Did You Know the Lark Bunting is Colorado's State Bird?

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Colorado is home to more than 500 species of birds. How do you become a birder in Colorado?

All you need is a field guide and a pair of binoculars. For those looking for unique Colorado birds, the 50 described below are some of the most popular with experienced birdwatchers. Our fave is the Golden Eagle!

Did you know the 'Lark Bunting' is the state bird of Colorado? Here are 50 more!

Common native birds to Colorado

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These are ten common native birds found in Colorado.

1. Lark Bunting

2. Brown-capped Rosy-Finch

3. American Dipper

4. Gray Jay

5. Belted Kingfisher

6. White-breasted Nuthatch

7. Cedar Waxwing

8. Black-capped Chickadee

9. American Kestrel

10. Golden Eagle

50 birds every Coloradan should know

So what birds live in Colorado? We decided to categorize the birds by region. 

Rocky Mountain National Park

1. Dusky Grouse

2. Williamson's Sapsucker

3. American Three-toed Woodpecker

4. Hammond's Flycatcher

5. Gray Jay

6. Clark's Nutcracker

7. Mountain Chickadee

8. Red-breasted Nuthatch

9. Townsend's Solitaire

10. Pine Grosbeak

Colorado National Monument

Interesting birds here include:

1. Gambel's Quail

2. Golden Eagle

3. White-throated Swift

4. Black-chinned Hummingbird

5. Broad-tailed Hummingbird

6. Prairie Falcon

7. Peregrine Falcon

8. Gray Flycatcher

9. Ash-throated Flycatcher

10. Gray Vireo

Barr Lake State Park

Land birds nesting here or seen regularly include:

1. Burrowing Owl

2. Prairie Falcon

3. Say's Phoebe

4. Warbling Vireo

5. Blue Jay Horned Lark

6. Lark Sparrow

7. Lark Bunting

8. Blue Grosbeak

9. Orchard Oriole

10. Lazuli Bunting

Cherry Creek State Park

1. Loons

2. Grebes

3. Double-crested Cormorant

4. American White Pelican

5. Gulls (many rarities have appeared over the years)

6. Terns

7. Rough-legged Hawk

8. Ferruginous Hawk sometimes appears in winter.

9. Ring-necked Pheasant nests in park grasslands

10. Northern Shrike is occasionally found in winter

Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge

Nesting waterbirds include:

1. Cinnamon Teal

2. Pied-billed Grebe

3. Eared Grebe

4. American Bittern

5. Great Blue Heron.

On dry land, look for Northern Harrier, Prairie Falcon, Sage Thrasher, Yellow Warbler, Brewer's Sparrow.

The birds of Colorado that birding experts are always looking for?

  • Blackbird
  • Northern flicker
  • Mourning dove
  • House finch
  • Towhee
  • Bald eagle
  • Hairy woodpecker
  • Magpies
  • Rufous hummingbird
  • Shorebirds
  • Downy woodpecker
  • Long tail
  • Vultures

These bird species are all beautiful and the raptors and mockingbirds are always so majestic. Are you ready for some bird watching now?

Which of these native birds are your favorite? Please leave us a comment below!

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Did You Know the Lark Bunting is Colorado's State Bird?