Luke's Birding Pages


The Birds of Kings County

Compiled by Luke W. Cole and Rob Hansen

Please send information on sightings of rare or unusual birds (those birds

Highlighted in red in the list below, or of birds not on the list) to:

 

Luke Cole

561 Hill Street

San Francisco, CA 94114

luke@igc.org

 

There are currently 286 species (including 5 introduced species) on the Kings County list.

We thank John Sterling, Jeff Seay and Jim Royer for work on earlier county lists.

Last updated 10/8/2005.


PODICIPEDIFORMES

  • PODICIPEDIDAE
    Podilymbus podiceps Pied-billed Grebe.
    Podiceps auritus Horned Grebe.
    Podiceps nigricollis Eared Grebe.
    Aechmophorus occidentalis Western Grebe.
    Aechmophorus clarkii Clark's Grebe.

  • PELECANIFORMES

  • PELECANIDAE
    Pelecanus erythrorhynchos American White Pelican.
    Pelecanus occidentalis Brown Pelican.
    PHALACROCORACIDAE
    Phalacrocorax auritus Double-crested Cormorant.

  • CICONIIFORMES

  • ARDEIDAE
    Botaurus lentiginosus American Bittern.
    Ixobrychus exilis Least Bittern.
    Ardea herodias Great Blue Heron.
    Ardea alba Great Egret.
    Egretta thula Snowy Egret.
    Egretta caerulea Little Blue Heron.
    Bubulcus ibis Cattle Egret.
    Butorides virescens Green Heron.
    Nycticorax nycticorax Black-crowned Night-Heron.
    THRESKIORNITHIDAE
    Threskiornithinae
    Plegadis chihi White-faced Ibis.
    CATHARTIDAE
    Cathartes aura Turkey Vulture.

  • ANSERIFORMES

  • ANATIDAE
    Dendrocygninae
    Dendrocygna bicolor Fulvous Whistling-Duck.
    Anserinae
    Anser albifrons Greater White-fronted Goose.
    Chen caerulescens Snow Goose.
    Chen rossii Ross's Goose.
    Branta canadensis Canada Goose.
    Branta bernicla Brant.
    Cygnus columbianus Tundra Swan.
    Anatinae
    Aix sponsa Wood Duck.
    Anas strepera Gadwall.
    Anas penelope Eurasian Wigeon.
    Anas americana American Wigeon.
    Anas platyrhynchos Mallard.
    Anas discors Blue-winged Teal.
    Anas cyanoptera Cinnamon Teal.
    Anas clypeata Northern Shoveler.
    Anas acuta Northern Pintail.
    Anas querquedula Garganey. (CBRC reportable species)
    Anas crecca Green-winged Teal.
    Aythya valisineria Canvasback.
    Aythya americana Redhead.
    Aythya collaris Ring-necked Duck.
    Aythya marila Greater Scaup.
    Aythya affinis Lesser Scaup.
    Melanitta perspicillata Surf Scoter.
    Melanitta fusca White-winged Scoter.
    Clangula hyemalis Long-tailed Duck.
    Bucephala albeola Bufflehead.
    Bucephala clangula Common Goldeneye.
    Lophodytes cucullatus Hooded Merganser.
    Mergus merganser Common Merganser.
    Mergus serrator Red-breasted Merganser.
    Oxyura jamaicensis Ruddy Duck.

  • FALCONIFORMES

  • ACCIPITRIDAE
    Pandioninae
    Pandion haliaetus Osprey.
    Accipitrinae
    Elanus leucurus White-tailed Kite.
    Haliaeetus leucocephalus Bald Eagle.
    Circus cyaneus Northern Harrier.
    Accipiter striatus Sharp-shinned Hawk.
    Accipiter cooperii Cooper's Hawk.
    Buteo lineatus Red-shouldered Hawk.
    Buteo swainsoni Swainson's Hawk.
    Buteo jamaicensis Red-tailed Hawk.
    Buteo regalis Ferruginous Hawk.
    Buteo lagopus Rough-legged Hawk.
    Aquila chrysaetos Golden Eagle.
    FALCONIDAE
    Falconinae
    Falco sparverius American Kestrel.
    Falco columbarius Merlin.
    Falco peregrinus Peregrine Falcon.
    Falco mexicanus Prairie Falcon.

  • GALLIFORMES

  • PHASIANIDAE
    Phasianinae
    Alectoris chukar Chukar. (I)
    Phasianus colchicus Ring-necked Pheasant. (I)
    ODONTOPHORIDAE
    Callipepla californica California Quail.

