Birds of Nevada County

(this list was compiled by the NH2020 Scientists, led by Ted Beedy)

Loons (Gaviidae)

Pacific Loon-X (Extremely rare-X)

Common Loon


Grebes (Podicipedidae)

Pied-billed Grebe

Horned Grebe

Red-necked Grebe-X

Eared Grebe

Western Grebe

Clark's Grebe


Pelicans (Pelecanidae)

American White Pelican


Cormorants (Phalacrocoracidae)

Double-crested Cormorant


Herons and Egrets (Ardeidae)

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Green Heron

Black-crowned Night-Heron


Ibis (Threskiorinithidae)

White-faced Ibis-X


New World Vultures (Cathartidae)

Turkey Vulture


Swans, Geese, and Ducks (Anatidae)

Greater White-fronted Goose

Snow Goose

Rosss Goose-X

Canada Goose

Trumpeter Swan-X

Tundra Swan-X

Wood Duck


Eurasian Wigeon-X

American Wigeon


Cinnamon Teal

Northern Shoveler

Northern Pintail

Green-winged Teal



Ring-necked Duck

Greater Scaup-X

Lesser Scaup

Surf Scoter-X


Common Goldeneye

Barrow's Goldeneye-X

Hooded Merganser

Common Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser-X

Ruddy Duck


Osprey, Hawks, Kites, Harriers, and Eagles (Accipitridae)


White-tailed Kite

Bald Eagle

Northern Harrier

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Cooper's Hawk

Northern Goshawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

Swainsons Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Ferruginous Hawk

Rough-legged Hawk

Golden Eagle

Falcons (Falconidae)

American Kestrel


Peregrine Falcon

Prairie Falcon


Pheasants, Grouse, and Turkeys (Phasianidae)

Ring-necked Pheasant-I

Blue Grouse

Wild Turkey-I


Quail (Odontophoridae)

Mountain Quail

California Quail


Rails, Moorhens, and Coots (Rallidae)

Black Rail

Virginia Rail


Common Moorhen

American Coot


Cranes (Gruidae)

Sandhill Crane


Plovers and Relatives (Charadriidae)

Semipalmated Plover-X



Avocets and Stilts (Recurvirostridae)

Black-necked Stilt

American Avocet


Sandpipers and Relatives (Scolopacidae)

Greater Yellowlegs


Spotted Sandpiper


Long-billed Curlew-X

Western Sandpiper

Least Sandpiper

Bairds Sandpiper-X

Pectoral Sandpiper-X


Long-billed Dowitcher

Common Snipe

Wilson's Phalarope

Red-necked Phalarope-X


Gulls and Terns (Laridae)

Long-tailed Jaeger-X

Franklins Gull-X

Mew Gull-X

Ring-billed Gull

California Gull

Herring Gull

Thayers Gull

Sabines Gull-X

Caspian Tern

Common Tern-X

Forsters Tern-X

Black Tern-X


Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

Rock Dove-I

Band-tailed Pigeon

Mourning Dove


Cuckoos and Roadrunners (Cuculidae)

Greater Roadrunner


Barn Owls (Tytonidae)

Barn Owl


Typical Owls (Strigidae)

Flammulated Owl-X

Western Screech-Owl

Great Horned Owl

Northern Pygmy-Owl

Burrowing Owl

California Spotted Owl

Great Gray Owl

Long-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl

Northern Saw-whet Owl


Nighthawks and Poorwills (Caprimulgidae)

Common Nighthawk

Common Poorwill


Swifts (Apodidae)

Black Swift

Vaux's Swift

White-throated Swift


Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Black-chinned Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird-X

Anna's Hummingbird

Costas Hummingbird-X

Calliope Hummingbird

Broad-tailed Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

Allens Hummingbird-?


Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)

Belted Kingfisher


Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Lewis's Woodpecker

Acorn Woodpecker

Williamson's Sapsucker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker-X

Red-naped Sapsucker-X

Red-breasted Sapsucker

Nuttall's Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

White-headed Woodpecker

Black-backed Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker


Tyrant Flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Olive-sided Flycatcher

Western Wood-Pewee

Willow Flycatcher

Hammond's Flycatcher

Gray Flycatcher

Dusky Flycatcher

Pacific-slope Flycatcher

Black Phoebe

Say's Phoebe

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Western Kingbird


Shrikes (Laniidae)

Loggerhead Shrike

Northern Shrike-X


Vireos (Vireonidae)

Cassins Vireo

Hutton's Vireo

Warbling Vireo


Jays, Magpies, and Crows (Corvidae)

Steller's Jay

Western Scrub-Jay

Pinyon Jay

Clark's Nutcracker

Black-billed Magpie

Yellow-billed Magpie

American Crow

Common Raven


Larks (Alaudidae)

Horned Lark


Martin and Swallows (Hirundinidae)

Purple Martin

Tree Swallow

Violet-green Swallow

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Bank Swallow-X

Cliff Swallow

Barn Swallow


Chickadees and Titmice (Paridae)

Mountain Chickadee

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Oak Titmouse


Bushtits (Aegithalidae)



Nuthatches (Sittidae)

Red-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

Pygmy Nuthatch


Creepers (Certhiidae)

Brown Creeper


Wrens (Troglodytidae)

Rock Wren

Canyon Wren

Bewick's Wren

House Wren

Winter Wren

Marsh Wren


Dippers (Cinclidae)

American Dipper

Kinglets (Regulidae)

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet


Gnatcatchers (Sylviidae)

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher


Thrushes (Turdidae)

Western Bluebird

Mountain Bluebird

Townsend's Solitaire

Swainson's Thrush-X

Hermit Thrush

American Robin

Varied Thrush


Wrentits (Timaliidae)



Mockingbirds and Thrashers (Mimidae)

Northern Mockingbird

Sage Thrasher-X

California Thrasher


Starlings (Sturnidae)

European Starling-I


Pipits (Motacillidae)

American Pipit


Waxwings (Bombycillidae)

Bohemian Waxwing-X

Cedar Waxwing


Silky Flycatchers (Ptilogonatidae)



Wood-Warblers (Parulidae)

Orange-crowned Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-throated Gray Warbler

Townsend's Warbler

Hermit Warbler

Kentucky Warbler-X

MacGillivray's Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Wilson's Warbler

Yellow-breasted Chat


Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Western Tanager


Towhees, Sparrows, and Longspurs (Emberizidae)

Green-tailed Towhee

Spotted Towhee

California Towhee

Rufous-crowned Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow

Brewer's Sparrow

Vesper Sparrow

Lark Sparrow

Black-throated Sparrow-X

Savannah Sparrow

Fox Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Lincoln's Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow-X

Harriss Sparrow-X

White-crowned Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Chestnut-collared Longspur-X


Grosbeaks and Buntings (Cardinalidae)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak-X

Black-headed Grosbeak

Lazuli Bunting


Blackbirds, Meadowlarks, Cowbirds, and Orioles (Icteridae)

Red-winged Blackbird

Tricolored Blackbird-X

Western Meadowlark

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Brewer's Blackbird

Brown-headed Cowbird

Bullocks Oriole


Finches (Fringillidae)

Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch

Pine Grosbeak

Purple Finch

Cassin's Finch

House Finch

Red Crossbill

Pine Siskin

Lesser Goldfinch

Lawrence's Goldfinch

American Goldfinch

Evening Grosbeak


Weaver Finches (Passeridae)

House Sparrow-I


I = Introduced, the taxa is not native to California

X = Extremely rare in Nevada County, documented by one or a few records or localities

? = Status in Nevada County uncertain; suitable habitat is present, but no documented historical

or current records