List of birds of Arizona

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The cactus wren is the state bird of Arizona

This list of birds of Arizona includes every wild bird species ever seen in Arizona, as recorded by the Arizona Bird Committee. The list includes 556 confirmed species plus 35 species that are unconfirmed or have not been accepted by the committee. It was last updated in December, 2011. The following markings have been used:

  • n - Nesting: Confirmed nesting records within the state of Arizona
  • (I) - Introduced: Birds that have been introduced to North America by the actions of man, either directly or indirectly
  • (E) - Extinct
  • (Ex) - Extirpated: A bird that, while it is not extinct, is no longer found in Arizona
  • (C) - Casual: Birds that are rare, but have been recorded in Arizona at least forty times
  • (A) - Accidental: Birds that have been seen only a few times, or only once
  • (H) - Hypothetical: Birds that have had a credible sighting reported, but have not been documented with a specimen or with a suitable photograph

Birds listed as either accidental or hypothetical should not be expected to be found anywhere in Arizona with regularity, and are put on an official review list, with reports of these birds requested for submission to the Arizona Bird Committee with full details (including when possible, photographic, tape, video or sketch documentation). The order is as given by the Arizona Bird Committee list, with some modifications according to recent taxonomical changes. Introduced, casual, accidental, hypothetical, extirpated and extinct species are included in the total species counts for Arizona.

Table of contents

Unofficial/unconfirmed species        Reported species        References'        External links

Anatidae - swans, geese and ducks[edit]

Phasianidae - partridges, grouse, pheasants and turkeys[edit]

Odontophoridae - New World quail[edit]

Gaviidae - loons[edit]

Podicipedidae - grebes[edit]

Diomedeidae - albatrosses[edit]

Procellariidae - shearwaters[edit]

Hydrobatidae - storm petrels[edit]

Phaethontidae - tropicbirds[edit]

Sulidae - boobies[edit]

Pelecanidae - pelicans[edit]

Phalacrocoracidae - cormorants[edit]

Anhingidae - anhinga[edit]

Fregatidae - frigatebirds[edit]

Ardeidae - bitterns, herons and egrets[edit]

Threskiornithidae - ibises and spoonbills[edit]

Ciconiidae - storks[edit]

Cathartidae - New World vultures[edit]

Accipitridae - kites, eagles and hawks[edit]

Pandionidae - osprey[edit]

Falconidae - caracaras and falcons[edit]

Rallidae - rails, gallinules and coots[edit]

Gruidae - cranes[edit]

Charadriidae - plovers[edit]

Recurvirostridae - stilts and avocets[edit]

Jacanidae - jacanas[edit]

Scolopacidae - sandpipers, phalaropes and allies[edit]

Laridae - gulls, terns and skimmers[edit]

Stercorariidae - jaegers[edit]

Columbidae - pigeons and doves[edit]

Psittacidae - parrots[edit]

Cuculidae - cuckoos, roadrunners and anis[edit]

Tytonidae - barn owls[edit]

Strigidae - typical owls[edit]

Caprimulgidae - nighthawks and nightjars[edit]

Apodidae - swifts[edit]

Trochilidae - hummingbirds[edit]

Trogonidae - trogons[edit]

Alcedinidae - kingfishers[edit]

Picidae - woodpeckers[edit]

Tyrannidae - tyrant flycatchers[edit]

Tityridae - tityras, becards and allies[edit]

Laniidae - shrikes[edit]

Vireonidae - vireos[edit]

Corvidae - jays, magpies, crows and ravens[edit]

Alaudidae - larks[edit]

Hirundinidae - swallows and martins[edit]

Paridae - chickadees and titmice[edit]

Remizidae - verdins[edit]

  • Verdin, Auriparus flaviceps n

Aegithalidae - bushtits[edit]

Sittidae - nuthatches[edit]

Certhiidae - creepers[edit]

Troglodytidae - wrens[edit]

Cinclidae - dippers[edit]

Regulidae - kinglets[edit]

