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Birding in Arizona

Birding is very popular in Arizona, and there are many varieties of birds to enjoy. The multifaceted terrain of the State of Arizona lends itself to a unique assortment, totalling over 500 species of birds.

Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch
Take a photo tour of the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch. This is a water reclamation project managed by the Town of Gilbert, but it is also a park, a fishing lake, and a favorite spot for birdwatching.

Arizona's State Bird: Cactus Wren
Here are some facts about our state bird, and some photos, too!

Birds of Phoenix and Arizona
See pictures of different birds that are often seen in the greater Phoenix area. These Phoenix bird photos were submitted by residents and visitors to Arizona.

Birding and Bird Hunting in Arizona
Books about birding and bird hunting in Arizona. There are hundreds of species of birds in Arizona, and it is a favorite spot for bird watchers.

Hassayampa River Preserve
Just northeast of Phoenix in Wickenburg you'll find a desert oasis complete with palm trees, a pond that is home to frogs and water fowl, and a mysterious river that rises from the depths of the desert sand.

Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve
After a visit to Southern Arizona's wine country, we took a trip to this preserve owned and operated by the Nature Conservancy. Over 290 species of birds have been seen here. See the photos!

Arizona Bird Field Data Resources
This site contains collected images, sound recordings, and explanatory text about Arizona birds.

Arizona Bird List
From Outdoor Adventures. "In addition to leading personal tours for a one-on-one experience for beginners and advanced birders, Melody also leads birding and hiking tours for the Tucson Audubon Society and the Southern Arizona Hiking Club."

Arizona Birding Guide
Has a clickable map so you can focus on the part of Arizona that interests you.

Arizona Game and Fish
The State of Arizona has various programs involving birds, including regulations for hunting. There's also a photo gallery.

Bird and Mammal Photo Gallery
An extensive collection of birds included here.

Bird Checklists
From the Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center. Covers more than 25 regions of Arizona including parks, refuges and conservation areas.

Bird Lists for Arizona's National Parks
Compiled by The Information Center for the Environment, in conjunction with the National Park Service.

Bird Photo Index
Here is an alphabetical photo album with over 1,650 species included.

Bird Photos
From Bob Sheldon Photography.

Birding Ethics
From the American Birding Association.

Birding Southeast Arizona
Birding at Cave Creek Canyon in the Chiricahua Mountains. Descriptions, checklists and photos.

Maricopa Audobon Society
Serves the Phoenix metro area. Includes field trips, hot line and area sightings.

Nature Conservancy: Arizona Chapter
"Its mission is to preserve the world's best remaining examples of plants, animals, and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive."

North American Bird Sounds
All of our favorite Arizona birds are included!

Northern Arizona Audobon
"To promote the understanding and appreciation of birds and to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds and other wildlife, for the benefit of humanity and earth's biological diversity."

Prescott Audobon Society
"The mission of Prescott Audubon Society is to preserve and protect our environment for all who inhabit it. The society pursues these goals through education, field work, social activities, and activism."

Sonoran Audobon Society
Serves the West Valley of the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory
"...dedicated to the conservation of the birds of southeastern Arizona, their habitats and the diversity of species that share those habitats through research, monitoring and public education."

Southwest Birders
"Southwest Birders is a partnership of four birdwatchers who love the sport and would like to introduce you to the joys of birding in the Imperial and Lower Colorado River Valleys, Orange County, Southern Arizona, and coastal Southern California."

Stuart Healy, Western U.S. Bird Guide
This site has a great deal of in-depth information about when to come to Arizona, where to go to see birds, how to get around and includes checklists. Focus is on Southeastern Arizona.

Top AZ Birding Hot Spots
Events, tours, bird listing, photos.

Tucson Audobon Society
"...dedicated to improving the quality of the environment by providing education, conservation, and recreation programs, as well as environmental leadership and information."

White Mountain Audobon Society
"White Mountain Audubon Society is dedicated to the enjoyment of birds and other wildlife by providing environmental leadership and awareness through fellowship, education, community involvement, and conservation programs in the White Mountains and surrounding areas."

Wings Over Willcox
Nearly 500 species of birds are attracted to Cochise County, and every year, thousands of nature enthusiasts from around the world come to the valley to enjoy this wonderful attraction. Held in January.

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