Top 28 Backyard Birds in Nevada (Free Picture ID Printable)

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Have you wondered what those birds are that are visiting your backyard in Nevada? Do you need help identifying common backyard birds in Nevada?

There is a great joy in putting up bird feeders and watching what comes to visit, but it gets better if you know who they are. Well, now you can find out the most common birds in Nevada that visit feeders or hop across your lawn.

Western Kingbirds are more common birds in Nevada in summer and Yellow-rumped Warbler and Ruby-crowned Kinglets are more common birds in Nevada winter.

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So if you’re ready to do some backyard birding in Nevada, then read on to find out how to identify birds and how to attract more birds to your yard.

Also, get free printable backyard bird worksheets with pictures for Nevada to help you identify and keep track of the birds that visit your backyard.

Top 28 backyard birds in Nevada

  1. White-crowned Sparrow
  2. Mourning Dove
  3. House Finch
  4. American Robin
  5. Northern Flicker
  6. Yellow-rumped Warbler
  7. Dark-eyed Junco
  8. European Starling
  9. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  10. Song Sparrow
  11. House Sparrow
  12. Great-tailed Grackle
  13. Spotted Towhee
  14. Brown-headed Cowbird
  15. Lesser Goldfinch
  16. Verdin
  17. Red-winged Blackbird
  18. Say’s Phoebe
  19. Northern Flicker
  20. Eurasian Collared-Dove
  21. Northern Mockingbird
  22. Brewer’s Blackbird
  23. Black-billed Magpie
  24. Western Meadowlark
  25. Mountain Chickadee
  26. Anna’s Hummingbird
  27. Western Kingbird
  28. Mountain Bluebird

Facts About Birds in Nevada

The Mountain Bluebird is the state bird of Nevada.  This bird was chosen in 1930 and 1931 by the Nevada Federation of Women’s Clubs, children and citizens of the state. It was approved in a bill as the official state bird in 1967.

There are 481 species of bird recorded in Nevada, according to ebird.  Some of the highlight birds in Nevada include Greater Roadrunners, Hummingbirds, American Avocet, Black-necked Stilt, Double-crested Cormorant, Burrowing Owl, Western Tanagers, Golden Eagle, Bald Eagle, Grebe, White-faced Ibis, Osprey, Great Horned Owl, and Pelicans.

The biggest bird in Nevada is the California Condor, with a wingspan of up to 8 feet (3 m).  These immense black birds have white under the wings and a naked red head.

The smallest bird in Nevada is the Calliope Hummingbird which is only about 3 in long, but they can travel long distances from Canada all the way to southern Mexico. 

The most common bird in Nevada is the Mourning Dove, which is seen in 32% of recorded checklists for the state on ebird throughout the year.

Nevada has 4 national parks, 3 national forests, 9 national wildlife refuges, and 23 state parks that offer excellent bird-watching opportunities if you want to get out and watch birds in their natural environment.

Read to the end of this article to find out more about other birds to spot if you go out birding in Nevada and how to identify birds.

The birds that are attracted to backyards in Nevada change throughout the year.  The lists below show the backyard birds most commonly seen at different times of the year in Nevada.

Notable differences show that Western Kingbirds are more common in summer and Yellow-rumped Warbler and Ruby-crowned Kinglets are more common in winter.

Free Printable Backyard Birds Worksheet for Nevada

These free bird identification worksheets have all the common backyard birds in Nevada at different times of the year. So when you want to do some backyard birding, these handy guides have pictures and space to either tick off the types of birds you have seen or keep a tally of the total number of birds in Nevada you see.

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Top 28 backyard birds in Nevada

1. White-crowned Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrows are large grayish sparrows with long tails and small bills and bold black and white stripes on their heads.

They breed in Alaska and arctic Canada before heading south other much of the lower 48 and Mexico for winter. However, some may remain all year over a small area along the Pacific Coast and west.

