32 Backyard Birds to Know | Arizona (2022)

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I've put this resource together for you to answer yourquestion: What birds are in my backyard in Arizona?

Thisarticle lists and discusses the identification of the most commonbirds in your backyard. The birds chosen in this article are compiledfrom actual data from the citizen science program eBird. Thus,it is more accurate than some other similar articles you may find onthe web. I provide pictures of each bird species mentioned. I tellhow to attract them to your backyard.

Theseare the most common backyard birds in Arizona:

  1. Mourning Dove
  2. House Finch
  3. Gila Woodpecker
  4. Lesser Goldfinch
  5. Verdin
  6. Anna's Hummingbird
  7. White-crowned Sparrow
  8. Yellow-rumped Warbler
  9. White-winged Dove
  10. Curve-billed Thrasher
  11. Gambel's Quail
  12. Great-tailed Grackle
  13. Abert's Towhee
  14. House Sparrow
  15. Northern Mockingbird
  16. Eurasian Collared-Dove
  17. Ladder-backed Woodpecker
  18. Black Phoebe
  19. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  20. Say's Phoebe
  21. Northern Cardinal
  22. Cactus Wren
  23. Northern Flicker
  24. Phainopepla
  25. European Starling
  26. Vermilion Flycatcher
  27. Bewick's Wren
  28. White-breasted Nuthatch
  29. Red-winged Blackbird
  30. Dark-eyed Junco
  31. Brown-headed Cowbird
  32. Black-chinned Hummingbird

What'sin this article?

  • Stateoverview of birds and bird watching in Arizona
  • Photosand identification of common backyard birds
  • Mostcommon birds by season
  • Commonbirds of Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona

Arizona Birds and Birding inArizona State

eBird lists over 565 types of birds asoccurring in the state of Arizona.

The most common bird in Arizona: the mostfrequently seen bird in the state is Mourning Dove. It is reported on 46%of bird watching lists.

The official State Bird of Arizona isCactus Wren.

If you are serious about knowing thebirds native to Arizona, then check out eBird for Arizona.It has recent sightings and photos, illustrated checklists withweekly abundance bar charts for state, counties, and individualhotspots of the best birding locations.

If you want to know about other peopleinterested in birds in your area, join a local bird group. TheAmerican Birding Association maintains a list of birdwatching clubs for each state.

Need help choosing your first pair of bird watching binoculars?

I have written several articles on choosing binoculars. Let me save you the trouble of reading them all. I really love my Celestron 8x42 Nature DX ED (purchase with this Amazon affiliate link that supports this blog). They sell for well under $200. You won't have buyer's remorse.

My other pages for birds in Arizona:

Feeding Winter Birds in Arizona

Arizona Bird Identification(Pictures of backyard birds of Arizona)

This section is the species accounts.These are designed to help you to recognize birds you see in yourbackyard. I have used eBird to select the birds that are most common.“Common” means the birds seen most often throughout the year, notnecessarily the most numerous.

Each species account starts with animage. I have tried to use my own personal photographs of eachspecies, if I have them. But I've done my bird photography mostly inthe West. Thus, I've had to rely on others for pictures of some commonEastern birds. I always make sure the bird images (mine and others)are correctly identified.

In the identification section I amusing size and shape and bill type before considering the color orpatterns on the birds. I find these more reliable when trying toidentify an unknown bird. Pay attention to body and tail shape andespecially bill shape of birds you see, not just plumage color.

I have written an article on how toidentify birds, it is slightly different from other popularidentification methods. Check it out if you wish: 7Steps to Identify Birds.

In the section on bird feeders andfoods I tell how to attract each species. Not all types of backyardbirds will come to feeders. But all backyard birds can be attractedwith water. So don't forget to add a birdbath to your bird feedingstation.

Do you live in Northern Arizona? Southern Arizona? Central Arizona? The Sonoran Desert? Southeastern Arizona? Southwestern Arizona? To appear in this article, most birds are widelydistributed throughout the state and are often year-round residents.However, for those birds that are more localized in place or time, Ilist the general region and seasonality. Please see the sectionfollowing these species accounts for the lists of common species byseason.

Even if a species is found in a generalarea, they occur only in the habitat they prefer. So, the exacthabitat of your neighborhood is important for the presence of absenceof certain kinds of birds.

1. Mourning Dove

Zenaida macroura

Mourning Doves are the most widespread and most frequent backyard bird in the Lower 48 states of the United States.

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Mourning Dove. Greg Gillson

Range in Arizona: Mourning Doves are year-round residents throughout Arizona.

Identification:This is akey speciesfor comparing with an unknown bird.

Size:About 12 inches long from bill tip to tail tip. About same size as Northern Flicker. Larger than American Robin. Slightly smaller than domestic city pigeon.

Shape:Very plump with a small round head. Tail is long and pointed. Legs are short.

Bill:Small and rather slender.

Color:Pale brown-pink body, darker wings and tail. White edges on side of tail.

Habitat, range & behavior:Semi-open areas such as urban areas, farmlands, woods.

It is a resident across the lower-48 states and Mexico, with some movement out of northern areas in winter.

Often seen perched on wires, fences. Their mournful cooing is a familiar spring birdsong.

Food and feeder preference:Mourning Doves eat seeds almost exclusively. Attract with black oil sunflower seeds on a large sturdy tray feeder or on the ground.

2. House Finch

Haemorhous mexicanus

Originally a bird of the West, now commonly found across most of the US. There are other red finches, but these are the ones most likely in residential areas.

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House Finch. Greg Gillson

Range in Arizona: House Finches are year-round residents throughout Arizona.

Identification:This is akey speciesfor comparing with an unknown bird.

Size:About 6 inches from bill tip to tail tip. Larger than goldfinches and chickadees. Smaller than a White-crowned Sparrows or Spotted/Eastern towhees.

Shape:Medium build with a medium-long notched tail. Round head.

Bill:Short, conical.

Color:Brown and gray above with streaks on the sides of the pale underparts. Males with red (sometimes orange or rarely yellow) crown, chest, rump.

Habitat, range & behavior:You'll find small flocks on wires, in short treetops and in bushes. Originally deserts and grasslands. Rural areas and towns are where they're now most common.

Formerly found in the western United States and Mexico. Then introduced into the northeastern United States, but now found in nearly all of the lower-48 states and extreme southern Canada. Rare in plains states (Dakotas to Texas) and southern Florida.

House Finches are not territorial, but males sing throughout the year--a lively, wiry song ending in a couple of buzzy notes.

Food and feeder preference:They love sunflower seeds and tube feeders. May eat from thistle socks.

You may like my in-depth article onattracting House Finches.

3. Gila Woodpecker

Melanerpes uropygialis

A common woodpecker of the saguaro desert that has become accustomed to backyard bird feeders.

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Gila Woodpecker. Greg Gillson.

Range in Arizona: Gila Woodpeckers are year-round residents across southern and southwestern Arizona in the Sonoran Desert.

Identification:

Size:Larger than a Starling. Smaller than an American Robin.

Shape:Stout bird with large head. Short tail.

Bill:Long. Chisel-shaped.

Color:Tan body. Black-and-white striped back and wings. White wing patches show in flight. Red crown of male lacking on female.

Habitat, range & behavior:A bird of saguaro deserts. Also found in larger trees along desert streams. Has adapted to live in towns and residential areas.

Range is from Arizona south into western Mexico.

