Nevada is a large state with a lot of sparsely populated desert, but it nevertheless has a diverse bird population. While some of these species spend the entire year in Nevada, others are migratory and only visit during the summer or winter.
The term “birds of Nevada” refers to species that have been documented in the United States of America’s state of Nevada and acknowledged by the Nevada Bird Records Committee (NBRC). As of March 2021, the official list has 491 species and two species pairs. 108 are currently under consideration (see below), and six have been introduced into North America.
One could assume that the Nevada desert, as a wasteland, would be lifeless and desolate — but the birds alone demonstrate that this is not the case.
Nevada birds of prey
Raptors are a good example of predators that may inflict damage by preying on poultry and other birds, as well as on pets and other animals. Hawks and owls are both considered birds of prey, as are falcons, eagles, vultures, kites, ospreys, northern harriers, and crested caracaras. They are extremely specialized predators that occupy the apex of the food chain.
Experience Raptors in an intimate environment in Northern Nevada’s stunning High Desert.
Eagles in Nevada
The Carson Valley is without a doubt one of the most scenic areas in Nevada. Nestled along the state’s western boundary — between the Carson Range and the Pinenut Mountains — this valley is always a sight to behold. There, you may witness the majority of eagles, including bald eagles. Each year, scores of magnificent bald eagles visit the Carson Valley.
Make time to visit Nevada; either way, it’s certain to be a bucket list trip to remember.
Owls in Nevada
When the state of Nevada is mentioned, the image of Las Vegas casinos almost always comes to mind. However, the state has a great deal to offer nature lovers, as it boasts the most mountain ranges of any state. Additionally, it is home to four national parks, and around 16% of its land area is covered in forests, where you may see magnificent owl faces.
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. Nevada is home to twelve species.
The following is a list of owl species found in Nevada County.
Common backyard birds of Nevada
Backyard birding is one of the most soothing and gratifying hobbies that either an amateur or a professional can do. Whether or not you live in Nevada, you can still participate in this activity and have a good time doing it. Consider the following list of birds that are most likely to be found near feeders and bird homes.
Woodpeckers in Nevada
Nevada’s geographic location makes Nevada woodpeckers a fantastic delight for inhabitants and visitors alike.
The state’s arid areas attract some less common Southwest species, while the state’s mountain parts draw some less common northern species. Everywhere else in the state, the more common woodpecker species are attracted, resulting in a total of thirteen woodpecker species representing all five native woodpecker genera.
The following is a list of woodpecker species found in Nevada County.
Best Birdwatching Spots in Nevada
Nevada is enormous—really enormous. Between its prime birding destinations, a large expanse of countryside exists. Drive one of the Great Basin’s lonely roadways and you’ll understand why it’s the nation’s driest state—yet it also contains mountains, woods, lakes, and marsh.
Due to Nevada’s arid climate, birds are frequently abundant in riparian regions, particularly during migration. Numerous lakes, rivers, and marshes near the state’s largest cities are hotspots for birdwatching, where you are sure to see western specialties.
- Desert National Wildlife Refuges
- Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve
- Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs
- Mount Charleston
- Great Basin National Park
Other Nevada birds
Nevada is a large state with a lot of sparsely populated desert, but it nevertheless has a diverse bird population. While some of these species spend the entire year in Nevada, others are migratory and only visit during the summer or winter. Find out more below the different birds’ species that can be found in the state.
If you have encountered a bird in Nevada 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.