Polioptilidae - gnatcatchers[edit]

Muscicapidae -- Old World flycatchers[edit]

Turdidae - thrushes[edit]

Mimidae - catbirds, mockingbirds and thrashers[edit]

Sturnidae - starlings[edit]

Motacillidae - wagtails and pipits[edit]

Bombycillidae - waxwings[edit]

Ptilogonatidae - silky-flycatchers[edit]

Peucedramidae - olive warbler[edit]

Calcariidae - longspurs and snow buntings[edit]

Parulidae - wood warblers[edit]

Emberizidae - emberizine finches[edit]

Cardinalidae - cardinals, grosbeaks and buntings[edit]

Icteridae - icterids[edit]

Fringillidae - finches and goldfinches[edit]

Passeridae - Old World sparrows[edit]

Unofficial/unconfirmed species[edit]

  • Grayish saltator Saltator coerulescens (A) (possible sighting, Oro Blanco Mine, August 31, 2008, no photo documentation 1)
  • White-collared seedeater, Sporophila torqueola (A) (West Mexican race record, Nogales August 3, 2007; previous records now under review 1)

Species reported in Arizona, but not accepted by the ABC[edit]

  • Brandt's cormorant, Phalacrocorax penicillatus
  • Masked duck, Oxyura dominica
  • White-tailed ptarmigan, Lagopus leucurus
  • Whooping crane, Grus americana
  • Double-striped thick-knee, Burhinus bistriatus
  • Black oystercatcher, Haematopus bachmani
  • Temminck's stint, Calidris temminckii
  • Elegant quail, Callipepla douglasii
  • White-tipped dove, Leptotila verreauxii
  • Green violetear, Colibri thalassinus
  • Fork-tailed emerald, Chlorostilbon canivetii
  • Golden-fronted woodpecker, Melanerpes aurifrons
  • Nuttall's woodpecker, Picoides nuttallii
  • White-headed woodpecker, Picoides albolarvatus
  • Alder flycatcher, Empidonax alnorum
  • Fork-tailed flycatcher, Tyrannus savana
  • Golden vireo, Vireo hypochryseus
  • Yellow-billed magpie, Pica nuttallii
  • Tufted jay, Cyanocorax dickeyi
  • Brown jay, Cyanocorax morio
  • Sinaloa martin, Progne sinaloae
  • Slate-colored solitaire, Myadestes unicolor
  • Gray silky-flycatcher, Ptilogonys cinereus
  • Red-headed tanager, Piranga erythrocephala
  • Brewster's warbler, Vermivora pinus x chrysoptera
  • Golden-browed warbler, Basileuterus belli
  • Brambling, Fringilla montifringilla
  • Grayish saltator, Saltator caerulescens
  • Blue-black grosbeak, Cyanocompsa cyanoides
  • Timberline sparrow, Spizella breweri taverneri
  • Tricolored blackbird, Agelaius tricolor
  • Black-backed Bullock's oriole, Icterus bullocki abellei
  • Audubon's oriole, Icterus graduacauda


  • Collinson, M. 2006. Splitting headaches? Recent taxonomic changes affecting the British and Western Palaearctic lists' British Birds vol 99 (June 2006), 306-323
  • Rosenberg, G.H. 2001 Arizona Bird Committee Report: 1996-1999 Records. W. Birds 32:50-70
  • Rosenberg, G.H., and Witzeman, J.L. 1998 Arizona Bird Committee Report, 1974-1996: Part 1 (non-passerines). W. Birds 29:199-224
  • Rosenberg, G.H., and Witzeman, J.L. 1998 Arizona Bird Committee Report, 1974-1996: Part 2 (passerines). W. Birds 30:94-120
  • Speich, S., and Parker, T.A. 1973 Arizona Bird Records, 1972. W. Birds 4:53-57
  • Speich, S. and Witzeman, J.L. 1975. Arizona Bird Records, 1973, with additional notes. W. Birds 6:145-155

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