Probes and gleans for food from bark. Does not generally excavate for food as many other woodpeckers do. Excavates nest hole in saguaro cactus.

Food and feeder preference:Insects, also fruits and berries. May drink from hummingbird feeder. Will likely feed on suet.

4. Lesser Goldfinch

Spinus psaltria

This bird replaces American Goldfinch in the backyard in drier parts of the southwestern US.

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Lesser Goldfinch. Greg Gillson

Range in Arizona: Lesser Goldfinches are year-round residents in most of Arizona--western, southern, and central Arizona, summer residents only in northeastern Arizona.

Identification:

Size:A small bird. Slightly smaller than American Goldfinch, but close.

Shape:Big head, neckless, short forked tail.

Bill:Short, small, conical.

Color:Green back, yellow underparts including under tail coverts. Black wings and tail with white marks. Male with black cap on forecrown. Keeps the same bright yellow plumage year-round, unlike American Goldfinch.

Habitat, range & behavior:Open scrubby woodlands of oak or other trees, fields, grasslands.

Found in the western and southwestern US, into the Great Basin in summer. Found southward to Middle America.

They sometimes gather into flocks of hundreds to feed in weedy fields.

Food and feeder preference:They eat mostly thistle seeds, some insects. At your feeder they will eat black oil sunflower seeds at a tube feeder but prefer Nyjer seeds in a "thistle sock" feeder.

5. Verdin

Auriparus flaviceps

This relative of the chickadee is common in desert habitats in the SW United States.

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Verdin. Greg Gillson

Range in Arizona: Verdins are year-round residents in central, southwestern, and southern Arizona.

Identification:

Size:Very small. Just a bit smaller than a chickadee.

Shape:Plump with a medium length rounded tail.

Bill:Short. Straight. Stout.

Color:All gray with a yellow face.

Habitat, range & behavior:Found in desert scrub and thorny shrubs.

California to Texas and south into northern Mexico.

Forages actively on limbs and tips of vegetation in manner of a chickadee.

Food and feeder preference:They eat primarily insects off of shrubbery. They are not attracted to seed feeders nor have they been documented to drink fresh water! They may drink sugar water from oriole nectar feeders.

6. Anna's Hummingbird

Calypte anna

This big resident hummingbird is common in the far West everywhere there are people!

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Anna's Hummingbird. Greg Gillson

Range in Arizona: Anna's Hummingbirds are year-round residents in western, central, and southwestern Arizona, winter visitors only in southeastern Arizona.

Identification:

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Size:Slightly larger than widespread hummingbirds like Ruby-throated in the east and Rufous Hummingbird in the west. Smaller than a goldfinch or chickadee.

Shape:Plump, with long wings covering tail. Unmistakable long bill.

Bill:Longer than head, round, slightly downcurved.

Color:Green upper parts, gray under parts with greenish cast on sides. Male with entire head and throat covered in iridescent metallic rose pink. Female usually has pink throat spot.

Habitat, range & behavior:Chaparral, open woods, suburban gardens all host this species.

Formerly only in northern Baja and southern California they expanded to Arizona, and all the way to southern Alaska along the Pacific coast, following plantings of winter blooming flowers and the popularity of placing out hummingbird feeders.

Nest early (December to February), even as they move north and encounter snow in winter.

Food and feeder preference:Nectar and small insects is their main food. Both are available in flowering plants. Quickly find hummingbird feeders filled with sugar water.

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7. White-crowned Sparrow

Zonotrichia leucophrys

A common winter visitor to backyards and weedy road edges.

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White-crowned Sparrow. Greg Gillson

Range in Arizona: White-crowned Sparrows are winter visitors throughout Arizona, year-round residents in a small area of north-central Arizona.

Identification:This is a key species for comparing with an unknown bird.

Size:About 7 inches. A large sparrow near size of Spotted/Eastern towhee. Larger than House Finch. Smaller than Starling or Red-winged Blackbird.

Shape:Longer plump body, round head, long tail.

Bill:Short and conical.

Color:Brown back, wings, tail, gray under parts, black-and-white striped crown. For their first-year immature birds have tan and reddish-brown striped crowns.

Habitat, range & behavior:Open and shrubby areas.

Coastal form in California at edge of sand dunes. Common winter form in California breeds on Arctic tundra. Various forms breed across the Arctic Canada and Alaska and in mountains in western Canada and the United States.

They sing in spring migration as they move northward. Different populations have slightly different songs.

Food and feeder preference:Weed seeds, grain, insects. Eat black oil sunflower seeds and other seeds on hopper and tray feeders.

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8. Yellow-rumped Warbler

Setophaga coronata

An abundant winter visitor in the southern US to treetops and weedy areas.

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Yellow-rumped Warbler. Greg Gillson

Range in Arizona: Yellow-rumped Warblers are year-round residents in southeastern Arizona, summer residents in northeastern Arizona, and winter visitors only in western Arizona.

Identification:

Size:Small, they are a bit larger than chickadees and goldfinches. They are smaller than House Finches and juncos.

Shape:Plump and neckless with a shorter tail.

Bill:Short, slender, straight, pointed.

Color:Breeding plumage in spring is blue-gray on the upper parts, black sides and chest, yellow rump, yellow on sides. Two forms: western form with yellow throat and large white wing patch; eastern and northern form with white throat and two white wing bars. In winter plumage both forms are gray-brown above, pale cream below. Yellow rump and white tail corners in flight.

Habitat, range & behavior:In breeding season mostly in coniferous or mixed forests, in mountains in west. In winter open areas with fruiting shrubs and scattered trees.

Breed across Canada and Alaska and in conifer forests in the west. Winter along both coasts and the southern states through Middle America.

There are also non-migratory forms in Mexico and Guatemala. They tend to forage in outer branches about half way up the tree.

Food and feeder preference:Mainly insects in the summer, they switch to waxy berries and fruit in winter. They are thus able to winter farther north than other warblers. They are attracted to suet feeders.

9. White-winged Dove

Zenaida asiatica

This desert dove can be locally common in desert towns.

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White-winged Dove. Greg Gillson

Range: White-winged Doves are summer residents in southwestern and southeastern Arizona, year-round residents in south-central Arizona.

Identification:

Size:A bit larger than a Mourning Dove.

Shape:A more muscular neck than Mourning Dove. A square tail.

Bill:Short and slender.

Color:Brown with black under tail base and broad white tip. White wing patches in flight, also visible when perched.

Habitat, range & behavior:Desert thickets, saguaro cacti and towns.

Found in the southwestern United States, Middle American, and West Indies.

They often seek water in the morning and afternoon.

Food and feeder preference:They eat seeds, grain, and fruit of the saguaro cactus. They are more likely to feed on a raised platform feeder than on the ground. They will eat black oil sunflower seeds and cracked corn.

10. Curve-billed Thrasher

Toxostoma curvirostre

Widespread desert bird that is commonly found in backyards in the Southwest.

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Curve-billed Thrasher. Greg Gillson.

Range in Arizona: Curve-billed Thrashers are year-round residents in southwestern and southern Arizona.

Identification:

Size:A larger bird. Longer than an American Robin, slightly shorter than a Mourning Dove.

Shape: Rather long and thin with short neck and ample tail.

Bill:Slender, fairly long, slightly curved.

Color:Rather dusky brown throughout. More easterly populations have pale under parts with dark spotting. Western populations are more uniform brown. Pale orangish eye.

