The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden serves as a sanctuary for many species of resident, migratory, and visiting birds. This 2015 list is based on the latest American Ornithologists’ Union’s Checklist of North American Birds and includes 251 species seen at the Arboretum since records have been kept (1940’s). Birds which are commonly seen, depending on the season, are shown in bold face type; introduced species have the letter (I) after the common name. If you see a bird not on the list, please email Susan.Eubank@Arboretum.org.

Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons
Graylag Goose (Domestic) Anser anser
Swan (Chinese) Goose (Domestic) Anser cygnoides
Ross’s Goose Chen rossii
Cackling Goose Branta hutchinsii
Canada Goose Branta canadensis
Egyptian Goose (Domestic) Alopochen aegyptiacus
Muscovy Duck (Domestic) Cairina moschata
Wood Duck Aix sponsa
Mandarin Duck (I) Aix galericulata
Gadwall Anas strepera
American Wigeon Anas americana
Mallard (Wild & Domestic) Anas platyrhynchos
Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera
Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
Northern Pintail Anas acuta
Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
Canvasback Aythya valisineria
Redhead Aythya americana
Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris
Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis
Bufflehead Bucephala albeola
Hooded Merganser Lophodytes cucullatus
Common Merganser Mergus merganser
Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
Helmeted Guineafowl (I) Numida meleagris
California Quail Callipepla californica
Chukar (I) Alectoris chukar
Ring-necked Pheasant Phasianus colchicus
Indian Peafowl (I) Pavo cristatus
Common Loon Gavia immer
Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus
Eared Grebe Podiceps nigricollis
Western Grebe Aechmophorus occidentalis
Clark’s Grebe Aechmophorus clarkii
Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
American Bittern Botaurus lentiginosus
Least Bittern Ixobrychus exilis
Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
Great Egret Ardea alba
Snowy Egret Egretta thula
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
Green Heron Butorides virescens
Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
Osprey Pandion haliaetus
White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus
Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
Cooper’s Hawk Accipiter cooperii
Northern Goshawk Accipiter gentilis
Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
Swainson’s Hawk Buteo swainsoni
Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos
Black Rail Laterallus jamaicensis
Virginia Rail Rallus limicola
Sora Porzana carolina
Common Gallinule Gallinula galeata
American Coot Fulica americana
American Avocet Recurvirostra americana
Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius
Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri
Wilson’s Snipe Gallinago delicata
Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus
Bonaparte’s Gull Chroicocephalus philadelphia
Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
Western Gull Larus occidentalis
California Gull Larus californicus
Rock Pigeon (I) Columba livia
Band-tailed Pigeon Patagioenas fasciata
Spotted Dove (I) Streptopelia chinensis
Common Ground-Dove Columbina passerine
Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
Greater Roadrunner Geococcyx californianus
Barn Owl Tyto alba
Western Screech-Owl Megascops kennicottii
Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
Northern Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium gnoma
Burrowing Owl Athene cunicularia
Lesser Nighthawk Chordeiles acutipennis
Common Poorwill Phalenoptilus nuttallii
Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica
Vaux’s Swift Chaetura vauxi
White-thoated Swift Aeronautes saxatalis
Black-chinned Hummingbird Archilochus alexandri
Anna’s Hummingbird Calypte anna
Costa’s Hummingbird Calypte costae
Rufous Hummingbird Selasphorus rufus
Allen’s Hummingbird Selasphorus sasin
Calliope Hummingbird Selasphorus calliope
Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
Lewis’s Woodpecker Melanerpes lewis
Acorn Woodpecker Melanerpes formicivorus
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius
Red-naped Sapsucker Sphyrapicus nuchalis
Red-breasted Sapsucker Sphyrapicus ruber
Nuttall’s Woodpecker Picoides nuttallii
Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
American Kestrel Falco sparverius
Merlin Falco columbarius
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
Prairie Falcon Falco mexicanus
Rose-ringed Parakeet (I) Psittacula krameri
Mitred Parakeet (I) Psittacara mitrata
Red-masked Parakeet (I) Psittacara erythrogenys
White-winged Parakeet (I) Brotogeris versicolurus
Yellow-chevroned Parakeet (I) Brotogeris chiriri
Red-crowned Parrot (I) Amazona viridigenalis
Lilac-crowned Parrot (I) Amazona finschi
Red-lored Parrot (I) Amazona autumnalis
Yellow-headed Parrot (I) Amazona oratrix
Rose-ringed Parakeet (1) Psittacula krameri
Olive-sided Flycatcher Contopus cooperi
Western Wood-Pewee Contopus sordidulus
Willow Flycatcher Empidonax traillii
Hammond’s Flycatcher Empidonax hammondii
Gray Flycatcher Empidonax wrightii
Dusky Flycatcher Empidonax oberholseri
Pacific-slope Flycatcher Empidonax difficilis
Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans
Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
Say’s Phoebe Sayornis saya
Vermilion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus
Dusky-capped Flycatcher Myiarchus tuberculifer
Ash-throated Flycatcher Myiarchus cinerascens
Cassin’s Kingbird Tyrannus vociferans
Western Kingbird Tyrannus verticalis
Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus
Northern Shrike Lanius excubitor
Bell’s Vireo Vireo bellii
Plumbeous Vireo Vireo plumbeus
Cassin’s Vireo Vireo cassinii
Hutton’s Vireo Vireo huttoni
Warbling Vireo Vireo gilvus
Steller’s Jay Cyanocitta stelleri
Western Scrub-Jay Aphelocoma californica
American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
Common Raven Corvus corax
Purple Martin Progne subis
Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
Violet-green Swallow Tachycineta thalassina
N. Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
Cliff Swallow Petrochelidon pyrrhonota
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
Mountain Chickadee Poecile gambeli
Oak Titmouse Baeolophus inornatus
Bushtit Psaltriparus minimus
Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis
White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
Brown Creeper Certhia americana
House Wren Troglodytes aedon
Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris
Bewick’s Wren Thryomanes bewickii
Cactus Wren Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea
Red-whiskered Bulbul (I) Pycnonotus jocosus
Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
Wrentit Chamaea fasciata
Western Bluebird Sialia mexicana
Mountain Bluebird Sialia currucoides
Townsend’s Solitaire Myadestes townsendi
Swainson’s Thrush Catharus ustulatus
Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus
American Robin Turdus migratorius
Varied Thrush Ixoreus naevius
Brown Thrasher Toxostoma rufum
California Thrasher Toxostoma redivivum
Sage Thrasher Oreoscoptes montanus
Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
European Starling (I) Sturnus vulgaris
American Pipit Anthus rubescens
Bohemian Waxwing Bombycilla garrulus
Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
Phainopepla Phainopepla nitens
Northern Waterthrush Parkesia noveboracensis
Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia
Tennessee Warbler Oreothlypis peregrina
Orange-crowned Warbler Oreothlypis celata
Nashville Warbler Oreothlypis ruficapilla
MacGillivray’s Warbler Geothlypis tolmiei
Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
Yellow Warbler Setophaga petechia
Chestnut-sided Warbler Setophaga pensylvanica
Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum
Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
Black-throated Gray Warbler Setophaga nigrescens
Townsend’s Warbler Setophaga townsendi
Hermit Warbler Setophaga occidentalis
Canada Warbler Cardellina canadensis
Wilson’s Warbler Cardellina pusilla
Yellow-breasted Chat Icteria virens
Green-tailed Towhee Pipilo chlorurus
Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus
California Towhee Melozone crissalis
American Tree Sparrow Spizella arborea
Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina
Clay-colored Sparrow Spizella pallida
Brewer’s Sparrow Spizella breweri
Black-chinned Sparrow Spizella atrogularis
Lark Sparrow Chondestes grammacus
Black-throated Sparrow Amphispiza bilineata
Bell’s Sparrow Artemisiospiza belli
Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis
Fox Sparrow Passerella iliaca
Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
Lincoln’s Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii
Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
Harris’s Sparrow Zonotrichia querula
White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
Golden-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia atricapilla
Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
Summer Tanager Piranga rubra
Western Tanager Piranga ludoviciana
Northern Cardinal (I) Cardinalis cardinalis
Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus
Black-headed Grosbeak Pheucticus melanocephalus
Blue Grosbeak Passerina caerulea
Lazuli Bunting Passerina amoena
Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea
Dickcissel Spiza americana
Bobolink Dolichonyx oryzivorus
Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
Tricolored Blackbird Agelaius tricolor
Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta
Yellow-headed Blackbird Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus
Rusty Blackbird Euphagus carolinus
Brewer’s Blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus
Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus
Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
Orchard Oriole Icterus spurius
Hooded Oriole Icterus cucullatus
Bullock’s Oriole Icterus bullockii
Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula
House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
Purple Finch Haemorhous purpureus
Cassin’s Finch Haemorhous cassinii
Pine Siskin Spinus pinus
Lesser Goldfinch Spinus psaltria
Lawrence’s Goldfinch Spinus lawrencei
American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
Evening Grosbeak Coccothraustes vespertinus
House Sparrow (I) Passer domesticus
Scaly-breasted Munia (I) Lonchura punctulata

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