Wingspan Bird Card Tier List – Version 2.3

This is our Wingspan Bird Card Tier List covering all expansions.

What’s changed from the previous version? Check out the updates here: Wingspan Bird Card Tier List Update

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Check out our Wingspan Bonus Card Tier List and our Advanced Wingspan Strategy Guide

How does the Oceania Expansion change Wingspan?

As a general rule, playing with Nectar and using the Oceania Expansion mat will reduce the effectiveness of cheap food producing birds. This is due to three major factors: food is easier to generate from the redesigned Forest, nectar lessens the impact of a stubborn birdfeeder, and a general increase in the amount of birds that give resources to all players. Its also been my experience that Tuck/Draw birds have less of an impact and egg laying effects have more of an impact when using the Oceania Expansion mat. This is generally due to the facts that cards are easier to generate from the redesigned Wetlands and eggs are harder to generate from the redesigned Grasslands.

Due to increased food availability, higher point value birds that have higher food costs are easier to get on the board. This results in a devaluation of cheap birds, which are generally worth less points and are often the anchor point of many kinds of engines. The exception to this rule will be birds that cost one food, are worth four to five point, and qualify for valuable bonus cards, such as Falconer, Rodentologist, Food Web Expert, and Omnivore Specialist. These bonus cards greatly inflate the value of birds that are already pushing the limits of food efficiency.

  • The North American (core set) metagame favors efficient egg spam/tucking Grasslands engines and deep wetlands “Full Tuck” engines as the best win conditions. Effective Forest engines are harder to employ but the best are built on the back of cheap food caching birds, cheap birds that are able to produce eggs, and Wood Duck for card advantage outside the Wetlands. Early game acceleration is at its prime in the Core Set, with cheap food producing and card drawing birds being plentiful and highly effective.
  • The European metagame (played with the core set mat) is similar to the core set metagame but it introduces many more options to tuck large volumes of cards through “mass tucking” effects. It also introduces Teal powers which allow you to passively generate points and/or resources outside of your established engines round to round.A variety of new effects are explored such as birds that steal food from opponents, new ways to cycle/draw cards, and predators that can be played through alternative methods, allowing you to ignore their food cost as a result.

    The 81 cards added in this set represent a 45% increase to the Core Set card pool; 84% of those cards cost two to three food to play. As a result, this slows down the game and lowers average scores. Early game acceleration is negatively impacted, making cheap food producing and card drawing birds super premium.

  • The Oceania metagame favors the acquisition of food, specifically nectar, and playing more birds worth more points. The redesigned Forest produces more food, the redesigned Wetlands produces more cards, and the redesigned Grasslands produces less eggs.

Getting more birds on the board directly increases the usefulness of bonus cards and the birds that draw them. There tends to be a bit less emphasis on engine building and egg spam is generally a bit less effective. There is a decrease in the total percentage of bonus cards and round bonuses that check eggs and nests so lager nests and star nests tend to be less valuable.

Tier List Definitions

God Tier: Traditionally, these cards can facilitate a runaway win on their own (The Power 4). As the metagame evolves and more expansions are released, this tier may have to grow to accommodate cards such as Bonelli’s Eagle and Eastern Imperial Eagle, which facilitate huge point swings without the need for food and can be played off of the free actions granted by birds such as Yellowhammer and the birds like it.

Tier 0: Could be considered “The Best of Tier 1” or “The Bottom of God Tier”. More effective, efficient, and/or game shaping than Tier 1 cards but not necessarily as impactful as God Tier birds.

Tier 1: Effective, efficient, and game shaping cards. These are among the best cards in the game and represent some of the best general qualities and/or powers. These will be the bread and butter of the best games.

Tier 2: Cards that have desirable general qualities and/or powers that can be useful in the right circumstances. These cards could be a key component of a combo or engine and might not otherwise be very effective on its own. Canada Goose is a good example of this type of card.