Habitat, range & behavior:Especially favors cholla cactus, and is found in residential areas where this cactus is present.

Widespread in the desert Southwest, both in Sonoran Desert of Arizona and Chihuahuan Desert of West Texas. Also, from Colorado south through Mexico.

Feeds mostly on the ground underneath desert shrubs and cacti. Runs from bush to bush across open ground.

Food and feeder preference:Omnivore, eats invertebrates, berries, and fruits from cactus. They will visit backyard bird feeders. They may eat seeds but enjoy suet and mealworms. They also take advantage of birdbaths.

11. Gambel's Quail

Callipepla gambelii

A desert bird that may visit backyards on the edge of town.

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Gambel's Quail. Greg Gillson

Range in Arizona: Gambel's Quail are year-round residents in western, south-central, and southern Arizona.

Identification:

Size:Actually, only as long as an American Robin. Shorter, bill to tail, than Mourning Dove, though much differently shaped.

Shape:Round and plump with strong breast and legs. Relatively small head. Short tail.

Bill:Short, stout. Culmen decurved.

Color:Blue-gray chest. Cream belly with dark central patch. Back and tail brownish. Rusty streaked flanks. Chestnut crown. Two ornamental feathers drooping over forehead.

Habitat, range & behavior:Found in brushy and thorny desert scrub.

Ranges in SW deserts from Colorado south to west Texas and California into NW Mexico.

Forage on the ground in flocks. Run from danger.

Food and feeder preference:Nearly all food is plants: seeds, leaves, berries. Mesquite tree pods are a favorite food. They may visit a low platform feeder or seed scattered on the ground. They will eat sunflowers, millet, cracked corn, and are one of a few birds that will eat milo--a common filler seed in cheap birdseed. Will come to water on the ground.

12. Great-tailed Grackle

Quiscalus mexicanus

A big, noisy bird often found near water and in urban landscapes.

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Great-tailed Grackle. Greg Gillson

Range in Arizona: Great-tailed Grackles are year-round residents throughout Arizona.

Identification:

Size:Large bird. Males about the size of a crow; females smaller but still as large as a Mourning Dove.

Shape:Long and slender with a big full tail.

Bill:Long, pointed, stout.

Color:Glossy black with purplish highlights. Females browner.

Habitat, range & behavior:Shorelines, golf courses, agricultural areas, urban centers.

Found in southern portions of West and Midwest US south through Central America.

Forage on the ground. Social and loud, with squeaky calls and whistles.

Food and feeder preference:Omnivorous--insects, fruits, human food scraps. To keep these obnoxious birds away from your feeders never feed birds human food wastes.

13. Abert's Towhee

Melozone aberti

These desert towhees have a very restricted range.

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Abert's Towhee. Greg Gillson.

Range in Arizona: Abert's Towhees are year-round residents in western, south-central, and southeastern Arizona.

Identification:

Size: Similar to White-crowned Sparrow and other towhees. Smaller than Americna Robin.

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Shape: Plump. Large round head. Full tail.

Bill: Large and conical.

Color: They are dusty brown with dark cinnamon under tail. Black face around bill and eyes.

Habitat, range, & behavior: Desert stream sides with willow and cottonwoods. Residential landscapes.

General range is along the Colorado River from southwest Utah, southern Nevada, to Mexico. From there across south-central Arizona and barely into southwestern New Mexico.

They scratch for food in leaf litter under bushes.

Food and feeder preference: Their diet is mostly insects. Water is a bigger draw to backyards than seeds.

14. House Sparrow

Passer domesticus

Like the starling, this is another bird introduced from Europe in the 1800's. This sparrow is commonly found in cities and farmlands. It is considered a pest in most areas where it has been introduced.

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House Sparrow. Greg Gillson

Range in Arizona: House Sparrows are year-round residents throughout Arizona.

Identification:

Size:The size of a House Finch or Dark-eyed Junco.

Shape:Chunkier than native North American sparrows with large head, barrel chest, short neck, medium tail, short legs.

Bill:Short, conical.

Color:Males are brown and gray with a black mask. Females lack the black and are tan and brown with a pale line back from the eye.

Habitat, range & behavior:Cities and farms.

Range in North American from southern Canada through Central America. In summer northward through Canada to southern Alaska. Originated in Middle East and spread to most of Europe and Asia. Introduced in South America, Africa, Australia--nearly anywhere there are people and cities.

They tend to be messy... and have a good appetite and may occur in large noisy chirping flocks. They are aggressive toward other feeder birds.

Food and feeder preference:They eat grain, seed, and insects. To discourage them from your hopper and tray feeders do not feed birds human food scraps. They have a bit of difficulty eating from tube feeders.

15. Northern Mockingbird

Mimus polyglotos

This bird sings from exposed perches most of the year and often through the night. They have an unending supply of their own unique short phrases that they repeat about 3 times each, but frequently intersperse songs of other birds.

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Northern Mockingbird. Greg Gillson.

Range in Arizona: Northern Mockingbirds are year-round residents throughout Arizona.

Identification:

Size: The length of an American Robin.

Shape: Slender and long tailed. Long legs.

Bill: Medium length, slender, slightly curved.

Color: Gray, darker above, with white patches in wing and tail.

Habitat, range & behavior: They prefer edge habitat with scattered trees and bushes, parks and residential areas.

They are found in eastern and southern parts of the US, West Indies, and south into Mexico.

They boldly defend their nests from other birds, cats, and intruders.

Food and feeder preference: Northern Mockingbirds eat insects, berries, and fruit. You may attract mockingbirds to your feeder with grapes, raisins, apple slices. They will come to a suet block. They readily use a bird bath.

16. Eurasian Collared-Dove

Streptopelia decaocto

These large pale pigeons have only been in the United States since invading Florida in 1983. But they have taken over much of the continent and become very common birds in many locations.

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Eurasian Collared-Dove. Greg Gillson.

Range in Arizona: Eurasian Collared-Doves are year-round residents throughout Arizona.

Identification:

Size: Large pigeon. Larger than Mourning Dove. Same size as domestic pigeon.

Shape: Full plump breast. Round head. Long square tail.

Bill: Small.

Color: Cream-colored, may be slightly warmer brown on back or, conversely, may be nearly white. Black hind neck mark. Broad white band at end of tail. From underneath when perched on wire, note the black base to the underside of the tail.

Habitat, range & behavior: These pigeons are found in residential areas and farmlands. Look for them perched on electric lines or in trees.

They are year-round residents in residential areas throughout almost all of the United States, except rare in the Northeast.

A pair of birds nest in one area nearly year-round, then build in numbers over a couple of years. Then several birds from the group fly up to 500 miles and set up a new colony. In this way this species took over much of Europe in the last century, and most of North America, starting from Florida in 1983 (from birds escaped from or vagrant in Bahamas).

Food and feeder preference: Eat grain. Will eat all seeds at bird feeders. Large, hungry, and often visit feeders in groups.

17. Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Dryobates scalaris

This black-and-white striped woodpecker is common in desert habitats.

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Ladder-backed Woodpecker. Greg Gillson.

Range in Arizona: Ladder-backed Woodpeckers are year-round resident in western, central, and southern Arizona.

Identification:

Size: A small woodpecker. Larger than a House Finch. Smaller than an American Robin. A bit larger than a Downy Woodpecker.

Shape: Stocky body. Large head. Short, pointed tail. Stong feet.

Bill: As long as head. Chisel shaped.

