Watchable Wildlife

The following provides information on birds of Nevada and bird watching opportunities in Nevada, such as the relative abundance of a species in preferred habitat and the season(s) of occurrence. All birds in Nevada are protected by Federal and/or State law with the exception of the European starling, rock dove and house sparrow. Contact the individual web sites or Division of Wildlife Regional offices for more information.


Bird Checklists of Nevada

The Nevada Department of Wildlife is divided into three administrative regions - the western , eastern and southern. Each region has its own individual and unique topographic and vegetative zones. Habitat types that are preferred by each species and the areas where birds are most likely to be observed are included in most field guides to bird identification. Be sure to also check out these wildlife viewing tips.

 

The Western Region

Situated in northwestern Nevada (see map), is composed of many different topographic and vegetative zones. Elevations range from 3,400 feet in the lower valleys to over 11,000 feet on some of the higher mountain peaks. The following list contains 289 species of birds that may be observed within the Western Region. Accidental occurrence of species that do not normally occur are presented at the end of the list.

Bird Checklist - NW Nevada (PDF)

 

The Eastern Region

Situated in the northeastern third of Nevada, is composed of many different topographic and vegetative zones. Elevations range from 4,200 feet in the lower valleys to over 13,000 feet on Mt. Wheeler in the South Snake Range. The following list contains 264 species of birds that may be observed within the Eastern Region. Accidental occurrence of species that do not normally
occur are presented at the end of the list.

Bird Checklist - NE Nevada (PDF)

 

The Southern Region

Situated in southern Nevada, is composed of many different topographic and vegetative zones. Elevations range from 500 feet in the lower valleys to over 13,000 feet on some of the higher mountain peaks. The following list contains 314 species of birds that may be observed within the Southern Region. Accidental occurrence of species that do not normally occur are presented at the end of the list.

Bird Checklist - Southern Nevada (PDF)  


More Bird Watching Resources

  • Winter Bird Feeding Brochure
  • Great Basin Bird Observatory
  • Lahontan Audubon Society
  • Southern Nevada Birding and Wildlife Trails Partnership
  • Red Rock Audubon Socitey
  • Partners in Flight
  • Link to Partners in Flight Nevada Bird Conservation Plan (PDF)