Underused Tier: These are cards that don’t see play at our table that often due to “better” options being available most of the time. Being in this Tier doesn’t necessarily mean that a card is bad, it just means that they may consistently lose out in head to head decisions made between one card or another. These end up being prime Tuck/Discard fodder.

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The Power 4
(God Tier)
Tier 0
Tier 1
Tier 2
Underused Tier
Chihuahuan Raven
Common Raven
Franklin's Gull
Audouin's Gull
Bonelli's Eagle
Black Redstart
Chipping Sparrow
Common Chiffchaff
Common Yellowthroat
Eastern Imperial Eagle
Gray Catbird
Lesser Whitethroat
Maned Duck
Mourning Dove
Noisy Miner
Northern Mockingbird
Pied Billed Grebe
Ruddy Duck
White Stork
White-Throated Dipper
Abbott's Booby
Anna's Hummingbird
American Crow
American Redstart
Atlantic Puffin
Australian Reed Warbler
Baird's Sparrow
Black-Chinned Hummingbird
Black Tern
Black-Throated Diver
California Quail
Carrion Crow
Cassin's Sparrow
Clark's Grebe
Common Nightingale
Eastern Phoebe
Eurasian Nutcracker
Eurasian Sparrowhawk
European Goldfinch
Fish Crow
Forster's Tern
Golden Headed Cisticola
Grasshopper Sparrow
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Grey Warbler
Griffon Vulture
Laughing Kookaburra
Magpie Lark
Many Colored Fruit Dove
Masked Lapwing
Moltoni's Warbler
Mute Swan
North Island Brown Kiwi
Northern Flicker
Northern Goshawk
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-Breasted Merganser
Red Knot
Red Winged Black Bird
Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
Savi's Warbler
Scaled Quail
Snow Bunting
Spangled Drongo
Spotted Sandpiper
Stubble Quail
White-Backed Woodpecker
White Wagtail
Wilson's Snipe
Wood Duck
American Avocet
American Bittern
American Coot
American Woodcock
Ash Throated Flycatcher
Australian Ibis
Australian Magpie
Australian Raven
Bald Eagle
Baltimore Oriole
Barn Swallow
Barrow's Goldeneye
Bell's Vireo
Belted Kingfisher
Black-Bellied Whistling Duck
Black Crowned Night Heron
Black Noddy
Black-Tailed Godwit
Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher
Blue-Winged Warbler
Blyth's Hornbill
Broad Winged Hawk
Brown-Headed Cowbird
Canada Goose
Carolina Wren
Cassin's Finch
Cerulean Warbler
Chestnut Collared Longspur
Coal Tit
Common Buzzard
Common Chaffinch
Common Grackle
Common Kingfisher
Common Moorhen
Common Starling
Common Swift
Count Raggi's Bird of Paradise
Crimson Chat
Downy Woodpecker
Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Screech Owl
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Eurasian Hobby
European Honey Buzzard
Golden Eagle
Gould's Finch
Great Crested Grebe
Great Horned Owl
Great Tit
Greater Prairie-Chicken
Greater Roadrunner
Green Heron
Grey-Headed Mannikin
Grey Teal
Greylag Goose
Hermit Thrush
Hooded Merganser
Hooded Warbler
House Finch
House Sparrow
House Wren
Inca Dove
King Rail
Lazuli Bunting
Lesser Frigatebird
Lewin's Honeyeater
Little Penguin
Little Pied Cormorant
Mississippi Kite
Mountain Bluebird
New Holland Honeyeater
Northern Bobwhite
Northern Cardinal
Northern Shoveler
Orange Footed Scrubfowl
Painted Bunting
Painted Whitestart
Peaceful Dove
Plains Wanderer
Princess Stephanie's Astrapia