Color: Black-and-white striped back and wings. White under parts with spotting. White face with black stripes. Male with red crown.

Habitat, range & behavior: Found in deserts. Frequents mesquite, ocotillo, cholla cactus, and even pinyon-juniper woodlands.

Found from California to Texas and south through Mexico.

Crawl up and around branches and stay hidden with a tree or shrub.

Food and feeder preference: Their diet is mostly insects they pick from bark. Not easily attracted to feeders but may eat sunflower seeds and suet.

18. Black Phoebe

Sayornis nigricans

This perky little flycatcher should be familiar to most Southwestern residents.

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Black Phoebe. Greg Gillson.


Range in Arizona: Black Phoebes are year-round residents in western, central, and eastern portion of southern Arizona. They are summer residents in northeastern and southern part of eastern Arizona. And they are winter visitors only in southwestern Arizona.

Identification:

Size: About the size of a White-crowned Sparrow or Spotted/Eastern towhee. Bigger than a House Finch. Much smaller than a European Starling.

Shape: Big peaked head, pot belly, long slender tail.

Bill: About half the length of the head, straight, very wide.

Color: Sooty black upper parts and upper breast. White belly.

Habitat, range & behavior: Found in lowlands near water, extensive lawns, and grassy backyards.

Found in the western United States, most of Mexico, south into northern and western South America.

May build their mud nests on porches or outbuildings. Typical flycatching behavior: sitting still, then sallying out to grab a flying insect, and return to a perch with a bob of the tail.

Food and feeder preference:Black Phoebes eat flying insects that they chase low over the lawn in aerial pursuits. They don't eat at bird feeders, but they need your bird bath to make mud for their nests.

19. Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Regulus calendula

These tiny little hyperactive balls of feathers are very similar in appearance to sluggish Hutton's Vireos. Note the yellow feet and skinny black legs of the kinglet. Common in backyards in winter.

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Ruby-crowned Kinglet. Greg Gillson.

Range in Arizona: Ruby-crowned Kinglets are year-round residents in eastern and northeastern Arizona, and winter visitors throughout.

Identification:

Size: Smaller than a chickadee or goldfinch.

Shape: Plump, almost round body with round head merging into the body almost without neck. Very short tail. Thin legs.

Bill: Very short, rather thin.

Color:Olive-green, tending toward gray, especially on the head. Paler yellow-green below. Wing gray with yellow-green edges to the wing feathers. Two white wing bars with distinctive black panel below the lower wing panel. White eye ring slightly broken on top and bottom. Red crown of male only shows when agitated. Legs very thin, black, with obvious yellow soles to the feet.

Habitat, range, and behavior: Mountain conifers in summer, brushy patches and chaparral in winter. Residential landscaping hedges and bushes.

Breeds in Alaska, across Canada, and mountains of the West. Migrates through all of US. Winters in coastal East, Southeast, West, into Mexico.

Active flitting from branch to branch, in interior of bushes and small trees, in short flap-hops. Constantly twitches wings. Hover-gleans at leaf tips.

Food and feeder preference: Ruby-crowned Kinglets feed in bushes next to house looking for spiders and insects. May eat at suet feeder.

20. Say's Phoebe

Sayornis saya

This western flycatcher is often found around ranches and canyons.

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Say's Phoebe. Greg Gillson.

Range in Arizona: Say's Phoebes are year-round residents in western, southern, and central Arizona, summer residents in northeastern Arizona.

Identification:

Size:About the size of a White-crowned Sparrow. Larger than a House Finch, smaller than a Red-winged Blackbird or European Starling.

Shape: Large partially crested head, upright posture, long full tail.

Bill: Rather small and flat. Black.

Color: Upper parts are gray-brown. Under parts are cinnamon. Tail dark.

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Habitat, range, and behavior: Found in dry, open country, grasslands, deserts.

Year-round resident in Mexico and the Southwest. Summers widely in the West and Great Plains to Alaska. Winters more widely in Southwest and Mexico.

Perch on roofs, fence lines, small trees, or ground and chases insects low to the ground.

Food and feeder preference: Eat insects. Do not come to feeders.

21. Northern Cardinal

Cardinalis cardinalis

This is one of the most common and popular backyard birds in the eastern half of the United States. Surprise! There is a population in the Desert Southwest, too.

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Northern Cardinal. Greg Gillson.

Range in Arizona: Northern Cardinals are year-round residents in central and southeastern Arizona.

Identification:

Size: Cardinals are a bit smaller than American Robins, about the same size as Red-winged Blackbirds.

Shape: Plump body with fairly long full tail. Wispy crest.

Bill: Short, heavy, conical, pink.

Color: That bright red color is matched by few other birds. Black face. The female is grayer, but with hints of red in wings and tail, and has a crest, too.

Habitat, range & behavior: Cardinals are year-round residents in shrubby woodland edges from the eastern United States to Texas and Arizona south into Mexico.

That large conical bill is made for chewing seeds. Watch them crack open sunflower seeds, spit out the hulls, and pluck the kernel with their tongues!

Food and feeder preference: Black oil sunflower seeds. Many types of seeds, berries, nuts in larger hopper or tray feeders.

You may like my in-depth article on attracting Northern Cardinals.

22. Cactus Wren

Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus

These birds are found in cholla cactus stands and other prickly bushes. The more spines the better!

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Cactus Wren. Greg Gillson.

Range in Arizona: Cactus Wrens are year-round residents in western, central, and southern Arizona, absent in northeastern Arizona.

Identification:

Size: Large wren. The size of a towhee or fat White-throated Sparrow. Smaller than a Red-winged Blackbird.

Shape: Chunky body. Large head. Long tail. Long legs.

Bill: As long as head. Downcurved and pointed.

Color: Brown, gray, and black barred upper parts and tail. Head with rusty crown and stripe through eye. White eyebrow stripe. Gray chest with cinnamon wash over belly and lots of black spots.

Habitat, range & behavior: They live in cholla and prickly pear cacti patches.

They are found from southeastern California to central Texas and south through Baja and central Mexico.

They are very active and noisy. They poke around cacti and frequently perch high to sing.

Food and feeder preference: Their diet is mostly spiders and insects. You can attract them to your feeder with sunflower seeds and suet.

23. Northern Flicker

Colaptes auratus

This ant-eating woodpecker spends a lot of time hopping and probing on the ground. This behavior confuses many beginners who don't know what to make of the long bill, red wing linings, and white rump. When the males drum loudly on their downspouts at dawn in spring, then they know it's a woodpecker!

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Northern (Red-shafted) Flicker. Greg Gillson.

Range in Arizona: Northern Flickers are resident in northern Arizona, absent or rare winter visitors in southern Arizona.

Identification:

Size: About the size of a Mourning Dove. Larger than a robin.

Shape: Stocky with short legs, short tail, big head.

Bill: As long as head, thin, slightly curved.

Color: Back is brown with black bars. Under parts pinkish with black spots. Undersides of black wing and tail feathers are bright salmon red (West) or yellow (East). Head gray (West) or brown (East) and males with red (West) or black (East) whisker marks and nape marks (East). Black crescent across chest. White rump seen in flight.

Habitat, range & behavior: Found in woodland edges and forests.

Year-round resident from extreme southern Canada, across all of the lower-48 states and in the mountains of Mexico and Middle America. In summer breeds northward well into Canada and Alaska.

