Birds of Arizona

Arizona has several beautiful birds scattered throughout the state, from the desert terrain in the southern part to the magnificent White Mountains area surrounding the eastern region. Some of the prominent state parks of northern and southern Arizona, like the Red Rock State Park, Dead Horse Ranch State Park, and Patagonia Lake State Park, are considered great birding destinations. The ABC or Arizona Bird Committee identified around 562 species throughout the state as of the 2018 October Records.

The Cactus wren endemic to the Sonoran desert regions has been designated as Arizona’s official state bird since 1931.

Birds of Arizona

  • House Finch
  • White-winged Dove
  • Cactus Wren
  • Mourning Dove
  • Red-Tailed Hawk
  • Curve-billed Thrasher
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • Common Poorwill
  • Verdin
  • Barn Owl
  • Gila Woodpecker
  • Hooded Oriole
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Rosy-faced Lovebird
  • Black Phoebe
  • Great Roadrunner
  • Peach-faced Lovebird
  • Red-Winged Blackbird
  • Song Sparrow
  • House Sparrow
  • Yellow Warbler
  • American Robin
  • Northern Goshawk
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Sage Thrasher
  • Broad-billed hummingbird
  • Black-chinned Hummingbird
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Northern Cardinal
  • White-Crowned Sparrow
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Say’s Phoebe
  • Abert’s Towhee
  • Lesser Nighthawk
  • Ruby-Crowned Kinglet
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Common Redpoll
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • Black-Throated Sparrow
  • Common Nighthawk
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Cassin’s Finch
  • Common Rosefinch
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Bullock’s Oriole
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk
  • Green-Winged Teal
  • Mallard
  • Osprey
  • Phainopepla
  • European Starling
  • Harris’s Hawk
  • Snowy Egret
  • Cooper’s Hawk
  • Vermillion Flycatcher

Birds of Prey: Red-Tailed Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Swainson’s Hawk

Small Birds: House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, Verdin

Large Birds: Osprey, Ferruginous Hawk, Peregrine Falcon

Backyard Birds: Mourning Dove, Anna’s Hummingbird, Northern Mockingbird

Nocturnal Birds: Lesser Nighthawk, Barn Owl, Common Poorwill

Rare Birds: Elegant Trogon, Mexican Jay, Arizona Woodpecker

Migratory Birds:

In Summer: Brown-headed Cowbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Yellow Warbler

In Winter: Dark-eyed Junco, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Ruby-Crowned Kinglet

Common Birds Identification by Color

Black Birds

  • Great-tailed Grackle
  • European Starling
  • Brewer’s Blackbird
  • Rusty Blackbird
  • Brown-headed Cowbird

Red Birds

  • House Finch
  • Common Redpoll
  • Common Rosefinch
  • Cassin’s Finch
  • Northern Cardinal

Yellow Birds

  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Eastern Yellow Wagtail
  • Cedar Waxwing

Blue Birds

  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Blue Grosbeak
  • Barn Swallow

Orange Birds

  • Bullock’s Oriole
  • Orange-crowned Warbler
  • American Robin