Birds of Phoenix and Arizona

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    Gila Woodpecker With Saguaro Flower

    Gila Woodpecker
    ••• Mike's Birds / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0​

     

    The images in this Phoenix Bird Photo Gallery were taken mostly in the Greater Phoenix area and submitted by local residents, or people who were visiting the area. 

    This is part one of a four-part gallery of Arizona birds and waterfowl.

    Pictured here, a Gila Woodpecker enjoying a saguaro flower, Arizona's state flower.

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    Hybrid Hummingbird

    Arizona Hummingbird
    ••• Pictures of Birds Seen in the Greater Phoenix area. John Hardison, used with permission

    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."

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    Great Blue Heron

    Great Blue Heron in Arizona
    ••• Great Blue Heron. Judy Hedding

    Great Blue Heron, perched on a rooftop.

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    Great Blue Heron and Great Egret

    Arizona Herons
    ••• Pictures of Birds Seen in the Greater Phoenix area. Stephen J. Forbes, used with permission

    When blue herons and egrets meet for the first time.

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    Great Egret With American White Pelicans

    Arizona Great Egret
    ••• Pictures of Birds Seen in the Greater Phoenix area. Great Egret Picture © Judy Hedding, licensed to About.com

    The Great Egrets in the background are a common sight in the Phoenix area. Don't ask me what those pelicans are doing here, though!

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    Hummingbird

    Phoenix Hummingbird
    ••• Andreas Geh / Getty Images

    Hummingbirds are commonly seen in the Phoenix area.

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    Turkey Vulture

    Turkey Vulture
    ••• Anne Reeves / Flickr / CC BY-ND 2.0

    Turkey vultures are not as common in Phoenix as hummingbirds!

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    Black-Bellied Whistling Duck

    Black-Bellied Whistling Duck
    ••• Murray Foubister / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

    Black-Bellied Whistling Duck

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    Turkey Vulture

    Turkey Vulture
    ••• Pictures of Birds Seen in the Greater Phoenix area. Turkey Vulture Picture © Stephen J. Forbes, used with permission

    Turkey vulture in flight in Gilbert, AZ.

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    Great-Tailed Grackle

    Great-Tailed Grackle
    ••• Pictures of Birds Seen in the Greater Phoenix area. Great-Tailed Grackle Picture © Stephen J. Forbes, used with permission

    Great-Tailed Grackle. A starling takes a drink.

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    Great Blue Heron

    Great Blue Heron
    ••• Pictures of Birds Seen in the Greater Phoenix area. Great Blue Heron Picture © Stephen J. Forbes, used with permission

    Great Blue Heron in flight.

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    Immature Black-crowned Night Heron

    Immature Black-crowned Night Heron
    ••• Pictures of Birds Seen in the Greater Phoenix area. Stephen J. Forbes, used with permission

    An immature Black-crowned Night Heron, seen in Gilbert, Arizona.

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    Burrowing Owl

    Arizona Burrowing Owl
    ••• Pictures of Birds Seen in the Greater Phoenix area. Stephen J. Forbes, used with permission

    This is a burrowing owl, a member of the pigmy owl family. He was seen on the nature trail near the Gilbert, AZ library.

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    Peach-Faced Lovebird

    Arizona Lovebird
    ••• Pictures of Birds Seen in the Greater Phoenix area. John Hardison, used with permission

    From the photographer: "A peach faced lovebird, one of several living at the Gilbert Water Ranch."

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    Northern Mockingbird

    Arizona Northern Mockingbird
    ••• Pictures of Birds Seen in the Greater Phoenix area. Stephen J. Forbes, used with permission

    Northern Mockingbird in Gilbert, AZ.

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    Anna's Hummingbird

    Anna's Hummingbird
    ••• Pictures of Birds Seen in the Greater Phoenix area. Phil Pritchard, used with permission

     Anna's Hummingbird (male), seen in the vicinity of Westbrook Village Golf Course.

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    Gambel's Quail

    Gambel's Quail
    ••• Pictures of Birds Seen in the Greater Phoenix area. Brad Lawrence, used with permission.

    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.

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    Gambel's Quail Eggs

    Quail Eggs
    ••• Pictures of Birds Seen in the Greater Phoenix area. Brad Lawrence, used with permission.

    Gambel's Quail often don't build a nest for their eggs. They just usually deposit them under a bush or other foliage.

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    Gambel's Quail Chick

    Quail Chick
    ••• Pictures of Birds Seen in the Greater Phoenix area. Brad Lawrence, used with permission.

    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."

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    Cooper's Hawk

    Cooper's Hawk
    ••• Prescott, AZ Hawk. Tony Perrino, Prescott, AZ, used with permission.

    Cooper's Hawk perched on a Prescott, Arizona porch.

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    Roadrunner

    Arizona Roadrunner
    ••• Greater Roadrunner. Tony Perrino, Prescott, AZ, used with permission.

    Roadrunners are common in the Phoenix area.

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    Mallard Hybrid

    Arizona Mallard
    ••• Pictures of Birds Seen in the Greater Phoenix area. Stephen J. Forbes, used with permission

    This Mallard hybrid was seen at the public library in Gilbert, AZ.

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    Rock Pigeons

    Rock Pigeons
    ••• Pictures of Birds Seen in the Greater Phoenix area. Stephen J. Forbes, used with permission

    Scottsdale not only has beautiful people, but it even has beautiful pigeons.