Frequently noted hopping on ground pecking in the ground for insects. In late spring, males proclaim their territory by rapid pounding on a hollow tree branch, though the ringing of metal downspouts at dawn is louder and carries much farther to the exasperation of anyone trying to sleep inside!

Food and feeder preference: Ants and beetles are their primary foods. Will eat black oil sunflower seeds and are attracted to suet.

24. Phainopepla

Phainopepla nitens

These sleek crested birds are my favorite desert birds.

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Phainopepla. Greg Gillson.

Range in Arizona: Phainopeplas are year-round residents in southeastern Arizona, summer residents in central and northwestern Arizona, and winter visitors in southwestern Arizona. They are absent from northeast Arizona.

Identification:

Size: A bit larger than White-crowned Sparrow. Smaller than Northern Mockingbird.

Shape: Long and thin. Long rounded tail. Wispy tall crest.

Bill: Small, short.

Color: Males are glossy black with red eyes and white wing patches. Females are soft gray and lack the wing patches.

Habitat, range & behavior: Mesquite, palo verde and other trees in deserts, also oak woodlands.

Found from central California to west Texas and south into Mexico.

Often fly over the desert with deep fluttery wing strokes, displaying large white patches in the wing of males. They perch high in treetops. Sometimes group together, though often just stay in pairs.

Food and feeder preference: Their diet is mostly fruit--especially berries of desert mistletoe. They also eat insects. Do not come to feeders.

25. European Starling

Sturnus vulgaris

Introduced to North America in the late 1800's, they crossed the continent, often to the detriment of native cavity-nesting birds. The prime example of an invasive species.

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European Starling. Greg Gillson.


Range in Ariona: European Starlings are year-round residents throughout Arizona.

Identification:

Size: About the size of a Red-winged Blackbird. Smaller than an American Robin. Larger than a White-crowned Sparrow or Spotted/Eastern towhee.

Shape: Stocky with large head, short square-ended tail. Longer legs.

Bill: As long as head. Sharp pointed. Yellow in spring, otherwise dark.

Color: They are grayish brown much of the year, with glossy iridescence and white spotting during the spring.

Habitat, range & behavior: Lowland birds that need trees large enough for nest cavities but plenty of open area for feeding. They are most abundant in urban and suburban areas where they find food and artificial nest cavities.

Resident from coast-to-coast from southern Canada to northern Mexico. In summer north across Canada and Alaska. Native range is Europe to Pakistan, north Africa.

Often viewed as a pest, starlings often bully other backyard birds, taking over bird feeders, and stealing nest cavities from smaller native birds.

In winter they can form into flocks of tens of thousands.

Food and feeder preference: European Starlings eat primarily insects when available, often feeding on the ground. Discourage them from your backyard hopper and tray feeders by never feeding birds table scraps (including bread or meat). They have weak feet and do not perch well on tube feeders. A cage mesh around smaller hopper feeders may keep them out.

26. Vermilion Flycatcher

Pyrocephalus rubinus

The striking red males are an amazing sight. The scientific name translates to red fire-head.

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Vermilion Flycatcher. Greg Gillson.

Range in Arizona: Vermilion Flycatchers are year-round residents in southeastern Arizona, summer residents in central Arizona.

Identification:

Size: Small. About the same size as a House Finch.

Shape: Round body. Big puffy head. Medium-short tail.

Bill: Rather short, wide in head-on view.

Color: Males are strikingly red on the head and underparts. A dark brown mask connects to the nape and back. The shoulders and tail are also dark. Females are gray above, including the crown of the head, pale below with streaks, soft yellowish or peach-colored wash on belly.

Habitat, range & behavior: Found in open desert country, especially near streams. Frequent golf courses, grassy parks. May sit on low wires, fence posts.

Found from southern California to central Texas and into Mexico. Winters along Gulf Coast to Florida.

Sit on low perch and fly out to chase insects low along ground.

Food and feeder preference: Diet is flying insects. Do not come to feeders.

27. Bewick's Wren

Thryomanes bewickii

This is a brush-loving bird that may hide in your backyard hedges.

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Bewick's Wren. Greg Gillson.

Range in Arizona: Bewick's Wrens are year-round residents throughout most of Arizona, absent in the Sonoran Desert of southwestern Arizona.

Identification:

Size: These are fairly small birds, about the size of House Finches.

Shape: They are rather stocky, with short neck, long floppy tail, fairly long legs.

Bill: Long, thin, slightly curved.

Color: Different populations can be more gray or brown. Barred brown and black tail. Pale gray under parts. The white eyebrow is diagnostic.

Habitat, range, and behavior: These birds are found in brushy tangles, chaparral, backyard bushes.

These birds live along the West Coast from southern British Columba southward into Mexico, the Southwest, east to Missouri.

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They stay hidden in dense brush except in spring when they sing loudly from exposed perches.

Food and feeder preference: Bewick's Wrens eat primarily insects and invertebrates. They will come to feeders in winter for suet.

28. White-breasted Nuthatch

Sitta carolinensis

A favorite feeder bird for many for its active antics and fearlessness. Though a small bird it is the largest nuthatch in North America.

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White-breasted Nuthatch. Greg Gillson

Range in Arizona: White-breasted Nuthatches are year-round residents in central, northeastern, and eastern Arizona.

Identification:

Size: About chickadee-sized in length. Smaller than a junco or House Finch.

Shape: Appears large-headed, neckless, very short tailed. Short legs.

Bill: Nearly as long as head, straight, thin.

Color: Blue-gray above, white below. Black cap, wing tips, tail. Rusty feathers under tail.

Habitat, range & behavior: Common in oak and oak-pine woodlands, wooded towns.

Found across the United States, southern Canada, mountains of central Mexico. Absent from treeless grasslands, deserts in the west.

Crawls over tree branches and head-first down tree trunks searching for insects.

Food and feeder preference: Insects, seeds, acorns and other nuts. Love black oil sunflower seeds feeding on hopper and tray feeders. Suet blocks.

29. Red-winged Blackbird

Agelaius phoeniceus

These noisy flocking birds are most often found in marshes. But in winter they are found in backyards.

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Male Red-winged Blackbird. Greg Gillson.
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Female Red-winged Blackbird. Greg Gillson.

Range in Arizona: Red-winged Blackbirds are year-round residents throughout Arizona.

Identification: This is a key species for comparing with an unknown bird.

Size: About 8-3/4 inches long from bill tip to tail tip. About the size of a Northern Cardinal. Smaller than an American Robin.

Shape: Pot-bellied with a longer bill and flat forehead. Tail average.

Bill: Long and sharp pointed.

Color: Males are black with red and yellow shoulder patch. Females are streaked brown and rusty (sparrow-like but pointed bill and flat forehead).

Habitat, range, and behavior: Cattail marshes and wetlands are their summer habitat. In winter they feed in grain fields.

They breed across most of the North American continent. In winter they withdraw from most of Alaska and Canada.

They are found in colonies in summer and large flocks in winter.

Food and feeder preference: They eat insects in summer. In winter they eat grain and seeds. They visit feeders, more often in large winter flocks, and eat most seeds and suet.

30. Dark-eyed Junco

Junco hyemalis

Colloquially called "snowbirds," they often arrive in backyards in winter from nearby mountain forests or more northern climes.

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Dark-eyed Junco. Photo by Greg Gillson.

Range in Arizona: Dark-eyed Juncos are year-round residents in northern and northeastern Arizona, winter throughout.