  • GRUIFORMES

  • RALLIDAE
    Rallus limicola Virginia Rail.
    Porzana carolina Sora.
    Gallinula chloropus Common Moorhen.
    Fulica americana American Coot.
    GRUIDAE
    Gruinae
    Grus canadensis Sandhill Crane.

  • CHARADRIIFORMES

  • CHARADRIIDAE
    Charadriinae
    Pluvialis squatarola Black-bellied Plover.
    Pluvialis dominica American Golden-Plover (CBRC reportable species)
    Pluvialis fulva Pacific Golden-Plover.
    Charadrius alexandrinus Snowy Plover.
    Charadrius semipalmatus Semipalmated Plover.
    Charadrius vociferus Killdeer.
    Charadrius montanus Mountain Plover.
    RECURVIROSTRIDAE
    Himantopus mexicanus Black-necked Stilt.
    Recurvirostra americana American Avocet.
    SCOLOPACIDAE
    Scolopacinae
    Tringa melanoleuca Greater Yellowlegs.
    Tringa flavipes Lesser Yellowlegs.
    Tringa solitaria Solitary Sandpiper.
    Catoptrophorus semipalmatus Willet.
    Actitis macularia Spotted Sandpiper.
    Numenius phaeopus Whimbrel.
    Numenius americanus Long-billed Curlew.
    Limosa fedoa Marbled Godwit.
    Arenaria interpres Ruddy Turnstone.
    Arenaria melanocephala Black Turnstone.
    Calidris canutus Red Knot.
    Calidris alba Sanderling.
    Calidris pusilla Semipalmated Sandpiper.
    Calidris mauri Western Sandpiper.
    Calidris minutilla Least Sandpiper.
              Calidris fuscicollis  White-rumped Sandpiper (CBRC reportable species).
    Calidris bairdii Baird's Sandpiper.
    Calidris melanotos Pectoral Sandpiper.
    Calidris alpina Dunlin.
              Calidris ferruginea Curlew Sandpiper (CBRC reportable species).
    Calidris himantopus Stilt Sandpiper.
    Philomachus pugnax Ruff.
    Limnodromus griseus Short-billed Dowitcher.
    Limnodromus scolopaceus Long-billed Dowitcher.
    Gallinago delicata Wilson's Snipe.
    Phalaropodinae
    Phalaropus tricolor Wilson's Phalarope.
    Phalaropus lobatus Red-necked Phalarope.
              Phalaropus fulicaria Red Phalarope.
    LARIDAE
    Stercorariinae
    Stercorarius longicaudus Long-tailed Jaeger.
              Stercorarius pomarinus Pomarine Jaeger.
    Larinae
    Larus pipixcan Franklin's Gull.
    Larus philadelphia Bonaparte's Gull.
    Larus heermanni Heermann's Gull.
    Larus canus Mew Gull.
    Larus delawarensis Ring-billed Gull.
    Larus californicus California Gull.
    Larus argentatus Herring Gull.
    Larus thayeri Thayer's Gull.
    Larus glaucescens Glaucous-winged Gull.
    Larus hyperboreus Glaucous Gull.
    Xema sabini Sabine's Gull.
    Sterninae
    Sterna caspia Caspian Tern.
    Sterna hirundo Common Tern.
              Sterna paradisaea Arctic Tern.
    Sterna forsteri Forster's Tern.
    Sterna antillarum Least Tern.
    Chlidonias niger Black Tern.
    Rynchopinae
    Rynchops niger Black Skimmer.

  • COLUMBIFORMES

  • COLUMBIDAE
    Columba livia Rock Dove. (I)
    Columba fasciata Band-tailed Pigeon.
              Zenaida asiatica White-winged Dove.
    Zenaida macroura Mourning Dove.

  • CUCULIFORMES

  • CUCULIDAE
    Coccyzinae
    Coccyzus americanus Yellow-billed Cuckoo.
    Neomorphinae
    Geococcyx californianus Greater Roadrunner.

  • STRIGIFORMES

  • TYTONIDAE
    Tyto alba Barn Owl.
    STRIGIDAE
    Otus kennicottii Western Screech-Owl.
    Bubo virginianus Great Horned Owl.
    Athene cunicularia Burrowing Owl.
    Asio otus Long-eared Owl.
    Asio flammeus Short-eared Owl.
    Aegolius acadicus Northern Saw-whet Owl.

