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Top Five

Great Berries

— for the —

Great Birds

Of Your Region

Rocky Mountains

  • Black Chokecherry

    Black Chokecherry

    Prunus virginiana L. var. melanocarpa (A. Nelson) Sarg.

    Fruits, or “chokecherries,” are rich in carbohydrates and a favorite of birds, especially those preparing for migration, as well as mammals. Provides good cover habitat.

    When Does It Have Berries & Flowers?

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    SOME OF YOUR REGION’S BIRDS THAT WILL EAT ITS BERRIES

    This isn’t all of the birds in your region that will utilize it, but some that are known to feed on this berry species.

    • American RobinAmerican Robin
    • Hermit ThrushHermit Thrush
    • Gray CatbirdGray Catbird
    • Ruffed GrouseRuffed Grouse
    • Mountain BluebirdMountain Bluebird

    Some Pollinators this berry helps attract

    This isn’t all of the pollinators in your region that will utilize it, but a handful of representative species.

    • Native BeesNative Bees
  • Golden Currant

    Golden Currant

    Ribes aureum

    Fruits are favored by many birds and mammals, and hummingbirds feed on the nectar when flowers are in bloom.

    When Does It Have Berries & Flowers?

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    SOME OF YOUR REGION’S BIRDS THAT WILL EAT ITS BERRIES

    This isn’t all of the birds in your region that will utilize it, but some that are known to feed on this berry species.

    • American RobinAmerican Robin
    • Cedar WaxwingCedar Waxwing
    • Hermit ThrushHermit Thrush
    • Bullock's OrioleBullock's Oriole
    • Mountain BluebirdMountain Bluebird

    Some Pollinators this berry helps attract

    This isn’t all of the pollinators in your region that will utilize it, but a handful of representative species.

    • Native BeesNative Bees
    • Calliope HummingbirdCalliope Hummingbird
    • Broad-tailed HummingbirdBroad-tailed Hummingbird
    • Black-chinned HummingbirdBlack-chinned Hummingbird
  • Red Elderberry

    Red Elderberry

    Sambucus racemosa L. var. melanocarpa (A. Gray) McMinn

    High protein berries are favored by many birds, and are an important food for migrating songbirds. Provides cover habitat for birds and other wildlife.

    When Does It Have Berries & Flowers?

    Berries
    Flowers
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    SOME OF YOUR REGION’S BIRDS THAT WILL EAT ITS BERRIES

    This isn’t all of the birds in your region that will utilize it, but some that are known to feed on this berry species.

    • American RobinAmerican Robin
    • Cedar WaxwingCedar Waxwing
    • Northern MockingbirdNorthern Mockingbird
    • Gray CatbirdGray Catbird
    • Mountain BluebirdMountain Bluebird

    Some Pollinators this berry helps attract

    This isn’t all of the pollinators in your region that will utilize it, but a handful of representative species.

    • Native BeesNative Bees
  • Red-osier Dogwood

    Red-osier Dogwood

    Cornus sericea L.

    High-fat berries are important for migratory and wintering birds, and reports indicate that 95 different bird species eat red-osier dogwood berries. Provides cover habitat for birds and mammals.

    When Does It Have Berries & Flowers?

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    SOME OF YOUR REGION’S BIRDS THAT WILL EAT ITS BERRIES

    This isn’t all of the birds in your region that will utilize it, but some that are known to feed on this berry species.

    • American RobinAmerican Robin
    • Hermit ThrushHermit Thrush
    • Ruffed GrouseRuffed Grouse
    • Mountain BluebirdMountain Bluebird

    Some Pollinators this berry helps attract

    This isn’t all of the pollinators in your region that will utilize it, but a handful of representative species.

    • Native BeesNative Bees
    • butterfliesButterflies
    • Broad-tailed HummingbirdBroad-tailed Hummingbird
    • Black-chinned HummingbirdBlack-chinned Hummingbird

    Caterpillars That utilize this plant

    This isn’t all of the caterpillars in your region that will utilize it, but some that are known to use this species as a host plant.

    • Spring azureSpring Azure
  • Western Serviceberry

    Western Serviceberry

    Amelanchier alnifolia

    Produces berries early in the growing season when fruit availability is scarce. Berries are high in carbohydrates and protein. Fruits are usually eaten as soon as they ripen by dozens of bird species.

    When Does It Have Berries & Flowers?

    Berries
    Flowers
    JAN
    FEB
    MAR
    APR
    MAY
    JUN
    JUL
    AUG
    SEP
    OCT
    NOV
    DEC

    SOME OF YOUR REGION’S BIRDS THAT WILL EAT ITS BERRIES

    This isn’t all of the birds in your region that will utilize it, but some that are known to feed on this berry species.

    • American RobinAmerican Robin
    • Cedar WaxwingCedar Waxwing
    • Northern MockingbirdNorthern Mockingbird
    • Mountain BluebirdMountain Bluebird

    Some Pollinators this berry helps attract

    This isn’t all of the pollinators in your region that will utilize it, but a handful of representative species.

    • Native BeesNative Bees
    • butterfliesButterflies
    • Calliope HummingbirdCalliope Hummingbird
    • Broad-tailed HummingbirdBroad-tailed Hummingbird
    • Black-chinned HummingbirdBlack-chinned Hummingbird

    Caterpillars That utilize this plant

    This isn’t all of the caterpillars in your region that will utilize it, but some that are known to use this species as a host plant.

    • California hairstreakCalifornia Hairstreak
    • Elf butterflyElf Butterfly
    • Western tiger swallowtailWestern Tiger Swallowtail

Header photo credits: Catbird © Laura Frazier, Cedar Waxing © Kevin L. Cole

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