The most common backyard birds throughout the year in the state of Utah are these: American Robin (36% frequency) European Starling (30%) House Finch (30%) Black-billed Magpie (28%) Mourning Dove (22%) House Sparrow (21%) Northern Flicker (20%)
While there are many different species of black birds, we will focus on the most common ones, the American Crow , Common Raven , European Starling , Common Grackle , and Brown-headed Cowbird .
To date, crows can be hunted in several states and Utah is considering this option. Ravens are protected from hunting; however, their populations can be regulated by USDA Wildlife Services, which has a permit to manage populations of ravens in areas where they are causing conflicts with sheep and cattle operations.
The birds that live up here include Dusky Grouse, White-throated Swift, Calliope Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Red-naped Sapsucker, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Hammond’s Flycatcher, Cordilleran Flycatcher, Steller’s Jay, Clark’s Nutcracker, Mountain
The greater roadrunner , Geococcyx californianus, occurs across the southwestern United States and northern Mexico, from the Pacific coast to the Mississippi River. It is typically found in desert scrub habitats. In Utah , this bird is restricted to the southwestern corner of the state.
Bird watchers can identify many species from just a quick look. They’re using the four keys to visual identification : Size & Shape, Color Pattern, Behavior, and Habitat.
Brewer’s Blackbird Adults have a pointed bill. Adult males have black plumage; the female is dark grey. The male has a bright yellow eye; the female’s is dark. They resemble the eastern member of the same genus, the Rusty Blackbird ; however, this bird has a shorter bill and the male’s head is iridescent purple.
Ravens are on the list of birds protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, and it is a federal crime to kill them.
Crows are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and are managed in Utah through a limited hunting season. This isn’t very easy to see if the bird is sitting on the ground, but when it’s flying overhead, you can often get a good look at the shape of the tail.
Ravens differ from crows in appearance by their larger bill, tail shape, flight pattern and by their large size. Ravens are as big as Red-tailed Hawks, and crows are about the size of pigeons. The raven is all black, has a 3.5-4 ft wingspan and is around 24-27 inches from head to tail.
Utah Bird Profile – Northern Cardinal .
Bluebirds of Utah The Mountain Bluebird is a summer resident in Utah and nests throughout the state in appropriate habitat. In the mountains, they are found in clearings and meadows.