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Inside Guide to City Park Birds

The Birds of City Park

Birds of City Park
There is a reason that Birder's World Magazine has named City Park as the best birding spot in New Orleans. Whether you are a novice birder or have been birding for years, come and enjoy the feathered friends of the Park.
A list of approximately 280 birds that have been sighted in the Park, particularly Couturie Forest and the City Park Birding Cooridor, follows below with a sampling of birds photographed by Bill Bergen. Special thanks to Robert D. Purrington for the list. The photographed birds have all been seen in City Park although not all the photographs were taken at the Park. Some of the species in this list have been recorded within a few blocks of the Park or are reasonably surmised to have occurred in the Park.

**See the bottom of this page for a printable version of this guide

Codes:
AB--abundant; C--common, FC--fairly common, U--uncommon, R--rare, O--occasional A--accidental
R--resident, M--migrant, FM--Fall Migrant, SM--spring migrant, W-winter, S--summer
*--breeding, **--erratic

Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican

Greater White-fronted Goose R-W
Snow Goose U-W
Ross's Goose R-W
Brant A-W
Canada Goose R-W
Wood Duck U-R*
Green-winged Teal U-W
Mottled Duck R-R
Mallard R-W
N. Pintail R-W
Blue-winged Teal U-W
Cinnamon Teal A-W
N. Shoveler U-W
Gadwall U-W
American Wigeon U-W
Greater Scaup R-W
Lesser Scaup U-W
Black Scoter R-W
Surf Scoter R-W
White-winged Scoter R-W
Common Goldeneye R-W
Bufflehead R-W
Hooded Merganser R-W
Red-breasted Merganser U-W
Ruddy Duck R-W
Common Loon R-W
Pied-billed Grebe U-W
Horned Grebe R-W
Eared Grebe R-W
Am. White Pelican U-W

Black Vulture

Black Vulture

Brown Pelican U-R
Double-crested Cormorant FC-W
Anhinga UC/R-R
Magnificent Frigatebird R-S
American Bittern R-W
Least Bittern R-S
Great Blue Heron U-R
Great Egret FC-R
Snowy Egret FC-R
Little Blue Heron U-R
Tri-colored Heron U-R
Reddish Egret R-R
Cattle Egret FC-R
Green Heron C-S*
Black-crowned Night-Heron FC-R
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron FC-S
White Ibis C/FC-R
Glossy Ibis R-R
White-faced Ibis U-R
Roseate Spoonbill R-R
Wood Stork A-F

Mississippi Kite

Mississippi Kite

Black Vulture U-R
Turkey Vulture FC-R
Osprey U-R
Am. Swallow-tailed Kite U-SM

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Mississippi Kite FC-S*
Bald Eagle R-W

Laughing Gull

Laughing Gull

Northern Harrier U-W
Sharp-shinned Hawk U-W
Cooper's Hawk FC/U-W,U-S*
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk FC-R*
Broad-winged Hawk U-M
Red-tailed Hawk U-W
American Kestrel C-W
Merlin U-W
Peregrine Falcon U-W
Northern Bobwhite R-R
Virginia Rail U-M
Sora U-M
Purple Gallinule R-M
Common Moorhen U-R
American Coot FC-W
Black-bellied Plover R-W
American Golden Plover R-SM
Kildeer C-R
Black-necked Stilt U-R
Greater Yellowlegs U-W
Lesser Yellowlegs U-W
Solitary Sandpiper U-M
Spotted Sandpiper U-W
Upland Sandpiper U-M
Whimbrel R-SM
Semipalmated Sandpiper U-M
Western Sandpiper U-W
Least Sandpiper U-W
Pectoral Sandpiper U-M
Dunlin U-W
Stilt Sandpiper R-M
Buff-breasted Sandpiper R-M
Long-billed Dowitcher U-W
Common Snipe U-W
American Woodcock R-W
Wilson's Phalarope R-M
Laughing Gull VC-R

Ring-billed Gull

Ring-billed Gull

Franklin's Gull R-M
Bonaparte's Gull U-W
Ring-billed Gull FC-W

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Herring Gull U-W
Gull-billed Tern U-R
Caspian Tern R-W
Royal Tern U-W
Forster's Tern U-W
Least Tern U-S
Black Tern U-M
Black Skimmer R-W
Rock Pigeon C-R*
Eurasian Collared-Dove FC-R*

Monk Parakeet

Monk Parakeet

White-winged Dove U-W
Mourning Dove
Mourning Dove C-R*
Common Ground-Dove R-W
Monk Parakeet U-R*

Eastern Screech-Owl

Eastern Screech-Owl

Black-billed Cuckoo U-M
Yellow-billed Cuckoo FC-M, U-S*
Groove-billed Ani U-W
Common Barn Owl U-R*
Eastern Screech-Owl FC-R*

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Great Horned Owl U-R*
Barred Owl R-R
Lesser Nighthawk A-M
Common Nighthawk FC-S
Chuck-will's-Widow U-M
Whip-poor-will U-M
Chimney Swift C-S*
House Sparrow
Broad-billed Hummingbird A-W
Buff-bellied Hummingbird R-W
Ruby-throated Hummingbird U-S*

