Birding in Arizona: Here's What You Might See

No matter your age, birding is a wonderful hobby. After all, it gives you a chance to get active, enjoy nature, and make new friends who share your passion. If you are a senior living in Arizona who wants to begin birding, here’s a look at a few of the feathered species you might encounter.

Elegant Trogon

Certainly one of the most striking birds that you may see in Arizona, the elegant trogon can be found in the southeastern corner of the state. Some of the best places to view this species include Madera Canyon and Huachuca Canyon. If you are lucky enough to encounter this bird, it will be easy to identify based on its red breast, iridescent green back, and long, banded tail.

Cactus Wren

As the state bird of Arizona, the cactus wren should definitely be on your must-see birding list. The good news is that this bird species is common throughout southern Arizona. As its name suggests, the cactus wren often makes its nest in cacti, as well as in yucca plants and mesquite trees. This bird sports distinctive white eyebrows, along with striped and speckled plumage. 

Pied-billed Grebe

While you may be living in a desert, there are still many places to see waterfowl, such as the pied-billed grebe. You can often spot this bird at lakes, marshes, and other riparian environments. This species makes a variety of interesting calls, and can be identified by its white beak that sports a distinctive black stripe.

Montezuma Quail

There are a few different quail species that you may spot when birding in Arizona. The plumage of the male Montezuma quail features a distinctive masked pattern, making it easy to distinguish from the more common Gambel’s quail.

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