Birdwatching Canada

A voice for the northern birds

Birding AB

Alberta Birding Specialties

Provincial Bird - Great Horned Owl

Provincial Bird Great-horned Owl

  • Great-horned owl
  • Chestnut-collared longspur
  • Whooping crane
  • Saltmarsh sharp-tailed sparrow
  • Short-billed dowitcher
  • Grey jay
  • Common tern
  • White-winged crossbill
  • Alder flycatcher
  • Swainson’s hawk
  • Green-winged teal
  • Lesser Yellowlegs
  • Clay-coloured sparrow
  • Three-toed woodpecker
  • Peregrine falcon
  • Le Contes sparrow
  • Marbled godwit
  • Burrowing owl

385 species in 44 families

Alberta is the westernmost of Canada’s prairie provinces, and borders the US state of Montana to the south; the Saskatchewan to the east; and the Northwest Territories to the north. To the west, its border with British Columbia follows the range of the Rocky Mountains along the continental divide.

Roughly half of the southwestern section is dominated by the Rocky Mountains and their foothills. The foothills form a link between mountain and prairie landscapes, and feature both forested areas and grasslands.

The remainder of the province forms part of the interior plain of North America, which includes the boreal forest, the aspen parkland transitional zone and vast stretches of northern muskeg. Moving east, the land gently rolls through the foothills into the great plains.

Alberta is a location for boreal forest birds in the north, mountain birds in the west, grassland birds in the southeast and a general mix of all of the above throughout the province. The Rocky Mountains provide a migrating raptor highway each spring and fall.

Rare Bird Alert Hotlines

Edmonton & Northern Alberta (780) 433-2473

Calgary & Southern Alberta (403) 237-8821

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