Birds of Iowa


Welcome to the Birds of Iowa website. This site contains photos and information about birds I have photographed in Iowa and other places. I have also added photos of amphibians, bats, flowers, fungi, mammals, salamanders, snails, snakes and turtles.

Birds of Iowa
Below is a list of birds as shown on the Iowa Field Checklist generated by the Iowa Ornithologist's Union. I have not seen all of these birds in Iowa. Some were seen and photographed in other states.
Iowa Field Checklist - PDF
Anatidae – Ducks, Swans, Geese

Greater White-fronted Goose
Snow Goose
Ross's Goose
Cackling Goose
Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Trumpeter Swan
Tundra Swan
Wood Duck

American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Blue-winged Teal
Cinnamon Teal
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Black Scoter
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Black-bellied Whistling Duck

Phasanidae – Pheasants, Grouse,
Quail and Turkeys

Ring-necked Pheasant
Gray Partridge
Ruffed Grouse
Greater Prairie-Chicken
Wild Turkey
Northern Bobwhite

Gaviidae – Loons

Red-throated Loon
Pacific Loon
Common Loon

Podicipedidae - Grebes

Pied-billed Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Horned Grebe
Eared Grebe
Western Grebe
Clarke's Grebe

Pelecanidae - Pelicans

American White Pelican

Acrocoracidae - Cormorants

Double-crested Cormorant

Ardeidae – Herons, Egrets and Bitterns

Little Blue Heron
Snowy Egret
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Least Bittern
American Bittern

Threskiornithidae - Ibis

White-faced Ibis

Cathartidae - Vultures

Turkey Vulture

Accipitridae – Osprey, Hawks, Kites and Eagles

Mississippi Kite
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Northern Goshawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Swainson's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Ferruginous Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Golden Eagle

Falconidae - Falcons

American Kestrel
Prairie Falcon
Peregrine Falcon

Rallidae – Rails and Coots

Yellow Rail
King Rail
Virginia Rail
Common Moorhen
American Coot

Gruidae - Cranes

Sandhill Crane

Charadriidae – Plovers

American Golden-Plover
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Piping Plover

Snowy Plover

Recurvirostridae – Avocets and Stilts

Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet

Scolopacidae - Sandpipers

American Woodcock
Wilson's Snipe
Marbled Godwit
Hudsonian Godwit
Upland Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Solitary Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Ruddy Turnstone
Red Knot
Short-billed Dowitcher
Long-billed Dowitcher
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Baird’s Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Wilson's Phalarope
Red-necked Phalarope

Red Phalarope

Laridae – Gulls and Terns

Ring-billed Gull
Glaucous Gull
Iceland Gull
Thayer's Gull
Herring Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Bonaparte's Gull
Franklin's Gull
Sabine's Gull
Laughing Gull

California Gull

Mew Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Black-legged Kittiwake
Black Tern
Caspian Tern
Common Tern
Forster's Tern
Least Tern

Columbidae – Pigeons and Doves

Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove
White-winged Dove

Cuculidae – Cuckoos

Black-billed Cuckoo
Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Tytonidae – Barn Owls

Barn Owl

Strigidae – Owls

Eastern Screech-Owl
Great Horned Owl
Snowy Owl
Barred Owl
Burrowing Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Northern Long-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl

Caprimulgidae – Nightjars

Common Nighthawk

Apodidae - Swifts

Chimney Swift

Trochilidae – Hummingbirds

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Alcedinidae – Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher

Picidae – Woodpeckers

Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker

Tyrannidae – Tyrant Flycatchers

Olive-sided Flycatcher
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Acadian Flycatcher
Alder Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Western Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird
Scrissor-tailed Flycatcher

Laniidae – Shrikes

Loggerhead Shrike
Northern Shrike
Vireonidae – Vireos

Bell's Vireo
White-eyed Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Warbling Vireo

Corvidae – Crows and Jays

Blue Jay
American Crow
Black-billed Magpie

Alaudidae Larks

Horned Lark

Hirundinidae – Swallows

Tree Swallow
Purple Martin
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Bank Swallow
Barn Swallow
Cliff Swallow

Paridae – Chickadees and Titmouse
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse

Sittidae – Nuthatches

Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch

Certhiidae – Creepers

Brown Creeper

Troglodytidae – Wrens

Sedge Wren
Marsh Wren
Carolina Wren
Winter Wren
House Wren
Bewick's Wren

Regulidae – Kinglets

Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet

Sylviidae – Gnatcatchers

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Turdidae – Thrushes

Varied Thrush
Eastern Bluebird
Townsend's Solitaire
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Swainson's Thrush
Hermit Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Mountain Bluebird

Mimidae – Mockingbirds and Thrashes

Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher

Sturnidae – Starlings

European Starling

Motacillidae - Pipits

American Pipit

Bombycillidae – Waxwings

Bohemian Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing

Parulidae – Warblers

Blue-winged Warbler
Golden-winged Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Black-throated BlueWarbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Cerulean Warbler
American Redstart
Worm-eating Warbler
Northern Waterthrush
Louisiana Waterthrush
Kentucky Warbler
Connecticut Warbler
Mourning Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Canada Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat

Thraupidae - Tanagers

Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager

Western Tanager

Emberizidae - Sparrows

Lapland Longspur
Smith's Longspur
Snow Bunting
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Harris's Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Savannah Sparrow
Henslow's Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
American Tree Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Clay-colored Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Eastern Towhee

Spotted Towhee
LeConte's Sparrow
Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow

Cardinalidae – Cardinals and Buntings

Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Northern Cardinal
Blue Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Black-headed Grosbeak

Lazuli Bunting

Icteridae – Blackbirds, Grackles and Orioles

Baltimore Oriole
Orchard Oriole
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Western Meadowlark
Common Grackle
Great-tailed Grackle
Rusty Blackbird
Brewer's Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird

Fringillidae – Siskins, Crossbills and Finches

Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch
Common Redpoll
Purple Finch
House Finch
Red Crossbill
White-winged Crossbill

Passeridae – Old World Sparrows

House Sparrow
Eurasian Tree Sparrow