Sonoma County Bird List


March 23, 2015




This is a list of all of the bird species recorded in Sonoma County, California, United States as of March 23, 2015. A total of 448 species have been recorded.

The species names and order follow the American Ornithologists' Union Check-list of North American Birds, 7th Edition, including supplements through the 55th Supplement.

Each common and scientific name is a link to a Google image search.

"I" indicates an introduced species. "E" indicates an extirpated species.






Anatidae


Greater White-fronted Goose

Anser albifrons




Emperor Goose

Chen canagica




Snow Goose

Chen caerulescens




Ross's Goose

Chen rossii




Brant

Branta bernicla




Cackling Goose

Branta hutchinsii




Canada Goose

Branta canadensis




Tundra Swan

Cygnus columbianus




Wood Duck

Aix sponsa




Gadwall

Anas strepera




Eurasian Wigeon

Anas penelope




American Wigeon

Anas americana




Mallard

Anas platyrhynchos




Blue-winged Teal

Anas discors




Cinnamon Teal

Anas cyanoptera




Northern Shoveler

Anas clypeata




Northern Pintail

Anas acuta




Green-winged Teal

Anas crecca




Canvasback

Aythya valisineria




Redhead

Aythya americana




Ring-necked Duck

Aythya collaris




Tufted Duck

Aythya fuligula




Greater Scaup

Aythya marila




Lesser Scaup

Aythya affinis




Steller's Eider

Polysticta stelleri




King Eider

Somateria spectabilis




Harlequin Duck

Histrionicus histrionicus




Surf Scoter

Melanitta perspicillata




White-winged Scoter

Melanitta fusca




Black Scoter

Melanitta americana




Long-tailed Duck

Clangula hyemalis




Bufflehead

Bucephala albeola




Common Goldeneye

Bucephala clangula




Barrow's Goldeneye

Bucephala islandica




Hooded Merganser

Lophodytes cucullatus




Common Merganser

Mergus merganser




Red-breasted Merganser

Mergus serrator




Ruddy Duck

Oxyura jamaicensis





Odontophoridae


Mountain Quail

Oreortyx pictus




California Quail

Callipepla californica





Phasianidae


Ring-necked Pheasant

Phasianus colchicus

I



Sooty Grouse

Dendragapus fuliginosus




Wild Turkey

Meleagris gallopavo

I




Gaviidae


Red-throated Loon

Gavia stellata




Arctic Loon

Gavia arctica




Pacific Loon

Gavia pacifica




Common Loon

Gavia immer




Yellow-billed Loon

Gavia adamsii





Podicipedidae


Pied-billed Grebe

Podilymbus podiceps




Horned Grebe

Podiceps auritus




Red-necked Grebe

Podiceps grisegena




Eared Grebe

Podiceps nigricollis




Western Grebe

Aechmophorus occidentalis




Clark's Grebe

Aechmophorus clarkii





Diomedeidae


White-capped Albatross

Thalassarche cauta




Wandering Albatross

Diomedea exulans




Laysan Albatross

Phoebastria immutabilis




Black-footed Albatross

Phoebastria nigripes




Short-tailed Albatross

Phoebastria albatrus





Procellariidae


Northern Fulmar

Fulmarus glacialis




Murphy's Petrel

Pterodroma ultima




Hawaiian Petrel

Pterodroma sandwichensis




Cook's Petrel

Pterodroma cookii




Streaked Shearwater

Calonectris leucomelas




Cory's Shearwater

Calonectris diomedea




Pink-footed Shearwater

Puffinus creatopus




Flesh-footed Shearwater

Puffinus carneipes




Great Shearwater

Puffinus gravis




Buller's Shearwater

Puffinus bulleri




Sooty Shearwater

Puffinus griseus




Short-tailed Shearwater

Puffinus tenuirostris




Manx Shearwater

Puffinus puffinus




Black-vented Shearwater

Puffinus opisthomelas





Hydrobatidae


Wilson's Storm-Petrel

Oceanites oceanicus




Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel

Oceanodroma furcata




Leach's Storm-Petrel

Oceanodroma leucorhoa




Ashy Storm-Petrel

Oceanodroma homochroa




Black Storm-Petrel

Oceanodroma melania




Least Storm-Petrel

Oceanodroma microsoma





Ciconiidae


Wood Stork

Mycteria americana





Fregatidae


Magnificent Frigatebird

Fregata magnificens





Sulidae


Blue-footed Booby

Sula nebouxii




Brown Booby

Sula leucogaster





Phalacrocoracidae


Brandt's Cormorant

Phalacrocorax penicillatus




Double-crested Cormorant

Phalacrocorax auritus




Pelagic Cormorant

Phalacrocorax pelagicus





Pelecanidae


American White Pelican

Pelecanus erythrorhynchos




Brown Pelican

Pelecanus occidentalis





Ardeidae


American Bittern

Botaurus lentiginosus




Least Bittern

Ixobrychus exilis




Great Blue Heron

Ardea herodias




Great Egret

Ardea alba




Snowy Egret

Egretta thula




Little Blue Heron

Egretta caerulea




Tricolored Heron

Egretta tricolor




Cattle Egret

Bubulcus ibis




Green Heron

Butorides virescens




Black-crowned Night-Heron

Nycticorax nycticorax





Threskiornithidae


White-faced Ibis

Plegadis chihi





Cathartidae


Black Vulture

Coragyps atratus




Turkey Vulture

Cathartes aura




California Condor

Gymnogyps californianus

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Pandionidae


Osprey

Pandion haliaetus





Accipitridae


Swallow-tailed Kite

Elanoides forficatus




White-tailed Kite

Elanus leucurus




Bald Eagle

Haliaeetus leucocephalus




Northern Harrier

Circus cyaneus




Sharp-shinned Hawk

Accipiter striatus




Cooper's Hawk

Accipiter cooperii




Northern Goshawk

Accipiter gentilis




Common Black Hawk

Buteogallus anthracinus




Red-shouldered Hawk

Buteo lineatus




Broad-winged Hawk

Buteo platypterus




Swainson's Hawk

Buteo swainsoni




Zone-tailed Hawk

Buteo albonotatus




Red-tailed Hawk

Buteo jamaicensis




Ferruginous Hawk

Buteo regalis




Rough-legged Hawk

Buteo lagopus




Golden Eagle

Aquila chrysaetos





Rallidae


Yellow Rail

Coturnicops noveboracensis




Black Rail

Laterallus jamaicensis




Ridgway's Rail

Rallus obsoletus




Virginia Rail

Rallus limicola




Sora

Porzana carolina




Common Gallinule

Gallinula galeata




American Coot

Fulica americana





Gruidae


Sandhill Crane

Grus canadensis





Recurvirostridae


Black-necked Stilt

Himantopus mexicanus




American Avocet

Recurvirostra americana





Haematopodidae


Black Oystercatcher

Haematopus bachmani





Charadriidae


Black-bellied Plover

Pluvialis squatarola




American Golden-Plover

Pluvialis dominica




Pacific Golden-Plover

Pluvialis fulva




Lesser Sand-Plover

Charadrius mongolus




Snowy Plover

Charadrius nivosus




Semipalmated Plover

Charadrius semipalmatus




Killdeer

Charadrius vociferus




Mountain Plover

Charadrius montanus





Scolopacidae


Spotted Sandpiper

Actitis macularius




Solitary Sandpiper

Tringa solitaria




Wandering Tattler

Tringa incana




Greater Yellowlegs

Tringa melanoleuca




Willet

Tringa semipalmata




Lesser Yellowlegs

Tringa flavipes




Whimbrel

Numenius phaeopus




Long-billed Curlew

Numenius americanus




Hudsonian Godwit

Limosa haemastica




Bar-tailed Godwit

Limosa lapponica




Marbled Godwit

Limosa fedoa




Ruddy Turnstone

Arenaria interpres




Black Turnstone

Arenaria melanocephala




Red Knot

Calidris canutus




Surfbird

Calidris virgata




Ruff

Calidris pugnax




Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

Calidris acuminata




Stilt Sandpiper

Calidris himantopus




Curlew Sandpiper

Calidris ferruginea




Sanderling

Calidris alba




Dunlin

Calidris alpina




Rock Sandpiper

Calidris ptilocnemis




Baird's Sandpiper

Calidris bairdii




Least Sandpiper

Calidris minutilla




Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Calidris subruficollis




Pectoral Sandpiper

Calidris melanotos




Semipalmated Sandpiper

Calidris pusilla




Western Sandpiper

Calidris mauri




Short-billed Dowitcher

Limnodromus griseus




Long-billed Dowitcher

Limnodromus scolopaceus




Wilson's Snipe

Gallinago delicata




Wilson's Phalarope

Phalaropus tricolor




Red-necked Phalarope

Phalaropus lobatus




Red Phalarope

Phalaropus fulicarius





Stercorariidae


South Polar Skua

Stercorarius maccormicki




Pomarine Jaeger

Stercorarius pomarinus




Parasitic Jaeger

Stercorarius parasiticus




Long-tailed Jaeger

Stercorarius longicaudus





Alcidae


Common Murre

Uria aalge




Thick-billed Murre

Uria lomvia




Pigeon Guillemot

Cepphus columba




Long-billed Murrelet

Brachyramphus perdix




Marbled Murrelet

Brachyramphus marmoratus




Scripps's Murrelet

Synthliboramphus scrippsi




Craveri's Murrelet

Synthliboramphus craveri




Ancient Murrelet

Synthliboramphus antiquus




Cassin's Auklet

Ptychoramphus aleuticus




Crested Auklet

Aethia cristatella




Rhinoceros Auklet

Cerorhinca monocerata




Horned Puffin

Fratercula corniculata




Tufted Puffin

Fratercula cirrhata





Laridae


Black-legged Kittiwake

Rissa tridactyla




Sabine's Gull

Xema sabini




Bonaparte's Gull

Chroicocephalus philadelphia




Laughing Gull

Leucophaeus atricilla




Franklin's Gull

Leucophaeus pipixcan




Heermann's Gull

Larus heermanni




Mew Gull

Larus canus




Ring-billed Gull

Larus delawarensis




Western Gull

Larus occidentalis




California Gull

Larus californicus




Herring Gull

Larus argentatus




Thayer's Gull

Larus thayeri




Iceland Gull

Larus glaucoides




Slaty-backed Gull

Larus schistisagus




Glaucous-winged Gull

Larus glaucescens




Glaucous Gull

Larus hyperboreus




Sooty Tern

Onychoprion fuscatus




Least Tern

Sternula antillarum




Caspian Tern

Hydroprogne caspia




Black Tern

Chlidonias niger




Common Tern

Sterna hirundo




Arctic Tern

Sterna paradisaea




Forster's Tern

Sterna forsteri




Royal Tern

Thalasseus maximus




Elegant Tern

Thalasseus elegans




Black Skimmer

Rynchops niger





Columbidae


Rock Pigeon

Columba livia

I



Band-tailed Pigeon

Patagioenas fasciata




Eurasian Collared-Dove

Streptopelia decaocto

I



White-winged Dove

Zenaida asiatica




Mourning Dove

Zenaida macroura





Cuculidae


Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Coccyzus americanus




Greater Roadrunner

Geococcyx californianus





Tytonidae


Barn Owl

Tyto alba





Strigidae


Western Screech-Owl

Megascops kennicottii




Great Horned Owl

Bubo virginianus




Snowy Owl

Bubo scandiacus




Northern Pygmy-Owl

Glaucidium gnoma




Burrowing Owl

Athene cunicularia




Spotted Owl

Strix occidentalis




Barred Owl

Strix varia




Long-eared Owl

Asio otus




Short-eared Owl

Asio flammeus




Northern Saw-whet Owl

Aegolius acadicus





Caprimulgidae


Lesser Nighthawk

Chordeiles acutipennis




Common Nighthawk

Chordeiles minor




Common Poorwill

Phalaenoptilus nuttallii





Apodidae


Black Swift

Cypseloides niger




Vaux's Swift

