Reportable Birds

Have you seen an unusual bird in Calgary?  If it is a species on the list below, please report it to the Rare Bird Alert at 403- 221-4519 and leave a message after the recording.  If you are a member of the online discussion group Albertabird, it should be reported there.

Note that if it is a sensitive species or a nesting bird, specific locations should not be given publicly.

If you would like some help with species identification, or to confirm that your bird is a rarity, please email us at us at

Note that some of these species are always rare for this area, whereas others are more common on migration, or in certain locations near Calgary. Others are expanding their ranges or increasing in numbers. Do a search on Albertabird or search eBird records to see if the bird is rare at the time and place sighted. All of them are reportable if sighted within the city.



Greater White-fronted Goose
Snow Goose
Ross’s Goose
Cackling Goose
Mute Swan
Whooper Swan
Fulvous-Whistling Duck
Eurasian Wigeon
American Black Duck
Tufted Duck
Greater Scaup
King Eider
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser

Grouse, Quail, and allies

Sharp-tailed Grouse
Wild Turkey

Loons and Grebes

Red-throated Loon
Pacific Loon
Yellow-billed Loon
Clark’s Grebe

Herons, Ibis, and allies

American Bittern
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
White-faced Ibis

Vultures, Hawks, and allies

Turkey Vulture
Northern Goshawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Ferruginous Hawk
Golden Eagle
Peregrine Falcon
Prairie Falcon

Rails, Gallinules, and Allies

Yellow Rail
Virginia Rail


Sandhill Crane


American Golden-Plover
Pacific Golden-Plover
Wandering Tattler
Spotted Redshank
Upland Sandpiper
Long-billed Curlew
Hudsonian Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Red Knot
Red-necked Stint
Western Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Red Phalarope

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers

Black-legged Kittiwake
Sabine’s Gull
Black-headed Gull
Little Gull
Ross’s Gull
Mew Gull
Western Gull
Thayer’s Gull
Iceland Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Slaty-backed Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Glaucous Gull
Least Tern
Caspian Tern
Common Tern
Arctic Tern
Forster’s Tern
Pomarine Jaeger
Parasitic Jaeger
Long-tailed Jaeger


Ancient Murrelet
Long-billed Murrelet

Pigeons and Doves

Band-tailed Pigeon
White-winged Dove


Black-billed Cuckoo


Barn Owl
Snowy Owl
Northern Hawk Owl
Northern Pygmy-Owl
Burrowing Owl
Barred Owl
Great Gray Owl
Long-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl
Boreal Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl


Common Nighthawk
Common Poorwill


Vaux’s Swift


Black-chinned Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird


Lewis’s Woodpecker
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Sapsucker
Williamson’s Sapsucker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
American Three-toed Woodpecker
Black-backed Woodpecker

Tyrant Flycatchers, Pewees, Kingbirds, and allies

Olive-sided Flycatcher
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Alder Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Gray Flycatcher
Dusky Flycatcher
Pacific-Slope (Western) Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher


Loggerhead Shrike


Yellow-throated Vireo
Cassin’s Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo

Jays, Magpies, Crows, and Ravens

Gray Jay
Steller’s Jay
Clark’s Nutcracker


Horned Lark

Martins and Swallows

Purple Martin
Violet-green Swallow

Tits, Chickadees, and Titmice

Mountain Chickadee
Chestnut-backed Chickadee


Rock Wren
Winter Wren
Sedge Wren
Marsh Wren


American Dipper


Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Old World Flycatchers

Northern Wheatear


Eastern Bluebird
Western Bluebird
Townsend’s Solitaire
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Hermit Thrush
Varied Thrush

Catbirds, Mockingbirds, and Thrashers

Northern Mockingbird
Sage Thrasher


Siberian Accentor

Wagtails and Pipits

Sprague’s Pipit

Longspurs and Snow Buntings

McCown’s Longspur
Chestnut-collared Longspur


Blue-winged Warbler
Virginia’s Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Pine Warbler
Palm Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Kentucky Warbler
Connecticut Warbler
Mourning Warbler
MacGillivray’s Warbler
Hooded Warbler
Canada Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat

Sparrows and other Emberizeds

Green-tailed Towhee
Brewer’s Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Lark Bunting
Lark Sparrow
Black-throated Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Baird’s Sparrow
Le Conte’s Sparrow
Nelson’s Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Harris’s Sparrow

Cardinals, Grosbeaks, and allies

Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Black-headed Grosbeak
Lazuli Bunting
Indigo Bunting


Rusty Blackbird
Bullock’s Oriole

Finches, Euphonias, and allies

Gray-crowned Rosy –Finch
Purple Finch
Cassin’s Finch
Red Crossbill
White-winged Crossbill
Hoary Redpoll
Evening Grosbeak