  • CAPRIMULGIFORMES

  • CAPRIMULGIDAE
    Chordeilinae
    Chordeiles acutipennis Lesser Nighthawk.
    Caprimulginae
    Phalaenoptilus nuttallii Common Poorwill.

  • APODIFORMES

  • APODIDAE
    Cypseloidinae
    Cypseloides niger Black Swift.
    Chaeturinae
    Chaetura vauxi Vaux's Swift.
    Apodinae
    Aeronautes saxatalis White-throated Swift.
    TROCHILIDAE
    Trochilinae
    Archilochus alexandri Black-chinned Hummingbird.
    Calypte anna Anna's Hummingbird.
    Calypte costae Costa's Hummingbird.
    Stellula calliope Calliope Hummingbird.
    Selasphorus rufus Rufous Hummingbird.

  • CORACIIFORMES

  • ALCEDINIDAE
    Cerylinae
    Ceryle alcyon Belted Kingfisher.

  • PICIFORMES

  • PICIDAE
    Picinae
    Melanerpes lewis Lewis's Woodpecker.
    Melanerpes formicivorus Acorn Woodpecker.
    Sphyrapicus ruber Red-breasted Sapsucker.
    Picoides nuttallii Nuttall's Woodpecker.
    Picoides pubescens Downy Woodpecker.
    Picoides villosus Hairy Woodpecker.
    Colaptes auratus Northern Flicker.

