Arizona's Most Wanted

These are the species most requested by birders visiting this area.  Most are found in small areas of the southwest, mostly in Arizona, but possible in Texas, New Mexico and California except where noted..

 

  • Mexican Mallard:  just recently became a full species

  • Black-bellied Whistling Duck

 

  • Gambel’s Quail

  • Montezuma Quail

 

  • Inca Dove

  • Ruddy Ground-Dove: Mostly found in Arizona, typically in the winter

  • White-winged Dove

 

  • Lesser Nighthawk

  • Buff-collared Nightjar:  found only in Arizona

  • Mexican Whip-poor-will

 

  • Rivoli’s Hummingbird: found only in Arizona

  • Plain-capped Starthroat:  found only in Arizona

  • Blue-throated Mountain Gem:  found only in Arizona

  • Lucifer Hummingbird

  • Broad-billed Hummingbird: found only in Arizona

  • Berylline Hummingbird:  found only in Arizona

  • Violet-crowned Hummingbird

  • White-eared Hummingbird:  found only in Arizona

 

  • Mountain Plover:

  • Neotropic Cormorant

 

  • Common Black Hawk

  • Gray Hawk

  • Harris’s Hawk

  • Zone-tailed Hawk

 

  • Whiskered Screech Owl:  found only in Arizona

  • Mountain Northern Pygmy Owl:  found in the lower reaches of the mountains

  • Elf Owl

  • Mexican Spotted Owl

 

  • Elegant Trogon:   found only in Arizona

 

  • Arizona Woodpecker:  found only in Arizona

  • Gilded Flicker:  found only in Arizona and across into California

 

  • Crested Caracara

 

  • Northern Beardless Tyrannulet:  found only in Arizona

  • Greater Pewee:  found only in Arizona

  • Buff-breasted Flycatcher: found only in Arizona

  • Dusky-capped Flycatcher:  found only in Arizona

  • Brown-crested Flycatcher

  • Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher:  found only in Arizona

  • Tropical Kingbird

  • Cassin’s Kingbird

  • Thick-billed Kingbird:  found only in Arizona

  • Rose-throated Becard:  found only in Arizona, a different subspecies has been recorded in Texas

 

  • Gray Vireo

  • Hutton’s Vireo

 

  • Mexican Jay

  • Chihuahuan Raven

 

  • Mexican Chickadee:  found only in Arizona

  • Bridled Titmouse:  Mostly found in Arizona

 

  • Black-capped Gnatcatcher: found only in Arizona

 

  • Rufous-backed Robin: mostly found in Arizona

 

  • Bendire’s Thrasher:  mostly in Arizona

  • LeConte’s Thrasher:  mostly in Arizona and one spot in California

 

  • Olive Warbler:  mostly in Arizona

 

  • Abert’s Towhee: Mostly Arizona

  • Rufous-winged Sparrow:  found only in Arizona

  • Botteri’s Sparrow

  • Five-striped Sparrow:  found only in Arizona

  • Yellow-eyed Junco:  found only in Arizona

 

  • Lucy’s Warbler

  • Grace’s Warbler

  • Red-faced Warbler

  • Rufous-capped Warbler:  found only in Arizona, however they have been recorded in Texas

  • Painted Redstart

 

  • Hepatic Tanager

  • Pyrrhuloxia

  • Varied Bunting

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