White-crowned Sparrows are found in weedy fields, along roadsides, forest edges,  and in yards foraging for seeds of weeds and grasses or fruit such as elderberries and blackberries.

You can attract more White-crowned Sparrows to your backyard with sunflower seeds and many types of seeds that are dropped by other birds at the feeders.

white-crowned sparrow

2. Mourning Dove

Mourning Doves are graceful small-headed birds, plump bodies and long tails.  They are a soft brown with black spots on the wings.

They can be seen perching on telephone wires and forage for seeds on the ground in grasslands, fields, and backyards. Mourning Doves can also be found in open areas or on the edge of woodland. Mourning Doves are common over all of the lower 48 all year but may migrate after breeding from the far north.

You can attract more Mourning Doves to your backyard by scattering millet on the ground or platform feeders.  They will also eat black sunflower seeds, nyjer, cracked corn, and peanut hearts.

Mourning Dove

3. House Finch

House Finches have a red head and breast in the males and brown-streaked coloring in the females.  Originally only in western states, it was introduced to the eastern states and has done very well, even pushing out the Purple Finch.

They can be found in parks, farms, forest edges, and backyard feeders. They form noisy groups that are hard to miss.

You can attract more House Finches to backyard feeders with black oil sunflower seeds or nyjer seeds in tube feeders or platform feeders.

There are a surprising number of red birds in Nevada for you to check out.

house finch male

4. American Robin

American Robins are a common sight on lawns eating earthworms.  They have black heads and back with red or orange breasts.  They tend to roost in trees in winter, so you are more likely to see them in your backyard from spring.

American Robins live in many habitats, from woodlands, forests, mountains to fields, parks, and lawns. They eat earthworms, insects, snails, and fruit.

You can attract more American Robins to your yard with sunflower seeds, suet and peanut hearts, fruit, and mealworms.  Platform feeders are best or food scattered on the ground. Also, try planting some native plants that produce berries, such as juniper, sumac, hawthorn, and dogwood.

American Robin for identification

5. Northern Flicker

Northern Flickers are large woodpeckers, between the size of a robin and a crow, with brownish coloring and black spots, bars, and crescents and red on the nape.  The undersides of tail and wing feathers are bright yellow in eastern birds and red in western birds.

They can be found on the ground looking for ants and beetles in woods or forest edges. Those that breed in Canada or Alaska migrate to southern states, but otherwise, they can be found all year over the lower 48.

You can attract more Northern Flickers to your backyard feeders with suet and black oil sunflower seeds.

There are other species of woodpecker in Nevada that you can spot.

Northern Flicker

6. Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warblers are gray with flashes of yellow on the face, sides, and rump and white in the wings. Females may be slightly brown and winter birds are paler brown with bright yellow rumps and sides turning bright yellow and gray again in spring.

After breeding predominantly in Canada, they migrate in large numbers south across most of southern and central North America and the Pacific Coast and throughout Mexico and Central America. 

You can attract Yellow-rumped Warblers to your backyard with sunflower seeds, suet, raisins, and peanut butter.

yellow rumped warbler

7. Dark-eyed Junco

Dark-eyed Juncos are sparrows that are of different colors depending on the state.  They are generally slate-colored in the east and black, white, and brown in the west.

They can be found in open and partially wooded areas, often on the ground and are common across the continent. Some remain resident all year in the west and the Appalachian Mountains.  Those that breed in Canada and Alaska migrate south in winter to the United States.

You can attract more Dark-eyed Juncos to backyard feeders with various seeds such as black oil sunflower seeds, nyjer, cracked corn, millet, and peanuts.  Platform feeders or scattered on the ground is best.

Dark eyed junco for identification

8. European Starling

European Starlings are not native but are now one of the most numerous songbirds.  They are stocky black birds with iridescent purple, green, and blue tones. 

Considered a pest by some due to their aggressive behavior, these birds fly in large, noisy flocks and can be seen perched in groups on the top of trees or flying over fields in flocks.

