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Tucson Bird ID Center

Brush up on your local bird ID skills with the resources on this page:

150+ Tucson-area Birds

The following are birds found in and around Tucson, in ABA taxonomic order. ="Common" Tucson birds, found at more than 10% of sites on the Tucson Bird Count.

  Common Name Scientific Name ID Guide (1) NatureSongs
Sounds (2)
Photo
(3)
 Least GrebeTachybaptus dominicusGuide Photo
 Pied-billed GrebePodilymbus podicepsGuideSounds 
 Eared GrebePodiceps nigricollisGuide  
 Western GrebeAechmophorus occidentalisGuide  
 Clark's GrebeAechmophorus clarkiiGuide  
 Brown PelicanPelecanus occidentalisGuide  
 Neotropic CormorantPhalacrocorax brasilianusGuide  
 Double-crested CormorantPhalacrocorax auritusGuide  
 American BitternBotaurus lentiginosusGuide  
 Virginia RailRallus limicola   
 Least BitternIxobrychus exilisGuideSounds 
 Great Blue HeronArdea herodiasGuideSounds 
 Great EgretArdea albaGuideSoundsPhoto
 Snowy EgretEgretta thulaGuide  
 Tricolored HeronEgretta tricolorGuide  
 Cattle EgretBubulcus ibisGuide  
 Green HeronButorides virescensGuideSoundsPhoto
 Black-crowned Night-heronNycticorax nycticoraxGuideSoundsPhoto
 White-faced IbisPlegadis chihiGuideSounds 
 Black VultureCoragyps atratusGuide  
 Turkey VultureCathartes auraGuide Photo
 Snow GooseChen caerulescensGuide  
 Canada GooseBranta canadensisGuideSounds 
 Wood DuckAix sponsaGuide  
 GadwallAnas streperaGuideSounds 
 American WigeonAnas americanaGuideSoundsPhoto
 MallardAnas platyrhynchosGuideSoundsPhoto
 Mallard x Mexican? Hybrid.   
 Blue-winged TealAnas discorsGuide  
 Cinnamon TealAnas cyanopteraGuideSoundsPhoto
 Northern ShovelerAnas clypeataGuide  
 Northern PintailAnas acutaGuideSounds 
 Green-winged TealAnas creccaGuideSounds 
 CanvasbackAythya valisineriaGuide Photo
 RedheadAythya americanaGuide  
 Ring-necked DuckAythya collarisGuide Photo
 Lesser ScaupAythya affinisGuide  
 Unknown Scaup sp.null   
 BuffleheadBucephala albeolaGuideSounds 
 Hooded MerganserLophodytes cucullatusGuide  
 Common MerganserMergus merganserGuide  
 Red-breasted MerganserMergus serrator   
 Ruddy DuckOxyura jamaicensisGuide  
 OspreyPandion haliaetusGuideSounds 
 Northern HarrierCircus cyaneusGuideSounds 
 Sharp-shinned HawkAccipiter striatusGuide  
 Cooper's HawkAccipiter cooperiiGuideSounds 
 Gray HawkAsturina nitidaGuide  
 Common Black-HawkButeogallus anthracinusGuide  
 Harris's HawkParabuteo unicinctusGuide  
 Swainson's HawkButeo swainsoniGuideSoundsPhoto
 Zone-tailed HawkButeo albonotatusGuideSoundsPhoto
 Red-tailed HawkButeo jamaicensisGuideSounds 
 Unknown Hawk spp..   
 Golden EagleAquila chrysaetosGuideSounds 
 American KestrelFalco sparveriusGuideSoundsPhoto
 MerlinFalco columbariusGuide  
 Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinusGuide  
 Prairie FalconFalco mexicanusGuide  
 Scaled QuailCallipepla squamataGuide  
Gambel's QuailCallipepla gambeliiGuideSoundsPhoto
 Montezuma QuailCyrtonyx montezumaeGuide  
 SoraPorzana carolinaGuideSoundsPhoto
 Common MoorhenGallinula chloropusGuideSounds 
 American CootFulica americanaGuideSoundsPhoto
 KilldeerCharadrius vociferusGuide  
 Black-necked StiltHimantopus mexicanusGuideSounds 
 American AvocetRecurvirostra americanaGuide Photo
 Greater YellowlegsTringa melanoleucaGuideSounds 
 Lesser YellowlegsTringa flavipesGuide  
 Solitary SandpiperTringa solitariaGuide  
 WilletCatoptrophorus semipalmatusGuideSoundsPhoto
 Spotted SandpiperActitis maculariaGuideSounds 
 Western SandpiperCalidris mauriGuide  
 Least SandpiperCalidris minutillaGuide  
