North Dakota Rare Birds

With a goal of keeping the North Dakota state list accurate, reports of rare birds are peer-reviewed prior to publication. This table provides you with a list of species and specific criteria for which documentation is required. You should also document any species new to the state or very much out of range or season.

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

Fulvous Whistling-Duck



Eurasian Wigeon

Mottled Duck

King Eider

Common Eider

Harlequin Duck

Barrow's Goldeneye

Willow Ptarmigan

Clark's Grebe
Band-tailed Pigeon

Inca Dove

White-winged Dove

Groove-billed Ani

Black-chinned Hummingbird

Anna's Hummingbird

Calliope Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

Broad-tailed Hummingbird

King Rail

Common Gallinule

Common Crane

Mountain Plover

Snowy Plover

Eskimo Curlew

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

Curlew Sandpiper

Little Stint

Western Sandpiper

Red Phalarope

Pomarine Jaeger

Parasitic Jaeger

Long-tailed Jaeger

Black-legged Kittiwake
except those at Garrison Dam
Little Gull

Ross's Gull

Laughing Gull

Short-billed Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Great Black-backed Gull

Arctic Tern

Red-throated Loon

Pacific Loon

Yellow-billed Loon

Wood Stork

Northern Gannet

Neotropic Cormorant

Brown Pelican

Little Blue Heron
sightings and nesting
Tricolored Heron

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

White Ibis

Glossy Ibis

White-tailed Kite

Swallow-tailed Kite

Red-shouldered Hawk

Barn Owl

Northern Hawk Owl

Great Gray Owl

Boreal Owl

Lewis's Woodpecker

Acorn Woodpecker

Black-backed Woodpecker

Crested Caracara


White-crested Elaenia

Cassin's Kingbird

Thick-billed Kingbird

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Hammond's Flycatcher

Vermilion Flycatcher

White-eyed Vireo

Cassin's Vireo

Plumbeous Vireo

Canada Jay

Pinyon Jay

Clark's Nutcracker

Boreal Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse

Pygmy Nuthatch

Bewick's Wren

Carolina Wren

Sage Thrasher

Western Bluebird

Eurasian Tree Sparrow


Cassin's Finch

Lesser Goldfinch

Thick-billed Longspur
other than at “Rhame Prairie”
Black-throated Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Henslow's Sparrow

Green-tailed Towhee

Eastern Meadowlark

Great-tailed Grackle

Worm-eating Warbler

Louisiana Waterthrush

Blue-winged Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

MacGillivray's Warbler

Kentucky Warbler

Hooded Warbler

Cerulean Warbler

Pine Warbler

Yellow-throated Warbler

Prairie Warbler

Black-throated Gray Warbler

Townsend's Warbler

Painted Bunting