Prothonotary Warbler
Purple Gallinule
Purple Martin
Red Backed Fairywren
Red-Cockaded Woodpecker
Red Eyed Vireo
Red Headed Woodpecker
Red Legged Partridge
Red Winged Parrot
Ring-Billed Gull
Roseate Spoonbill
Ruby Crowned Kinglet
Rufous Owl
Sacred Kingfisher
Sandhill Crane
Savannah Sparrow
Say's Phoebe
Scissor Tailed Flycatcher
Short Toed Treecreeper
Snowy Egret
Southern Cassowary
Spotted Owl
Spotted Towhee
Splendid Fairywren
Sprague's Pipit
Tawny Frogmouth
Tree Swallow
Trumpeter Swan
Tufted Titmouse
Violet-Green Swallow
Wedge Tailed Eagle
Western Meadowlark
White Bellied Sea Eagle
White Breasted Woodswallow
White-Faced Ibis
Whooping Crane
Wild Turkey
Yellow-Billed Cuckoo
Yellow-Headed Black Bird
Acorn Woodpecker
American Goldfinch
American Kestrel
American Oystercatcher
American Robin
American White Pelican
Australasian Pipit
Australian Owlet Nightjar
Australian Shelduck
Australian Shoveler
Australian Zebra Finch
Barn Owl
Barred Owl
Bewick's Wren
Black Billed Magpie
Black Headed Gull
Black-Necked Stilt
Black Shouldered Kite
Black Skimmer
Black Swan
Black Vulture
Black Woodpecker
Blue Grosbeak
Blue Jay
Brewer's Blackbird
Bronzed Cowbird
Brown Falcon
Brown Pelican
Burrowing Owl
California Condor
Carolina Chickadee
Cedar Waxwing
Cetti's Warbler
Chimney Swift
Clark's Nutcracker
Common Blackbird
Common Cuckoo
Common Goldeneye
Common Little Bittern
Common Loon
Common Merganser
Common Nighthawk
Cooper's Hawk
Corsican Nuthatch
Crested Pigeon
Dark-Eyed Junco
Double Crested Cormorant
Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Rosella
Eastern Whipbird
Elenora's Falcon
Eurasian Golden Oriole
Eurasian Green Woodpecker
Eurasian Jay
Eurasian Magpie
Eurasian Nuthatch
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
European Bee Eater
European Robin
European Roller
European Turtle Dove
Ferruginous Hawk
Great Crested Flycatcher
Greater Flamingo
Green Pygmy Goose
Grey Butcherbird
Grey Heron
Grey Shrike-Thrush
Hooded Crow
Horned Lark
Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo
Horsfield's Bushlark
Indigo Bunting
Juniper Titmouse
Kelp Gull
Lincoln's Sparrow
Little Bustard
Little Owl
Loggerhead Shrike
Long Tailed Tit
Major Mitchell's Cockatoo
Montagu's Harrier
Mountain Chickadee
Musk Duck
Northern Gannet
Northern Harrier
Pacific Black Duck
Parrot Crossbill
Peregrine Falcon
Pesquet's Parrot
Pheasant Coucal
Pine Siskin
Pink Eared Duck
Pygmy Nuthatch
Rainbow Lorikeet
Red-Backed Shrike
Red-Bellied Woodpecker
Red-Breasted Nuthatch
Red Capped Robin
Red Crossbill
Red Kite
Red-Necked Avocet
Red-Shouldered Hawk
Red-Tailed Hawk
Red Wattlebird
Regent Bowerbird
Rose-Breasted Grosbeak
Royal Spoonbill
Rufous Banded Honeyeater
Rufous Night Heron
Snowy Owl
Song Sparrow
South Island Robin
Spotless Crake
Squacco Heron
Stellar's Jay
Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo
Superb Lyrebird
Swainson's Hawk
Thekla's Lark
Turkey Vulture
Vaux's Swift
Welcome Swallow
Western Tanager
White-Breasted Nuthatch
White-Crowned Sparrow
White Faced Heron
White-Throated Swift
Willie Wagtail
Wilson's Storm Petrel
Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker
Yellow Breasted Chat
Yellow-Rumped Warbler
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