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.
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."
Great Egret with American White Pelicans
The great egrets in the background are a common sight in the Phoenix area. v
Meet a burrowing owl, a member of the pigmy owl family. He was seen on the nature trail near the Gilbert library.
From the photographer: "A peach faced lovebird, one of several living at the Gilbert Water Ranch."
An action-shot of an Anna's hummingbird (male), seen in the vicinity of Westbrook Village Golf Course.
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.
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.
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."
They don't go "beep, beep" like in cartoons, but roadrunners are common in the Phoenix area.
This mallard hybrid was seen at the public library in Gilbert.
Scottsdale not only has beautiful people, but it even has beautiful pigeons.
This great egret at the Phoenix Zoo looks like it is dancing on the water.
Harris hawks in Fountain Hills. From the photographer: "This beautiful bird and two of his friends visit the bird sanctuary in my yard everyday."
Great Egret and Snowy Egret
A great egret (left) and a snowy egret (right) seen at a Chandler pond.
An acorn woodpecker. From the photographer: "Acorn woodpecker waiting for his turn at the feeder in Strawberry."
A black-headed grosbeak. From the photographer: "Male Black-Headed Grosbeak in an Alligator Juniper Tree in Strawberry."
A pair of pygmy nuthatches. From the photographer: "Pygmy Nuthatches at the birdbath in Strawberry."
A Stellar's jay. From the photographer: "Steller's Jay seen from the deck in Strawberry."
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.)"
A northern cardinal. From the photographer: "The Cardinal was hard to photograph because I was so excited. In Gisela."
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!"
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."
A white-winged dove resting on a Saguaro with red blooms. The photo was taken in Fort McDowell near Scottsdale.
A cactus wren. From the photographer: "Arizona state bird and state flower: a cactus wren atop a blooming saguaro."
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."
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."