Arizona Bird Committee

Documenting Arizona's Birds

Review List of the Birds of Arizona.

This list contains 154 review species of birds that have been accepted by the Arizona Bird Committee as of Jan 2021.

This list conforms to the A.O.S. checklist order and nomenclature as of the 61th supplement July 2020.

Subspecies common names are derived from eBird Taxonomy, available online at:

ebird taxonomy 

ANATIDAE (DUCKS, GEESE, AND WATERFOWL) -7
Fulvous Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna bicolor - *
Brant Branta bernicla - *
Trumpeter Swan Cygnus buccinator - *
Baikal Teal Sibirionetta formosa - *
Garganey Spatula querquedula - *
Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula - *
Harlequin Duck Histrionicus histrionicus - *
PODICIPEDIDAE (GREBES) - 1
Least Grebe Tachybaptus dominicus - *,n
CUCULIDAE (CUCKOOS) - 2
Black-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus erythropthalmus - *
CAPRIMULGIDAE (NIGHTJARS AND ALLIES) - 1
Eastern Whip-poor-will Antrostomus vociferus - *
APODIDAE (SWIFTS) - 2
Black Swift Cypseloides niger - *
Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica - *
TROCHILIDAE (HUMMINGBIRDS) - 3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris - *
Bumblebee Hummingbird Selasphorus heloisa - *
Cinnamon Hummingbird Amazilia rutila - *
RALLIDAE (RAILS, GALLINULES, AND COOTS) - 1
Purple Gallinule Porphyrio martinicus - *
GRUIDAE (CRANES) - 1
Common Crane Grus grus - *
CHARADRIIDAE (PLOVERS AND LAPWINGS) - 2
Pacific Golden-Plover Pluvialis fulva - *
Lesser Sand-Plover Charadrius mongolus - *
JACANIDAE (JACANAS) - 1
Northern Jacana Jacana spinosa - *
SCOLOPACIDAE (SANDPIPERS AND ALLIES) -10
Upland Sandpiper Bartramia longicauda - *
Hudsonian Godwit Limosa haemastica - *
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres - *
Black Turnstone Arenaria melanocephala - *
Red Knot Calidris canutus - *
Ruff Calidris pugnax - *
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Calidris acuminata - *
White-rumped Sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis - *
Buff-breasted Sandpiper Calidris subruficollis - *
Wandering Tattler Tringa incana - *
STERCORARIIDAE (SKUAS AND JAEGERS) - 3
Pomarine Jaeger Stercorarius pomarinus - *
Parasitic Jaeger Stercorarius parasiticus - *
Long-tailed Jaeger Stercorarius longicaudus - *
LARIDAE (GULLS, TERNS, AND SKIMMERS) - 15
Black-legged Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla - *
Ivory Gull Pagophila eburnea - *
Little Gull Hydrocoloeus minutus - *
Mew Gull Larus canus - *
Western Gull Larus occidentalis - *
Yellow-footed Gull Larus livens - *
Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides - *
Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus - *
Glaucous-winged Gull Larus glaucescens - *2
Glaucous Gull Larus hyperboreus - *
Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica - *
Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea - *
Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus - *
Elegant Tern Thalasseus elegans - *
Black Skimmer Rynchops niger - *
PHAETHONTIDAE (TROPICBIRDS) - 2
White-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon lepturus - *
Red-billed Tropicbird Phaethon aethereus - *
GAVIIDAE (LOONS) - 1
Yellow-billed Loon Gavia adamsii - *
DIOMEDEIDAE (ALBATROSSES) - 1
Laysan Albatross Phoebastria immutabilis - *
HYDROBATIDAE (NORTHERN STORM-PETRELS) - 4
[Leach’s/Townsend’s/Ainley’s Storm-Petrel] Oceanodroma leucorhoa/socorroensis/cheimomnestes - *
Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel Oceanodroma tethys - *
Black Storm-Petrel Oceanodroma melania - *
Least Storm-Petrel Oceanodroma microsoma - *
PROCELLARIIDAE (SHEARWATERS AND PETRELS) - 5
Juan Fernandez Petrel Pterodroma externa - *
Hawaiian Petrel Pterodroma sandwichensis - *
Wedge-tailed Shearwater Ardenna pacifica - *
Sooty Shearwater Ardenna grisea - *
[Black-vented Shearwater] Puffinus opisthomelas - *
CICONIIDAE (STORKS) - 1
Wood Stork Mycteria americana - *
FREGATIDAE (FRIGATEBIRDS) - 1
Magnificent Frigatebird Fregata magnificens - *
SULIDAE (BOOBIES AND GANNETS) - 2
Blue-footed Booby Sula nebouxii - *
Brown Booby Sula leucogaster - *
ANHINGIDAE (ANHINGAS) - 1
Anhinga Anhinga anhinga - *
ARDEIDAE (HERONS, EGRETS, AND BITTERNS) - 1
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Nyctanassa violacea - *
THRESKIORNITHIDAE (IBISES AND SPOONBILLS) - 2
White Ibis Eudocimus albus - *
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus - *
ACCIPITRIDAE (HAWKS, EAGLES, AND KITES) - 2
Swallow-tailed Kite Elanoides forficatus - *
White-tailed Hawk Geranoaetus albicaudatus - *
TROGONIDAE (TROGONS) - 1
Eared Quetzal Euptilotis neoxenus - *, n
ALCEDINIDAE (KINGFISHERS) - 1
Ringed Kingfisher Megaceryle torquata - *
PICIDAE (WOODPECKERS) - 1
Red-headed Woodpecker Melanerpes erythrocephalus - *