 Baird's SandpiperCalidris bairdiiGuide  
 Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotosGuide  
 Stilt SandpiperCalidris himantopus   
 Long-billed DowitcherLimnodromus scolopaceusGuide  
 Wilson's SnipeGallinago delicataGuideSounds 
 Wilson's PhalaropePhalaropus tricolorGuide  
 Red-necked PhalaropePhalaropus lobatus   
 Franklin's GullLarus pipixcanGuide  
 Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensisGuideSounds 
 Common TernSterna hirundoGuide  
Rock PigeonColumba liviaGuide Photo
 Ringed Turtle-doveStreptopelia risoriaGuide  
 Eurasian Collared-doveStreptopelia decaoctoGuide  
White-winged DoveZenaida asiaticaGuideSoundsPhoto
Mourning DoveZenaida macrouraGuideSoundsPhoto
Inca DoveColumbina incaGuideSoundsPhoto
 Common Ground-doveColumbina passerinaGuide Photo
 Yellow-billed CuckooCoccyzus americanusGuideSoundsPhoto
 Greater RoadrunnerGeococcyx californianusGuideSounds 
 Barn OwlTyto albaGuideSoundsPhoto
 Western Screech-owlOtus kennicottiiGuide Photo
 Great Horned OwlBubo virginianusGuideSounds 
 Long-eared OwlAsio otus   
 Ferruginous Pygmy-owlGlaucidium brasilianumGuideSoundsPhoto
 Elf OwlMicrathene whitneyiGuideSounds 
 Burrowing OwlAthene cuniculariaGuide Photo
 Lesser NighthawkChordeiles acutipennisGuideSounds 
 Common PoorwillPhalaenoptilus nuttalliiGuideSounds 
 Vaux's SwiftChaetura vauxiGuide  
 White-throated SwiftAeronautes saxatalisGuide  
 Broad-billed HummingbirdCynanthus latirostrisGuide Photo
Black-chinned HummingbirdArchilochus alexandriGuideSoundsPhoto
Anna's HummingbirdCalypte annaGuideSoundsPhoto
 Costa's HummingbirdCalypte costaeGuide Photo
 Calliope HummingbirdStellula calliopeGuide  
 Broad-tailed HummingbirdSelasphorus platycercusGuideSounds 
 Unknown Hummingbird sp..   
 Rufous HummingbirdSelasphorus rufusGuideSounds 
 Belted KingfisherCeryle alcyonGuideSounds 
 Lewis's WoodpeckerMelanerpes lewisGuide  
 Acorn WoodpeckerMelanerpes formicivorusGuideSoundsPhoto
Gila WoodpeckerMelanerpes uropygialisGuideSoundsPhoto
 Williamson's SapsuckerSphyrapicus thyroideusGuide  
 Yellow-bellied SapsuckerSphyrapicus variusGuide  
 Red-naped SapsuckerSphyrapicus nuchalisGuideSoundsPhoto
 Red-breasted SapsuckerSphyrapicus ruberGuide  
 Ladder-backed WoodpeckerPicoides scalarisGuideSoundsPhoto
 Northern FlickerColaptes auratusGuideSoundsPhoto
Gilded FlickerColaptes chrysoidesGuide  
 Unknown Flicker sp..   
 Northern Beardless-tyrannuletCamptostoma imberbeGuide Photo
 Olive-sided FlycatcherContopus cooperiGuideSounds 
 Western Wood-peweeContopus sordidulusGuideSoundsPhoto
 Willow FlycatcherEmpidonax trailliiGuideSounds 
 Least FlycatcherEmpidonax minimusGuide  
 Hammond's FlycatcherEmpidonax hammondiiGuideSoundsPhoto
 Gray FlycatcherEmpidonax wrightiiGuide Photo
 Dusky FlycatcherEmpidonax oberholseriGuide Photo
 Unknown Hammonds/Dusky Flycatcher.   
 Pacific-slope FlycatcherEmpidonax difficilisGuide  
 Cordilleran FlycatcherEmpidonax occidentalisGuideSounds 
 Unknown Western Flycatcher sp..   
 Unknown Empidonax sp..   
 Black PhoebeSayornis nigricansGuideSoundsPhoto
 Say's PhoebeSayornis sayaGuideSounds 
 Vermilion FlycatcherPyrocephalus rubinusGuideSounds 
 Dusky-capped FlycatcherMyiarchus tuberculiferGuide Photo
Ash-throated FlycatcherMyiarchus cinerascensGuideSoundsPhoto
 Unknown Myiarchus Flycatcher sp..   
Brown-crested FlycatcherMyiarchus tyrannulusGuideSoundsPhoto
 Tropical KingbirdTyrannus melancholicusGuide Photo
 Cassin's KingbirdTyrannus vociferansGuideSoundsPhoto
Western KingbirdTyrannus verticalisGuideSoundsPhoto
 Unknown Kingbird sp..   