Identification:

Size: Small birds about the size of a House Finch.

Shape: Round body, short neck, round head, fairly long square-ended tail.

Bill: Short, pointed, conical, pink.

Color: Eastern birds are a darker all-gray with white belly. Western birds (those breeding in California and pictured above) have jet black hood over the head, brown back, white belly and pink sides. Females paler.

Habitat, range & behavior: Breed in coniferous forests. Winters widely. Avoids heavy brush, preferring widely spaced bushes.

Breeds across most of Canada, Alaska, and the western half of the United States. Winters from southern Canada and all of the lower 48-states to extreme northern Mexico.

Spend much of their time hopping and feeding on the ground.

Food and feeder preference:Dark-eyed Juncos eat mostly seeds, also insects in summer. Readily feed at backyard feeders on mixed seeds on hopper or tray feeders and ground.

You may like my in-depth article on attracting Dark-eyed Juncos.

31. Brown-headed Cowbird

Molothrus ater

Cowbirds are small blackbirds lay their eggs in the nests of other smaller birds, such as warblers. The adoptive parents raise their young!

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Brown-headed Cowbird. Greg Gillson.

Range in Arizona: Brown-headed Cowbirds are summer residents throughout Arizona, year-round residents in southeastern Arizona.

Identification:

Size: Larger than White-crowned Sparrows, but smaller than Rose-breasted or Black-headed Grosbeaks. Smaller than other blackbirds, starlings, and grackles.

Shape: Perhaps a little bit pot-bellied. Medium length tail. Flat forehead as typical for blackbirds.

Bill: Rather thick and stout.

Color:Males are glossy black with rich brown head. Females are dusty gray-brown throughout. Long-held juvenile plumage similar to pale female, scaly, being fed by Yellow Warbler or Song Sparrow or a hundred other host species.

Habitat, range & behavior: They are found in woodlands and farms. Also, with other blackbirds in winter at shopping center parking lots.

In summer they breed across Canada and most of the United States and Mexico. In winter they move south out of Canada and occupy both coasts and southeastern States in the US.

These small blackbirds join other flocks of blackbirds in cattle feedlots. You may see cowbirds riding on the backs of cattle, sheep, or horses. They originally rode on the backs of American bison on the Great Plains but expanded when forests were cut.

Food and feeder preference: Cowbirds eat grains, seeds, and insects. They will readily come to hopper and platform feeders. They are larger and more aggressive, so keep other birds from feeders and have a big appetite!

32. Black-chinned Hummingbird

Archilochus alexandri

The throat feathers of all male hummingbirds are black. Only when light is refracted at just the right angle do those brilliant gemstone colors appear. For this species, however, the throat appears black all the time, except for some deep purple feathers at the bottom of the gorget.

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Black-chinned Hummingbird. Greg Gillson.

Range in Arizona: Black-chinned Hummingbirds are summer residents throughout most of Arizona, spring and fall migrants only in southwestern Arizona.

Identification:

Size: Tiny.

Shape: Round body with large head and not much neck. Tail fairly long for a hummingbird. Long wings don't quite extend to tail tip when perched. Long needle-like bill.

Bill: Long tubular, slightly downcurved.

Color: Green above and crown. White below with dusky green sides. White wraps up part way around neck like a collar, strongly contrasts with dark throat of male. Female has white throat, gray crown.

Habitat, range & behavior: River canyons, arid areas. Sycamores, oaks.

Summer residents in deserts of the West and Southwest from interior British Columbia south through California and Texas.

Food and feeder preference: They eat insects and spiders, flower nectar. Readily come to hummingbird feeders.

Common Birds in Arizona (Lists of mostcommon feeder birds and most common backyard birds by season)

To determine how common each species isI used the data from actual bird sightings from the citizenscience program eBird. Birds are listed by frequency. Thatis, how often the species is recorded on checklists submitted toeBird (a percentage).

When choosing the birds to include inthis article I leaned strongly to birds that are present throughoutthe year in good numbers. Thus, many of the common birds areyear-round residents. This means that they live in the samelocation all year. They raise their young in your neighborhood. Theydon't migrate. Or if the species does migrate, the ones living inyour area don't. If this is the case, some migrants may move intoyour area during certain times of year, adding to the same speciesthat are in your yard full time.

Some migrant birds visit your yardduring the “summer.” Often, they arrive in spring and remain untillate fall. They nest and raise their young in your neighborhood.These are the summer residents.

Other migrant birds visit your backyardduring the “winter.” Some of these winter visitors mayarrive in July and remain into April. Others may only be found in thecold of December or January. They key here is that they nest andraise their young somewhere else. They only visit your yard in thenon-breeding season.

Migration is an amazing spectacle. There will be birds that fly through your region in spring or fall(or both). They may visit your backyard only a few days or weeks ayear. They aren't regular enough, or stay long enough, to be includedin this article. But the number of briefly visiting migrant birdscould double the number of species presented here. You may see themover time. Consult checklists in eBird for your county to see what ispossible.

I have generally excluded commonwaterfowl, birds of prey, shorebirds, seabirds, and others thataren't usually found in residential areas. But they may certainly flyover or be seen regularly if your home is on a shoreline, forinstance.

Most common backyardbirds in Arizona throughout the year

The following list is the backyardbirds that are, on average, most common throughout the entireyear. The list is ordered by most common based on the frequency ofhow often each species is recorded on checklists submitted to eBird.

The most common backyard birdsthroughout the year in the state of Arizona, in order, are these:

  1. Mourning Dove (46% frequency)
  2. House Finch (45%)
  3. Gila Woodpecker (35%)
  4. Lesser Goldfinch (31%)
  5. Verdin (30%)
  6. Anna's Hummingbird (24%)
  7. White-crowned Sparrow (23%)
  8. Yellow-rumped Warbler (23%)
  9. White-winged Dove (22%)
  10. Curve-billed Thrasher (22%)
  11. Gambel's Quail (21%)
  12. Great-tailed Grackle (21%)
  13. Abert's Towhee (20%)
  14. House Sparrow (20%)
  15. Northern Mockingbird (18%)
  16. Eurasian Collared-Dove (16%)
  17. Ladder-backed Woodpecker (16%)
  18. Black Phoebe (16%)
  19. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (16%)
  20. Say's Phoebe (15%)
  21. Northern Cardinal (15%)
  22. Cactus Wren (15%)
  23. Northern Flicker (15%)
  24. Phainopepla (14%)
  25. European Starling (14%)
  26. Vermilion Flycatcher (14%)
  27. Bewick's Wren (14%)
  28. White-breasted Nuthatch (14%)
  29. Red-winged Blackbird (13%)

Most common backyardbirds in Arizona in winter

The following list is the backyardbirds that are most common in winter. The list is ordered by mostcommon based on the frequency of how often each species is recordedon checklists submitted to eBird.

The most common backyard birds in Arizona in winter (December through February) are these:

  1. House Finch (47% frequency)
  2. Mourning Dove (43%)
  3. Gila Woodpecker (40%)
  4. White-crowned Sparrow (37%)
  5. Verdin (33%)
  6. Yellow-rumped Warbler (33%)
  7. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (28%)
  8. Anna's Hummingbird (28%)
  9. Lesser Goldfinch (25%)
  10. Abert's Towhee (24%)
  11. Curve-billed Thrasher (23%)
  12. Great-tailed Grackle (21%)
  13. Say's Phoebe (21%)
  14. Black Phoebe (20%)
  15. House Sparrow (20%)
  16. Dark-eyed Junco (20%)

Most common backyardbirds in Arizona in summer

The following list is the backyardbirds that are most common in summer (June and July). The list isordered by most common based on the frequency of how often eachspecies is recorded on checklists submitted to eBird.