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Black-chinned Humminbird R-W
Broad-tailed Hummingbird R-W
Belted Kingfisher FC-W
Red-headed Woodpecker R-M
Red-bellied Woodpecker C-R*
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker C-W
Downy Woodpecker C-R*

Blue Jay

Blue Jay

Hairy Woodpecker FC-R*
Northern Flicker FC-W
Olive-sided Flycatcher U-SM
Western Wood-Pewee A-W
Eastern Wood-Pewee C-M
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher U-M
Acadian Flycatcher FC-M
Alder Flycatcher R?-M
Willow Flycatcher R?-M
Least Flycatcher U-M
Eastern Phoebe C-W
Vermilion Flycatcher R-W
Ash-throated Flycatcher R-W
Great-crested Flycatcher C-S*
Western Kingbird U-M,R-W
Gray Kingbird A-M
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher U-M, R-W
White-eyed Vireo VC-M, U-W
Bell's Vireo A-W
Blue-headed Vireo FC-W
Yellow-throated Vireo FC-M
Warbling Vireo U-M
Philadelphia Vireo U-M
Red-eyed Vireo C-M
Black-whiskered Vireo A-M
Purple Martin C-S
Tree Swallow C-W
Northern Rough-winged Swallow U-M
Bank Swallow U-M
Cliff Swallow R-M
Barn Swallow FC-S
Blue Jay C-R*

American Robin

American Robin

American Crow C-R*
Fish Crow U-W
Carolina Chickadee U-R
Tufted Timouse R-R
Red-breasted Nuthatch U-W
Brown Creeper U-W
Carolina Wren C-R*
Bewick's Wren R-W
House Wren C-W
Winter Wren U-W
Sedge Wren R-W
Marsh Wren R-W
Golden-crowned Kinglet U-W
Ruby-crowned Kinglet C-W
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher C-M, FC-W
Eastern Bluebird R-R
Veery U-M
Gray-cheeked Thrush FC-M
Swainson's Thrush FC-M
Hermit Thrush FC-W
Wood Thrush FC-M
American Robin C-W, U-R*

Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher

Gray Catbird VC-M, C-W
Northern Mockingbird C-R*
Brown Thrasher FC-W, R-R*

Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing

American Pipit U-W
Cedar Waxwing FC-W**

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Loggerhead Shrike U-R*
European Starling AB-R*
Blue-winged Warbler U-M
Golden-winged Warbler U-M
Tennessee Warbler FC-M
Orange-crowned Warbler FC-W
Nashville Warbler U/R-FM
Northern Parula FC-M
Yellow Warbler FC-SM, VC-FM
Chestnut-sided Warbler U-M
Magnolia Warbler C-M
Cape May Warbler O-M
Black-throated Blue Warbler O-M
Yellow-rumped Warbler VC-W

White-throated Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Black-throated Gray Warbler O-W
Black-throated Green Warbler FC-M
Blackburnian Warbler U-M
Yellow-throated Warbler FC-M
Pine Warbler FC/U-W
Prairie Warbler R-SM, FC-FM
Palm Warbler U-W
Bay-breasted Warbler FC-M
Blackpoll Warbler O-SM
Cerulean Warbler U-M
Black-and-White Warbler C-M
American Redstart C-M
Prothonotary Warbler FC-M
Worm-eating Warbler FC-M
Swainson's Warbler R-SM,O-FM
Ovenbird C-M
Northern Waterthrush C-M
Louisiana Waterthrush U-M
Kentucky Warbler FC-M
Mourning Warbler O-FM
Common Yellowthroat C-M, C-R*
Hooded Warbler FC-M
Wilson's Warbler U-W
Canada Warbler U/R-FM
Painted Redstarat A-W
Yellow-breasted Chat FC-M
Summer Tanager C-M
Scarlet Tanager FC-M
Western Tanager O-W
Eastern Towhee U/R-R
Chipping Sparrow U-W
Clay-colored Sparrow R-FM
Field Sparrow U/R-W
Vesper Sparrow R-W
Lark Sparrow U-FM, R-W
Lark Bunting A-FM
Savannah Sparrow C-W
Grasshopper Sparrow U/R-W
LeConte's Sparrow O-M
Fox Sparrow R-W**
Song Sparrow U-W
Lincoln's Sparrow U/R-W
Swamp Sparrow C-W
White-throated Sparrow C-W

Bronzed Cowbird

Bronzed Cowbird

White-crowned Sparrow U-W
Dark-eyed Junco U-W
Northern Cardinal FC-R*
Rose-breasted Grosbeak FC-M
Black-headed Grosbeak R-W
Blue Grosbeak FC-M
Indigo Bunting VC-M
Painted Bunting FC-M, O-R
Dickcissel R-M
Bobolink O-SM
Red-winged Blackbird VC-R*
Eastern Meadowlark FC-R*
Yellow-headed Blackbird R-FM
Brewer's Blackbird R-W
Boat-tailed Grackle C-R*
Common Grackle C-R*
Bronzed Cowbird U/R-R

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch

Brown-headed Cowbird FC-R*
Orchard Oriole VC-M, O-R*
Baltimore Oriole FC-M, R-W
Bullock's Oriole R/O-W
Scott's Oriole A-W
Purple Finch U/R-W**
House Finch U-R*
Pine Siskin R-W
American Goldfinch C-W

Printable Inside Guide - Birds of City Park