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Birds of the Flathead Valley

Below is a list of birds that can be found throughout the Flathead Valley. Birds can be sorted by common name, scientific name, season, etc by clicking the arrows in the header of each column. Click on the “Listen” link next to each one to hear calls recorded of local birds. These calls are available as a CD collection by clicking here.

Additional Resources:

Bird of the Month

Birds of Flathead Valley: Full Brochure

Birding Guide to Flathead Valley of Northwest Montana

Birding Hotspots in the Flathead Basin

Common NameOrderFamilyGroupSpeciesSeasonLocationSongBird of Month?
American BitternPelecaniformesArdeidaeBotaurus lentiginosusSSWet Meadows & MarshesListen
American CootGruiformesRallidaeFulica americanaALakes, Ponds, Rivers, SloughsListen
American CrowPasseriformesCorvidaeCorvus brachyrhynchosAVariety of HabitatsListenBOMIconBig
American DipperPasseriformesCinclidaeCinclus mexicanusSSSome High Mountain StreamsListenBOMIconBig
American GoldfinchPasseriformesFringillidaeCarduelinaeSpinus tristisAUrbanListenBOMIconBig
American KestrelFalconiformesFalconidaeFalconinaeFalco sparveriusSSOpen Grass & Shrub & Agricultural FieldsListenBOMIconBig
American PipitPasseriformesMotacillidaeAnthus rubescensSMOpen Grass & Shrub & Agricultural FieldsListen
American RobinPasseriformesTurdidaeTurdus migratoriusSSVariety of HabitatsListen
American WigeonAnseriformesAnatidaeAnatinaeAnas americanaSMLakes, Ponds, Rivers, SloughsListen
Bald EagleAccipitriformesAccipitridaeHaliaeetus leucocephalusARiparian AreasListenBOMIconBig
Barn SwallowPasseriformesHirundinidaeHirundininaeHirundo rusticaSSUrbanListenBOMIconBig
Belted KingfisherCoraciiformesAlcedinidaeCerylinaeMegaceryle alcyonSSRiparian AreasListenBOMIconBig
Black TernCharadriiformesLaridaeSterninaeChlidonias nigerSSSome Local Lakes, e.g. Smith LakeListenBOMIconBig
Black-billed MagpiePasseriformesCorvidaePica hudsoniaAOpen Grass & Shrub & Agricultural FieldsListenBOMIconBig
Black-capped ChickadeePasseriformesParidaePoecile atricapillusAVariety of HabitatsListenBOMIconBig
Bohemian WaxwingPasseriformesBombycillidaeBombycilla garrulusWUrbanBOMIconBig
Brewer’s BlackbirdPasseriformesIcteridaeEuphagus cyanocephalusSSOpen Grass & Shrub & Agricultural FieldsListen
Brown CreeperPasseriformesCerthiidaeCerthiinaeCerthia americanaAForestsListenBOMIconBig
Brown-headed CowbirdPasseriformesIcteridaeMolothrus aterSSOpen Grass & Shrub & Agricultural FieldsListenBOMIconBig
BuffleheadAnseriformesAnatidaeAnatinaeBucephala albeolaALakes, Ponds, Rivers, SloughsListen
Calliope HummingbirdApodiformesTrochilidaeTrochilinaeStellula calliopeSSVariety of HabitatsBOMIconBig
Canada GooseAnseriformesAnatidaeAnserinaeBranta canadensisALakes, Ponds, Rivers, SloughsListenBOMIconBig
Cedar WaxwingPasseriformesBombycillidaeBombycilla cedrorumSSRiparian AreasListenBOMIconBig
Chipping SparrowPasseriformesEmberizidaeSpizella passerinaSSUrbanListen
Clark's NutcrackerPasseriformesCorvidaeNucifraga columbianaAForestsListenBOMIconBig
Cliff SwallowPasseriformesHirundinidaeHirundininaePetrochelidon pyrrhonotaSSLakes, Ponds, Rivers, SloughsListenBOMIconBig
Common GoldeneyeAnseriformesAnatidaeAnatinaeBucephala clangulaALakes, Ponds, Rivers, SloughsListen
Common LoonGaviiformesGaviidaeGavia immerSSSome Local LakesListenBOMIconBig
Common MerganserAnseriformesAnatidaeAnatinaeMergus merganserALakes, Ponds, Rivers, SloughsListen