 Eastern KingbirdTyrannus tyrannusGuide  
 Loggerhead ShrikeLanius ludovicianusGuideSounds 
 White-eyed VireoVireo griseusGuideSounds 
 Bell's VireoVireo belliiGuideSoundsPhoto
 Plumbeous VireoVireo plumbeusGuideSounds 
 Cassin's VireoVireo cassiniiGuideSoundsPhoto
 Hutton's VireoVireo huttoniGuideSoundsPhoto
 Warbling VireoVireo gilvusGuideSoundsPhoto
 Western Scrub-JayAphelocoma californicaGuideSoundsPhoto
 Mexican JayAphelocoma ultramarinaGuide  
 Chihuahuan RavenCorvus cryptoleucusGuide  
 Unknown Raven sp..   
 Common RavenCorvus coraxGuideSounds 
 Horned LarkEremophila alpestrisGuideSounds 
 Purple MartinProgne subisGuide  
 Unknown Swallow sp..   
 Tree SwallowTachycineta bicolorGuide  
 Violet-green SwallowTachycineta thalassinaGuideSounds 
 Northern Rough-winged SwallowStelgidopteryx serripennisGuideSounds 
 Bank SwallowRiparia ripariaGuide  
 Cliff SwallowPetrochelidon pyrrhonotaGuideSounds 
 Barn SwallowHirundo rusticaGuideSounds 
 Bridled TitmouseBaeolophus wollweberiGuideSounds 
VerdinAuriparus flavicepsGuideSoundsPhoto
 BushtitPsaltriparus minimusGuideSounds 
 White-breasted NuthatchSitta carolinensisGuideSoundsPhoto
 Brown CreeperCerthia americanaGuideSounds 
Cactus WrenCampylorhynchus brunneicapillusGuideSoundsPhoto
 Rock WrenSalpinctes obsoletusGuideSoundsPhoto
 Canyon WrenCatherpes mexicanusGuideSoundsPhoto
 Bewick's WrenThryomanes bewickiiGuideSoundsPhoto
 House WrenTroglodytes aedonGuideSounds 
 Marsh WrenCistothorus palustrisGuideSounds 
 Unknown Wren sp.null   
 Ruby-crowned KingletRegulus calendulaGuideSoundsPhoto
 Blue-gray gnatcatcherPolioptila caeruleaGuideSoundsPhoto
Black-tailed GnatcatcherPolioptila melanuraGuideSounds 
 Unknown Gnatcatcher Sp..   
 Western BluebirdSialia mexicanaGuideSounds 
 Mountain BluebirdSialia currucoidesGuideSounds 
 Swainson's ThrushCatharus ustulatusGuide Photo
 Hermit ThrushCatharus guttatusGuideSoundsPhoto
 American RobinTurdus migratoriusGuideSoundsPhoto
Northern MockingbirdMimus polyglottosGuideSoundsPhoto
 Sage ThrasherOreoscoptes montanusGuideSounds 
 Bendire's ThrasherToxostoma bendireiGuideSounds 
Curve-billed ThrasherToxostoma curvirostreGuideSounds 
 Crissal ThrasherToxostoma crissaleGuideSoundsPhoto
European StarlingSturnus vulgarisGuideSoundsPhoto
 American PipitAnthus rubescensGuide  
 Cedar WaxwingBombycilla cedrorumGuideSoundsPhoto
PhainopeplaPhainopepla nitensGuideSoundsPhoto
 Tennessee WarblerVermivora peregrinaGuide  
 Orange-crowned WarblerVermivora celataGuideSoundsPhoto
 Nashville WarblerVermivora ruficapillaGuide Photo
 Virginia's WarblerVermivora virginiaeGuide Photo
 Lucy's WarblerVermivora luciaeGuideSoundsPhoto
 Yellow WarblerDendroica petechiaGuideSoundsPhoto
 Yellow-rumped WarblerDendroica coronataGuideSoundsPhoto
 Black-throated Gray WarblerDendroica nigrescensGuide Photo
 Townsend's WarblerDendroica townsendiGuide Photo
 Hermit WarblerDendroica occidentalisGuide  
 MacGillivray's WarblerOporornis tolmieiGuide Photo
 Common YellowthroatGeothlypis trichasGuideSoundsPhoto
 Wilson's WarblerWilsonia pusillaGuideSoundsPhoto
 Yellow-breasted ChatIcteria virensGuideSoundsPhoto
 Summer TanagerPiranga rubraGuideSoundsPhoto
 Western TanagerPiranga ludovicianaGuideSoundsPhoto
 Green-tailed TowheePipilo chlorurusGuideSoundsPhoto
 Spotted TowheePipilo maculatusGuideSounds 
 Canyon TowheePipilo fuscusGuideSoundsPhoto
 Abert's TowheePipilo abertiGuideSoundsPhoto
 Unknown Towhee sp..   
 Rufous-winged SparrowAimophila carpalisGuide Photo
 Cassin's SparrowAimophila cassiniiGuideSounds 
 Rufous-crowned SparrowAimophila ruficepsGuideSoundsPhoto
 Chipping SparrowSpizella passerinaGuideSoundsPhoto
