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Birds of North America checklist (part one)

Check all the birds you have seen in your life. Even if you're not a birder, this poll is for you! You can check off every bird you have seen; if you don't know what one bird is, look it up online by opening a new window/tab. Got it? I'll be interested to see the results, so please take!
Check all the waterfowl. (Ducks)
Mallard (the green-headed duck you usually see in parks)
American Black duck (northeast only)
Mottled duck (gulf coast area only)
Northern pintail
Gadwall
American wigeon
Eurasian wigeon
Green-winged Teal
Blue-winged Teal
Cinnamon teal
Garganey (rare)
Northern shoveler
Lesser scaup
Greater scaup
Ring-necked duck
Tufted duck
Canvasback
Redhead
Common pochard
Long-tailed Duck (formerly called Oldsquaw)
Surf scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Harlequin duck
Common eider
King eider
Steller's eider
Spectacled eider
Common goldeneye
Barrow's Goldeneye
Bufflehead
Ruddy duck
Masked duck
Common merganser
Red-breasted merganser
Hooded merganser
Smew (rare)
Wood duck
Black-bellied whistling-duck (Southeast)
Fulvous Whistling-duck (gulf area only)
Muscovy duck
Geese and Swans.
Canada Goose
Cackling Goose
Greater White-fronted Goose
Brant
Snow goose
Ross's goose
Emporer Goose
Barnacle Goose
Mute Swan
Tundra swan
Trumpeter Swan
"Gamebirds." Some are introduced; almost all have very restricted ranges, so if you're not sure of a bird, be sure to look up a photo of its range.
Plain Chachalaca
California Quail
Gambel's Quail
Montezuma Quail
Mountain Quail
Northern Bobwhite
Scaled Quail
Chukar
Gray Partridge
Greater Prairie-chicken
Lesser Prairie-chicken
Greater Sage-grouse
Gunnison Sage-grouse
Himalayan Snowcock (There's only one place you can see them, and you have to go on a separate trip that is targeted of seeing them, so unless you went on a trip to see a himalayan snowcock, you didn't see one!)
Ring-necked Pheasant
Rock ptarmigan
Willow ptarmigan
White-tailed ptarmigan
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Ruffed Grouse
Sooty Grouse
Dusky Grouse
Spruce Grouse
Wild turkey
Loons and grebes.
Common loon
Yellow-billed loon (restricted range)
Red-throated loon
Pacific Loon
Arctic loon (VERY restricted range; Alaska only)
Western Grebe
Clark's grebe
Pied-billed Grebe
Least Grebe (Very restricted range; south Texas only)
Red-necked Grebe
Horned Grebe
Eared Grebe
Tubenoses. (You usually have to go on boating or sea birding trips to see them; many that are found in North America only on rare occasions aren't included.)
Black-browed Albatross
Black-footed Albatross
Short-tailed Albatross
Black-capped Petrel
Bermuda Petrel (extremely restricted range)
Fea's Petrel
Northern Fulmar
Mottled petrel
Herald Petrel
Murphy's Petrel
Cook's Petrel
Audubon's Shearwater
Black-vented Shearwater
Buller's Shearwater
Flesh-footed Shearwater
Manx Shearwater
Greater Shearwater
Sooty Shearwater
Pink-footed Shearwater
Short-tailed Shearwater
Storm-petrels and tropicbirds. Some have restricted ranges, and some are rarer than others; you usually have to go on sea birding trips to see these.
Wilson's Storm-petrel
Leach's Storm-petrel
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel
Black Storm-Petrel
Ashy Storm-Petrel
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel
Least Storm-Petrel
Red-billed tropicbird
Red-tailed tropicbird (super rare)
White-tailed Tropicbird
Frigatebirds, Boobies, Cormorants, and Pelicans. Boobies have restricted ranges; the northern gannet does not, and is widespread along the east coast.
Magnificent Frigatebird
Blue-footed Booby
Red-footed Booby
Masked Booby
Brown Booby
Northern Gannet
Brandt's Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Cormorant
Neotropic Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Red-faced Cormorant (Alaska only)
Anhinga (Southeast; very common there, so if you've been to disney, you probably saw one.)
American White pelican
Brown Pelican
Long-legged Waders. Includes cranes and storks, even though they aren't really related to any bird in the heron/ibis family. A good bit are only found in the southeast, but others are found continent-wide, so look up range maps if you're not sure. Typing in "______ range map" , the _ being the bird, is the easiest way.