Starlings eat insects, including beetles, flies and caterpillars, earthworms, and spiders predominantly.  They also eat fruit, including cherries, holly berries, mulberries, Virginia Creeper, sumac, blackberries, and grains and seeds.

You can attract more European Starlings to your backyard feeders with black oil sunflower seeds, suet, cracked corn, and peanuts.

European Starling for identification

9. Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglets are small songbirds that are olive-green and the males have a brilliant red crown that is usually flat so hard to see, but great if you do.

They breed across Canada and the western mountains before migrating to southern and southwestern states and Mexico for the winter.  They can also be seen during migration when they are widespread.

Ruby-crowned Kinglets can be hard to spot and they are fast-moving quiet birds that flit around in the foliage of lower branches of shrubs and trees looking for spiders and insects.

They come to suet feeders or platform feeders for hulled sunflower seeds, peanut hearts, and mealworms.

ruby crowned kinglet

10. Song Sparrow

Song sparrows are not as remarkable as other backyard birds, but these predominantly brown-streaked birds use their almost constant song to attract mates in spring and summer.

They can be found in open, shrubby, and wet areas, often perched on a low shrub singing. They are often found at backyard feeders.

They eat a wide variety of insects and plants, including beetles, caterpillars, midges, spiders, and earthworms. They will also eat buckwheat, sunflower, raspberries, wild cherries, blackberries, wheat and, rice.

You can attract more song sparrows to your backyard feeders by putting black oil sunflower seeds, cracked corn, and nyjer on platform feeders.

Song sparrow for identification

11. House Sparrow

The House Sparrow is another introduced species that has done very well and is now one of the most common birds. They are found near houses and buildings and can be quite tame so that they will eat out of your hand.

They can be considered a pest as they are non-native but will be found in backyards even if you do not feed them. House Sparrows can be found in most busy areas, especially around cities, towns, farms, or anywhere there are people. They eat mostly grain and seed as well as discarded food.

You can attract more House Sparrows to your backyard feeders with most kinds of birdseed, including millet, corn, and sunflower seeds.

House sparrow for identification

12. Great-tailed Grackle

Great-tailed Grackles are long slender blackbirds with impressive long tapered tails in the males.  Males are iridescent black with piercing yellow eyes.  Females are also long-legged and slender but are dark brown on the back and lighter brown underneath, with more slender tails and about half the size of the males.

They can be found in the west and mid-west in agricultural and urban areas, generally where humans are. Great-tailed Grackles’ diet is grains, seeds, fruit, and insects and other animals such as worms, beetles, spiders, bees, slugs, and snails. They will also sometimes eat small mammals and lizards as well as eggs and nestlings.

Great-tailed Grackles may be seen strutting across your lawn and can be attracted to seed dropping from feeders above. They will also eat black oil sunflower seeds, cracked corn, and millet on platform feeders or large hopper feeders.

Great tailed Grackle

13. Spotted Towhee

Spotted Towhees are large sparrows that are black on the head, throat, and back in the males and brown in the females.  Both males and females have reddish-brown sides and white bellies and white spots on the wings and back.  They have long tails and are about the size of a Robin.

Spotted Towhees can be found on the ground in dense tangles of shrubs scratching around for insects, including beetles, crickets, grasshoppers, caterpillars, wasps, and bees. They also eat acorns, berries, and seeds.

They are resident on the Pacific coast but migrate from northern central states after breeding and appear in winter in a swath from north to south across all central states.

You can attract more Spotted Towhees to your yard if you leave overgrown borders and they will visit platform feeders or ground feeders for Black Oil Sunflower seeds, Hulled Sunflower seeds, Cracked Corn, Millet, and Milo.

Spotted Towhee

14. Brown-headed Cowbird

Brown-headed Cowbird males are black-bodied and brown-headed Blackbirds with short tails and thick heads.  Females are brown all over with slight streaking. 

