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The Red Rock Audubon Society Bird List of the Las Vegas Wash includes both historical and current data and reflects all bird species known to have been identified in the Wash.

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Red Rock Audubon Society Bird List of the Las Vegas Wash
Compiled by: Carolyn Kitchel Titus and Debbie Van Dooremolen
Revised January 2012
Status
Red Rock Audubon Society
R Resident S Summer visitant
W Winter visitant M Migrant
A Accidental I Introduced
H Hypothetical * Nesting species
Abundance
a Abundant - Always found in suitable habitat
c Common - Usually found in suitable habitat
u Uncommon - Occasionally found in suitable habitat
r Rare - Infrequently found in suitable habitat
n/a Not applicable

List order follows the AOU Checklist of North American Birds, 7th Edition, 1998 and all supplements to date
Common Name/Family Name Genus Species Status Abundance
 
DUCKS, GEESE & SWANS/Anatidae
Black-bellied whistling-duck Dendrocygna autumnalis A
n/a
Greater white-fronted goose Anser albifrons W r
Snow goose Chen caerulescens W r
Ross’s goose Chen rossii W r
Canada goose* Branta canadensis W r
Tundra swan Cygnus columbianus W r
Wood duck Aix sponsa W r
Gadwall Anas strepera W c
Eurasian wigeon Anas penelope A n/a
American wigeon Anas americana W c
Mallard* Anas platyrhynchos R a
Blue-winged teal* Anas discors R r
Cinnamon teal* Anas cyanoptera R c
Northern shoveler Anas clypeata W c
Northern pintail Anas acuta W c
Green-winged teal Anas crecca W c
Canvasback Aythya valisineria W c
Redhead* Aythya americana W c
Ring-necked duck Aythya collaris W c
Greater scaup Aythya marila M r
Lesser scaup Aythya affinis W c
Surf scoter Melanitta perspicillata M r
White-winged scoter Melanitta fusca M r
Black scoter Melanitta americana A n/a
Long-tailed duck (Old squaw) Clangula hyemalis W r
Bufflehead Bucephala albeola W c
Common goldeneye Bucephala clangula W c
Hooded merganser Lophodytes cucullatus W r
Common merganser Mergus merganser W c
Red-breasted merganser Mergus serrator W c
Ruddy duck* Oxyura jamaicensis R c
 
NEW WORLD QUAIL/Odontophoridae
Gambel’s quail* Callipepla gambelii R c
 
LOONS/Gaviidae
Red-throated loon Gavia stellata A n/a
Common loon Gavia immer W r
 
GREBES/Podicipedidae
Pied-billed grebe* Podilymbus podiceps R c
Horned grebe Podiceps auritus W r
Red-necked grebe Podiceps grisegena A n/a
Eared grebe* Podiceps nigricollis W c
Western grebe Aechmophorus occidentalis W r
Clark’s grebe Aechmophorus clarkii W r
 
CORMORANTS/Phalacrocoracidae
Double-crested cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus R u
 
PELICANS/Pelicanidae
American white pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos M r
Brown pelican Pelecanus occidentalis A n/a
 
BITTERNS, HERONS & ALLIES/Ardeidae
American bittern Botaurus lentiginosus M r
Least bittern* Ixobrychus exilis S u
Great blue heron Ardea herodias R c
Great egret Ardea alba R u
Snowy egret Egretta thula R u
Little blue heron Egretta caerulea A n/a
Cattle egret Bubulcus ibis W u
Green heron* Butorides virescens R u
Black-crowned night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax M u
 
IBISES & SPOONBILLS/Threskiornithidae
Glossy ibis Plegadis falcinellus A n/a
White-faced ibis Plegadis chihi M c
 
NEW WORLD VULTURES/Cathartidae
Turkey vulture Cathartes aura S c
 
OSPREYS/Pandionidae
Osprey Pandion haliaetus M r
 
HAWKS, KITES, EAGLES & ALLIES/Accipitridae
White-tailed kite Elanus leucurus A n/a
Mississippi kite Ictinia mississippiensis A n/a
Bald eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus W r
Northern harrier Circus cyaneus R c
Sharp-shinned hawk Accipiter striatus R u
Cooper’s hawk Accipiter cooperii R r
Northern goshawk Accipiter gentilis M r
Harris's hawk Parabuteo unicinctus A n/a
Red-shouldered hawk Buteo lineatus W r
Swainson’s hawk Buteo swainsoni M r
Red-tailed hawk Buteo jamaicensis R c
Ferruginous hawk Buteo regalis W r
Rough-legged hawk Buteo lagopus W r
Golden eagle Aquila chrysaetos R r
 