 Clay-colored SparrowSpizella pallidaGuide  
 Brewer's SparrowSpizella breweriGuideSoundsPhoto
 Black-chinned SparrowSpizella atrogularisGuideSoundsPhoto
 Vesper SparrowPooecetes gramineusGuideSounds 
 Lark SparrowChondestes grammacusGuideSounds 
Black-throated SparrowAmphispiza bilineataGuideSoundsPhoto
 Sage SparrowAmphispiza belliGuide  
 Lark BuntingCalamospiza melanocorysGuideSounds 
 Savannah SparrowPasserculus sandwichensisGuide  
 Grasshopper SparrowAmmodramus savannarumGuide  
 Fox SparrowPasserella iliacaGuideSounds 
 Song SparrowMelospiza melodiaGuideSoundsPhoto
 Lincoln's SparrowMelospiza lincolniiGuide Photo
 White-throated SparrowZonotrichia albicollisGuide  
 White-crowned SparrowZonotrichia leucophrysGuideSoundsPhoto
 Unknown Sparrow sp..   
 Dark-eyed JuncoJunco hyemalisGuideSoundsPhoto
Northern CardinalCardinalis cardinalisGuideSoundsPhoto
PyrrhuloxiaCardinalis sinuatusGuideSoundsPhoto
 Unknown Cardinal/Pyrrhuloxia.   
 Black-headed GrosbeakPheucticus melanocephalusGuideSoundsPhoto
 Blue GrosbeakGuiraca caeruleaGuideSoundsPhoto
 Lazuli BuntingPasserina amoenaGuideSoundsPhoto
 Indigo BuntingPasserina cyaneaGuideSoundsPhoto
 Varied BuntingPasserina versicolorGuide Photo
 Red-winged BlackbirdAgelaius phoeniceusGuideSounds 
 Eastern MeadowlarkSturnella magnaGuideSounds 
 Unknown Meadowlark sp..   
 Western MeadowlarkSturnella neglectaGuideSounds 
 Yellow-headed BlackbirdXanthocephalus xanthocephalusGuideSoundsPhoto
 Brewer's BlackbirdEuphagus cyanocephalusGuideSounds 
Great-tailed GrackleQuiscalus mexicanusGuideSoundsPhoto
 Bronzed CowbirdMolothrus aeneusGuide Photo
Brown-headed CowbirdMolothrus aterGuideSoundsPhoto
 Unknown Blackbird sp.null   
 Hooded OrioleIcterus cucullatusGuideSoundsPhoto
 Bullock's OrioleIcterus bullockiiGuideSoundsPhoto
 Scott's OrioleIcterus parisorumGuideSoundsPhoto
House FinchCarpodacus mexicanusGuideSoundsPhoto
 Red CrossbillLoxia curvirostraGuideSounds 
 Pine SiskinCarduelis pinusGuideSounds 
Lesser GoldfinchCarduelis psaltriaGuideSoundsPhoto
 Lawrence's GoldfinchCarduelis lawrenceiGuide  
 American GoldfinchCarduelis tristisGuide  
House SparrowPasser domesticusGuideSounds 

1 ID Guides link to USGS Patuxent Bird Identification InfoCenter.
2 Naturesongs sounds provided by and copyrighted to Naturesongs.com, 2001.
3 Photos from Will's Bird Photo Gallery.

 

Tucson Bird ID Tips

Re-familiarize Yourself with Local Birds
Use checklists, pictures, and recorded sounds to remind yourself of the ID clues local birds give you. Even pros should spend a morning birding in different parts of town to become re-acquainted with various local species.
Pay Attention to Habitat and Behavior
Clues from habitat and behavior can quickly suggest species to key in on as you make an ID. But don't rely on habitat alone — birds often turn up in unexpected places.
 
Use Your Ears
The TBC occurs during a time of year when many birds are singing like crazy. Use these clues to help detect and ID birds that aren't visible. Learning the calls/songs of even a few common species (Gila woodpecker, Cactus wren...) can help. See the web resources available on this page for recorded local bird sounds.
Beware Vocal Mimics
Northern mockingbirds, Lesser goldfinches, European starlings, and others often imitate other species' vocalizations. In my neighborhood, Starlings "do" Gambel's quail, Killdeer, and Flickers more often than those species themselves. If you're relying on sound alone, be sure you're familiar with these mimics!

 

 


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