They are often considered a nuisance as they destroy the eggs of smaller songbirds to lay their eggs in the nest and have the bird foster their chicks.

They breed in much of the north and west of North America before heading further south but remain all year in the Eastern and Southern states and Pacific Coast.

They can be found in grassland and woodland edges, fields, and backyards and feed mainly on seeds from grasses and weeds. They also eat grasshoppers and beetles and the females will eat snail shells and eggshells to sustain the prolific egg-laying of more than 35 eggs in a season.

Brown-headed cowbird

15. Lesser Goldfinch

Lesser Goldfinches are tiny bright yellow and black songbirds with long pointed wings and short notched tails. Females have olive backs and are more dull yellow underneath.

Residents in the far southwest, with those to the north of their range breeding then migrating further south.

Lesser Goldfinches can be found in large flocks in open habitats, including thickets, weedy fields, forest clearings parks, and gardens. They forage for seeds, especially sunflower seeds, and fruits from elderberry, coffeeberry, and buds from cottonwoods, willows, sycamores, and alders.

You can attract more Lesser Goldfinches to your yard with sunflower seeds and nyjer in tube feeders or platform feeders.

lessor goldfinch

16. Verdin

Verdins are tiny desert birds with a small yellow head, grayish on the back, and paler on the underside.  They have small chestnut patches on the shoulder and long tails.

Verdins can be found in desert scrub and along the steep-sided gullies, known as arroyos, with trees and shrubs such as acacias, juniper, hackberry, willows, and oaks.  They are residents along the southern border and into Mexico.

Their diet is insects and spiders, such as caterpillars, wasps, bees, and fruit such as palm fruit, hackberry, and mesquite. They may also drink nectar from flowers.

To attract more Verdins to your yard, try hummingbird feeders and flowering shrubs and any fruit baring native trees or shrubs they enjoy, such as acacia or juniper.

Verdin

17. Red-winged Blackbird

Red-winged blackbirds are very common and easy to identify with the all-black coloring except for the bright red and yellow shoulder patches.  The females are rather dull in comparison with streaky brown coloring.

They can often be spotted sitting on telephone wires and the males will fiercely defend their territories in the breeding season, even attacking people that get too close to nests. In winter, they roost in large numbers into the millions.

To attract more Red-winged blackbirds to your backyard, try mixed grain and seeds spread on the ground.  They will also feed on large tube feeders or platform feeders.

Red winged blackbird for identification

18. Say’s Phoebe

Say’s Phoebes are slender, long-tailed flycatchers that are brownish-gray above and with a cinnamon belly, gray breast, and blackish tail.

Dry open country, including badlands, canyons, and desert borders, are the usual habitat of Say’s Phoebes. These birds breed in Alaska, northwestern Canada, and the northern U.S before migrating south to southwestern states and Mexico.  Those in southern states remain all year.

Say’s Phoebe’s are flycatchers and their diet is mostly insects such as beetles, crickets, bees, and flies. They often nest on buildings and can be seen perched on fence posts and around buildings or in the nest under an eave.

To attract more Say’s Phoebes to your yard, put up a nest box or a shelf attached to a building to encourage nesting and plant native trees and shrubs.

Say's Phoebe

19. Northern Flicker

Northern Flickers are large woodpeckers, between the size of a robin and a crow, with brownish coloring and black spots, bars, and crescents and red on the nape.  The undersides of tail and wing feathers are bright yellow in eastern birds and red in western birds.

They can be found on the ground looking for ants and beetles in woods or forest edges. Those that breed in Canada or Alaska migrate to southern states, but otherwise, they can be found all year over the lower 48.

You can attract more Northern Flickers to your backyard feeders with suet and black oil sunflower seeds.

