusty Blackbird # A
  Brewer's Blackbird CP
  Common Grackle  RS
  Great-tailed Grackle  UP
  Bronzed Cowbird # A
  Brown-headed Cowbird CS,RW
  Orchard Oriole # + A
  Hooded Oriole  *US
  Streak-backed Oriole # A
  Bullock's Oriole  CS
  Baltimore Oriole # A
  Scott's Oriole  US
Finches Fringillidae
  Brambling # A
  Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch  IW(U-C)
  Black Rosy-Finch  UP
  Brown-capped Rosy-Finch # A
  Pine Grosbeak  UP
  House Finch CP
  Purple Finch # A
  Cassin's Finch FP
  Red Crossbill  UP
  White-winged Crossbill  IP(O-U)
  Common Redpoll # RW
  Hoary Redpoll # A
  Pine Siskin CP
  Lesser Goldfinch FP
  Lawrence's Goldfinch # A
  American Goldfinch CP
  Evening Grosbeak RS,IW(R-C)
Weaver Finches Passeridae
  House Sparrow CP

    Wilson's Snipe photo
 by Jack Binch  ©Jack Binch


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