Birds of Alaska

Alaska's pristine wilderness offers excellent opportunities for viewing birds and other wildlife.  Alaska is home to a wide variety of birds - according to the Alaska Department of Fisheries and Game website, 471 species have been identified to date. 

The Alaska Department of Fisheries and Game sponsors the "Wings over Alaska" program, which encourages recreational bird watching.  The program offers four levels of certification based on the number of birds identified.

A pretty wide variety of migratory birds travel through Alaska and sometimes, when the weather gets bad, there's a "fallout" of birds that land to escape the storms. Read an account of the 2013 Alaska migratory season.


State Bird


Flicker aka Yellowhammer

The Alaska state bird is the  Willow Ptarmigan





Regional Bird Guides

Guide to the Birds of Alaska




Alaska's Kenai Peninsula Wildlife Viewing Trail Guide





Online Resources for Alaska Bird Watchers


Wings Over Alaska
Alaska Department of Fish and Game program that awards three levels of
certification to birders based on the number of Alaska species they spot.

Alaska's Watchable Wildlife
The trick is knowing where to go. 
Find information here about Alaska's Coastal Wildlife Viewing Trail.
Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

Alaska Travel Information

Alaska Department of Fish and Game