Northern Flicker

20. Eurasian Collared-Dove

Eurasian Collared-Doves are an introduced species that only arrived in the 1980s but are now across most of the country. They are light brownish-gray, with white patches in the tail, and look very similar to Mourning Doves, but with a black half collar at the nape of the neck, they are also larger, and with a square tail rather than pointed.

Preferring areas near people where seeds are plentiful, such as backyard feeders and farms, they are not found in heavy forests. Eurasian Collared’Doves predominantly eat a wide variety of seeds and grain but also will eat some berries and insects.

You can attract more Eurasian-Collared-Doves to your backyard with millet, oats, cracked corn, and Black oil sunflower seeds or hulled sunflower seeds on ground feeders, but they may also visit platform or hopper feeders.

Eurasian collared dove

21. Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbirds are medium-sized songbirds with small heads and long tails. They are a gray-brown color and slightly paler on the underside compared to the back. They have two white wingbars visible in flight.

They are usually seen alone or in pairs and aggressively defend their territory. A male mockingbird can learn around 200 songs in its life, copying other birds’ songs and they can sing all through the day and into the night.

They don’t often visit feeders but will come to open lawn areas. To attract more Northern Mockingbirds, try planting fruiting trees or bushes, including hawthorns, mulberries, and blackberry brambles.

Northern mockingbird for identification

22. Brewer’s Blackbird

Brewer’s Blackbirds are medium-sized blackbirds with a glossy black coat in the males that has purple on the head and greenish iridescent on the body, and plain brown in the females.

They breed in central states before migrating are resident in western states before migrating to the southern U.S and Mexico but are resident in western states.

Brewer’s blackbirds live in a wide variety of habitats, including grasslands, marshes, meadows, woodlands, and coasts and near humans in parks, fields, and backyards. They eat mostly seeds and grain but also insects or anything they can find.

Brewer’s blackbirds come to backyards for seeds such as hulled sunflower seeds, cracked corn, and millet on ground feeders.

brewers blackbird

23. Black-billed Magpie

Black-billed Magpies are black and white birds noisy birds that are larger than Jays, with long tails and blue-green iridescent flashes in the wing and tail.

They do not tend to migrate and can be found in meadow and grasslands or other open areas feeding on fruit and grain, beetles, and grasshoppers.  They have also been known to kill small mammals such as squirrels and voles and raid bird nests for eggs or nestlings and even carrion.

Black-billed Magpies will visit backyards for platform and suet feeders with black oil sunflower seeds, peanuts, fruit, suet, millet, and milo.

black-billed-magpie

24. Western Meadowlark

Western Meadowlarks, with their bright yellow bellies and melodious song, can brighten up your day.  This is probably what makes them so popular, so popular in fact that they are the state bird of 6 states.

Western Meadowlarks are related to blackbirds and are about the size of a Robin with shades of brown and white upperparts and a black V-shaped band across the bright yellow chest that turns gray in winter.

They breed in the northern U.S and Canada before moving to more southern states.  Those in the west and midwest remain all year. Western Meadowlarks can be found foraging for insects and seeds from weeds and seeds, on the ground alone or in small flocks in grasslands, meadows, and fields. 

To attract more Western Meadowlarks to your yard, try hulled sunflower seeds and cracked corn on ground feeders.

western meadowlark

25. Mountain Chickadee

Mountain Chickadees are tiny birds with black-and-white heads and gray over the body, darker on the back and light gray underneath.

They are residents of the mountains in the west and can commonly be seen in evergreen forests, especially conifers.  Mountain Chickadees eat insects and spiders, nuts, and seeds and will often visit backyard feeders. In addition, mountain Chickadees will often stash food for later and create a store of food.

To attract more Mountain Chickadees to your yard, try putting up nest boxes and they will visit most types of feeders with black oil sunflower seeds, mealworms, nyjer, suet and, peanut butter.

mountain chickadee

26. Anna’s Hummingbird

Anna’s Hummingbirds are tiny birds that are primarily green and gray.  The male’s head and throat are iridescent reddish-pink. The female’s throat is grayish with bits of red spotting.