CARACARAS & FALCONS/Falconidae
American kestrel Falco sparverius R c
Merlin Falco columbarius M r
Peregrine falcon Falco peregrinus R r
Prairie falcon Falco mexicanus R c
 
RAILS, GALLINULES & COOTS/Rallidae
Black rail Laterallus jamaicensis H n/a
Clapper rail Rallus longirostris A n/a
Virginia rail* Rallus limicola R u
Sora Porzana carolina M u
Common gallinule* Gallinula galeata R u
American coot* Fulica americana R a
 
CRANES/Gruidae
Sandhill crane Grus canadensis M r
 
LAPWINGS & PLOVERS/Charadriidae
Black-bellied plover Pluvialis squatarola M u
American golden-plover Pluvialis dominica M r
Snowy plover Charadrius nivosus M u
Semipalmated plover Charadrius semipalmatus M u
Killdeer* Charadrius vociferus R c
Mountain plover Charadrius montanus A n/a
 
STILTS & AVOCETS/Recurvirostridae
Black-necked stilt* Himantopus mexicanus S c
American avocet* Recurvirostra americana M c
 
SANDPIPERS, PHALAROPES & ALLIES/Scolopacidae
Spotted sandpiper Actitis macularius S c
Solitary sandpiper Tringa solitaria M u
Greater yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca M c
Willet Tringa semipalmata M u
Lesser yellowlegs Tringa flavipes M u
Upland sandpiper Bartramia longicauda A n/a
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus M r
Long-billed curlew Numenius americanus M u
Marbled godwit Limosa fedoa M u
Ruddy turnstone Arenaria interpres M r
Red knot Calidris canutus M r
Sanderling Calidris alba M u
Semipalmated sandpiper Calidris pusilla M r
Western sandpiper Calidris mauri M c
Red-necked stint Calidris ruficollis A n/a
Least sandpiper Calidris minutilla M c
Baird’s sandpiper Calidris bairdii M u
Pectoral sandpiper Calidris melanotos M u
Dunlin Calidris alpina M r
Stilt sandpiper Calidris himantopus M r
Short-billed dowitcher Limnodromus griseus M r
Long-billed dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus M c
Wilson’s snipe Gallinago delicata M c
Wilson’s phalarope Phalaropus tricolor M c
Red-necked phalarope Phalaropus lobatus M c
Red phalarope Phalaropus fulicarius A n/a
 
GULLS, TERNS & SKIMMERS/Laridae
Sabine’s gull Xema sabini M r
Bonaparte’s gull Chroicocephalus philadelphia M u
Franklin’s gull Leucophaeus pipixcan M u
Mew gull Larus canus A n/a
Ring-billed gull Larus delawarensis R c
California gull Larus californicus R u
Herring gull Larus argentatus W r
Least tern Sternula antillarum A n/a
Caspian tern Hydroprogne caspia M u
Black tern Chlidonias niger M u
Common tern Sterna hirundo M r
Forster’s tern Sterna forsteri M c
Black skimmer Rynchops niger A n/a
 
SKUAS & JAEGERS/Stercorariidae
Parasitic jaeger Stercorarius parasiticus A n/a
 
PIGEONS & DOVES/Columbidae
Rock pigeon Columba livia I c
Band-tailed pigeon Patagioenas fasciata A n/a
Eurasian collared-dove Streptopelia decaocto I r
White-winged dove Zenaida asiatica S r
Mourning dove* Zenaida macroura R c
Inca dove Columbina inca R r
Common ground-dove Columbina passerina A n/a
Ruddy ground-dove Columbina talpacoti A n/a
 
CUCKOOS, ROADRUNNERS & ANIS/Cuculidae
Yellow-billed cuckoo Coccyzus americanus S r
Greater roadrunner* Geococcyx californianus R c
Groove-billed ani Crotophaga sulcirostris A n/a
 
BARN OWLS/Tytonidae
Barn owl Tyto alba M r
 
TYPICAL OWLS/Strigidae
Flammulated owl Otus flammeolus M r
Western screech-owl Megascops kennicottii A n/a
Great horned owl Bubo virginianus A n/a
Burrowing owl* Athene cunicularia S u
Long-eared owl* Asio otus R r
Short-eared owl Asio flammeus W r
Northern saw-whet owl Aegolius acadicus M r
 
GOATSUCKERS/Caprimulgidae
Lesser nighthawk* Chordeiles acutipennis S c
Common nighthawk Chordeiles minor M r
Common poorwill Phalaenoptilus nuttallii S r
 
SWIFTS/Apodidae
Vaux’s swift Chaetura vauxi M u
White-throated swift Aeronautes saxatalis S c
 
