Birds of Manitoba

Birds of Manitoba Specialties

Provincial Bird Great Grey Owl

Provincial Bird Great Grey Owl

  • Great-grey owl
  • Connecticut warbler
  • Harris’ sparrow
  • Ring-necked pheasant
  • Smith’s longspur
  • Ross’ gull
  • Willet
  • Pectoral sandpiper
  • Franklin’s gull
  • Yellow warbler
  • Red-breasted merganser

379 species in 41 families

Manitoba is the easternmost of the the three Prairie Provinces. and borders Saskatchewan on the west, the US states of North Dakota and Minnesota to the south, and Ontario to the east. It is bounded by Nunavut and the Hudson Bay to the north.

In the northernmost portion of Manitoba the land is composed of tundra and permanently frozen subsoil – permafrost. The eastern and northern reaches of the province range through boreal coniferous forests, muskeg and the Canadian Shield. Forests make up about 48% of the province’s 649,950 square kilometres.

Manitoba is a comparatively level, flat land, with elevations rising slowly to the south and west from sea level at Hudson Bay. Most of Manitoba lies between 150 and 300 m above sea level, but in the Turtle, Riding, Duck and Baldy mountains, heights rise to 700 m or higher.

Southwestern Manitoba is flat prairie lands, the north-easternmost extension of the great western plains. Delta Marsh is the home of Duck Unlimited Canada, and covers an extensive area of active wetlands.

The province has a lengthy coastline along Hudson’s Bay, and over 100,000 lakes. Lake Winnipeg and Lake Winnipegosis are the two largest lakes in the province.

Manitoba Web Links

Manitoba Breeding Bird Atlas

Manitoba Winter Bird List

Nature Manitoba

Where Do You Want To Go Birding in Manitoba?

Birding Pals Manitoba

Manitoba Breeding Bird Atlas

Manitoba Species At Risk (SAR) website


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8 Responses to Birds of Manitoba

  1. Stella says:

    Correction on Bald Eagle sighting. Was seen just south of New Bothwell (not Niverville).

  2. Stella says:

    January 20th/2015 spotted four Bald Eagles just south of Niverville, Manitoba.

  3. Pat Bumstead says:

    If you give us description of the bird we might be able to help.

  4. Alistair Callegari says:

    I’m located at Amisk Lake in Saskatchewan near Flin Flon Manitoba. Currently -30 degrees outside. I have the usual overwintering birds at the feeder plus one unidentified sparrow like bird. Larger than a boreal chickadee.
    Can anybody give me a clue as to what this overwintering bird might be?

  5. Bob Miller says:

    My neighbour and I spotted a Robin today at 3:30 Jan. 14, 2014

  6. Hendrik says:

    Was looking through site to attempt to find what bird has nested on the edge of our gravel driveway. Looks as though it may be a Piping Plover. It there another bird in the area ( just east of Winnipeg ) that it could possibly be?

  7. Pat says:

    Not sure what you’re asking here, but ptarmigan, grouse and partridge all burrow into the snow to keep warm. If that’s not what you meant just let us know!

  8. sherry says:

    Burrowing bird of Manitoba winters?

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