FALCONIDAE (FALCONS AND CARACARAS) - 1
Aplomado Falcon Falco femoralis - *, n (ex)
PSITTACIDAE (NEW WORLD AND AFRICAN PARROTS) - 1
Thick-billed Parrot Rhynchopsitta pachyrhyncha - *, n (ex)
TITYRIDAE (TITYRAS AND ALLIES) - 2
Gray-collared Becard Pachyramphus major - *
TYRANNIDAE (TYRANT FLYCATCHERS) - 10
Nutting's Flycatcher Myiarchus nuttingi - *, n
Great Crested Flycatcher Myiarchus crinitus - *
Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus - *
Couch's Kingbird Tyrannus couchii - *
Tufted Flycatcher Mitrephanes phaeocercus - *, n
Eastern Wood-Pewee Contopus virens - *
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher Empidonax flaviventris - *
Acadian Flycatcher Empidonax virescens - *
Least Flycatcher Empidonax minimus - *
Pine Flycatcher Empidonax affinis - *
VIREONIDAE (VIREOS, SHRIKE-BABBLERS, AND ERPORNIS) - 4
Black-capped Vireo Vireo atricapilla - *
Blue-headed Vireo Vireo solitarius - *
Philadelphia Vireo Vireo philadelphicus - *
Yellow-green Vireo Vireo flavoviridis - *
CORVIDAE (CROWS, JAYS, AND MAGPIES) - 2
Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata - *
California Scrub-Jay Aphelocoma californica - *
HIRUNDINIDAE (SWALLOWS) - 2
Brown-chested Martin Progne tapera - *
Cave Swallow Petrochelidon fulva - *, n
PARIDAE (TITS, CHICKADEES, AND TITMICE) - 1
Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus - *, n
TROGLODYTIDAE (WRENS) - 3
Sedge Wren Cistothorus platensis - *
Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus - *
Sinaloa Wren Thryophilus sinaloa - *
MUSCICAPIDAE (OLD WORLD FLYCATCHERS) - 1
Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe - *
TURDIDAE (THRUSHES AND ALLIES) - 7
Brown-backed Solitaire Myadestes occidentalis - *
Veery Catharus fuscescens - *, n
Gray-cheeked Thrush Catharus minimus - *
Wood Thrush Hylocichla mustelina - *
Clay-colored Thrush Turdus grayi - *
White-throated Thrush Turdus assimilis - *
Aztec Thrush Ridgwayia pinicola - *
MIMIDAE (MOCKINGBIRDS AND THRASHERS) - 1
Blue Mockingbird Melanotis caerulescens - *
BOMBYCILLIDAE (WAXWINGS) - 1
Bohemian Waxwing Bombycilla garrulus - *
MOTACILLIDAE (WAGTAILS AND PIPITS) - 2
White Wagtail Motacilla alba - *
Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus - *
FRINGILLIDAE (FINCHES, EUPHONIAS, AND ALLIES) - 6
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch Leucosticte tephrocotis - *
Black Rosy-Finch Leucosticte atrata - *
Purple Finch Haemorhous purpureus - *
Common Redpoll Acanthis flammea - *
White-winged Crossbill Loxia leucoptera - *
CALCARIIDAE (LONGSPURS AND SNOW BUNTINGS) - 2
Smith's Longspur Calcarius pictus - *
Snow Bunting Plectrophenax nivalis - *
EMBERIZIDAE (OLD WORLD BUNTINGS) - 1
Little Bunting Emberiza pusilla - *
PASSERELLIDAE (NEW WORLD SPARROWS) - 5
Field Sparrow Spizella pusilla - *
American Tree Sparrow Spizelloides arborea - *
LeConte's Sparrow Ammospiza leconteii - *
Nelson's Sparrow Ammospiza nelsoni - *
Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus - *
ICTERIDAE (TROUPIALS AND ALLIES) - 4
Bobolink Dolichonyx oryzivorus - *, n
Black-vented Oriole Icterus wagleri - *
Rusty Blackbird Euphagus carolinus - *
PARULIDAE (NEW WORLD WARBLERS) - 18
Golden-winged Warbler Vermivora chrysoptera - *
Blue-winged Warbler Vermivora cyanoptera - *
Swainson's Warbler Limnothlypis swainsonii - *
Crescent-chested Warbler Oreothlypis superciliosa - *,n
Connecticut Warbler Oporornis agilis - *
Mourning Warbler Geothlypis philadelphia - *
Cape May Warbler Setophaga tigrina - *
Cerulean Warbler Setophaga cerulea - *
Tropical Parula Setophaga pitiayumi - *
Bay-breasted Warbler Setophaga castanea - *
Blackburnian Warbler Setophaga fusca - *
Pine Warbler Setophaga pinus - *
Prairie Warbler Setophaga discolor - *
Black-throated Green Warbler Setophaga virens - *
Fan-tailed Warbler Basileuterus lachrymosus - *
Canada Warbler Cardellina canadensis - *
Slate-throated Redstart Myioborus miniatus - *
CARDINALIDAE (CARDINALS AND ALLIES) - 2
Flame-colored Tanager Piranga bidentata -*,n
Yellow Grosbeak Pheucticus chrysopeplus - *

Subspecies and forms

The following subspecies and forms have been reported, reviewed and accepted at least once in Arizona and are still on the review list for the ABC:

"Eurasian" Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca crecca) *
"Eastern" Bell's Vireo (Vireo bellii bellii) *
"Eastern" Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus purpureus) *
"Thick-billed" Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca megarhyncha) *
"White-winged" Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis aikeni) *
"Large-billed" Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis rostratus) *
"Eastern" Hooded Oriole(Icterus cucullatus cucullatus/sennetti) *
"Mangrove" Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia erithachorides) *