Idaho Bird Watching and Feeding Information

Idaho is a great place to watch and feed birds. Birdbaths, misters and drippers are especially effective in attracting birds, including non seed-eating species. Species that might be expected at feeders include: American Goldfinch, Carolina Wren, Carolina Chickadee, Blue Jay, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Cardinal and Mourning Dove. Each of these species is shown in the Nifty Fifty mini-guide.

Herons, woodstorks and ibis are also common in many parts of the state.

The Nifty Fifty

The Nifty Fifty is a mini-guide to the birds of Idaho. It includes descriptions, images, video and songs of 50 of the most often observed birds of Georgia. View the guide by clicking here or on the Nifty Fifty link on the left.

If the guide does not load, try downloading the free Flash player.


mountain bluebird

Mountain Bluebirds - Idaho State Bird

Bird feeding

Developing bird-friendly habitat in your yard is the best way to attract a greater variety of species and to support local and migrating species. Native plants provide food and cover, are more insect and disease resistant than non-native species, and may require less water. A list of bird-friendly native plants for Idaho are available by following the link on the left.


Idaho is home to both the Western and Mountain Bluebird

The Mountain Bluebird is well known for its hovering flight as it hawks for insects.

The Western Bluebird has a musical flight call that often reveals its presence.


mountain bluebird

Mountain Bluebird


western bluebird

Western Bluebird

Bluebirds can be attracted to peanut butter mixes, suet and fruit. Raisins soaked in hot water to soften them are well received. The bluebird's special favorite is mealworms.

In Idaho, nesting commences as early as March and continues well into the summer. One and sometimes two or even three broods are produced.

Visit the bluebird section for detailed information on feeding bluebirds or building your own bluebird house. 


Four species of hummingbirds can be found in Idaho: Black-chinned, Broad-tailed, Calliope and Rufous.

Visit the hummingbird section for details on attracting hummingbirds as well as images of all regularly occurring North American hummingbirds.


rufous hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird. male 

Purple Martins

Purple Martins are not normally found in Idaho.


Idaho provides birders with a variety of exciting birding locations.

The birding section of this site has tips on birding locations and bird identification. The state-based birding information section provides additional birding related information.

Idaho Resource Information

Coeur d'Alene Audubon Society
P.O. Box 361
Coeur D'Alene, ID 83816

Golden Eagle Audubon Society
2005 Danmore Drive
Boise, ID 83712

Palouse Audubon Society
PO Box 3606
University Station
Moscow, ID 83844

Portneuf Valley Audubon Society
358 N. Lincoln Ave
Pocatello, ID 83204

Prairie Falcon Audubon Society
1467 Falls Ave. W.
Twin Falls, ID 83301

Snake River Audubon Society
PO Box 2922
Idaho Falls, ID 83403-2922

Additional resources

If you have suggestions for additional resources for watching or feeding birds in Alabama, please submit them using this form. The resource does not need to be a particular location.

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