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Maricopa County Parks and Recreation

Birding

Hassayampa River Preserve Birding Checklist

This checklist is a compilation of bird sightings accumulated during the first 30 years of the Hassayampa River Preserve under management of The Nature Conservancy, as well as records available from eBird, the Arizona Bird Committee (ABC), Arizona Field Ornithologists, and the third edition of The Birds of Phoenix and Maricopa County (Witzeman & Corman, 2017).

The Preserve's first checklist was curated by Jeffrey Cooper, Jean Arrowsmith, Dave Bradford, and others from 1987 - 2017. This new checklist expands beyond the Preserve to include the surrounding upland desert of the proposed Vulture Mountains Recreation Area and the adjacent town of Wickenburg to provide a fuller picture of the avifauna that occurs in our area.

Past sightings have also ben re-reviewed using available data from ABC and eBird to verify accepted records versus unsubstantiated reports. This current checklist consists of 294 bird species and arranged taxonomically based on the 59th Supplement (July 2018) of the American Ornithologists Society (AOS) checklist.

Hypothetical species are included at the end of the checklist. Many species are habitat-specific, thus some species may be more common in upland desert than in riparian habitats, and vice versa. For more information on biology and biogeographical distribution of these species, please consult other sources such as the Arizona Breeding Bird Atlas(Corman & Wise-Gervais 2005), and Birds of North America Online.

A copy of the checklist can be downloaded here. Please report unusual sightings to Preserve staff and consider helping with citizen science by submitting your sightings to eBird (ebird.org).

Click on species below to jump to a comprehensive list of the subspecies found in the Hassayampa River Preserve. (top)

