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Gila Woodpecker on a Saguaro Cactus
The images in this gallery of beautiful wild birds were taken in the Greater Phoenix area. They were submitted by both travelers and local residents.
This is the first gallery in a series of four. Be sure to check out the full four-part gallery of Arizona birds and waterfowl.
Pictured here, a Gila woodpecker enjoying a saguaro flower, Arizona's state flower.Continue to 2 of 47 below.
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A hybrid hummingbird. From the photographer: "A once in a lifetime event. A very rare hybrid hummingbird, Broadbill x Violet crowned. Taken at Boyce Thompsom Arboretum. Last time this hybrid was seen was in Mexico in the 1890s."Continue to 3 of 47 below.
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Great Blue Heron
A great blue heron perched on a rooftop.Continue to 4 of 47 below.
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Great Blue Heron and Great Egret
When blue herons and egrets meet for the first time.Continue to 5 of 47 below.
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Great Egret with American White Pelicans
The great egrets in the background are a common sight in the Phoenix area. vContinue to 6 of 47 below.
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Beautiful hummingbirds are commonly seen in the Phoenix area.Continue to 7 of 47 below.
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Turkey vultures, however, are not as common in Phoenix as hummingbirds.Continue to 8 of 47 below.
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Black-Bellied Whistling Duck
A black-bellied whistling duck.Continue to 9 of 47 below.
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A turkey vulture in flight in Gilbert.Continue to 10 of 47 below.
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A great-tailed grackle: the thirsty bird takes a drink.Continue to 11 of 47 below.
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Great Blue Heron
A majestic great blue heron in flight.Continue to 12 of 47 below.
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Immature Black-crowned Night Heron
An immature black-crowned night heron, seen in Gilbert.Continue to 13 of 47 below.
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Meet a burrowing owl, a member of the pigmy owl family. He was seen on the nature trail near the Gilbert library.Continue to 14 of 47 below.
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From the photographer: "A peach faced lovebird, one of several living at the Gilbert Water Ranch."Continue to 15 of 47 below.
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A beautiful view of a northern mockingbird in Gilbert.Continue to 16 of 47 below.
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An action-shot of an Anna's hummingbird (male), seen in the vicinity of Westbrook Village Golf Course.Continue to 17 of 47 below.
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Gambel's quail (Callipepla gambelii) are common in the Phoenix area. The male is the more colorful one, and the other is a female. You'll rarely see one flying; they mostly walk or run.Continue to 18 of 47 below.
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Gambel's Quail Eggs
Gambel's quail often don't build a nest for their eggs. They just usually deposit them under a bush or other foliage.Continue to 19 of 47 below.
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Gambel's Quail Chick
A cute but responsible moment.
From the photographer: "I scooped this guy up into a Styrofoam cup for a mug shot (no pun intended); then back with Mom before she got too excited. These guys were no more than a week old - he's less than 1 inch tall."Continue to 20 of 47 below.
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A Cooper's hawk perched on a Prescott porch.Continue to 21 of 47 below.
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They don't go "beep, beep" like in cartoons, but roadrunners are common in the Phoenix area.Continue to 22 of 47 below.
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This mallard hybrid was seen at the public library in Gilbert.Continue to 23 of 47 below.
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Scottsdale not only has beautiful people, but it even has beautiful pigeons.Continue to 24 of 47 below.
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A great egret at Freestone Park in Gilbert.Continue to 25 of 47 below.
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This great egret at the Phoenix Zoo looks like it is dancing on the water.Continue to 26 of 47 below.
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Harris hawks in Fountain Hills. From the photographer: "This beautiful bird and two of his friends visit the bird sanctuary in my yard everyday."Continue to 27 of 47 below.
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A Crissal thrasher photographed in Fountain Hills.Continue to 28 of 47 below.
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A western bluebird photographed in the wild near Wickenburg.Continue to 29 of 47 below.
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Neotropic cormorants drying their wings in the Chandler area.Continue to 30 of 47 below.
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Black-Crowned Night Heron
A black-crowned night heron seen in the Chandler area.Continue to 31 of 47 below.
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Great Egret and Snowy Egret
A great egret (left) and a snowy egret (right) seen at a Chandler pond.Continue to 32 of 47 below.
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Northern mockingbird photographed in Tempe.Continue to 33 of 47 below.
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An American coot in Chandler.Continue to 34 of 47 below.
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A curve-billed thrasher seen in Chandler.Continue to 35 of 47 below.
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An acorn woodpecker. From the photographer: "Acorn woodpecker waiting for his turn at the feeder in Strawberry."Continue to 36 of 47 below.
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A black-headed grosbeak. From the photographer: "Male Black-Headed Grosbeak in an Alligator Juniper Tree in Strawberry."Continue to 37 of 47 below.
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A pair of pygmy nuthatches. From the photographer: "Pygmy Nuthatches at the birdbath in Strawberry."Continue to 38 of 47 below.
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A Stellar's jay. From the photographer: "Steller's Jay seen from the deck in Strawberry."Continue to 39 of 47 below.
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Northern Flicker, Red-shafted Form (Female)
A northern flicker, red-shafted Form. From the photographer: "The Flicker had stunned itself by hitting a window. We held it until it was able to fly off. (Strawberry, Ariz.)"Continue to 40 of 47 below.
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A northern cardinal. From the photographer: "The Cardinal was hard to photograph because I was so excited. In Gisela."Continue to 41 of 47 below.
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A Harris hawk. From the photographer: "I was driving home from work, and at the corner saw this guy sitting on the light pole. Had to pull over and take a picture!"Continue to 42 of 47 below.
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A northern pintail. From the photographer: "This Northern Pintail was photographed at the Phoenix Zoo. Unusually it was a cloudy rainy day, and, yes, water does roll off a ducks back."Continue to 43 of 47 below.
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A greater roadrunner, photographed in Phoenix.Continue to 44 of 47 below.
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A white-winged dove resting on a Saguaro with red blooms. The photo was taken in Fort McDowell near Scottsdale.Continue to 45 of 47 below.
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Black Necked Stilt
A black-necked stilt walks in water.
From the photographer: "I photographed this Black Necked Stilt early on the morning of October 25th wading through the water near the south-western shore of Pond #1 at the Riparian Bird Sanctuary (Gilbert Water Ranch) in Gilbert."Continue to 47 of 47 below.
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A great egret landing.
From the photographer: "I photographed this Great Egret coming in to land very early on the morning of October 25th near the south-western shore of Pond #1 at the Riparian Bird Sanctuary (Gilbert Water Ranch) in Gilbert."