Bird Abbreviations

The Wildlife Center uses a four-letter alpha code for avian species treated at the Center. Alphabetic (“alpha”) codes, abbreviations of English or scientific bird names, have long been used by ornithologists. They allow more efficient data entry than filling out the full English or scientific name of a species as well as providing consistency in recorded information. These abbreviations are for some of the more common avian patients that are admitted to the Wildlife Center.


American Kestrel: AMKE

Bald Eagle: BAEA

Barn Owl: BANO

Barred Owl: BADO

Black Vulture: BLVU

Broad-winged Hawk: BWHA

Cooper's Hawk: COHA

Eastern Screech-Owl: EASO

Great Horned Owl: GHOW

Long-eared Owl: LEOW

Merlin: MERL

Osprey: OSPR

Peregrine Falcon: PEFA

Red-shouldered Hawk: RSHA

Red-tailed Hawk: RTHA

Sharp-shinned Hawk: SSHA

Short-eared Owl: SEOW

Turkey Vulture: TUVU

Other Birds

American Coot: AMCO

American Woodcock: AMWO

Barn Swallow: BARS

Belted Kingfisher: BEKI

Black-billed Cuckoo: BBCU

Brown Pelican: BRPE

Canada Goose: CANG

Chimney Swift: CHSW

Common Loon: COLO

Common Nighthawk: COMI

Double-crested Cormorant: DCCO

Downy Woodpecker: DOWO

Great Blue Heron: GBHE

Green Heron: GRHE

Killdeer: KILL

Mallard: MALL

Mourning Dove: MODO

Northern Flicker: NOFL

Pied-billed Grebe: PBGR

Pileated Woodpecker: PIWO

Red-bellied Woodpecker: RBWO

Red-headed Woodpecker: RHWO

Ring-billed Gull: RBGU

Ring-necked Pheasant: RNEP

Ruby-throated Hummingbird: RTHU

Ruffed Grouse: RUGR

Sora Rail: SORA

Tree Swallow: TRES

Whip-poor-will: WPWI

White-breasted Nuthatch: WBNU


American Crow: AMCR

American Goldfinch: AMGO

American Robin: AMRO

Baltimore Oriole: BAOR

Blue Jay: BLJA

Brown-headed Cowbird: BHCO

Brown Thrasher: BRTH

Carolina Wren: CARW

Cedar Waxwing: CEDW

Common Grackle: COGR

Common Raven: CORA

Eastern Bluebird: EABL

Eastern Kingbird: EAKI

Eastern Phoebe: EAPH

Eastern Towhee: EATO

European Starling: EUST

Gray Catbird: GRCA

Golden-crowned Kinglet: GCKI

Great-crester Flycatcher: GCFL

Hermit Thrush: HETH

Inidigo Bunting: INBU

Northern Cardinal: NOCA

Northern Mockingbird: NOMO

Pine Siskin: PISI

Rose-breasted Grosbeak: RBGR

Rufous-sided Towhee: RSTO

Slate-colored Junco: SCJU

Swainson's Thrush: SWTH

Tufted Titmouse: TUTI

Wood Thrush: WOTH