Wild birds in Idaho

  • American Goldfinch

    This prolific finch is the only finch that molts twice a year. In the spring the male sheds his duller fall/winter plumage for a bright yellow plumage and black cap to attract mates. Females and immature finches sport a duller brown tone. The finches distinctive song can be described as a series of musical warbles and twitters with one long note.

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  • Black-capped Chickadee

    One of the most recognizable and most loved feeder visitors, this little very curious bird is adept at finding any feeder. This breed of chickadee has a distinctive black cap and bib, white cheeks, a gray back and wings. Their song varies greatly and it is said there are up to thirteen distinct types of vocalizations, however they are best known for a chick-a-dee-dee-dee sound.

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  • Common Redpoll

    Found mostly in northern areas, this small bird belongs to the finch family. They have a lovely red cap, a black chin, and a reddish wash on their chest. They are extremely resistant to cold temperatures, migrating south only when food becomes scarce in their area.

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  • Dark-eyed Junco

    Common across most of North America, they have been found as far north as the Arctic during the summer months. They have very distinctive dark gray heads, necks and breasts, with white outer tail feathers.

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  • Eurasian Collared-Dove

    This lovely dove colonized into North America via the Bahamas sometime in the 1980’s. The black collar around its neck stands out on its lovely dove gray plumage. The song is a coo-cooo-coo.

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  • Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch

    A medium-large sized finch with a deep gray crown, and a pinkish-brown body, that prefers mountainous rough terrain making it hard to spot. They nest along cliffs and on rocky ledges, using lichen, grasses and moss, lined with hair and feathers.

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  • Horned Lark

    Mainly a brown gray there are two little tufts of black feathers on the head, yellow on the face, and dark areas below the eye and at the neck. Their song is a high-pitched tinkling.

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  • House Finch

    Originally only found in the southwest, this finch has slowly expanded its territory to include areas in Washington and out to the eastern sea board. A reddish head and breast brighten up the light brownish speckled body. They sing in with a cheery rapid warble.

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  • House Sparrow

    House Sparrows are just that, found mostly where there are houses or other buildings. The female coloring is a mix of brown and gray, the males color is bolder with a black bar near its eye and strong rusty coloring along the wings and side of the head. They prefer to nest in cavities if none are available they will create globular nests.

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  • Pine Siskin

    Part of the finch family this species is extremely nomadic, one year they may take over your feeder the next you won’t see a one. These small birds are so social they often nest within feet of each other. They are streaked white and brownish gray, with yellow tinges.

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