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Wildlife checklists for the Portland area

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Discover the birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles found in the Portland area. Download and print a checklist for your next adventure.

Red winged blackbird


This is a list of all the birds regularly seen in the Portland metropolitan area, with codes indicating how common each species is in each season and whether they nest here. This checklist was created by Metro park naturalist James Davis, based on the one by Harry Nehls in Wild in the City.

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For the latest information on bird sightings in the region, call the Audubon Society of Portland's rare bird alert hotline at 503-292-6855 ext. 200 after hours.

The Audubon Society of Portland’s website also has links to many other birding sites. Visit the Audubon Society


This is a fairly complete list of the mammals that regularly live in our region, although not all the separate species of bats and rodents are listed. Seven of these mammals are not native to western North America but are now well-established in the Northwest. 

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Amphibian on mossAmphibians and reptiles

This is a list of the most commonly found reptiles and amphibians in our region. The historical confusion between these two separate groups of vertebrates is reflected in the fact that they are "lumped" together under the category of Herpetology. Unlike birds and mammals, amphibians and reptiles are ectothermic, or “cold-blooded,” vertebrates. That means their body temperature is the same as their surrounding environment. The amphibians of North America are frogs, toads, and salamanders. Our region’s reptiles are the turtles, lizards and snakes. 

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Is there an animal you think should be included? Have suggestions for a checklist? Send them to Metro naturalist James Davis at

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Wildlife checklists

  • Birds 170K Adobe Acrobat PDF | Published January 10, 2013
  • Mammals 178K Adobe Acrobat PDF | Published March 1, 2013
  • Amphibians and reptiles 349K Adobe Acrobat PDF | Published March 1, 2013

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