The most common backyard birds in Arizona in summer (June and July) are these:

  1. Mourning Dove (46% frequency)
  2. House Finch (43%)
  3. White-winged Dove (42%)
  4. Lesser Goldfinch (31%)
  5. Gila Woodpecker (26%)
  6. Verdin (24%)
  7. Gambel's Quail (21%)
  8. Brown-headed Cowbird (20%)
  9. Black-chinned Hummingbird (20%)

How do the birds in winter differ from the birds in summer?

In winter White-crowned Sparrows, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Ruby-crowned Kinglets are more common.

In summer most birds are less common. No doubt they are more local to towns and other places with water, and not so widespread as in winter.

White-winged Doves are much more common, however, in Arizona in summer as compared to winter.



Common backyard birds of Phoenix, Arizona

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Abert's Towhee. Greg Gillson

The following list uses eBird data to create a list of common backyard birds in Phoenix. Phoenix is in Maricopa County. I will use the data for Maricopa County to represent the birds in the Phoenix area.

Other towns in Maricopa County include Scottsdale and Chandler.

Here are the most common backyard birds throughout the year in Phoenix:

  1. Mourning Dove (65% frequency)
  2. Great-tailed Grackle (54%)
  3. House Finch (52%)
  4. Verdin (52%)
  5. Gila Woodpecker (50%)
  6. Anna's Hummingbird (41%)
  7. Curve-billed Thrasher (40%)
  8. Abert's Towhee (40%)
  9. European Starling (39%)
  10. Northern Mockingbird (39%)
  11. House Sparrow (38%)
  12. Gambel's Quail (35%)
  13. Rock Pigeon (33%) Learn about this species on eBird
  14. Eurasian Collared-Dove (32%)
  15. Yellow-rumped Warbler (29%)
  16. White-crowned Sparrow (25%)
  17. Black Phoebe (24%)
  18. White-winged Dove (23%)
  19. Say's Phoebe (21%)

Because of the water and bird feeders, most backyard birds in the Phoenix area are much more common than in the rest of this desert state. Birds that appear as common in Phoenix that aren't nearly so in the rest of the state are Abert's Towhee, plus the urban birds: European Starling, Rock Pigeon, Eurasian Collared-Dove.

An exception to this is that Lesser Goldfinch is less common in the Phoenix area (18% frequency) than in the state as a whole (31%).

Common Backyard Birds of Tucson, Arizona

The following list uses eBird data to create a list of common backyard birds in Tucson. The city of Tucson is in Pima County. I will use the data for Pima County to represent the birds of the Tucson area.

Here are the most common backyard birds throughout the year in Tucson:

  1. Mourning Dove (54% frequency)
  2. House Finch (50%)
  3. Gila Woodpecker (48%)
  4. Verdin (45%)
  5. Lesser Goldfinch (37%)
  6. Anna's Hummingbird (27%)
  7. Curve-billed Thrasher (26%)
  8. White-winged Dove (25%)
  9. Cactus Wren (24%)
  10. Abert's Towhee (24%)
  11. Gambel's Quail (24%)
  12. Vermilion Flycatcher (24%)
  13. White-crowned Sparrow (23%)
  14. Phainopepla (23%)
  15. Yellow-rumped Warbler (23%)
  16. House Sparrow (22%)
  17. Ladder-backed Woodpecker (19%)

The common birds found in backyards of Tucson are almost exactly the same as those found in the state of Arizona as a whole.

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FAQs

How do I identify a bird in my backyard? ›

The best way to identify backyard birds is to use a balanced observation approach that includes noting the behavior, voice, color, and field markings of the bird. A field guide may also help you identify the most common backyard birds in your region.

How do I know what birds are in my area? ›

You can use eBird to find out what birds are in your area now or in the past. The eBird database is free to all and uses real bird sightings gathered by bird watchers around the world. Your area can be as small as a local park, county or state, depending upon where you live.

What is the most common bird to see? ›

34 of the most common birds in United States (with photos)
  • Mourning Dove (35% frequency)
  • Northern Cardinal (34%)
  • American Robin (33%)
  • American Crow (32%)
  • Blue Jay (28%)
  • Song Sparrow (25%)
  • Red-winged Blackbird (25%)
  • European Starling (25%)
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What are the little tiny brown birds called? ›

Small brown birds at your feeder are likely to be sparrows or female finches. However, they might be female blackbirds. They might be wrens!

How do I know what kind of bird I have? ›

Bird watchers can identify many species from just a quick look. They're using the four keys to visual identification: Size & Shape, Color Pattern, Behavior, and Habitat.

How do I know what kind of bird I saw? ›

Merlin, the Cornell Lab's popular bird ID app, has spawned a new tool called Merlin Bird Photo ID, and you can help test it out! Just upload a photo, click on the bird's bill, eye, and tail, and let computer vision help you ID the bird. It currently recognizes 400 common North American bird species.

Is there a free app to identify birds? ›

The Audubon Bird Guide is a free and complete field guide to over 800 species of North American birds, right in your pocket. Built for all experience levels, it will help you identify the birds around you, keep track of the birds you've seen, and get outside to find new birds near you.

Can you name five birds that are commonly found in your area? ›

Some common birds of around the house are Indian sparrow,Rock Pigeon, Common white Crane and Indian Myna. Into the forest area or around the beautiful villages of India one can also spot wild dove, Pied Kingfisher,Spotted Owlet, Saker falcon and the Yellow-footed Green Pigeon.

What birds visit your backyard at home? ›

If do all these little things right, even in urban areas of India Sparrows, Barbets, Robins, Fantail, Sunbirds, tailorbird, Bulbul, Golden Oriole, Cuckoo, Parakeet, Myna, spotted dove & much more will definitely visit your garden. Happy Gardening!

What is the most rare bird? ›

The Bahama Nuthatch is currently the rarest bird in the world as none have been seen since 2018. That year, after an exhaustive search, researchers were delighted to find a pair of Bahama Nuthatches together and a few more individuals.

What is the only bird that Cannot fly? ›

It may seem strange that among the more than 10,000 bird species in the world today is a group that literally cannot fly or sing, and whose wings are more fluff than feather. These are the ratites: the ostrich, emu, rhea, kiwi and cassowary.

What bird looks like a sparrow but is smaller? ›

Dickcissel. Dickcissel are small-sized bird from the sparrow family, that can be found in fields, grasslands and prairies throughout North America, migrating from Central America during the winter months.

What does it mean when sparrows fly around you? ›

Sparrow Encounters and Omens

Sparrows are often seen as good luck charms or positive omens that signify peace and ease.

What bird looks like a sparrow but is larger? ›

Grosbeaks: These birds look similar to sparrows but are usually much larger, with very heavy, thick bills with wide bases for cracking the largest seeds.

Can Google identify birds? ›

If you have your mobile phone with you, Google can help you identify that plant or bird, plus much more.

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Explore which ones are right for you and your kids.
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How do you identify a bird for beginners? ›

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What kind of bird lays blue eggs? ›

Red-winged blackbirds, Dunnocks, House Finches, and Black Tinamous are some of the most common birds that lay blue eggs.

