New York Birds Photo Gallery
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Note: Birds are arranged by habitats where they are typically found.
Most photos are taken in the New York City  region within a hundred-mile radius of Manhattan; in the case of migratory species, photos may be from upstate New York breeding grounds. This photo collection, begun in 2005, continues to grow as more birds are added. These are a representative sampling of the birds you are likely (or lucky) to see in the New York City region.  --Betsy McCully
Birds of Beaches, Wetlands & Waterways
Ospreys (Pandion Heliaetus)
These birds have made a spectacular comeback since the banning of DDT in 1973. They now breed in NYC.
nesting platform
Jamaica Bay National Wildlife Refuge
credit: Sy Schiff
Belted Kingfisher (Ceryle alcyon)
Widespread breeder, present in small numbers in winters especially along coast.
female
Credit: Vicki Bustamante
Ducks, Swans, Geese
Mute Swans (Cygnus olor)
introduced; resident
Canada Geese (Branta canadensis)and mute swans
common residents
Mixed waterbird flocks Jamaica Bay
Brants (Branta bernicla)
common winter visitor
Snow geese (Chen caerulescens)
migrant/occasional winter visitor
Tundra swans (Cygnus columbianus)
uncommon migrant
Blue morph in flock of snow geese
Male common eiders (Somateria mollissima)
winter visitor
Common loon (Gavia immer)
eclipse plumage (spring)
common winter visitor
King Eider (Somateria spectabilis)
winter visitor
credit: Sam Jannazzo
female and young Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos)
resident
c. Vicky Bustamante
American Widgeon
(Anas americana)
winter vistor
Long-tailed Duck "Old Squaw" (Clangula hyemalis)
winter visitor
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
winter visitor
credit: Sam Jannazzo
Gadwall (Anas strepera)
winter resident
credit: Sam Jannazzo
Greater Scaup (Athya marila)
winter visitor
credit: Sam Jannazzo
Redhead (Aythya americana)
uncommon winter visitor
credit: Sam Jannazzo
Ring-necked ducks (Aythya collaris)
increasingly common winter visitor (coastal Long Island)
Canvas-backs (Aythya valisineria)
common winter visitor
Terns, Skimmer & Gulls
Common Tern
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)
common breeder and migrant
Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger)
locally common breeder
c. Sam Jannazzo
Roseate terns (center) with common terns
(Sterna dougallii)
locally common breeder (Long Island)
Herring Gull
common resident
Herring gull with blue crab
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)
Great black-backed gull (Larus marinus)
common resident
Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus)
uncommon winter visitor
Egrets, Ibises, & Herons
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
resident
Little Blue Heron & Wood Duck
Credit: Vicki Bustamante
Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea)
uncommon breeder
Little Blue Heron immature
Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
Tri-colored Heron (Egretta tricolor)
uncommon breeder
Tri-colored heron
Yellow-crowned Night Heron (Nyctanassa violacea)
uncommon breeder
Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
common residen
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Green Heron (Butorides virescens)
juvenile; common breedeer
Green Heron  (Butorides virescens)
Great Egret (Ardea alba)
common breeder
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)
common breeder
Great Egret
OWLS
Snowy Owl immature
credit: Sam Jannazzo
Snowy Owl (Nyctea scandiaca)
winter visitor
c. Joe Giunta
Snowy owl
credit: Sam Jannazzo
Shore Birds
sandpipers (mixed species)
common migrants
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minitulla)
common migrant
Semipalmated Sandpipers
(Calidris pusilla)
Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola)
common migrant/winter visitor
Credit: Vicki Bustamante
Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus)
breeder

Credit: Vicki Bustamante
Semi-palmated plover
(Charadrius semipalmatus)
migrant
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)
common migrant/winter visitor
Credit: Vicki Bustamante
Willet (Catoptrophorus semipalmatus)
Willet
common breeder
Sanderlings
Credit: Vicki Bustamante
Sanderlings and Short-billed Dowitchers
Credit: Vicki Bustamante
Sanderling (Calidris alba)
common winter visitor
Credit: Vicki Bustamante
Short-billed Dowitcher
(Limnodromus griseus)
common migrant
Credit: Vicki Bustamante
Short-billed Dowitcher
Credit: Vicki Bustamante
Short-billed Dowitcher
Credit: Vicki Bustamante
Bairds Sandpiper (Calidris bairdii)
uncommon fall migrant
c. Sam Jannazzo
Buff-breasted sandpiper
(Tryngites subruficollis)
rare fall migrant
c. Sy Schiff
Purple sandpipers (Calidiris maritima)
common winter visitors
Red-necked phalarope
(Phalaropes lobatus)
uncommon migrant
c. Sam Jannazzo
Ruddy Turnstones (Arenaria interpres)
common winter visitor
Hudsonian godwit (Limosa haemastica)
uncommon fall migrant
c
. Sam Jannazzo
Birds of Fields, Grasslands and Marshes
Red-winged Blackbird
(Agelaius phoeniceus)
common resident
American Crow (Corvis brachyrhynchos)
common resident
Rusty blackbird (Euphagus carolinus)
uncommon migrant/rare winter visitor
Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum)
common breeder
credit: Sy Schiff
Salt Marsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow
(Ammodramus caudacutus)
common breeder
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)
breeder
Killdeer adult and young
(Charadrius vociferus)
common breeder
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculis sandwichensis)
common breeder, abundant migrant, occasional winter resident on coast
Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis)
winter visitor
Prairie warbler (Dendroica discolor)
common breeder
Northern shrike (Lanius excubitor)
uncommon winter visitor
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrrorum)
common  breeder
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)
uncommon migrant/breeder
c. Vicki Bustamante
Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)
common breeder
Tree Swallow pair (Tachycineta bicolor)
common breeder
Bluebird Pair (Sialia sialis)
uncommon breeder/winter resident
Bluebird male  (Sialia sialis)
breeder, increasingly common winter resident
Northern Bobwhite pair
(Colinus virginianus)
uncommon/declining resident