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    Great Egret

    Great Egret in Gilbert, Arizona
    ••• Pictures of Birds Seen in the Greater Phoenix Area. Stephen J. Forbes, used with permission

    Great Egret at Freestone Park in Gilbert, Arizona.

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    Great Egret

    Great Egret
    ••• Pictures of Birds Seen in the Greater Phoenix area. Don Jorgenson, used with permission

    This Great Egret at the Phoenix Zoo looks like it is dancing on the water.

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    Harris Hawk

    Arizona Harris Hawk
    ••• Pictures of Birds Seen in the Greater Phoenix area. Daro Weilburg, used with permission

    Harris Hawks in Fountain Hills. From the photographer: "This beautiful bird and two of his friends visit the bird sanctuary in my yard everyday."

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    Crissal Thrasher

    Crissal Thrasher
    ••• Pictures of Birds Seen in the Greater Phoenix area. Daro Weilburg, used with permission

    Crissal Thrasher in Fountain Hills

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    Western Bluebird

    Western Bluebird
    ••• Western Bluebird. Jim Lewis, used with permission.

    Western Bluebird near Wickenburg, Arizona.

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    Neotropic Cormorants

    Neotropic Cormorants
    ••• Neotropic Cormorants. Jim Lewis, used with permission.

    Neotropic Cormorants, drying their wings in the Chandler area.

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    Black-Crowned Night Heron

    Black-Crowned Night Heron
    ••• Black-Crowned Night Heron. Jim Lewis, used with permission.

     A Black-Crowned Night Heron seen in the Chandler area.

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    Great Egret and Snowy Egret

    Great Egret and Snowy Egret
    ••• Great Egret and Snowy Egret. Jim Lewis, used with permission.

    A Great Egret (left) and a Snowy Egret (right) seen at a Chandler pond.

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    Northern Mockingbird

    Northern Mockingbird
    ••• Northern Mockingbird. Louise Mingua of Tempe, AZ, used with permission.

     Northern Mockingbird photographed in Tempe, Arizona.

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    American Coot

    American Coot
    ••• American Coot. Jim Lewis, used with permission.

    An American Coot in Chandler, Arizona.

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    Curve-Billed Thrasher

    Curve-Billed Thrasher
    ••• Curve-Billed Thrasher. Jim Lewis, used with permission.

    Curve-Billed Thrasher seen in Chandler, Arizona.

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    Acorn Woodpecker

    Acorn Woodpecker
    ••• Acorn Woodpecker. Maxine Piper, used with permission.

    Acorn Woodpecker

    From the photographer: "Acorn Woodpecker waiting for his turn at the feeder in Strawberry, AZ."

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    Black-Headed Grosbeak

    Black-Headed Grosbeak
    ••• Black-Headed Grosbeak. Maxine Piper, used with permission.

    Black-Headed Grosbeak

    From the photographer: "Male Black-Headed Grosbeak in an Alligator Juniper Tree in Strawberry, AZ"

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    Pygmy Nuthatches

    Pygmy Nuthatches
    ••• Pygmy Nuthatches. Maxine Piper, used with permission.

    Pygmy Nuthatches

    From the photographer: "Pygmy Nuthatches at the birdbath in Strawberry, AZ."

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    Steller's Jay

    Steller's Jay
    ••• Steller's Jay. Maxine Piper, used with permission.

    Stellar's Jay

    From the photographer: "Steller's Jay seen from the deck in Strawberry, AZ."

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    Northern Flicker, Red-shafted Form (Female)

    Northern Flicker
    ••• Northern Flicker. Maxine Piper, used with permission.

    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, AZ)"

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    Northern Cardinal

    Northern Cardinal
    ••• Northern Cardinal. Maxine Piper, used with permission.

    Northern Cardinal

    From the photographer: "The Cardinal was hard to photograph because I was so excited. In Gisela, AZ."

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    Harris Hawk

    Harris Hawk
    ••• Harris Hawk. Maxine Piper, used with permission.

    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!"

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    Northern Pintail

    Northern Pintail
    ••• Northern Pintail. Tom Callahan, used with permission.

    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.."

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    Greater Roadrunner

    Greater Roadrunner
    ••• Pictures of Birds Seen in Arizona Greater Roadrunner, photographed in Phoenix, Arizona. Mari Bootz, used with permission.

    A Greater Roadrunner, photographed in Phoenix, Arizona.

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    White-Winged Dove

    Fort McDowell White-Winged Dove
    ••• Fort McDowell White-Winged Dove. © Brian Hankes, used with permission.

    A White-Winged Dove resting on a Saguaro with red blooms, taken in Fort McDowell near Scottsdale.

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    Cactus Wren

    Cactus Wren
    ••• Cactus Wren. T. Bryce, used with permission

    Cactus Wren

    From the photographer: "Arizona state bird and state flower: a cactus wren atop a blooming saguaro."

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    Black Necked Stilt

    Black Necked Stilt
    ••• Black Necked Stilt. Grant Brummett, used with permission

    Black Necked Stilt

    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, Arizona."

    Learn more about the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch in Gilbert.

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    Great Egret

    Great Egret
    ••• Grant Brummett, used with permission

    Great Egret

    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, Arizona."

    Learn more about the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch in Gilbert.