Please note, this is not a complete list of all birds in Arizona. Our list only includes the birds we have seen most frequently at our CYC Garden at The Avocado Nursery.
- Euro-Collared Dove: White tail feathers & dark tipped wings. Black half-collar at the nape of the neck.
- Mourning Dove: Most plain with black spots on wings. The mournful cooing of the Mourning Dove is one of the most familiar bird sounds.
- White Winged Dove: Bulkier than Mourning Dove with shorter tail. Big white wing patches and white tips on outer tail feathers.
(Mourning Doves at sunset)
- Acorn Woodpecker: Black on head & chest, red cap, white eyes, red cap. A clown face.
- Gila Woodpecker: Black & white bars on back, wings & tail. Male has small red spot on crown
- Ladder-Backed Woodpecker: White on face. Wider white bars on back. Permanent resident in the desert
(Woodpecker resting on post)
ASH THROATED FLYCATCHER: Very pale gray throat leading to a pale yellow belly. Spends the winter in Arizona
GAMBEL’S QUAIL: Curving topknot, white stripes on chestnut red sides. Male has reddish cap. Permanent resident of Arizona
(Thirsty Quails stop by to cool off)
ROADRUNNER: Very distinctive elongated shape with long bill, strong legs. Long tail with white spots.
(A resident roadrunner perching on his chair)
YELLOW WARBLER: Plain yellow face with a dark eye. Yellow edgings on dark wing feathers. Yellow spots on tail. Fall migration is very early.
(Yellow Warbler on palo verde tree)
BLUE THROATED HUMMINGBIRD: Blue on throat – white stripe behind eye. Big white corners on big black tail
CACTUS WREN: State bird of Arizona. Very eye-catching. White, brown and black-barred tail and wings, white eye stripe on a brown head, brown and black spotted belly and slightly curved bill.