Idaho is the fourteenth largest state by area and the thirty-eighth most populous by population in the United States. This state is home to some of the most pristine landscapes in the country and, more importantly, the Snake River, which originates in Yellowstone National Park.
Idaho designated the Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides), commonly referred to as the bluebird, as the state bird in 1931. This thrush is distinguished by its stunning azure blue breast. It comes in two colors: males with blue and white feathers and females with brown and blue feathers.
Birds of Idaho contain species that have been documented in the United States of America’s state of Idaho and accepted by the Idaho Bird Records Committee (IBRC). As of April 2019, the official list contained 432 species. One further species is regarded as fictitious. 179 of the 433 are review species that occur in part or entirely inside the state. Eight Idaho-dwelling species have been imported to North America. One of the species on the list has become extinct.
Idaho birds of prey
Hawks, eagles, kites, harriers, and Old World vultures are all members of the Accipitridae family of birds of prey. These birds have enormous hooked beaks capable of shredding flesh from their victims, strong legs, sharp talons, and acute vision. Idaho is home to thirteen species.
Raptors have also been considered as “varmints,” as competitors for wildlife or as livestock murderers. Raptors are birds of prey that hunt, kill, and consume animals that protect ranchers and farmers in Idaho by controlling rabbits, rats, and insects. Grasshoppers, which consume crops and fodder, provide a food source for smaller hawks.
Discover more about these birds’ other traits in the area below.
Owls in Idaho
14 of the 19 owl species known in the United States are located in Idaho! It’s one of the best states for finding and seeing a variety of birds, including owls, in their natural habitats, and with approximately 4,532,000 acres of wildland and woodland, it’s unsurprising that our feathered friends consider it an excellent area to live and breed.
Typical owls range in size from little to huge nocturnal birds of prey. They feature huge forward-facing eyes and ears, a hawk-like beak, and a prominent feathered circle called a face disk around each eye. Idaho is home to thirteen species.
Common backyard birds of Idaho
Are you curious about the backyard birds that inhabit Idaho? The ‘Gem State’ is really a gem for birdwatchers, with the Sage desert and the Northern Rockies ensuring a diverse range of habitats for the species that call it home.
We’ll discuss the popular backyard birds of Idaho in this area and tell you a little about some of the birds you can see, where to find them, and what they like to eat.
Woodpeckers in Idaho
The geography of the Pacific Northwest supports a robust population of 10 distinct species of Idaho Woodpeckers. Woodpeckers are small to medium-sized birds with chisel-like beaks, short legs, stiff tails, and long tongues that are employed for insect capture. Certain species have feet with two forward-facing toes and two backward-facing toes, whereas others have only three toes.
Numerous woodpeckers have a propensity of tapping their beaks noisily on tree trunks. In Idaho, fifteen species have been identified.
Best Birdwatching Spots in Idaho
Southern Idaho is a birder’s and wildlife watcher’s paradise. The microclimates along the Snake River attract a diverse diversity of birds, while wildlife is drawn to the nooks and crannies of the City of Rocks.
The birds are drawn to the same creature pleasures that have drawn humans to the area for hundreds of years: warm, calming water and temperatures that are generally warmer than those seen in surrounding locations.
- Idaho Birding Trail
- University of Idaho Arboretum and Botanical Garden
- Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge/Lake Lowell
- Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area
- C.J Strike Reservoir Wildlife Management Area
Other Idaho birds
Therefore, if you’re ready to go birding in Idaho, continue reading to learn how to recognize birds and how to increase the number of birds in your yard.
If you have encountered a bird in Idaho that is not yet on our list or that you cannot identify yourself, we’ll be happy to identify it for you. Simply take a picture of it and upload your picture, a quick description and the U.S. state where it was found here on our bird identification page.