Montana is home to over 400 bird species across an astonishing diversity of habitats.
The go-to resource for rare, unusual and common bird sightings in the state as well as access to local checklists, and other Montana-specific bird information:
Birds of Montana by Marks, Hendricks & Casey. Birds of Montana (purchase here) is the first comprehensive reference on the state’s birds since Saunders published A Distributional List of the Birds of Montana in 1921, and it is the only work that provides a thorough review of the status, distribution, relative abundance, ecology, and conservation of the 433 bird species that have been found in the state since Montana entered the Union. Buteo Books, Hardcover, 672 pp, 2016.
Montana Birds by Caleb Putnam and Gregory Kennedy. This compact guide profiles 150 of Montana’s most abundant or notable bird species, illustrated in color. You’ll also find range maps, a quick reference guide that is organized into color-coded family groupings and a map of the state’s best birding sites. Lone Pine Publishing, Paperback, 176 pp, 2005.
Birds of Montana Field Guide by Stan Tekiela. Organized by color with state-specific range map, this is a field guide. Adventure Publications (MN), Paperback, 353pp, 2004.
Birding Montana (Paperback) by Terry McEneaney. Written by Terry McEneaney, the staff ornithologist for Yellowstone National Park, this book takes you on a tour of the best birding sites from the west slope of the Rock Mountains to the eastern prairies, including Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks. Globe Pequot Press, Paperback, 316pp, 1998.