See the Birds of Phoenix, Ariz., and the Surrounding Area

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    Gila Woodpecker on a Saguaro Cactus

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

     

    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.

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    Hybrid Hummingbird

    Arizona Hummingbird
    John Hardison, used with permission

    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."

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    Great Blue Heron

    Great Blue Heron in Arizona
    Judy Hedding

    A great blue heron perched on a rooftop.

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    Great Blue Heron and Great Egret

    Arizona Herons
    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
    Great Egret Picture © Judy Hedding, licensed to About.com

    The great egrets in the background are a common sight in the Phoenix area. v

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    Hummingbird

    Phoenix Hummingbird
    Andreas Geh / Getty Images

    Beautiful 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, however, 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

    A black-bellied whistling duck.

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    Turkey Vulture

    Turkey Vulture
    Turkey Vulture Picture © Stephen J. Forbes, used with permission

    A turkey vulture in flight in Gilbert.

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    Great-Tailed Grackle

    Great-Tailed Grackle
    Great-Tailed Grackle Picture © Stephen J. Forbes, used with permission

    A great-tailed grackle: the thirsty bird takes a drink.

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    Great Blue Heron

    Great Blue Heron
    Great Blue Heron Picture © Stephen J. Forbes, used with permission

    A majestic great blue heron in flight.

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    Immature Black-crowned Night Heron

    Immature Black-crowned Night Heron
    Stephen J. Forbes, used with permission

    An immature black-crowned night heron, seen in Gilbert.

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    Burrowing Owl

    Arizona Burrowing Owl
    Stephen J. Forbes, used with permission

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

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    Peach-Faced Lovebird

    Arizona Lovebird
    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
    Stephen J. Forbes, used with permission

    A beautiful view of a northern mockingbird in Gilbert.

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    Anna's Hummingbird

    Anna's Hummingbird
    Phil Pritchard, used with permission

    An action-shot of an Anna's hummingbird (male), seen in the vicinity of Westbrook Village Golf Course.

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    Gambel's Quail

    Gambel's Quail
    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
    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
    Brad Lawrence, used with permission.

    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."

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    Cooper's Hawk

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

    A Cooper's hawk perched on a Prescott porch.

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    Roadrunner

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

    They don't go "beep, beep" like in cartoons, but roadrunners are common in the Phoenix area.

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    Mallard Hybrid

    Arizona Mallard
    Stephen J. Forbes, used with permission

    This mallard hybrid was seen at the public library in Gilbert.

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    Rock Pigeons

    Rock Pigeons
    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
    Stephen J. Forbes, used with permission

    A great egret at Freestone Park in Gilbert.

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    Great Egret

    Great Egret
    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
    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
    Daro Weilburg, used with permission

    A Crissal thrasher photographed in Fountain Hills.

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    Western Bluebird

    Western Bluebird
    Jim Lewis, used with permission.

    A western bluebird photographed in the wild near Wickenburg.

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    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
    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
    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
    Louise Mingua of Tempe, AZ, used with permission.

     Northern mockingbird photographed in Tempe.

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    American Coot

    American Coot
    Jim Lewis, used with permission.

    An American coot in Chandler.

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    Curve-Billed Thrasher

    Curve-Billed Thrasher
    Jim Lewis, used with permission.

    A curve-billed thrasher seen in Chandler.

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    Acorn Woodpecker

    Acorn Woodpecker
    Maxine Piper, used with permission.

    An acorn woodpecker. From the photographer: "Acorn woodpecker waiting for his turn at the feeder in Strawberry."

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    Black-Headed Grosbeak

    Black-Headed Grosbeak
    Maxine Piper, used with permission.

    A black-headed grosbeak. From the photographer: "Male Black-Headed Grosbeak in an Alligator Juniper Tree in Strawberry."

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    Pygmy Nuthatches

    Pygmy Nuthatches
    Maxine Piper, used with permission.

    A pair of pygmy nuthatches. From the photographer: "Pygmy Nuthatches at the birdbath in Strawberry."

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    Steller's Jay

    Steller's Jay
    Maxine Piper, used with permission.

    A Stellar's jay. From the photographer: "Steller's Jay seen from the deck in Strawberry."

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    Northern Flicker, Red-shafted Form (Female)

    Northern Flicker
    Maxine Piper, used with permission.

    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.)"

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    Northern Cardinal

    Northern Cardinal
    Maxine Piper, used with permission.

    A northern cardinal. From the photographer: "The Cardinal was hard to photograph because I was so excited. In Gisela."

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    Harris Hawk

    Harris Hawk
    Maxine Piper, used with permission.

    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!"

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    Northern Pintail

    Northern Pintail
    Tom Callahan, used with permission.

    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."

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    Greater Roadrunner

    Greater Roadrunner
    Mari Bootz, used with permission.

    A greater roadrunner, photographed in Phoenix.

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    White-Winged Dove

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

    A white-winged dove resting on a Saguaro with red blooms. The photo was taken in Fort McDowell near Scottsdale.

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    Cactus Wren

    Cactus Wren
    T. Bryce, used with permission

    A 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
    Grant Brummett, used with permission

    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."

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

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    Great Egret

    Great Egret
    Grant Brummett, used with permission

    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."

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