Common NighthawkCaprimulgiformesCaprimulgidaeChordeilinaeChordeiles minorSSUrbanListenBOMIconBig
Common RavenPasseriformesCorvidaeCorvus coraxAVariety of HabitatsListenBOMIconBig
Common YellowthroatPasseriformesParulidaeGeothlypis trichasSSWet Meadows & MarshesListen
Dark-eyed JuncoPasseriformesEmberizidaeJunco hyemalisAVariety of HabitatsListen
Double-crested CormorantSuliformesPhalacrocoracidaePhalacrocorax auritusSSSome Local LakesListen
Downy WoodpeckerPiciformesPicidaePicinaePicoides pubescensARiparian AreasListenBOMIconBig
Eastern KingbirdPasseriformesTyrannidaeTyranninaeTyrannus tyrannusSSRiparian AreasListenBOMIconBig
European StarlingPasseriformesSturnidaeSturnus vulgarisAVariety of Habitats
Evening GrosbeakPasseriformesFringillidaeCarduelinaeCoccothraustes vespertinusAForestsListenBOMIconBig
Gray jayPasseriformesCorvidaePerisoreus canadensisAForestsListenBOMIconBig
Gray PartridgeGalliformesPhasianidaePhasianinaePerdix perdixAOpen Grass & Shrub & Agricultural FieldsListen
Great Blue HeronPelecaniformesArdeidaeArdea herodiasSSRiparian AreasListenBOMIconBig
Great Horned OwlStrigiformesStrigidaeBubo virginianusAVariety of HabitatsListen
Green-winged TealAnseriformesAnatidaeAnatinaeAnas creccaSSLakes, Ponds, Rivers, SloughsListen
Hairy WoodpeckerPiciformesPicidaePicinaePicoides villosusAForestsListenBOMIconBig
Harlequin DuckAnseriformesAnatidaeAnatinaeHistrionicus histrionicusSSSome High Mountain StreamsListenBOMIconBig
Herring GullCharadriiformesLaridaeLarinaeLarus argentatusWLakes, Ponds, Rivers, SloughsListen
Hooded MerganserAnseriformesAnatidaeAnatinaeLophodytes cucullatusSSLakes, Ponds, Rivers, SloughsListenBOMIconBig
House FinchPasseriformesFringillidaeCarduelinaeCarpodacus mexicanusAUrbanListenBOMIconBig
House SparrowPasseriformesPasseridaePasser domesticusAUrbanListen
KilldeerCharadriiformesCharadriidaeCharadriinaeCharadrius vociferusALakes, Ponds, Rivers, SloughsListenBOMIconBig
Lesser ScaupAnseriformesAnatidaeAnatinaeAythya affinisSSLakes, Ponds, Rivers, SloughsListen
MallardAnseriformesAnatidaeAnatinaeAnas platyrhynchosALakes, Ponds, Rivers, SloughsListen
Marsh WrenPasseriformesTroglodytidaeCistothorus palustrisSSWet Meadows & MarshesListenBOMIconBig
MerlinFalconiformesFalconidaeFalconinaeFalco columbariusAUrbanListenBOMIconBig
Mountain BluebirdPasseriformesTurdidaeSialia currucoidesSSOpen Grass & Shrub & Agricultural FieldsListenBOMIconBig
Mountain ChickadeePasseriformesParidaePoecile gambeliAForestsListenBOMIconBig
Mourning DoveColumbiformesColumbidaeZenaida macrouraSSVariety of HabitatsListen
Northern FlickerPiciformesPicidaePicinaeColaptes auratusAForestsListenBOMIconBig
Northern HarrierAccipitriformesAccipitridaeCircus cyaneusAOpen Grass & Shrub & Agricultural FieldsListenBOMIconBig
Northern PintailAnseriformesAnatidaeAnatinaeAnas acutaSMLakes, Ponds, Rivers, SloughsListenBOMIconBig
Northern ShovelerAnseriformesAnatidaeAnatinaeAnas clypeataSMLakes, Ponds, Rivers, SloughsListen
Northern ShrikePasseriformesLaniidaeLanius excubitorWOpen Grass & Shrub & Agricultural FieldsListenBOMIconBig
OspreyAccipitriformesPandionidaePandion haliaetusSSRiparian AreasListenBOMIconBig
Pileated WoodpeckerPiciformesPicidaePicinaeDryocopus pileatusAForestsListenBOMIconBig
Pine GrosbeakPasseriformesFringillidaeCarduelinaePinicola enucleatorAForestsListenBOMIconBig
Pine SiskinPasseriformesFringillidaeCarduelinaeSpinus pinusAForestsListen
Red CrossbillPasseriformesFringillidaeCarduelinaeLoxia curvirostraAForestsListenBOMIconBig
Red-breasted NuthatchPasseriformesSittidaeSittinaeSitta canadensisAForestsListenBOMIconBig
