Birds of Colorado

Colorado is home to approximately 400 bird species.  Interesting species found in this state include the Mountain Bluebird, Western Tanager, Sandhill Crane, Hooded Merganser, Bald Eagle, and Peregrine Falcon.

Colorado birding hot spots include Waterton Canyon in the Denver Metropolitan area, Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge in South Central Colorado, Black Canyon on the Gunnison National Park in Southwest Colorado, and Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge in Northwest Colorado.

The Colorado Field Ornithologists' website has a nice collection of Colorado bird photographs.

For a checklists and birding information by county, visit the Colorado County Birding website.

Learn more about attracting birds by landscaping with native plants. Check out this list of native plants, with wildlife values, produced by the City of Fort Collins.


State Bird


Flicker aka Yellowhammer

The Colorado state bird is the Lark Bunting





Regional Bird Guides


Birds of Colorado Field Guide





Online Resources for Colorado Bird Watchers


Birding in Colorado 101
Information on Colorado birds and birding hot spots.

Ute Mountain/Mesa Verde Birding Festival
 Cortez, CO.

Monte Vista Crane Festival
Celebrating and Sandhill Cranes as they make their annual migration.