HUMMINGBIRDS/Trochilidae
Black-chinned hummingbird* Archilochus alexandri S u
Anna’s hummingbird Calypte anna R r
Costa’s hummingbird Calypte costae R r
Rufous hummingbird Selasphorus rufus M r
 
KINGFISHERS/Alcedinidae
Belted kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon M u
 
WOODPECKERS & ALLIES/Picidae
Lewis's woodpecker Melanerpes lewis M r
Red-naped sapsucker Sphyrapicus nuchalis W u
Red-breasted sapsucker Sphyrapicus ruber W r
Ladder-backed woodpecker Picoides scalaris M u
Downy woodpecker Picoides pubescens A n/a
Hairy woodpecker Picoides villosus A n/a
Northern flicker Colaptes auratus W c
Gilded flicker Colaptes chrysoides W r
 
TYRANT FLYCATCHERS/Tyrannidae
Olive-sided flycatcher Contopus cooperi M r
Western wood-pewee Contopus sordidulus M r
Western-type flycatcher Empidonax difficilis M r
Willow flycatcher Empidonax traillii M r
Hammond's flycatcher Empidonax hammondii M r
Gray flycatcher Empidonax wrightii M u
Western-type flycatcher Empidonax difficilis M r
Dusky flycatcher Empidonax olberholseri M u
Black phoebe* Sayornis nigricans R u
Say’s phoebe* Sayornis saya R c
Vermilion flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus W r
Ash-throated flycatcher* Myiarchus cinerascens S u
Brown-crested flycatcher Myiarchus tyrannulus S r
Cassin’s kingbird Tyrranus vociferans M r
Thick-billed kingbird Tyrranus crassirostris A n/a
Western kingbird* Tyrranus verticalis S c
Eastern kingbird Tyrranus tyrannus A n/a
Scissor-tailed flycatcher Tyrranus forficatus A n/a
 
SHRIKES/Laniidae
Loggerhead shrike Lanius ludovicianus W c
Northern shrike Lanius excubitor A n/a
 
VIREOS/Vireonidae
Bell's vireo Vireo bellii S u
Yellow-throated vireo Vireo flavifrons A n/a
Plumbeous vireo Vireo plumbeus M r
Hutton's vireo Vireo huttoni M u
Warbling vireo Vireo gilvus M r
Red-eyed vireo Vireo olivaceus M r
 
JAYS & CROWS/Corvidae
Pinyon jay Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus A n/a
Western scrub-jay Aphelocoma californica A n/a
Clark's nutcracker Nucifraga columbiana A n/a
American crow Corvus brachyrhynchos W r
Common raven Corvus corax R c
 
LARKS/Alaudidae
Horned lark* Eremophila alpestris R c
 
SWALLOWS/Hirundinidae
Purple martin Progne subis M r
Tree swallow Tachycineta bicolor M c
Violet-green swallow Tachycineta thalassina M c
Northern rough-winged swallow* Stelgidopteryx serripennis S c
Bank swallow Riparia riparia M u
Cliff swallow* Petrochelidon pyrrhonota S c
Barn swallow Hirundo rustica M c
 
VERDINS/Remizidae
Verdin* Auriparus flaviceps R c
 
BUSHTITS/Aegithalidae
Bushtit Psaltriparus minimus R u
 
NUTHATCHES/Sittidae
Red-breasted nuthatch Sitta canadensis W r
White-breasted nuthatch Sitta carolinensis W r
 
CREEPERS/Certhiidae
Brown creeper Certhia americana W r
 
WRENS/Troglodytidae
Cactus wren Camplorhynchus brunneicapillus R r
Rock wren* Salpinctes obsoletus R c
Canyon wren Catherpes mexicanus R u
Bewick’s wren* Thryomanes bewickii R c
House wren Troglodytes aedon W c
Pacific wren Troglodytes pacificus W r
Marsh wren* Cistothorus palustris R c
 
GNATCATCHERS & GNATWRENS/Polioptilidae
Blue-gray gnatcatcher* Polioptila caerulea R c
Black-tailed gnatcatcher* Polioptila melanura R u
 
KINGLETS/Regulidae
Golden-crowned kinglet Regulus satrapa W r
Ruby-crowned kinglet Regulus calendula W c
 
THRUSHES/Turdidae
Western bluebird Sialia mexicana W c
Mountain bluebird Sialia currucoides W r
Townsend's solitaire Myadestes townsendi W r
Swainson’s thrush Catharus ustulatus M r
Hermit thrush Catharus guttatus M u
American robin Turdus migratorius W u
Varied thrush Ixoreus naevius W r
 
MOCKINGBIRDS & THRASHERS/Mimidae
Gray catbird Dumatella carolinensis A n/a
Northern mockingbird* Mimus polyglottos R c
Sage thrasher Oreoscoptes montanus M r
Bendire’s thrasher Toxostoma bendirei S r
Crissal thrasher* Toxostoma crissale R c
Le Conte's thrasher Toxostoma lecontei R r
 
