Birds of Saskatchewan

Birds of Saskatchewan Specialties

Provincial Bird Sharp-tailed Grouse

Provincial Bird Sharp-tailed Grouse

  • Sharp-tailed grouse
  • Ruddy duck
  • White pelican
  • Sprague’s pipit
  • American wigeon
  • House wren
  • Horned lark
  • Lesser scaup
  • American bittern

356 species in 40 familes

Located in the prairie region of Canada, Saskatchewan is in the heart of North America, neighbouring the provinces of Manitoba to the east and Alberta to the west. To the south it borders the US states of Montana and North Dakota. To the north are the Canadian territories of Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

Known for its flat southern plains, over half of Saskatchewan is covered by the boreal forest and aspen parkland. Northern Saskatchewan also includes the the Lake Athabasca Sand Dunes, the largest active sand dunes in the world north of 58°. Southern Saskatchewan contains another area with sand dunes known as the “Great Sand Hills” covering over 300 square kilometres.

One-third of the province is cultivated land, and one-eighth is covered with water. The southern part of the province is relatively flat, with occasional valleys created by erosion from the glacial era.

Saskatchewan is clearly the province for grassland birds. Grasslands National Park in the south west portion of the province contains large colonies of black-tailed prairie dogs and their companions, burrowing owls. Migrating shorebirds also gather by the thousands at Last Mountain Lake.

The Cypress Hills, located in the southwestern corner, and the Killdeer Badlands are areas that remained unglaciated during the last glaciation period, and contain Saskatchewan’s highest point at 1,468 metres. Based on personal experience, birding in Cypress Hills is a real eye-opener. You’re liable to get grassland birds, mountain birds or forest birds, and often the range maps in the book don’t coincide with the bird you’re looking at.

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7 Responses to Birds of Saskatchewan

  1. Koel Reed says:

    Orange bird & brown markings is a Baltimore Oriole- just saw my first one today in Regina. Very unafraid of people!

  2. Pat Bumstead says:

    The only thing that comes to mind is the Varied Thrush. There are not many birds in Canada that have orange feathers, and these would be the only possible winter visitors. Their winter colours are darker than their summer ones, so perhaps your birds just don’t match the one in the bird book. Varied thrush are a rare winter visitor, and usually you only see one at a time. If you could send a photo to we’d be happy to take a look.

  3. Naden Hewko says:

    We have a few birds around here that we can not identify.
    They are about the size of a small robin.
    They are a bright orange with dark brown wings and markings.
    They are not afraid of us as we can get quite close when they are in our black sunflower feeder.
    I looked in the bird book and cannot find a bird exactly like them.
    They sort of look like the Varied Thrush but are much a brighter orange and darker brown.
    Could you help me identify this bird?

  4. Bill Nistor says:

    I have of photo of 3 birds feeding in a backyard last Saturday with temp. at minus Regina Sask. They very much look like robins. I do have a picture and would like to sent it to you to confirm. I do not have an e-mail address to send the picture to. Will you be able to confirm for me. Thanks


  5. Marlene and Carl Osterberg says:

    We would like to know what the birding situation is like at Last Mountain Lake, Old Wives Lake and Chaplin Lake. Is the migration still happening or is it waning. Any information you can provide at these locations would be very much appreciated.

  6. Pat Bumstead says:

    Thanks for pointing that out Bob. I’ve fixed my typo!

  7. Bob Hanson says:

    Your site is very interesting and informative.I was wondering about one thing you refer to
    Lost Mountain Lake ,I was wondering if this was a misprint and perhaps it could be
    Last Mountain Lake
    Thank you
    Bob Hanson

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