The Birds

Traveling quietly by bike allows us to see and hear the local bird life, so we decided to keep a list of all the birds we have seen and/or heard since our arrival in Alaska.  We only included the wild, live birds we positively identified; were we more knowledgeable, this list would surely be much longer.

Snow Bunting
Greater Flamingo
Common Raven
Cackling Goose
Northern Shoveler
American Tree Sparrow
Lapland Longspur
Short-eared Owl
American Golden-Plover
Pacific Loon
Red Knot
Greater Scaup
Greater White-fronted Goose
Long-tailed Duck
Long-tailed Jaeger
Northern Pintail
Pectoral Sandpiper
Red-necked Phalarope
Willow Ptarmigan
Peregrine Falcon
Swallow-tailed Gull
Eastern Yellow Wagtail
White-crowned Sparrow
American Robin
Yellow Warbler
Northern Harrier
Arctic Tern
Common Redpoll
Savannah Sparrow
Say's Phoebe
Smith's Longspur
Bank Swallow
Gray Jay
Swainson's Thrush
Varied Thrush
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Black-billed Magpie
Smith's Longspur
Dark-eyed Junco
Mew Gull
Rock Ptarmigan
Trumpeter Swan
Horned Lark
Alder Flycatcher
Bohemian Waxwing
Cliff Swallow
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Lesser Yellowlegs
American Three-toed Woodpecker
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Northern Flicker
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Violet-green Swallow
Red-tailed Hawk
Sandhill Crane
Pine Siskin
Bonaparte's Gull
Townsend's Warbler
Golden Eagle
Harlequin Duck
Northern Wheatear
Belted Kingfisher
Hermit Thrush
Wandering Tattler
White-winged Crossbill
Trumpeter Swan
Black-capped Chickadee
Bald Eagle
European Starling
Rock Pigeon
Red-necked Grebe
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Common Loon
American Kestrel
Western Wood-Pewee
Black-necked Stilts
Barn Swallow
Tree Swallow
Herring Gull
Semipalmated Plover
Common Nighthawk
House Sparrow
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruffed Grouse
American Crow
Downy Woodpecker
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Great Blue Heron
Common Merganser
Steller's Jay
Red-winged Blackbird
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Eastern Kingbird
Cedar Waxwing
White-tailed Ptarmigan
Turkey Vulture
Clark's Nutcracker
Boat-billed Heron
Western Meadowlark
Mountain Chickadee
American Pipit
Spotted Sandpiper
Swainson's Hawk
Wild Turkey
California Quail
Ross's Goose
American Coot
Brewer's Blackbird
Bewick's Wren
Ring-necked Pheasant
Townsend's Solitaire
Western Scrub-Jay
Red-naped Sapsucker
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Pygmy Nuthatch
Hairy Woodpecker
Prairie Falcon
Bare-throated Tiger-Heron
Great Egret
Western Grebe
American White Pelican
Double-crested Cormorant
Mountain Bluebird
White-headed Woodpecker
Marsh Wren
Spotted Towhee
Sooty Grouse
Black Phoebe
Brown Pelican
Snowy Egret
Heermann's Gull
Cattle Egret
Great-tailed Grackle
Rufous Hummingbird
Acorn Woodpecker
Long-billed Curlew
Snail Kite
California Towhee
 Anna's Hummingbird
White-throated Swift
American Wigeon
Western Bluebird
White-breasted Nuthatch
Band-tailed Pigeon
Cinnamon Teal
Black-necked Stilt
Mourning Dove
Cassin's Kingbird
California Gnatcatcher
Crested Caracara
Little Blue Heron
Western Sandpiper
Reddish Egret
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Tri-colored Heron
Eared Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Western Gull
Common Yellowthroat
Gila Woodpecker
Hooded Oriole
Vermilion Flycatcher
Lesser Scaup
Zone-tailed Hawk
Black-crowned Night Heron
Common Ground-Dove
Brown Booby
Royal Tern
American Oystercatcher
Yellow-footed Gull
White-winged Dove
Cactus Wren
Magnificent Frigatebird
Great Egret
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Lesser Nighthawk
Greater Roadrunner
Lesser Goldfinch
Common Poorwill
White Ibis
Great Kiskadee
Black Vulture
Northern Jacana
Black-throated Magpie-Jay
Groove-billed Ani
White-tailed Kite
Grey Hawk
Roseate Spoonbill
Boat-billed Heron
Bare-throated Tiger-Heron
Green Heron
Green Kingfisher