How do I identify a bird by its song? ›

It's like Shazam® for birds—just hold up your phone, record the bird singing, and BirdGenie™ will help you identify the species. The app's highly developed sound identification engine and expert matching system enable anyone to achieve results with previously unheard of accuracy.

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No. It's a camera, not a bird or other object identifier.

Is there an app to identify birds by picture? ›

Merlin features the best of community contributed photos, songs, and calls, tips from experts around the world to help you ID the birds you see, and range maps from Birds of the World—all powered by billions of bird observations submitted to eBird.

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Which bird lives in a group of 7 and is very noisy? ›

The jungle babbler lives in flocks of seven to ten or more. It is a noisy bird, and the presence of a flock may generally be known at some distance by the harsh mewing calls, continual chattering, squeaking and chirping produced by its members.

Which bird can sing sweetly? ›

The common nightingale song is considered as the most pleasant melodic bird song.

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Now, it's time to share with you the top 10 birds in India:
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Birds throw seed hulls from the feeder

Birds eat the meat of the seed, the kernel. They discard the seed's fibrous outer covering, the hull. If you examine the seeds under the feeder you may see that it is mostly the two inedible halves of the hull that have been tossed on the ground.

Do birds Know Who feeds them? ›

Birds primarily use vision, their sense of sight, to locate food. Birds may see seeds that they recognize as food in your feeder. But to do so, they have to be pretty close.

What's the coolest bird? ›

Summary of Top 10 Cool Types of Birds
RankCool Type of Bird
1Peacock
2Flamingo
3Psittacines
4Peregrine Falcon
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Which bird can talk? ›

Songbirds and parrots are the two groups of birds able to learn and mimic human speech.

Which is the fastest flying bird? ›

But first, some background: The Peregrine Falcon is indisputably the fastest animal in the sky. It has been measured at speeds above 83.3 m/s (186 mph), but only when stooping, or diving.

What is the hardest bird to find? ›

Congo bay owl. Owls can be the hardest of birds to see. Among them, bay owls tend to be especially difficult to track down at night in their rainforest habitats. This species is known from only two records in the eastern Congo mountains — a specimen collected in 1951 and a bird mist-netted in 1996.

Which bird can fly backwards? ›

NARRATOR: The hummingbird is the only bird that can fly in any direction. The unique architecture of its wings enables it to fly forward, backward, straight up and down, or to remain suspended in the air.

Is there a bird that never lands? ›

The scientific name for the common swift, A. apus, means “without feet” and refers to their extremely short legs. The common swift uses its legs only to cling to vertical surfaces, as swifts typically never land on the ground as they would be too exposed to predators.

Which bird Cannot walk? ›

Hummingbirds cannot walk or hop, though they can use their feet to scoot sideways while perched. These birds have evolved smaller feet to be lighter for more efficient flying.

What bird is all black with a white belly? ›

The Black Phoebe is a dapper flycatcher of the western U.S. with a sooty black body and crisp white belly. They sit in the open on low perches to scan for insects, often keeping up a running series of shrill chirps.

What is a GREY bird with a black head? ›

Catbirds give the impression of being entirely slaty gray. With a closer look you'll see a small black cap, blackish tail, and a rich rufous-brown patch under the tail. Catbirds are secretive but energetic, hopping and fluttering from branch to branch through tangles of vegetation.

What is a gray and white bird called? ›

The Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) is an slim gray bird with flashy white wing patches and white edges on its long tail. It is one of the most vocal and distinctive common, backyard birds in America.

Which bird means freedom? ›

These ten birds symbolize freedom: doves, eagles, peacocks, canary, herons, sparrows, albatross, robins, parakeets, and cranes. Birds have forever been associated with freedom because they can fly with no boundaries whatsoever.

What does it mean when a bird comes to your window every morning? ›

When a bird keeps flying into your window frequently, there are several meanings to it. One of them is that a significant transition is about to happen in your life. It could also mean your challenges are not yet over. It could also mean the problems are gradually ending, and you need to be patient.

What does God say about sparrows? ›

“Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows” (Matt. 10:28-31).

How do I identify a bird in my backyard? ›

The best way to identify backyard birds is to use a balanced observation approach that includes noting the behavior, voice, color, and field markings of the bird. A field guide may also help you identify the most common backyard birds in your region.

What bird is gray with a white belly? ›

All juncos have prominent white outer tail feathers. Male "Slate-colored" form is mostly gray with white belly.

What are the little tiny brown birds called? ›

Small brown birds at your feeder are likely to be sparrows or female finches. However, they might be female blackbirds. They might be wrens!

What is the best bird identification app? ›

Explore which ones are right for you and your kids.
  • eBird Mobile App. If you are looking for a convenient and paperless way to log your bird sightings, consider the eBird mobile app. ...
  • Merlin. ...
  • Audubon Bird Guide. ...
  • BirdsEye Bird Finding Guide. ...
  • EyeLoveBirds. ...
  • iBird Pro. ...
  • Sibley Birds (Version 2)

What bird looks like a sparrow but is smaller? ›

Dickcissel. Dickcissel are small-sized bird from the sparrow family, that can be found in fields, grasslands and prairies throughout North America, migrating from Central America during the winter months.

What is a black bird with a grey head? ›

Coloeus monedula

Measuring 34–39 centimetres (13–15 in) in length, the western jackdaw is a black-plumaged bird with a grey nape and distinctive pale-grey irises.

How do I identify a sparrow? ›

Male House Sparrows are brightly colored birds with gray heads, white cheeks, a black bib, and rufous neck – although in cities you may see some that are dull and grubby. Females are a plain buffy-brown overall with dingy gray-brown underparts.

Is there a free app to identify birds? ›

The Audubon Bird Guide is a free and complete field guide to over 800 species of North American birds, right in your pocket. Built for all experience levels, it will help you identify the birds around you, keep track of the birds you've seen, and get outside to find new birds near you.

Can iPhone identify birds? ›

No. It's a camera, not a bird or other object identifier.

Can Google identify birds? ›

If you have your mobile phone with you, Google can help you identify that plant or bird, plus much more.

What bird is all black with a white belly? ›

The Black Phoebe is a dapper flycatcher of the western U.S. with a sooty black body and crisp white belly. They sit in the open on low perches to scan for insects, often keeping up a running series of shrill chirps.

What is a gray and white bird called? ›

The Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) is an slim gray bird with flashy white wing patches and white edges on its long tail. It is one of the most vocal and distinctive common, backyard birds in America.

What bird is gray with a white belly? ›

All juncos have prominent white outer tail feathers. Male "Slate-colored" form is mostly gray with white belly.

What does it mean when a crow visits you? ›

Crows appear to alert you to the presence of spiritual shifts taking place around you and to remind you to pay close attention to the spiritual signs that are being conveyed to guide you in the right direction. They are symbols of change, phases, telepathic powers, and the ability to see into the realms of the unseen.

What bird looks like a small crow? ›

It might be one of them. So, you may also be wondering which birds look like crows. Crow look-alike birds are common ravens, red-winged blackbirds, common grackles, brown-headed cowbirds, western jackdaws, pied currawongs, western rooks, black-billed magpies, alpine choughs, European starlings, and more.

What are the big black birds called? ›

Crows and ravens are large black birds found throughout North America, and they can be hard to tell apart. The best clue for identification is usually the voice, but the species differ in some other subtle ways, too.

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