Birding Factoids

415 species
in 49 families

83 of the 246 species 
endemic to 
North America are 
represented here. 
No state endemics
1 USA endemics

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Visit the Nevada Bird Song Training Centre to learn the songs of Nevada Birds.
Nevada Specialities
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Mountain Bluebird - Nevada State Bird - Photo by Don Baccus
Photo by Don Baccus

Brewer's Sparrow - Photo copyright Don DesJardin

Photo copyright Don DesJardin

Sage Thrasher - Photo copyright Terry Brashear

Photo copyright Terry Brashear

Eared Grebe - Photo copyright Erik Breden

Photo copyright Erik Breden

Gila Woodpecker - Photo copyright Bert Frenz

Photo copyright Bert Frenz

Pinyon Jay - Photo copyright Glen Tepke

Photo copyright Glen Yepke

White-faced Ibis - highest breeding density - Photo copyright Don DesJardin

Photo copyright Don DesJardin
    ....Birding Nevada - from the Great Basin Bird Observatory. 
      The long-term aim is to provide information on all of the birding hotspots in Nevada. This site is under construction.  

    ....Las Vegas to Death Valley loop - Wildlife Tour - The information

      on this page will show you some of the better places along the Las Vegas to Death Valley loop tour where you can find desert wildlife. Sites of specific interest to birders include:
      • China Ranch
      • Amargosa Canyon and River
      • Furnace Creek
      • Salt Creek
      • Ash Meadows
      • Indian and Corn Springs
    ....Backcountry Byways Near Vegas - Red Rocks and Gold Butte 
    ....Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge Complex Nevada, USA Hemispheric
      Reserve - Lahontan Valley Wetlands. A complex of three refuges, including Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge, Fallon National Wildlife Refuge and Anaho Island National Wildlife Refuge  Another site on this refuge.
    ....Ash Meadows - RAMSAR Wetland. A unique oasis ecosystem 
      formed around springs which supply Carson Slough, a tributary of the Amargosa River. The water table is close to the surface in much of the region and soils are mostly saline, often with a well-developed salt crust. 
    ....Birding near Los Vegas - by Margo Bartlett Pesek. When seeking 
      places to see a wide variety of birds, most people wouldn't give the desert passing consideration. However, because of its arid nature, birds on the desert tend to cluster where there is water and vegetation. Hundreds of bird species frequent the few places where conditions are best for them. Some are residents, others mere passers-by, but sightings are varied enough to please even veteran bird-watchers. During the season of migration along the great flyways, birding on the desert can be particularly rewarding. 
    ....City of Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve - For more than 20 years, 
      local birders and nature lovers have visited the evaporating ponds at the city’s Wastewater Reclamation Facility. As the third largest body of water in Southern Nevada, the ponds proved irresistible to a wide variety of native and migratory birds. Here in the middle of a desert, birds found an undisturbed and plentiful water source.
    ....The Goshutes Raptor Project, "Hawk Mountain of the West!"
      review by Don Baccus. These pages provide information on the hottest raptor migration spot in the western United States - the Goshutes Mountains. For over 15 years, Hawkwatch International has conducted a research program at the site, and encourages visitors during the fall season. 
    ....Himalayan Snowcocks in America - In this paper, Jim Bland 
      reviews the history of snowcock introductions, discuss some of the costs and benefits of the introduction program, and describe the present distribution and status of snowcocks in Nevada.
    ....Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge -
    ....Nevada National Wildlife Refuges Index - clickable map
      leads to brief site descriptions for:
      • Anaho Island NWR
      • Ash Meadows NWR (RAMSAR information)
      • Desert National Wildlife Range
      • Moapa Valley NWR
      • Pahranagat NWR
      • Ruby Lake NWR
      • Sheldon NWR
      • Stillwater Wildlife Management Area/NWR Complex (Anaho Island and Fallon NWRs) 
      See also Nevada National Wildlife Refuges
    ....Holiday Birding out West - December 20-27, 1997. During Christmas
      break, my family and I flew to Las Vegas, mainly to see relatives, but there was also some fantastic western birding. 
    ....Nevada/Arizona Trip Report - May 18 - 26, 1998 - by Doug and 
      Arlene Ripley. Covers Las Vegas (Desert National Wildlife Range), Valley of Fire State Park, Sedona, Tubac, Cave Creek, and the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. 
    ....Nevada Trip Reports - a number of Nevada trip reports are available
      from Blake Maybank's "Birding the Americas - Trip Report and Trip Planning Repository".