  • PASSERIFORMES

  • TYRANNIDAE
    Fluvicolinae
    Contopus cooperi Olive-sided Flycatcher.
    Contopus sordidulus Western Wood-Pewee.
    Empidonax traillii Willow Flycatcher.
    Empidonax hammondii Hammond's Flycatcher.
    Empidonax wrightii Gray Flycatcher.
    Empidonax oberholseri Dusky Flycatcher.
    Empidonax difficilis Pacific-slope Flycatcher.
    Sayornis nigricans Black Phoebe.
    Sayornis phoebe Eastern Phoebe.
    Sayornis saya Say's Phoebe.
    Pyrocephalus
    Pyrocephalus ruber Vermillion Flycatcher.
    Tyranninae
    Myiarchus cinerascens Ash-throated Flycatcher.
    Tyrannus vociferans Cassin's Kingbird.
    Tyrannus verticalis Western Kingbird.
    LANIIDAE
    Lanius ludovicianus Loggerhead Shrike.
    VIREONIDAE
    Vireo bellii Bell's Vireo.
    Vireo cassinii Cassin's Vireo.
    Vireo huttoni Hutton's Vireo.
    Vireo gilvus Warbling Vireo.
    CORVIDAE
    Cyanocitta stelleri Steller's Jay.
    Aphelocoma californica Western Scrub-Jay.
              Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus Pinyon Jay.
    Pica nuttalli Yellow-billed Magpie.
    Corvus brachyrhynchos American Crow.
    Corvus corax Common Raven.
    ALAUDIDAE
    Eremophila alpestris Horned Lark.
    HIRUNDINIDAE
    Hirundininae
    Progne subis Purple Martin.
    Tachycineta bicolor Tree Swallow.
    Tachycineta thalassina Violet-green Swallow.
    Stelgidopteryx serripennis Northern Rough-winged Swallow.
    Riparia riparia Bank Swallow.
    Petrochelidon pyrrhonota Cliff Swallow.
    Hirundo rustica Barn Swallow.
    PARIDAE
    Baeolophus inornatus Oak Titmouse.
    AEGITHALIDAE
    Psaltriparus minimus Bushtit.
    SITTIDAE
    Sittinae
    Sitta canadensis Red-breasted Nuthatch.
    Sitta carolinensis White-breasted Nuthatch.
    CERTHIIDAE
    Certhiinae
    Certhia americana Brown Creeper.
    TROGLODYTIDAE
    Salpinctes obsoletus Rock Wren.
    Catherpes mexicanus Canyon Wren.
    Thryomanes bewickii Bewick's Wren.
    Troglodytes aedon House Wren.
    Troglodytes troglodytes Winter Wren.
    Cistothorus palustris Marsh Wren.
    REGULIDAE
    Regulus satrapa Golden-crowned Kinglet.
    Regulus calendula Ruby-crowned Kinglet.
    SYLVIIDAE
    Polioptilinae
    Polioptila caerulea Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.
    TURDIDAE
    Sialia mexicana Western Bluebird.
    Sialia currucoides Mountain Bluebird.
    Catharus ustulatus Swainson's Thrush.
    Catharus guttatus Hermit Thrush.
    Turdus migratorius American Robin.
    Ixoreus naevius Varied Thrush.
    TIMALIIDAE
    Chamaea fasciata Wrentit.
    MIMIDAE
    Mimus polyglottos Northern Mockingbird.
    Oreoscoptes montanus Sage Thrasher.
    Toxostoma redivivum California Thrasher.
    Toxostoma lecontei Le Conte's Thrasher.
    STURNIDAE
    Sturnus vulgaris European Starling. (I)
    MOTACILLIDAE
    Anthus rubescens American Pipit.
    BOMBYCILLIDAE
    Bombycilla cedrorum Cedar Waxwing.
    PTILOGONATIDAE
    Phainopepla nitens Phainopepla.
    PARULIDAE
    Vermivora celata Orange-crowned Warbler.
    Vermivora ruficapilla Nashville Warbler.
    Vermivora virginiae Virginia's Warbler.
    Parula americana Northern Parula.
    Dendroica petechia Yellow Warbler.
    Dendroica coronata Yellow-rumped Warbler.
    Dendroica nigrescens Black-throated Gray Warbler.
    Dendroica townsendi Townsend's Warbler.
    Dendroica occidentalis Hermit Warbler.
    Dendroica discolor Prairie Warbler.
    Mniotilta varia Black-and-white Warbler.
    Setophaga ruticilla American Redstart.
    Oporornis tolmiei MacGillivray's Warbler.
    Geothlypis trichas Common Yellowthroat.
    Wilsonia pusilla Wilson's Warbler.
    Icteria virens Yellow-breasted Chat.
    THRAUPIDAE
    Piranga rubra Summer Tanager.
    Piranga ludoviciana Western Tanager.
    EMBERIZIDAE
    Pipilo maculatus Spotted Towhee.
    Pipilo crissalis California Towhee.
    Aimophila ruficeps Rufous-crowned Sparrow.
    Spizella passerina Chipping Sparrow.
    Spizella breweri Brewer's Sparrow.
    Pooecetes gramineus Vesper Sparrow.
    Chondestes grammacus Lark Sparrow.
    Amphispiza belli Sage Sparrow.
    Calamospiza melanocorys Lark Bunting.
    Passerculus sandwichensis Savannah Sparrow.
    Ammodramus savannarum Grasshopper Sparrow.
    Passerella iliaca Fox Sparrow.
    Melospiza melodia Song Sparrow.
    Melospiza lincolnii Lincoln's Sparrow.
    Zonotrichia albicollis White-throated Sparrow.
    Zonotrichia querula Harris's Sparrow.
    Zonotrichia leucophrys White-crowned Sparrow.
    Zonotrichia atricapilla Golden-crowned Sparrow.
    Junco hyemalis Dark-eyed Junco.
    Calcarius lapponicus Lapland Longspur.
    CARDINALIDAE
    Pheucticus ludovicianus Rose-breasted Grosbeak.
    Pheucticus melanocephalus Black-headed Grosbeak.
    Guiraca caerulea Blue Grosbeak.
    Passerina amoena Lazuli Bunting.
    Passerina cyanea Indigo Bunting.
    ICTERIDAE
    Agelaius phoeniceus Red-winged Blackbird.
    Agelaius tricolor Tricolored Blackbird.
    Sturnella neglecta Western Meadowlark.
    Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus Yellow-headed Blackbird.
    Euphagus cyanocephalus Brewer's Blackbird.
    Quiscalus quiscula Common Grackle. (CBRC Reportable species)
    Quiscalus mexicanus Great-tailed Grackle.
    Molothrus ater Brown-headed Cowbird.
    Icterus cucullatus Hooded Oriole.
    Icterus bullockii Bullock's Oriole.
    FRINGILLIDAE
    Carduelinae
    Carpodacus purpureus Purple Finch.
    Carpodacus mexicanus House Finch.
    Carduelis pinus Pine Siskin.
    Carduelis psaltria Lesser Goldfinch.
    Carduelis lawrencei Lawrence's Goldfinch.
    Carduelis tristis American Goldfinch.
    Coccothraustes vespertinus Evening Grosbeak.
    PASSERIDAE
    Passer domesticus House Sparrow. (I)

     


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