Red-naped SapsuckerPiciformesPicidaePicinaeSphyrapicus nuchalisSSForestsListenBOMIconBig
Red-tailed HawkAccipitriformesAccipitridaeButeo jamaicensisAOpen Grass & Shrub & Agricultural FieldsListenBOMIconBig
Red-winged BlackbirdPasseriformesIcteridaeAgelaius phoeniceusSSWet Meadows & MarshesListenBOMIconBig
RedheadAnseriformesAnatidaeAnatinaeAythya americanaSSLakes, Ponds, Rivers, SloughsListenBOMIconBig
Ring-billed GullCharadriiformesLaridaeLarinaeLarus delawarensisALakes, Ponds, Rivers, SloughsListen
Ring-necked DuckAnseriformesAnatidaeAnatinaeAythya collarisSSLakes, Ponds, Rivers, SloughsListen
Ring-necked PheasantGalliformesPhasianidaePhasianinaePhasianus colchicusAOpen Grass & Shrub & Agricultural FieldsListen
Rock PigeonColumbiformesColumbidaeColumba liviaAOpen Grass & Shrub & Agricultural FieldsListen
Rough-legged HawkAccipitriformesAccipitridaeButeo lagopusWOpen Grass & Shrub & Agricultural FieldsListenBOMIconBig
Ruby-crowned KingletPasseriformesRegulidaeRegulus calendulaSMVariety of HabitatsListenBOMIconBig
Ruffed GrouseGalliformesPhasianidaeTetraoninaeBonasa umbellusAForestsListenBOMIconBig
Rufous HummingbirdApodiformesTrochilidaeTrochilinaeSelasphorus rufusSSVariety of HabitatsListenBOMIconBig
Sandhill CraneGruiformesGruidaeGruinaeGrus canadensisSSOpen Grass & Shrub & Agricultural FieldsListenBOMIconBig
Sharp-shinned HawkAccipitriformesAccipitridaeAccipiter striatusAUrbanListenBOMIconBig
Song SparrowPasseriformesEmberizidaeMelospiza melodiaARiparian AreasListenBOMIconBig
SoraGruiformesRallidaePorzana carolinaSSWet Meadows & MarshesListenBOMIconBig
Spotted SandpiperCharadriiformesScolopacidaeActitis maculariaSSLakes, Ponds, Rivers, SloughsListenBOMIconBig
Steller’s JayPasseriformesCorvidaeCyanocitta stelleriAForestsListenBOMIconBig
Swainsons ThrushPasseriformesTurdidaeCatharus ustulatusSSForestsListenBOMIconBig
Townsend’s SolitairePasseriformesTurdidaeMyadestes townsendiSSForestsListenBOMIconBig
Tundra SwanAnseriformesAnatidaeAnserinaeCygnus columbianusSMLakes, Ponds, Rivers, SloughsListen
Vaux’s SwiftApodiformesApodidaeChaeturinaeChaetura vauxiSSRiparian AreasListenBOMIconBig
VeeryPasseriformesTurdidaeCatharus fuscescensSSRiparian AreasListen
Violet-green SwallowPasseriformesHirundinidaeHirundininaeTachycineta thalassinaSSLakes, Ponds, Rivers, SloughsListen
Western MeadowlarkPasseriformesIcteridaeSturnella neglectaSSOpen Grass & Shrub & Agricultural FieldsListenBOMIconBig
Western TanagerPasseriformesCardinalidaePiranga ludovicianaSSRiparian AreasListenBOMIconBig
White-breasted NuthatchPasseriformesSittidaeSittinaeSitta carolinensisAForestsListenBOMIconBig
White-crowned SparrowPasseriformesEmberizidaeZonotrichia leucophrysSMUrbanListenBOMIconBig
Wild TurkeyGalliformesPhasianidaeMeleagridinaeMeleagris gallopavoAOpen Grass & Shrub & Agricultural FieldsListenBOMIconBig
Willow FlycatcherPasseriformesTyrannidaeFluvicolinaeEmpidonax trailliiSSWet Meadows & MarshesListen
Wilson’s SnipeCharadriiformesScolopacidaeScolopacinaeGallinago delicataSSWet Meadows & MarshesListenBOMIconBig
Wood DuckAnseriformesAnatidaeAnatinaeAix sponsaSSSome Local Ponds & MarshesListenBOMIconBig
Yellow WarblerPasseriformesParulidaeSetophaga petechiaSSRiparian AreasListen
Yellow-headed BlackbirdPasseriformesIcteridaeXanthocephalus xanthocephalusSSWet Meadows & MarshesListen
Yellow-rumped WarblerPasseriformesParulidaeSetophaga coronataSSForestsListenBOMIconBig

 

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