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Tours and Guides

>>>>>> A Birding Pal is not a paid guide, but someone who likes to help out of town visitors. You can become a Birding Pal today! Help someone to enjoy your local birding spots and find a pal to help you when you travel. Click here for Nevada Birding Pals, or join to be a Birding Pal!

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Local Birding Events

Grey Flycatcher - Photo copyright Bill Schmocker
Photo copyright Bill Schmocker

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Rare Bird Alert

         Southern Nevada Hotline: (702) 390-8463 
         Northwest Nevada Hotline: (702) 324-2473 
         Lahontan Audubon Society Weekly (Northern Nevada and adjacent 
      Northeastern California) Hotline: (702) 324-BIRD (2473) 
         Check also Nevada RBA Archives

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North American Specialities in Nevada

 Information derived from Sibley & Monroe checklists in Thayer's Birder's Diary - Version 2.5.
These counts will differ in minor ways from counts based on the ABA classification,
but an international checklist system was required to enable world-wide
country to country comparisons.These speciality birds may be uncommon, or extremely rare
at this location, or may only be present in migration. However, documented sightings of each species
noted below have been made in Nevada. Species highlighted in bold italic print have
ONLY been found in this state of the US.  Consult the Breeding Bird Survey or
Christmas Bird Count data on the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center website
to determine the "best" place to see each bird. Species printed in blue are endangered.

USA Endemics in Nevada

___ Black Rosy-Finch
North American Endemic Specialities in Nevada

___ Abert's Towhee
___ Allen's Hummingbird
___ Anna's Hummingbird
___ Bendire's Thrasher
___ Bewick's Wren
___ Black-chinned Hummingbird
___ Black-chinned Sparrow
___ Black-headed Grosbeak
___ Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
___ Black-throated Sparrow
___ Blue Grouse
___ Brewer's Sparrow
___ Broad-billed Hummingbird
___ Bullock's Oriole
___ Cactus Wren
___ California Gull
___ Calliope Hummingbird
___ Canyon Wren
___ Cassin's Finch
___ Cassin's Sparrow
___ Chestnut-collared Longspur
___ Clark's Grebe
___ Clark's Nutcracker
___ Common Poorwill
___ Cordilleran Flycatcher
___ Costa's Hummingbird
___ Crissal Thrasher
___ Curve-billed Thrasher
___ Ferruginous Hawk
___ Gambel's Quail
___ Gila Woodpecker
___ Gilded Flicker
___ Greater Roadrunner
___ Grey Flycatcher
___ Grey Vireo
___ Grey-crowned Rosy-thrush
___ Harris's Sparrow
___ House Finch
___ Lawrence's Goldfinch
___ Le Conte's Sparrow
___ Le Conte's Thrasher
___ Lewis's Woodpecker
___ Lucy's Warbler
___ McCown's Longspur
___ Mountain Bluebird
___ Mountain Chickadee
___ Mountain Plover
___ Mountain Quail
___ Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow
___ Nuttall's Woodpecker
___ Phainopepla
___ Pileated Woodpecker
___ Pinyon Jay
___ Plain Titmouse
___ Prairie Falcon
___ Pygmy Nuthatch
___ Pyrrhuloxia
___ Red-breasted Sapsucker
___ Red-naped Sapsucker
___ Red-Shouldered Hawk
___ Ruffed Grouse
___ Rufous-crowned Sparrow
___ Sage Sparrow
___ Sage Thrasher
___ Say's Phoebe
___ Scaled Quail
___ Scott's Oriole
___ Sharp-tailed Grouse
___ Smith's Longspur
___ Spotted Towhee
___ Townsend's Solitaire
___ Tricolored Blackbird
___ Trumpeter Swan
___ Tufted Titmouse
___ Verdin
___ Western Bluebird
___ Western Grebe
___ Western Gull
___ Western Screech-Owl
___ Western Scrub-Jay
___ White-headed Woodpecker
___ Williamson's Sapsucker
___ Yellow-footed Gull
Other Notable Birds in Nevada

___ Himalayan Snowcock

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