Chaetura vauxi




White-throated Swift

Aeronautes saxatalis





Trochilidae


Black-chinned Hummingbird

Archilochus alexandri




Anna's Hummingbird

Calypte anna




Costa's Hummingbird

Calypte costae




Rufous Hummingbird

Selasphorus rufus




Allen's Hummingbird

Selasphorus sasin




Calliope Hummingbird

Selasphorus calliope




Broad-billed Hummingbird

Cynanthus latirostris




Violet-crowned Hummingbird

Amazilia violiceps





Alcedinidae


Belted Kingfisher

Megaceryle alcyon





Picidae


Lewis's Woodpecker

Melanerpes lewis




Acorn Woodpecker

Melanerpes formicivorus




Williamson's Sapsucker

Sphyrapicus thyroideus




Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Sphyrapicus varius




Red-naped Sapsucker

Sphyrapicus nuchalis




Red-breasted Sapsucker

Sphyrapicus ruber




Nuttall's Woodpecker

Picoides nuttallii




Downy Woodpecker

Picoides pubescens




Hairy Woodpecker

Picoides villosus




White-headed Woodpecker

Picoides albolarvatus




Northern Flicker

Colaptes auratus




Pileated Woodpecker

Dryocopus pileatus





Falconidae


Crested Caracara

Caracara cheriway




American Kestrel

Falco sparverius




Merlin

Falco columbarius




Peregrine Falcon

Falco peregrinus




Prairie Falcon

Falco mexicanus





Tyrannidae


Olive-sided Flycatcher

Contopus cooperi




Western Wood-Pewee

Contopus sordidulus




Eastern Wood-Pewee

Contopus virens




Willow Flycatcher

Empidonax traillii




Least Flycatcher

Empidonax minimus




Hammond's Flycatcher

Empidonax hammondii




Gray Flycatcher

Empidonax wrightii




Dusky Flycatcher

Empidonax oberholseri




Pacific-slope Flycatcher

Empidonax difficilis




Black Phoebe

Sayornis nigricans




Eastern Phoebe

Sayornis phoebe




Say's Phoebe

Sayornis saya




Dusky-capped Flycatcher

Myiarchus tuberculifer




Ash-throated Flycatcher

Myiarchus cinerascens




Great Crested Flycatcher

Myiarchus crinitus




Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher

Myiodynastes luteiventris




Tropical Kingbird

Tyrannus melancholicus




Cassin's Kingbird

Tyrannus vociferans




Western Kingbird

Tyrannus verticalis




Eastern Kingbird

Tyrannus tyrannus




Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Tyrannus forficatus




Fork-tailed Flycatcher

Tyrannus savana





Laniidae


Loggerhead Shrike

Lanius ludovicianus




Northern Shrike

Lanius excubitor





Vireonidae


Yellow-throated Vireo

Vireo flavifrons




Plumbeous Vireo

Vireo plumbeus




Cassin's Vireo

Vireo cassinii




Blue-headed Vireo

Vireo solitarius




Hutton's Vireo

Vireo huttoni




Warbling Vireo

Vireo gilvus




Philadelphia Vireo

Vireo philadelphicus




Red-eyed Vireo

Vireo olivaceus




Yellow-green Vireo

Vireo flavoviridis





Corvidae


Gray Jay

Perisoreus canadensis




Steller's Jay

Cyanocitta stelleri




Blue Jay

Cyanocitta cristata




Western Scrub-Jay

Aphelocoma californica




Clark's Nutcracker

Nucifraga columbiana




Yellow-billed Magpie

Pica nuttalli




American Crow

Corvus brachyrhynchos




Common Raven

Corvus corax





Alaudidae


Horned Lark

Eremophila alpestris





Hirundinidae


Purple Martin

Progne subis




Tree Swallow

Tachycineta bicolor




Violet-green Swallow

Tachycineta thalassina




Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Stelgidopteryx serripennis




Bank Swallow

Riparia riparia




Cliff Swallow

Petrochelidon pyrrhonota




Barn Swallow

Hirundo rustica





Paridae


Mountain Chickadee

Poecile gambeli




Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Poecile rufescens




Oak Titmouse

Baeolophus inornatus





Aegithalidae


Bushtit

Psaltriparus minimus





Sittidae


Red-breasted Nuthatch

Sitta canadensis




White-breasted Nuthatch

Sitta carolinensis




Pygmy Nuthatch

Sitta pygmaea





Certhiidae


Brown Creeper

Certhia americana





Troglodytidae


Rock Wren

Salpinctes obsoletus




Canyon Wren

Catherpes mexicanus




House Wren

Troglodytes aedon




Pacific Wren

Troglodytes pacificus




Marsh Wren

Cistothorus palustris




Bewick's Wren

Thryomanes bewickii





Polioptilidae


Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Polioptila caerulea





Cinclidae


American Dipper

Cinclus mexicanus





Regulidae


Golden-crowned Kinglet

Regulus satrapa




Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Regulus calendula





Sylviidae


Wrentit

Chamaea fasciata





Muscicapidae


Northern Wheatear

Oenanthe oenanthe





Turdidae


Western Bluebird

Sialia mexicana




Mountain Bluebird

Sialia currucoides




Townsend's Solitaire

Myadestes townsendi




Swainson's Thrush

Catharus ustulatus




Hermit Thrush

Catharus guttatus




American Robin

Turdus migratorius




Varied Thrush

Ixoreus naevius





Mimidae


Gray Catbird

Dumetella carolinensis




Brown Thrasher

Toxostoma rufum




California Thrasher

Toxostoma redivivum




Sage Thrasher

Oreoscoptes montanus




Northern Mockingbird

Mimus polyglottos





Sturnidae


European Starling

Sturnus vulgaris

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Motacillidae


Eastern Yellow Wagtail

Motacilla tschutschensis




Red-throated Pipit

Anthus cervinus




American Pipit

Anthus rubescens





Bombycillidae


Bohemian Waxwing

Bombycilla garrulus




Cedar Waxwing

Bombycilla cedrorum





Ptiliogonatidae


Phainopepla

Phainopepla nitens





Calcariidae


Lapland Longspur

Calcarius lapponicus




Chestnut-collared Longspur

Calcarius ornatus




Snow Bunting

Plectrophenax nivalis





Parulidae


Ovenbird

Seiurus aurocapilla




Worm-eating Warbler

Helmitheros vermivorum




Northern Waterthrush

Parkesia noveboracensis




Black-and-white Warbler

Mniotilta varia




Prothonotary Warbler

Protonotaria citrea




Tennessee Warbler

Oreothlypis peregrina




Orange-crowned Warbler

Oreothlypis celata




Lucy's Warbler

Oreothlypis luciae




Nashville Warbler

Oreothlypis ruficapilla




Virginia's Warbler

Oreothlypis virginiae




Connecticut Warbler

Oporornis agilis




MacGillivray's Warbler

Geothlypis tolmiei




Kentucky Warbler

Geothlypis formosa




Common Yellowthroat

Geothlypis trichas




Hooded Warbler

Setophaga citrina




American Redstart

Setophaga ruticilla




Cape May Warbler

Setophaga tigrina




Northern Parula

Setophaga americana




Magnolia Warbler

Setophaga magnolia




Bay-breasted Warbler

Setophaga castanea




Blackburnian Warbler

Setophaga fusca




Yellow Warbler

Setophaga petechia




Chestnut-sided Warbler

Setophaga pensylvanica




Blackpoll Warbler

Setophaga striata




Black-throated Blue Warbler

Setophaga caerulescens




Palm Warbler

Setophaga palmarum




Yellow-rumped Warbler

Setophaga coronata




Prairie Warbler

Setophaga discolor




Black-throated Gray Warbler

Setophaga nigrescens




Townsend's Warbler

Setophaga townsendi




Hermit Warbler

Setophaga occidentalis




Canada Warbler

Cardellina canadensis




Wilson's Warbler

Cardellina pusilla




Yellow-breasted Chat

Icteria virens





Emberizidae