placeholder do not deleateBARN OWL (top)        
Barn Owl*        
BITTERNS, HERONS, AND EGRETS (top)        
American Bittern Least Bittern Great Blue Heron* Great Egret Snowy Egret
Cattle Eagret Green Heron* Black-crowned Night-Heron*    
BLACKBIRDS AND ORIOLES (top)        
Yellow-headed Blackbird Western Meadowlark* Hooded Oriole* Bullock's Oriole* Scott's Oriole*
Red-winged Blackbird* Bronzed Cowbird* Brown-headed Cowbird* Brewer's Blackbird Great-tailed Grackle*
Streak-backed Oriole        
BUSHTITS (top)        
Bushtit        
CARACARAS AND FALCONS (top)        
Crested Caracara American Kestrel* Merlin Peregrine Falcon* Prarie Falcon
CARDINALS, GROSBEAKS, AND BUNTINGS (top)        
Heptatic Tanger Summer Tanger* Scarlet Tanger Western Tanger Northern Cardinal*
Pyrrhuloxia* Rose-breasted Grosbeak Black-headed Grosbeak Blue Grosbeak* Lazuli Bunting*
Indigo Bunting* Varied Bunting Painted Bunting Dickcissel  
CATBIRDS, MOCKINGBIRDS, AND THRASHERS (top)        
Gray Catbird Curve-biled Thrasher* Brown Thrasher Bendire's Thrasher* Crissal Thrasher*
Sage Thrasher Northern Mockingbird*      
CHATS (top)        
Yellow-breasted Chat*        
CHICKADEES & TITMICE (top)        
Mountain Chickadee Bridled Titmouse Juniper Titmouse    
CORMORANTS (top)        
Neotropic Cormorant Double-crested Cormorant      
CUCKOOS & ROADRUNNERS (top)        
Greater Roadrunner* Yellow-billed Cuckoo*      
DIPPERS (top)        
American Dipper        
FINCHES & GOLDFINCHES (top)        
Evening Grosbeak House Finch* Cassin's Finch Red Crossbill Pine Siskin
Lesser Goldfinch* Lawrence's Goldfinch* American Goldfinch    
GEESE AND DUCKS (top)        
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Snow Goose Greater White-fronted Goose Canada Goose Wood Duck
Blue-winged Teal Cinnamon Teal Northern Shoveler Gadwall American Wigeon
Mallard*        
Mexican Duck hybrids* Northern Pintail Green-winged Teal Canvasback Redhead
Ring-necked Duck Lesser Scaup Bufflehead Common Goldeneye Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser Red-breasted Merganser Ruddy Duck    
GNATCATCHERS (top)        
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Black-tailed Gnatcatcher*      
GREBES (top)        
Pied-billed Grebe* Eared Grebe Western Grebe    
GULLS, TERNS, AND SKIMMERS (top)        
Ring-billed Gull        
HUMMINGBIRDS (top)        
Blue-throated Mountain-gem Ruby-throated Hummingbird Black-chinned Hummingbird* Anna's Hummingbird* Costa's Hummingbird*
Broad-tailed Hummingbird Rufous Hummingbird Allen's Hummingbird Calliope Hummingbird Broad-billed Hummingbird
IBISES AND SPOONBILLS (top)        
White Ibis White-faced Ibis      
JAYS, MAGPIES, AND CROWS (top)        
Steller's Jay Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay Common Raven*    
KINGFISHERS (top)        
Belted Kingfisher Green Kingfisher      
KINGLETS (top)        
Golden-crowned Kinglet Ruby-crowned Kinglet      
KITES, EAGLES, AND HAWKS (top)        
White-tailed Kite Golden Eagle Northern Harrier Sharp-shinned Hawk Copper's Hawk*
Northern Goshawk Bald Eagle Mississippi Kite Common Black Hawk* Harris's Hawk*
Gray Hawk* Red-shouldered Hawk* Broad-winged Hawk Swainson's Hawk* Zone-tailed Hawk*
Red-tailed Hawk* Rough-legged Hawk Ferruginous Hawk    
LARKS (top)        
Horned Lark*        
LOONS (top)        
Red-throated Loon        
NEW WORLD VULTURES (top)        
Black Vulture Turkey Vulture*      
NIGHTJARS (top)        
Lesser Nighthawk* Common Poorwill*      
NUTHATCHES AND CREEPERS (top)        
Red-breasted Nuthatch White-breasted Nuthatch Brown Creeper    
OLD WORLD SPARROWS (top)        
House Sparrow*        
OSPREY (top)        
Osprey        
PIGEONS AND DOVES (top)        
Rock Pigeon Band-tailed Pigeon Eurasian Collared-Dove* Inca Dove* Common Ground-Dove
Ruddy Ground-Dove* White-winged Dove Mourning Dove* Gambel's Quail* Wild Turkey
PLOVERS (top)        
Killdeer*        
QUAIL AND TURKEYS (top)        
Gambel's Quail* Wild Turkey      
RAILS, GALLINULES, AND COOTS (top)        
Virginia Rail Sora Common Gallinule* American Coot*  
SANDPIPERS AND ALLIES (top)        
Whimbrel Long-billed Curlew Least Sandpiper Wilson's Snipe Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper Lesser Yellowlegs Greater Yellowlegs Wilson's Phalarope  
SHRIKES (top)        
Loggerhead Shrike*        
SILKY-FLYCATCHERS (top)        
Phainopepla*        
SPARROWS AND ALLIES (top)        
Black-throated Sparrow* Lark Sparrow Lark Bunting Chipping Sparrow Clay-colored Sparrow
Black-chinned Sparrow Brewer's Sparrow      
Fox Sparrow Dark-eyed Junco Slate-colored Oregon Pink-sided
Gray-headed        
White-crowned Sparrow Golden-crowned Sparrow Harris's Sparrow White-throated Sparrow Sagebrush Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow Savannah Sparrow Song Sparrow* Lincoln's Sparrow Swamp Sparrow
Canyon Towhee* Abert's Towhee* Rufous-crowned Sparrow* Green-tailed Towhee Spotted Towhee
STARLINGS (top)        
European Starling*        
STILTS AND AVOCETS (top)        
Black-necked Stilt American Avocet      
SWALLOWS (top)        
Bank Swallow Tree Swallow Violet-green Swallow N. Rough-winged Swallow* Purple Martin
Barn Swallow Cliff Swallow*      
SWIFTS (top)        
Vaux's Swift White-throated Swift*      
THRUSHES (top)        
Eastern Bluebird Western Bluebird Mountain Bluebird Townsend's Solitaire Swainson's Thrush
Hermit Thrush Rufous-backed Robin American Robin* Varied Thrush  
TYPICAL OWLS (top)        
Western Screech-Owl* Great Horned Owl* Elf Owl* Long-eared Owl* Northern Saw-whet Owl
TYRANT FLYCATCHERS (top)        
N. Beardless-Tyrannulet Dusky-capped Flycatcher Ash-throated Flycatcher* Brown-crested Flycatcher* Tropical Kingbird*
Cassin's Kingbird Thick-billed Kingbird* Western Kingbird* Eastern Kingbird Olive-sided Flycatcher
Western Wood-Pewee Willow Flycatcher* Hammond's Flycatcher Gray Flycatcher Dusky Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher Black Phoebe* Eastern Phoebe Say's Phoebe* Vermilion Flycatcher*
VERDINS (top)        
Verdin*        
VIREOS (top)        
Bell's Vireo* Gray Vireo Hutton's Vireo Cassin's Vireo Plumbeous Vireo
Warbling Vireo Red-eyed Vireo      
WAGTAILS AND PIPITS (top)        
American Pipit Sprague's Pipit      
WAXWINGS (top)        
Cedar Waxwing        
WOODPECKERS (top)        
Lewis's Woodpecker Acorn Woodpecker Gila Woodpecker* Williamson's Sapsucker Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Red-naped Sapsucker Red-breasted Sapsucker Downy Woodpecker Ladder-backed Woodpecker*  
Northern Flicker Red-shafted Yellow-shafted Gilded Flicker*  
WOOD-WARBLERS (top)        
Ovenbird Worm-eating Warbler Northern Waterthrush Black-and-white Warbler Prothonotary Warbler
Tennessee Warbler Orange-crowned Warbler Lucy's Warbler* Nashville Warbler Virginia's Warbler
MacGillivray's Warbler Kentucky Warbler Common Yellowthroat* Hooded Warbler American Redstart
Northern Parula Magnolia Warbler Blackburnian Warbler Yellow Warbler* Chestnut-sided Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler        
Yellow-rumped Warbler Audubon's Myrtle    
Black-throated Gray Warbler Townsend's Warbler Hermit Warbler Black-throated Green Warbler Wilson's Warbler
Red-faced Warbler Painted Redstart      
WRENS (top)        
Rock Wren* Canyon Wren* House Wren Pacific Wren Winter Wren
Marsh Wren Bewick's Wren Cactus Wren*    
 
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