STARLINGS/Sturnidae
European starling* Sturnus vulgaris I c
 
WAGTAILS & PIPITS/Motacillidae
Red-throated pipit Anthus cervinus A n/a
American pipit Anthus rubescens W c
 
WAXWINGS/Bombycillidae
Bohemian waxwing Bombycilla garrulus A n/a
Cedar waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum W r
 
SILKY FLYCATCHERS/Ptilogonatidae
Phainopepla* Phainopepla nitens R c

LONGSPURS & SNOW BUNTINGS/Calcariidae
Lapland longspur Calcarius lapponicus A n/a
 
WOOD-WARBLERS/Parulidae
Ovenbird Seiurus aurocapillus M r
Northern waterthrush Parkesia noveboracensis M r
Black-and-white warbler Mniotilta varia M r
Orange-crowned warbler Oreothlypis celata W u
Lucy's warbler Oreothlypis luciae S c
Nashville warbler Oreothlypis ruficapilla M r
Virginia’s warbler Oreothlypis virginiae M r
MacGillivray’s warbler Geothlypis tolmiei M r
Common yellowthroat* Geothlypis trichas S c
American redstart Setophaga ruticilla M u
Magnolia warbler Setophaga magnolia A n/a
Yellow warbler* Setophaga petechia S c
Chestnut-sided warbler Setophaga pensylvanica A n/a
Palm warbler Setophaga palmarum M r
Yellow-rumped warbler Setophaga coronata M c
Black-throated gray warbler Setophaga nigrescens M r
Townsend’s warbler Setophaga townsendi M r
Hermit warbler Setophaga occidentalis M r
Wilson’s warbler Cardellina pusilla M c
Yellow-breasted chat Icteria virens S r
 
EMBERIZIDS/Emberizidae
Green-tailed towhee Pipilo chlorurus M r
Spotted towhee Pipilo maculatus W r
Rufous-crowned sparrow Aimophila ruficeps A n/a
Canyon towhee Melozone fuscus H n/a
Abert’s towhee* Melozone aberti R c
Rufuous-crowned sparrow Aimophila ruficeps A n/a
American tree sparrow Spizella arborea W r
Chipping sparrow Spizella passerina M r
Brewer’s sparrow Spizella breweri R c
Vesper sparrow Pooecetes gramineus M r
Lark sparrow Chondestes grammacus M u
Black-throated sparrow Amphispiza bilineata S r
Sage sparrow Amphispiza belli W u
Savannah sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis W c
Grasshopper sparrow Ammodramus savannarum A n/a
Fox sparrow Passerella iliaca M r
Song sparrow* Melospiza melodia R c
Lincoln’s sparrow Melospiza lincolnii M c
Swamp sparrow Melospiza georgiana M r
White-throated sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis M r
Harris's sparrow Zonotrichia querula W r
White-crowned sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys W c
Golden-crowned sparrow Zonotrichia atricapilla W r
Dark-eyed junco Junco hyemalis W u
 
CARDINALS, PIRANGA TANAGERS & ALLIES/Cardinalidae
Summer tanager Piranga rubra S r
Western tanager Piranga ludoviciana M r
Rose-breasted grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus M r
Black-headed grosbeak Pheucticus melanocephalus M r
Blue grosbeak* Passerina caerulea S u
Lazuli bunting Passerina amoena M r
Indigo bunting Passerina cyanea S r
 
BLACKBIRDS/Icteridae
Bobolink Dolichonyx oryzivorus M r
Red-winged blackbird* Agelaius phoeniceus R a
Western meadowlark* Sturnella neglecta R u
Yellow-headed blackbird* Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus S c
Brewer’s blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus W a
Great-tailed grackle* Quiscalus mexicanus R c
Brown-headed cowbird* Molothrus ater R u
Hooded oriole Icterus cucullatus S r
Bullock’s oriole Icterus bullockii S r
Scott’s oriole Icterus parisorum M r
 
FRINGILLINE & CARDUELINE FINCHES & ALLIES/Fringillidae
Purple finch Carpodacus purpureus H n/a
Cassin’s finch Carpodacus cassinii M r
House finch* Carpodacus mexicanus R a
Red crossbill Loxia curvirostra A n/a
Pine siskin Spinus pinus W u
Lesser goldfinch Spinus psaltria R u
Lawrence’s goldfinch Spinus lawrencei A n/a
American goldfinch Spinus tristis W u
 
OLD WORLD SPARROWS/Passeridae
House sparrow* Passer domesticus I a

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