credit: Sam Jannazzo

Cattle egret (Bubulcus ibis)
uncommon winter visitor
Cattle egret (Bubulcus ibis)
uncommon breeder
Redtail Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
common resident
Redtail in flight
Redtail hawk
American Kestrel
(Falco sparverius)
breeder
credit: Sy Schiff
Merlin (Falco columbarius)
fall migrant
credit: Sy Schiff
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)
breeder
digiscoped by Joe Giunta
Birds of woodlands
Prothonotary warbler (Protonotaria citrea)
rare breeder
credit: Sam Jannazzo
Hooded Warbler (Wilsonia citrina)
migrant
Blue-wing warbler (Vermivora pinus)
fairly common breeder
credit: Sam Jannazzo
Golden-winged warbler
(Vermivora chrysoptera)
rare migrant; increasingly uncommon breeder upstate
Pine Warbler (Dendrocia pinus)
common migrant/uncommon breeder
Cape May warbler (Dendroica tigrina)
uncommon migrant
Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)
common breeder
Black-throated Green Warbler (Fall plumage)
(Dendroica virens)
Common migrant, rare breeder
Black-throated blue warbler (Dendroica caerulescens)
common migrant
Hermit thrush (Catharus guttatus)
common breeder/uncommon winter resident
Gray-cheeked Thrush (Catharus minimus)
migrant
Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)
migrant
Blue-headed vireo (Vireo solitarius)
common migrant
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)
abundant breeder
Blue-gray gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulia)
common migrant/uncommon breeder
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
common breeder
Veery (Catharus fuscescens)
migrant
Rose-Breasted Grosbeak
(Pheucticus ludovicianus)
breeder
Scarlet Tanager
c. Vicki Bustamante
Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)
breeder
Eastern towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)
common breeder
Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)
widespread breeder
Northern yellow-shafted Flicker
(Colaptes auratus)
common breeder/uncommon winter resident
Red-bellied woodpecker
(Melanerpes carolinus)
common resident
Pileated woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)
uncommon resident
Yellow-billed cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus)
uncommon to fairly common breeder
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)
breeder, occasional winter visitor
Great-crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)
common breeder
Great Crestsed Flycatcher
Northern Saw-Whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus)
uncommon migrant/winter  visitor
Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
common breeder
credit: Sam Jannazzo
Long-eared Owl (Asio otus)
uncommon winter visitor
credit: Sam Jannazzo
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
uncommon breeder
digiscoped by Joe Giunta
Cooper's hawk
common winter visitor
Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)
resident
Backyard Birds
Purple finch (Carpodacus purpureus)
uncommon winter visitor
Pine siskin (Carduelis pinus)
American goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) - resident

Purple finch male and female
Cardinal family (Cardinalis cardinalis)
common resident
Pine Siskins (Carduelis pinus)
occasional winter visitors
Chipping sparrow (Spizella passerina) and House finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
male Northern Cardinal
(Cardinalis cardinalis)
credit: Katie Darby 2012
Black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapilla)
resident
Tufted titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)
resident
Bluejay (Cyanocitta cristata)
common resident
c. Katie Darby 2012
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)
common breeder
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
common resident
Baltimore Oriole (male) (Icterus galbula)
breeder
Robin (Turdus migratorius)
common resident
Baltimore Oriole (female)
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus ppolyglottis)
resident
credit: Shawn Rosvold
Catbird (Dumetella carolensis)
common breeder
Catbird and female cardinal
Northern flicker (Colaptes auratus)
resident
Yellow-bellied sapsucker
(Sphyrapicus varius) migrant, uncommon winter visitor
c. Katie Darby 2012
Downy woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)
common resident
White-breasted nuthatch
(Sitta carolinensis)
common resident
Ruby-throated hummingbird
(Archilochus colubris)
summer breeder
LAST UPDATED: March 2013
c. Betsy McCully