Unusually Anna’s Hummingbirds do not migrate and are the most common hummingbird along the Pacific Coast. They make a dramatic dive display during courtship as the males climb up to 130 feet into the air before diving back to the ground with a burst of noise from their tail feathers.

They can be found near large colorful blossoms during the spring and readily visit hummingbirds feeders that you can fill with homemade hummingbird food and they may visit feeders all year.

Anna's hummingbird male

27. Western Kingbird

Western Kingbirds are large flycatchers with yellow bellies, whitish chests, gray heads, grayish-brown wings, and a darker tail.

They breed over all of western North America and are a familiar sight in summer before migrating to Mexico and Central America, some may overwinter in the south of Florida.

They live in open habitats and are often found perched on fences and utility lines, waiting for insects to fly by before catching them in mid-flight. They can often be found near the edge of woodlands to nest in the trees and forage in the open. They also nest in human-made structures.

You can attract more Western Kingbirds to your yard by making it insect-friendly and planting elderberry or hawthorn.

Western Kingbird

28. Mountain Bluebird

Mountain Bluebirds are the most blue of all the bluebirds; the males are a beautiful bright blue on the back and paler blue underneath and with white under the tails.  Females are gray-brown with some blue streaks in the tails and wings.

Mountain Bluebirds breed in the northwestern U.S, Canada, and Alaska, at up to 12,000 feet above sea level, in open areas with short grass, shrubs, and trees around prairies, tundra, and meadows. They winter at lower elevations in southwestern states and into Mexico in open areas such as meadows, prairies, and grasslands. Some birds may remain all year in the middle of their range. They can often be seen perched on fences or powerlines. 

Insects make up most of the diet of Mountain Bluebirds, especially beetles, grasshoppers, and caterpillars. They also eat seeds and small fruits in winter, such as grapes, juniper, currants, elderberries, sumac, mistletoe, and hackberry.

To attract more Mountain Bluebirds to your yard, put up nest boxes. They may also visit platform feeders for mealworms and sometimes suet or fruit.  You can also try planting some of the fruits they enjoy in winter.

Eastern bluebird

Common Birds in Nevada in Different Seasons

These are the backyard birds most often seen in Nevada that may visit your lawn or feeders.  This list of the top birds in Nevada is created from the birds that appear most frequently on state checklists on ebird. The data combines birds most commonly spotted in Nevada in summer (June and July) and winter (December and January). 

Birds that are not often seen at feeders or in backyards were removed to give you the birds in Nevada you are most likely to see from home. This data mix ensures that whatever time of year you are backyard bird-watching in Nevada, these are the birds you will most likely spot at feeders or on your lawn.

Most common birds in Nevada

Mourning Dove 32%
House Finch 28%
Common Raven 25%
White-crowned Sparrow 25%
American Robin 22%
Yellow-rumped Warbler 22%
Northern Flicker 21%
European Starling 17%
Lesser Goldfinch 16%
Eurasian Collared-Dove 15%

Summer birds Nevada

Mourning Dove 28%
American Robin 25%
House Finch 18%
Spotted Towhee 16%
Brown-headed Cowbird 15%
Red-winged Blackbird 15%
Western Meadowlark 14%
Western Kingbird 14%
Brewer’s Blackbird 13%
Northern Flicker 13%

Winter birds Nevada

White-crowned Sparrow 46%
House Finch 32%
Northern Flicker 30%
Yellow-rumped Warbler 29%
Mourning Dove 27%
Dark-eyed Junco 25%
European Starling 22%
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 22%
American Robin 20%
Song Sparrow 19%

