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Birds of the Avocado Nursery

Birds of the Avocado Nursery

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.


  1. Euro-Collared Dove: White tail feathers & dark tipped wings.  Black half-collar at the nape of the neck.
  2. Mourning Dove: Most plain with black spots on wings.  The mournful cooing of the Mourning Dove is one of the most familiar bird sounds.
  3. 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)


  1. Acorn Woodpecker: Black on head & chest, red cap, white eyes, red cap. A clown face.
  2. Gila Woodpecker: Black & white bars on back, wings & tail. Male has small red spot on crown
  3. 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.