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Nevada Bird Watching and Feeding Information

Nevada 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, Black-headed Grosbeak, Bullock's Oriole, Downy Woodpecker, Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Mourning Dove. Each of these species is shown in the Nifty Fifty mini-guide.

The Nifty Fifty

The Nifty Fifty is a mini-guide to the birds of Nevada. It includes descriptions, images, video and songs of 50 of the most often observed birds of Nevada. 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 Bluebird - Nevada 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 Nevada is available by following the link on the left.

Bluebirds

Both the Mountain and Western Bluebirds can be found in Nevada, although the Mountain Bluebird is more widespread.

Bluebirds are usually found in fields, open woodlands, parks or along golf courses or other open areas, including suburban locations with open spaces and scattered tress. In the mountains, they are found in clearings and meadows.

 

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

 

western bluebird

Western Bluebird


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

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.

Nesting
The Mountain Bluebird nests throughout Nevada in appropriate habitat. The Western Bluebird nests in the western and southern part of the state but its range extends across the state during migration. Both species will produce one, two or sometimes three broods a year.

If you have a bluebird box, watch for House Sparrows trying to use the next box and immediately remove any House Sparrow nesting material.

Hummingbirds

Five species of hummingbirds can be found in Nevada, although their ranges within the state can be very limited.

  • Anna's Hummingbird
  • Black-chinned Hummingbird
  • Costa's Hummingbird
  • Broad-tailed Hummingbird
  • Calliope Hummingbird

broad-tailed hummingbird

The Broad-tailed Hummingbird is the most widespread hummingbird in Nevada.

 

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

Purple Martins

Purple Martins are not normally found in Nevada.

Birding

Nevada 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.

Nevada Resource Information

Lahontan Audubon Society
P.O. Box 2304
Reno, NV 89505
775-324-2473

Red Rock Audubon Society
P.O. Box 96691
Las Vegas, NV 89193
702-390-9890

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