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United States of America -- Arizona
Discover the top birding locations in Arizona. Find out more about Arizona Bird Clubs and Birding Organizations in Arizona. Print out a checklist of Arizona birds. Find the Rare Bird Alert Phone Numbers for Arizona. Order books to help you become a better birder in Arizona. Discover links to Arizona Birding web sites. Print out special maps of Arizona before you begin your trip.  

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Arizona Birds of Special Interest: Common Black-Hawk, Gray Hawk, Zone-tailed Hawk, Gambel's Quail, Flammulated Owl, Whiskered Screech-Owl, Elf Owl, Common Poorwill, Buff-collared Nightjar, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Blue-throated Hummingbird, Magnificent Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Violet-crowned Hummingbird, Elegant Trogon, Gila Woodpecker, Arizona (Strickland's) Woodpecker, Gilded Flicker, Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet, Greater Pewee, Buff-breasted Flycatcher, Vermillion Flycatcher, Dusky-capped Flycatcher, Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher, Tropical Kingbird, Thick-billed Kingbird, Rose-throated Becard, Mexican Jay, Mexican Chickadee, Bridled Titmouse, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Bendire's Thrasher, Crissal Thrasher, Virginia's Warbler, Lucy's Warbler, Grace's Warbler, Red-faced Warbler, Painted Redstart, Olive Warbler, Hepatic Tanager, Varied Bunting, Abert's Towhee, Botteri's Sparrow, Rufous-winged Sparrow, Black-chinned Sparrow, Five-striped Sparrow, Yellow-eyed Junco, Scott's Oriole.

State Bird: Cactus Wren 

State Checklists:
Arizona Bird Committee
NPWRC Bird Checklists - Arizona

Species Seen in Arizona: 555

State Ornithological Society:
Arizona Field Ornithologists

Rare Bird Alerts:
(520) 798-1005   Tucson

Electronic Mailing Lists:
Arizona – AZ-NM CHAT 
To subscribe email with the message: subscribe BIRDWG05 Your Name. More info from Chuck Williamson

Map of Important AZ Bird Areas
Various Arizona Maps
Arizona Maps


Birding Links for Arizona:
Southeast Arizona Bird Observatory 
Southeast Arizona Birding Links
Arizona National Wildlife Refuges
Arizona State Parks
Grand Canyon Association
Arizona Hot Spots
Guide to Birding Hot Spots in SE Arizona  
Southeast Arizona Birding Trail
US Fish & Wildlife Refuges - Arizona

Arizona Organizations:
Audubon Chapters in Arizona
Nature Conservancy of Arizona

Pete Thayer's Favorite Hot Spots:
Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum

32.18 N   111.03 W
A museum and botanical garden in one -- a great spot for birders and non-birders alike. The botanical gardens, west of Tucson, attract desert species. Look for Verdin, Gilded Flickers and Gila Woodpeckers.

Cave Creek Canyon / Chiricahua Mountains
31.52 N   109.09 W
This is one of THE most exciting birding spots in North America according to many. South Fork Trail may yield Elegant Trogon or Flame-colored Tanager. There is great "owling" and lots of rare hummingbirds here as well.

Madera Canyon / Santa Rita Mountains
31.42 N   110.52 W
Magnificent Hummingbirds and magnificent birding. On everyone's top 10 list. Buff-collared Nightjar, Cassin's and Botteri's Sparrows at Florida Wash. Arizona (Strickland's) Woodpecker higher up the mountain. Elf Owls nest at the lodge.

Patagonia/Sonoita Creek 
31.35 N   110.45 W
Patagonia is famous for its roadside rest area. Watch for Gray Hawk, Thick-Billed Kingbird, and Rose-throated Becard. Sonoita Creek Sanctuary (open Wed-Sun) is one of the best birding spots in Arizona! Look here for Violet-crowned Hummingbirds.

Ramsey Canyon / Huachuca Mountains
31.29 N   110.20 W
World famous for the variety and quantity of Hummingbirds. Go in July or August. Sit and marvel. Black-chinned, Magnificent, Blue-throated, Broad-billed and maybe even Violet-crowned Hummingbird. One of the top 10 spots in North America.

Rustler Park 
31.50 N   109.17 W
The road between Onion Saddle and Rustler Park is great for higher-elevation species like Mexican Chickadee, Olive, Grace's and Red-faced Warbler. Hike the Barfoot Peak Trail at Rustler Park.

San Pedro River
31.32 N   110.11 W
Seven miles east of Ramsey Canyon, this riparian habitat is great for Green Kingfisher, Vermilion Flycatcher and, with luck, Tropical Kingbird. Walk north across the river for Gray Hawks.

Sedona / Oak Creek Canyon
35.02 N   111.45 W
One of the loveliest spots in North America. The red cliffs of Sedona make a perfect backdrop to the birds flying overhead. Yes, there are birds in other parts of Arizona besides the southeast corner! Stop here on your way to the Grand Canyon.

Sycamore Canyon / California Gulch
31.23 N   111.17 W
HOT, HOT, HOT. The hike to Hell looking for Five-striped Sparrow will seem more fun looking back than it does at the time. Take WATER and a 4-wheel drive.


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