Northern Potoo
Tropical Kingbird
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Snail Kite
Least Grebe
Rufous-bellied Chachalaca
Neotropic Cormorant
Common Black-Hawk
Black-headed Grosbeak
Yellow-winged Cacique
Rufous-backed Robin
Swallow-tailed Kite
White-faced Ibis
Broad-billed Hummingbird
Nashville Warbler
Inca Dove
White-collared Seedeater
Canyon Towhee
Curve-billed Thrasher
American Avocet
Lark Sparrow
Loggerhead Shrike
Wilson's Warbler
Brown-headed Cowbird
Green-winged Teal
Blue-winged Teal
Chipping Sparrow
Ruddy Duck
Russet-crowned Motmot
Black-vented Oriole
Plain-capped Starthroat
Squirrel Cuckoo
White-throated Magpie-Jay
Scarlet Macaw
Yellow-throated Warbler
White-fronted Parrot
Louisiana Waterthrush
American Redstart
Brown Jay
Tropical Parula
West Mexican Chachalaca
Rufous-naped Wren
Common Gallinule
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Wood Stork
Eastern Meadowlark
Turquoise-browed Motmot
Spot-breasted Oriole
Black-headed Trogon
Orange-chinned Parakeet
Masked Tityra
Common Pauraque
Yellow-naped Parrot
Crested Guan
Bat Falcon
White-tipped Dove
Blue-crowned Motmot
Keel-billed Toucan
Barred Woodcreeper
White-lored Gnatcatcher
Barred Antshrike
Banded Wren
Hoffmann's Woodpecker
Brown-crested Flycatcher
Montezuma Oropendula
Black-headed Nightingale-Thrush
Blue-gray Tanager
Blue-black Grassquit
Orange-bellied Trogon
Black-headed Nightingale-Thrush
Slate-throated Whitestart
Ruddy-capped Nightingale-Thrush
Yellowish Flycatcher
Tufted Flycatcher
Black-faced Solitaire
Common Chlorospingus
Green Hermit
Black-faced Grosbeak
Swallow-tailed Kite
Collared Aracari
Black-mandibled Toucan
Clay-colored Thrush
Yellow-faced Grassquit
Scarlet Macaw
Passerini's Tanager
Rufous-collared Sparrow
Black-bellied Whistling Duck
Yellow-headed Caracara
Great Curassow
Orange-bellied Trogon
Purple Gallinule
Smooth-billed Ani
Lineated Woodpecker
House Wren
Red-legged Honeycreeper
Green Honeycreeper
Riverside Wren
Blue Dacnis
Great Black Hawk
Gray-headed Chachalaca
Golden-hooded Tanager
Roadside Hawk
Cherrie's Tanager
Ruddy Ground-Dove
Golden-crowned Spadebill
Slaty-tailed Trogon
Chestnut-backed Antbird
Golden-naped Woodpecker
Black-crowned Tityra
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
Palm Tanager
Black-throated Trogon
Variable Seedeater
Olivaceous Piculet
Black-striped Sparrow
Orange-billed Sparrow
Social Flycatcher
Gray-capped Flycatcher
Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Fork-tailed Flycatcher
Blue-and-white Swallow
White-naped Brush-Finch
Blue-throated Toucanet
Black Guan
Yellow-bellied Siskin
Mountain Thrush
Long-tailed Silky-Flycatcher
Spangle-cheeked Tanager
Green-and-Gold Tanager
Dark Pewee
Three-wattled Bellbird
Resplendent Quetzal
Scintillant Hummingbird
Silver-throated Tanager
Ruddy Treerunner
Flame-throated Warbler
Purple-throated Mountain-gem
Barred Becard
Yellow-thighed Finch
Black-cheeked Warbler
Slaty Flowerpiercer
Collared Redstart
Rufous-browed Peppershrike
Black-capped Flycatcher
White-winged Tanager
Streaked Flycatcher
Rufous-breasted Wren
Red-throated Ant-Tanager
Summer Tanager
Golden Tanager
Plain Xenops
Dot-winged Antwren
White-lined Tanager
Blue-black Grosbeak
Pale-billed Woodpecker
Red-crowned Woodpecker
Southern Lapwing
Crimson-collared Tanager
Double-toothed Kite
Rufous Motmot
Southern Bentbill
Crested Oropendula
Scarlet-rumped Cacique
Great Tinamou
Melodious Blackbird
Black-crowned Antshrike
Lattice-tailed Trogon
Long-billed Hermit
Gray-headed Tanager
Ecuadorian Thrush
Plain-brown Woodcreeper
Spotted Antbird
Streak-crowned Antvireo
Green Ibis
Rufescent Tiger-Heron
Helmeted Guineafowl
Muscovy Duck
Grayish Saltator
Saffron Finch
Yellow-hooded Blackbird
Pied Water-Tyrant
Cinnamon Flycatcher
Crimson-mantled Woodpecker
Great Thrush
Eared Dove
Bearded Helmetcrest
Black-backed Grosbeak
Torrent Tyrannulet
Mountain Caracara
Yellow-rumped Cacique
Tropical Gnatcatcher
Yellow Oriole
Blue-footed Booby
Nazca Booby
Great Frigatebird
Galapagos Dove
Greater Flamingo