American Bittern
Least Bittern
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Cattle Egret
Reddish Egret
Tricolored heron
Little blue heron
Green heron
Yellow-crowned Night-heron (Do not confuse with the WAY more common Great blue heron)
Black-crowned Night-heron
White ibis
Glossy ibis
White-faced Ibis (the more western of the ibises)
Roseate Spoonbill
Wood stork
Jabiru (rare, only seen on occasion in the whole continent)
American/Greater Flamingo
Sandhill Crane
Whooping Crane
Vultures, Kites, eagles, hawks, falcons, and other birds of prey.
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
California Condor (very rare, and has a now very restricted range)
Osprey
Bald eagle
Golden Eagle
Northern Harrier
Mississippi Kite
White-tailed Kite
Swallow-tailed Kite (restricted to Florida and rare around the gulf coast)
Snail Kite (endangered and restricted to florida)
Red-tailed Hawk (most commonly seen hawk; found in almost every part of the continent.)
Rough-legged Hawk
Ferruginous Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk (east only)
Red-shouldered Hawk (east and the west coast)
Gray Hawk (very restricted range)
Hook-billed Kite (south texas only)
Swainson's Hawk
White-tailed Hawk (Texas only)
Short-tailed Hawk (Florida only)
Harris's Hawk (southwest only)
Zone-tailed hawk (southwest only)
Common Black-hawk
Crested Caracara
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's hawk (the really small hawk that you see swooping low and fast through neighbor hoods; they are gray with orange and white barred underparts and they often hunt birds.)
Northern Goshawk
American Kestrel
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Prairie Falcon
Gyrfalcon
Rails, Gallinules, Coots, and Limpkin. (A lot of them are only found along coasts or the east, so check range maps online.)
Limpkin
American Coot
Common moorhen
Purple Gallinule
Sora
Clapper Rail
King Rail
Virginia Rail
Black Rail
Yellow Rail
Plovers and relatives.
American Golden-plover
Pacific Golden-plover
Black-bellied Plover
Killdeer
Mountain Plover
Piping Plover
Semipalmated Plvoer
Wilson's Plover
American Oystercatcher
Black Oystercatcher
American Avocet
Black-necked Stilt
Northern Jacana
Sandpipers and relatives. (There are a lot of similarities and confusions in this category, so be careful and do your best.)
American Woodcock
Wilson's Snipe
Sanderling
Dunlin
Red knot
Least Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Baird's Sandpiper
Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Ruddy Turnstone
Black Turnstone (west coast only)
Surfbird (west coast only)
Purple Sandpiper (East)
Rock Sandpiper (West)
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Lesser Yellowlegs
Greater Yellowlegs
Wandering tattler
Long-billed Dowitcher
Short-billed Dowitcher
Stilt Sandpiper
Willet
Marbled Godwit
Hudsonian Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit (Alaska only)
Whimbrel
Bristle-thighed Curlew
Long-billed Curlew
Upland Sandpiper
Wilson's phalarope
Red-necked Phalarope
Red phalarope
Eskimo Curlew (EXTINCT, but let's just say it counts if you saw a specimen in a museum :)
Gulls and Terns. There are a lot of similarities in this group, so beware; also, not all are found only on the coast. In fact, almost all gulls are found inland as well as along the coast.
Herring Gull (A common gull)
Ring-billed Gull (An EXTREMELY abundant gull, found all over, and is often found inland in huge flocks in winter.)
California Gull (common gull of the west)
Mew Gull
Western Gull (very common; west coast only)
Great Black-backed gull (the biggest gulls in the world and the darkest, too. Common; east coast only.)
Glaucous-winged Gull (west only)
Glaucous Gull (common mostly in the arctic, but found in the south on occasion, and common at the great lakes and niagara falls.) (Is our palest-winged common Gull, while the Great black-backed Gull is the darkest.)
Iceland Gull (northeastern coast only)
Thayer's Gull
Laughing Gull (very common; east coast only)
Franklin's Gull
Black-legged Kittiwake (uncommon on both coasts)
Sabine's Gull
Heermann's Gull (uncommon; coastal western USA only)
Forster's Tern
Common Tern (One of the most common terns)
Arctic Tern
Roseate Tern (scarce; only portions of the east coast)
Caspian Tern
Royal Tern (fairly common; east coast and Southern California)
Elegant tern (rare; coastal California)
Sandwich tern (east coast only)
Sooty tern (east coast only)
Bridled Tern (east coast only)
Aleutian Tern (Alaska Only)
Brown Noddy ( Only coastal south Florida)
Black Tern (mostly just inland; scarce)
Least tern (threatened but seen often in reserves, especially Cape May, NJ)
Gull-billed Tern
Black Skimmer
Great Skua
Pomarine Jaeger
Parasitic Jaeger
Long-tailed Jaeger
Auks, murres, and Puffins. (Many have restricted ranges; a good bit are only found in Alaska or on the Aleutian Islands.)
