Boreal Birds
300+ species, billions of birds rely on Canada's boreal forest as critical breeding grounds

Comprehensive Guide to Boreal Birds

 

Loons

© Harold Lindstrom
Gavia immer

An estimated 74% of the species' North American population breeds within the Boreal Forest.

© Kevin T. Karlson
Gavia pacifica

An estimated 65% of the North American population of Pacific Loon breeds in the Canadian and Alaskan boreal forest. 

© Chuck Gordon
Gavia stellata
An estimated 24% of the species' North American population breeds within the Boreal Forest.
© Ken Wilson, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology
Gavia adamsii
An estimated 10% of the species' North American breeding range lies within the Boreal Forest.

Grebes

© Chuck Gordon
Podiceps nigricollis
An estimated 9% of the species' North American breeding range lies within the Boreal Forest.
© Chuck Gordon
Podiceps auritus

An estimated 79% of the species' North American population breeds within the Boreal Forest.

© Arthur Morris, BIRDS AS ART
Podilymbus podiceps
An estimated 9% of the species' North American population breeds within the Boreal Forest.
© Tom J. Ulrich
Podiceps grisegena
An estimated 93% of the species' North American population breeds within the Boreal Forest.
© Chuck Gordon
Aechmophorus occidentalis
An estimated 8% of the species' North American breeding range lies within the Boreal Forest.

Pelicans

© Chuck Gordon
Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

An estimated 21% of the species' North American population breeds within the Boreal Forest.

Cormorants

© John Gerlach, Visuals Unlimited
Phalacrocorax auritus
An estimated 48% of the species' North American population breeds within the Boreal Forest.

Herons, Egrets, Bitterns

© Arthur Morris, BIRDS AS ART
Botaurus lentiginosus
An estimated 48% of the species' North American population breeds within the Boreal Forest.
© Stephen G. Maka
Nycticorax nycticorax
An estimated 5% of the species' North American population breeds within the Boreal Forest.
© Brian E. Small
Ardea herodias
An estimated 7% of the species' North American population breeds within the Boreal Forest.

Ducks and Geese

© Larry Ditto
Anas rubripes
An estimated 52% of the species' North American population breeds within the Boreal Forest.
© Brian E. Small
Anas americana

An estimated 64% of the species' North American population breeds within the Boreal Forest.

© Gerald & Buff Corsi, Focus on Nature, Inc.
Bucephala islandica

An estimated 52% of the species' North American population breeds within the Boreal Forest.

© Harold Lindstrom
Melanitta nigra
An estimated 84% of the species' North American population breeds within the Boreal Forest.
© Jeff Foott
Anas discors
An estimated 15% of the species' North American population breeds within the Boreal Forest.
© Mike Danzenbaker
Branta bernicla

This species more relies on the Boreal Forest region for migratory stop-over habitat than for breeding.

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