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Birding Colorado Springs: Birds Common to CO Springs

Birds commonly seen in Colorado Springs and surrounding areas.

Most Common Native Species

Birds that are commonly found in Colorado Springs and are native to North America. All of these species are widely distributed across the continental United States; expect to see them just about everywhere.

American Robin

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Info (All About Birds) Song (Macaulay library) Video (YouTube)
  • Pleasant song of warbling phrases, sometimes sung at night. Song can vary by region and individual. Also gives a variety of scolding calls
  • Most, but not all, robins migrate south for winter. Birds that stay for winter may survive on berries.
  • Not related to the European robin
  • Adult males have more vivid coloration than females

American Crow

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Info (All About Birds) Call (Macaulay Library) Video (YouTube)
  • Larger than other commonly-seen songbirds
  • Most common vocalization is the “caw”; but crows make a variety of sounds including a low rattle. Immature birds make a higher-pitched caw
  • Motion of wings in flight resemble swimming
  • Often seen in small family groups much of the year; may congregate in large flocks ("murders") in winter.

Common Grackle

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Info (All About Birds) Song (Macaulay Library) Video (YouTube)
  • Smaller than American Crow; about the size of a robin but with longer tail and beak.
  • Male has glossy, iridescent plumage; female has drabber plumage
  • Vocalizations are metallic-sounding
  • Easy to confuse with Brewer’s Blackbird

Northern Flicker

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Info (All About Birds) Call (Macaulay Library) Video (YouTube)
  • Formerly considered two species, now one: Western form is “red shafted”, with red under wings; Eastern form is “yellow shafted”
  • White rump flashes during flight
  • Ants are a significant portion of diet
  • Although the Flicker is a woodpecker, it's often seen feeding on the ground, sometimes in the company of robins
  • Vocalizations include a resonant, maniacal cackle; a sharp descending "chew"; and a squeaky glass-rubbing sound. Also drums on wood and metal with its bill.

Mallard

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Info (All About Birds Call (Macaulay Library) Video (YouTube)
  • Very common and widespread duck
  • Female is streaky brown with orange beak; male has brilliant green head
  • Stereotypical loud quacks given by females
  • Dabbling duck; diet mostly consists of vegetation

House Finch

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Info (All About Birds) Song (Macaulay Library) Video (YouTube)
  • Song made up of melodic conversational phrases ending with an emphatic buzz
  • Adult males have variable patches of red or rosy-red; females and juveniles are drab
  • Common visitor to feeders
  • Formerly a western species, now widespread across the U.S.

Mourning Dove

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Info (All About Birds) Song (Macaulay Library) Video (YouTube)
  • Perches on large tree limbs and telephone wires; feeds on open ground
  • Mournful, rhythmic coo that may be mistaken for an owl, but heard during the day
  • Makes a whistling sound with its wings as it flies
  • The long graceful tail is noticeable both in flight and while stationary.

Red-tailed Hawk

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Info (All About Birds Call (Macaulay Library) Video (YouTube) WARNING: GRAPHIC
  • Very large hawk
  • Common, widespread, and comes in different color phases; but usually has a red tail
  • Often seen perching on street lights along Interstate 25
  • Call is the generic hawk/eagle call heard in movies and TV

Black-Capped Chickadee

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Info (All About Birds Call (Macaulay Library) Video (YouTube)
  • Small, energetic, acrobatic bird
  • Relatively tame and bold; often seen at feeders, and usually investigates new feeders before other birds
  • Scolding call is a "chick-a-dee-dee-dee"; song is a simple two notes
  • Survives cold winter nights by going into torpor
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