Atlantic Puffin
Horned Puffin (restricted range)
Tufted Puffin (west coast only)
Rhinoceros Auklet (west coast only)
Common Murre (both coasts in the north)
Thick-billed Murre
Razorbill
Great Auk (EXTINCT, but check the box anyway if you've seen a dead one in a museum.)
Pigeon Guillemot
Black Guillemot
Cassin's Auklet
Ancient Murrelet
Marbled Murrelet
Kittlitz's murrelet (rare, restricted)
Xantus's Murrelet (rare, restricted)
Craveri's Murrelet (rare, restricted)
Dovekie
Parakeet Auklet (alaska only)
Least Auklet (alaska only)
Crested Auklet (alaska only)
Whiskered auklet (aleutian islands only)
Pigeons and Doves. Some have restricted ranges.
Rock Pigeon (just check, I know you've seen it!)
Band-tailed Pigeon (restricted range in west)
White-crowned Pigeon (South Florida Only)
Red-billed pigeon (rare; extreme south texas only)
Mourning Dove (the common dove of towns and farms)
White-winged Dove
Eurasian Collared-dove. Southeast only.
Inca Dove (southwest only)
Parrots, cuckoos, and allies
Carolina Parakeet (EXTINCT, but check if you've seen them in a museum)
Monk Parakeet
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Black-billed Cuckoo
Mangrove Cuckoo (coastal south Florida only)
Smooth-billed Ani (very restricted range)
Groove-billed Ani (very restricted range)
Greater Roadrunner
Owls.
Barn Owl
Great Horned Owl
Long-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl
Eastern Screech-owl
Western Screech-owl
Whiskered Screech-Owl (Southeastern Arizona only)
Flammulated Owl (west only)
Elf Owl (southwest)
Barred Owl
Spotted Owl (restricted range in west and southwest)
Great Gray Owl
Snowy Owl
Northern Hawk-owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Boreal Owl
Burrowing Owl
Northern Pygmy-Owl
Nighthawks and Nightjars. There's a lot of confusion in this category, so I narrowed the choices down to the most common.
Common Nighthawk
Lesser Nighthawk (southwest)
Common Pauraque
Whip-poor-will
Chuck-will's Widow
Common Poorwill
Swifts, hummers, trogons, and kingfishers.
Chimney Swift (common swift, found in towns and cities)
Black Swift
Vaux's Swift
White-throated Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (The hummer of the east)
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Anna's Hummingbird
Costa's Hummingbird
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Allen's Hummingbird
Calliope Hummingbird
Broad-billed Hummingbird
Elegant Trogon
Belted Kingfisher
Ringed Kingfisher
Green Kingfisher
Woodpeckers. I <3 the Ivory-billed! :) By the way, I will put an "E" for woodpeckers mostly found in the east, "W" for ones of the west, "T" for Texas/Arizona only, and "B" for most of the continent.
Red-headed Woodpecker E
Acorn Woodpecker W
Lewis's Woodpecker W
White-headed Woodpecker W
Red-bellied Woodpecker E
Golden-fronted Woodpecker T
Nuttall's Woodpecker W
Ladder-backed Woodpecker W
Downy Woodpecker B
Hairy Woodpecker B
American Three-toed Woodpecker B
Black-backed Woodpecker B
Red-cockaded woodpecker (endangered) E
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker E
Red-naped Sapsucker W
Red-breasted Sapsucker W
Williamson's Sapsucker W
Arizona Woodpecker T
Northern Flicker B
Gilded Flicker T
Pileated Woodpecker B
Ivory-billed Woodpecker E (AWESOME BIRDEE! Rediscovered; thought extinct till 2004 when a video was taken of one. Now, only seen a few times a month, it is critically endangered. I HIGHLY doubt you've seen one.)
Last group; Swallows.
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Violet-Green Swallow
Barn Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Cave Swallow
Bank Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
You're done! But there's a part 2 to this checklist! I'll give you a break.
Phew! Glad that's over! That was the longest poll ever!
Okay, see ya. Good poll.
I was so confused! I'm not a good birder..
I am NOT doing a part 2! I'm sick of this!
This poll was created on 2012-08-22 21:53:20 by Emrald Ye