Green-tailed Towhee

Pipilo chlorurus




Spotted Towhee

Pipilo maculatus




Rufous-crowned Sparrow

Aimophila ruficeps




California Towhee

Melozone crissalis




American Tree Sparrow

Spizella arborea




Chipping Sparrow

Spizella passerina




Clay-colored Sparrow

Spizella pallida




Brewer's Sparrow

Spizella breweri




Black-chinned Sparrow

Spizella atrogularis




Vesper Sparrow

Pooecetes gramineus




Lark Sparrow

Chondestes grammacus




Black-throated Sparrow

Amphispiza bilineata




Bell's Sparrow

Artemisiospiza belli




Lark Bunting

Calamospiza melanocorys




Savannah Sparrow

Passerculus sandwichensis




Grasshopper Sparrow

Ammodramus savannarum




Fox Sparrow

Passerella iliaca




Song Sparrow

Melospiza melodia




Lincoln's Sparrow

Melospiza lincolnii




Swamp Sparrow

Melospiza georgiana




White-throated Sparrow

Zonotrichia albicollis




Harris's Sparrow

Zonotrichia querula




White-crowned Sparrow

Zonotrichia leucophrys




Golden-crowned Sparrow

Zonotrichia atricapilla




Dark-eyed Junco

Junco hyemalis





Cardinalidae


Summer Tanager

Piranga rubra




Western Tanager

Piranga ludoviciana




Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Pheucticus ludovicianus




Black-headed Grosbeak

Pheucticus melanocephalus




Blue Grosbeak

Passerina caerulea




Lazuli Bunting

Passerina amoena




Indigo Bunting

Passerina cyanea




Painted Bunting

Passerina ciris





Icteridae


Bobolink

Dolichonyx oryzivorus




Red-winged Blackbird

Agelaius phoeniceus




Tricolored Blackbird

Agelaius tricolor




Western Meadowlark

Sturnella neglecta




Yellow-headed Blackbird

Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus




Rusty Blackbird

Euphagus carolinus




Brewer's Blackbird

Euphagus cyanocephalus




Common Grackle

Quiscalus quiscula




Great-tailed Grackle

Quiscalus mexicanus




Brown-headed Cowbird

Molothrus ater




Orchard Oriole

Icterus spurius




Hooded Oriole

Icterus cucullatus




Bullock's Oriole

Icterus bullockii




Baltimore Oriole

Icterus galbula




Scott's Oriole

Icterus parisorum





Fringillidae


House Finch

Haemorhous mexicanus




Purple Finch

Haemorhous purpureus




Cassin's Finch

Haemorhous cassinii




Red Crossbill

Loxia curvirostra




Pine Siskin

Spinus pinus




Lesser Goldfinch

Spinus psaltria




Lawrence's Goldfinch

Spinus lawrencei




American Goldfinch

Spinus tristis




Evening Grosbeak

Coccothraustes vespertinus





Passeridae


House Sparrow

Passer domesticus

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References:

Bolander, G. and B. D. Parmeter.  2001.  Birds of Sonoma County, California - An Annotated Checklist and Birding Gazetteer.  Revised and Updated 2000.  Redwood Region Ornithological Society.

Chesser, R. Terry, Richard C. Banks, Carla Cicero, Jon L. Dunn, Andrew W. Kratter, Irby J. Lovette, Adolfo G. Navarro-SigŁenza, Pamela C. Rasmussen, J. V. Remsen, Jr., James D. Rising, Douglas F. Stotz, and Kevin Winker (2014) Fifty-Fifth Supplement to the American Ornithologists' Union Check-list of North American Birds. The Auk: October 2014, Vol. 131, No. 4, pp. CSi-CSxv. http://aoucospubs.org/doi/full/10.1642/AUK-14-124.1

Lichtwardt, E. R. et al.  2004.  Field List of the Birds of Sonoma County, California and Offshore Waters.  Redwood Region Ornithological Society.

Parmeter, B. D. and A. N. Wight.  2012.  Birds of Sonoma County, California - An Annotated Checklist.  Updated 2000 - 2010.  Redwood Region Ornithological Society.