Learning Bird Songs

Green-tailed Towhee

Learning bird songs is a great way to increase your enjoyment of the outdoors and to improve your birding skills. There are so many birds though, where do you start? My good friend, Rob Cavallaro, gave me this short list of birds, divided by habitats, and suggested that they would be a good place to start. The idea is to learn the more common birds first and then start working on the songs and calls you still don't recognize.

I am sharing it with you to help you on your journey as well.

White-crowned sparrow

Montane Conifer

Ruby-crowned kinglet

Audubon’s warbler

Western Tanager

Pine siskin

Cassin’s Finch


Warbling Vireo

House Wren

Red-naped sapsucker

Orange-crowned warbler

Montane Riparian

Swainson’s Thrush

Dusky Flycatcher

Macgillivray’s warbler

Wilson’s warbler

White-crowned sparrow

Mountain Brush

Green-tailed towhee

Black-headed Grosbeak

Dusky flycatcher

White-crowned sparrow


Brewer’s Sparrow

Vesper Sparrow

Sage Thrasher

Grassland CRP

Vesper Sparrow

Grasshopper sparrow

Western meadowlark


Horned Lark

Low elevation riparian

Yellow warbler

Song sparrow

Willow flycatcher

Western Wood Peewee