Best Bird Feeders to Attract Birds in Nevada

A variety of different bird feeders will attract the most species of birds

  1.  Tube Feeders can be filled with different types of birdseed and depending on the seed different birds will be attracted. Black oil sunflower seeds attract Goldfinches, Chickadees, Woodpeckers, Nuthatches, and Pine Siskins.
  2. A Tray below a tube Feeder or a ground feeder with Black oil sunflowers tube feeders attract Cardinals, Jays, Finches, and Sparrows.
  3. Platform feeders with Millet or Corn attract small and medium-sized birds such as sparrows, Blackbirds, Towhees, Juncos, Doves, Grackles, and Starlings.
  4. Peanut feeders attract Woodpeckers, Chickadees, Nuthatches, Titmice, Jays, Juncos, Finches, and Sparrows.
  5. Suet Feeders are great, especially in winter, for Woodpeckers, Cardinals, Nuthatches, Kinglets, Wrens, and Chickadees.
  6. Hummingbird Feeders filled with sugar water and cleaned regularly will attract these amazing tiny birds.

How to Attract Birds to Your Yard in Nevada

If you would like to attract more birds to your yard in Nevada, here are some tips:

  1. Provide bird feeders for different types of birds to get the most species to visit your yard.
  2. Provide a water feature such as a birdbath fountain or stream.  Ensure that the water is clean and not stagnant
  3.  Grow native plants that will provide food and shelter. Plants, trees, and shrubs that provide fruit, berries, and nuts. Blackberries, wild grasses, elderberries, serviceberries, Oaks, Beeches, Cherries, sumacs, hemlocks, Purple Coneflowers, Sunflowers, Milkweed, Cardinal Flowers, Trumpet Honeysuckle, Virginia Creeper, Buttonbush, and Dogwoods.
  4. Let your grass grow long to provide cover and seeds.
  5. Leave a brush pile to provide food, protection, and nesting opportunities for birds.
  6. Don’t use pesticides and herbicides as these may be toxic to birds and prevent the natural foraging opportunities for insects and seeds that birds will seek in your yard.
  7. Set up nest boxes to attract breeding birds and ensure they are cleaned every year.
  8. Check with local bylaws if there are any restrictions on adding feeders and ensure that they do not encourage any unwanted visitors.

How to Identify Birds in Nevada

Here are some tips to help you identify birds:

  1. Size – Size is the easiest thing to notice about a bird.  Birds are often measured in inches or centimeters in guide books.  It’s best to take a note of the bird in terms of small, medium, or large to be able to look for it later. A small bird is about the size of a sparrow, a medium bird is about the size of a pigeon and a large bird is the size of a goose.
  2. Shape – Take note of the silhouette of the bird and jot it down or draw the outline.  Look at tail length, bill shape, wing shape, and overall body shape.
  3. Color pattern – Take a note of the main color of the head, back, belly, and wings, and tail for the main color and then any secondary colors or patterns. Also take note of any patterns such as banding, spots, or highlights.
  4. Behavior – Are they on the ground or high up in the trees. Are they in flocks or on their own?  Can you spot what they are eating?
  5. Habitat – Woodlands, parks, shrubs, grasslands or meadows, shore or marsh.
  6. Use a bird identification app such as those created by ebird or Audubon

Birds to Spot if Out Birding in Nevada

If you go out Birding in Nevada, these are other birds that you may be able to spot:

  1. Mallard
  2. American Coot
  3. Canada Goose
  4. Red-tailed Hawk
  5. Killdeer
  6. Ruddy Duck
  7. Pied-billed Grebe
  8. California Quail
  9. Northern Harrier
  10. Great Blue Heron
  11. American Kestrel
  12. Double-crested Cormorant
  13. Northern Shoveler
  14. Turkey Vulture
  15. Eared Grebe
  16. Ring-billed Gull
  17. Cooper’s Hawk
  18. Great Egret
  19. White-faced Ibis
  20. American Avocet
  21. Greater Roadrunner
  22. Belted Kingfisher
  23. Snowy Egret
  24. American White Pelican
  25. Great Horned Owl
  26. Osprey
  27. Golden Eagle
  28. Wilson’s Phalarope