Galapagos Penguin
Hood Mockingbird
Galapagos Hawk
Waved Albatross
Galapagos Flycatcher
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel
Galapagos Shearwater
Red-billed Tropicbird
Swallow-tailed Gull
Lava Gull
Greater Flamingos
Brown Noddy
Lava Heron
White-cheeked Pintail
Ruddy Turnstone
San Cristobal Mockingbird
Galapagos Mockingbird
Medium Ground Finch
Small Ground Finch
Large Cactus Finch
Small Tree Finch
Warbler Finch
Bay-headed Tanager
Lemon-rumped Tanager
Choco Toucan
Guayaquil Woodpecker
Blue-necked Tanager
Fawn-breasted Tanager
White-necked Jacobin
Golden Tanager
Tawny-bellied Hermit
Scaly-throated Foliagegleaner
Ashy-throated Bush-Tanager
Rusty-margined Flycatcher
Uniform Treehunter
Yellow-throated Bush-Tanager
Pale-legged Hornero
Crimson-rumped Toucanet
Red-headed Barbet
Thick-billed Euphonia
Tri-colored Brush-Finch
Red-eyed Vireo
Yellow-bellied Seedeater
Orange-bellied Euphonia
White-lined Tanager
Guira Tanager
Ecuadorian Thrush
Andean Emerald
Brown Violetear
Lesser Rheas
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
Purple-throated Woodstar
Sparkling Violetear
White-whiskered Hermit
Andean Lapwing
Carunculated Caracara
Variable Hawk
Chestnut-winged Cinclodes
Plain-colored Seedeater
Brown-bellied Swallow
Black Caracara
Silver-beaked Tanager
White-collared Swift
Golden-olive Woodpecker
Southern Rough-winged Swallow
Magpie Tanager
Blue-winged Parrot
Red-billed Parrot
Green Jay
Russet-backed Oropendola
Galapagos Penguin
Paradise Tanager
Ringed Kingfisher
Amazonian Umbrellabird
Green-and-gold Tanager
Golden-eared Tanager
Speckled Chachalaca
Buff-throated Saltator
Yellow-browed Sparrow
Variegated Bristle-Tyrant
Common Tody-Flycatcher
Fork-tailed Woodnymph
Violet-fronted Brilliant
Gray-chinned Hermit
Golden-tailed Sapphire
Violet-headed Hummingbird
Wire-crested Thorntail
Yellow-tailed Oriole
White-capped Dipper
Long-tailed Tyrant
Black-faced Dacnis
Blue-footed Booby
Streaked Saltator
Andean Gull
Peruvian Meadowlark
Shining Sunbeam
Mountain Caracara
Line-cheeked Spinetail
Band-tailed Seedeater
Andean Flicker
Andean Goose
Puna Ibis 
Yellow-billed Teal
Puna Teal
Andean Coot
Grey-breasted Seedsnipe
Hepatic Tanager 
Rufous-naped Ground-Tyrant
Bar-winged Cinclodes 
Slender-billed Miner
Magnificent Frigatebird
Aplomado Falcon
Andean Condor
Andean Flamingo
Andean Motmot
Torrent Duck
Andean Guan
Chiguanco Thrush
Chilean Flamingo
James's Flamingo
Lesser Rhea
Andean Avocet
Red-backed Sierra-Finch
Black-hooded Sierra-Finch
Andean Hillstar
Puna Miner
Black Siskin
Diademed Plover
Mountain Parakeet
Rufous-breasted Seedsnipe
Chucao Tapaculo
Burrowing Parrot
Spectacled Tyrant
Southern Caracara
Chimango Caracara
Upland Goose
Black-faced Ibis
Magellanic Tapaculo
Magellanic Woodpecker
Chilean Mockingbird
Austral Thrush
Southern House Wren
Long-tailed Meadowlark
Ashy-headed Goose
Slender-billed Parakeet
Chucao Tapaculo
Chilean Swallow
Black-necked Swan
Peruvian Brown Pelican
Austral Negrito
White-crested Elaenia
Tufted Tit-Tyrant
Thorn-tailed Rayadito
Striped Woodpecker
Chilean Flicker
Band-winged Nightjar
Black-throated Huet-huet
Austral Parakeet
Coscoroba Swan
Grass Wren
Austral Blackbird
Fire-eyed Diucon
Patagonian Sierra-Finch
Flying Steamer-Duck
Dolphin Gull
Kelp Gull
Imperial Cormorant
Kelp Goose
Rock Cormorant
King Penguin
Rockhopper Penguin
Great Grebe
551 Flightless Steamer-Duck


  1. We were excited to meet you in Mitchell this last week and are very impressed with the journey you are undertaking. It will be fun to continue following your progress. I am surprised that you guys are keeping track of the birds you see. We are both birdwatchers and have been keeping lifelists for a long time.....Rainer since 1968/9 and me since 1970. Happy travels!

    1. Great meeting you guys too! We don't keep life lists at this point, but it's been fun seeing how they add up on this trip; I believe we are over 100 species now for the trip. If you don't mind me asking, how many bird species have you seen since 1970?