Arizona Bird Committee

Documenting Arizona's Birds

Checklist of the Birds of Arizona.

This checklist contains 563 species of birds that have been accepted by the Arizona Bird Committee as of October 2018.

This list conforms to the A.O.U. checklist order and nomenclature as of the 60th supplement June 2019.

n = Has bred in Arizona (3 taxa). A species that has hatched young at least once, however, this does not include hybrid offspring.

[ ] = Species in brackets have not been physically documented in Arizona (2 species)

* = Arizona bird committee review species (161 taxa).

# = Sketch details species (77 taxa)

italics = Species in italics are identifiable forms (72 subspecies)

(int) = Introduced (8 species)

(ex) = Extirpated (4 species) previously bred or presumed to have bred in AZ, but no longer occur naturally. they may have been re-introduced but remain un-established.

Species or subspecies marked with an asterisk or pound sign (*, #) should be documented with photographs and or written details. Reports of Arizona Bird Committee review species (*) may be submitted on-line to the Arizona Bird Committee (ABC) at the Arizona Field Ornithologists Website at :

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


Anatidae - Swans, Geese, Ducks
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, n
Fulvous Whistling-Duck *
Snow Goose
Ross's Goose
Greater White-fronted Goose
Brant *
Cackling Goose #
Minima (minima) form
Taverner's (taverneri) form
Richardson's (hutchinsii) form
Canada Goose, n
Giant (maxima) form
Large (moffitti) form, n
Lesser (parvipes) form
Trumpeter Swan *
Tundra Swan
Wood Duck, n
Baikal Teal *
Garganey *
Blue-winged Teal, n
Cinnamon Teal, n
Northern Shoveler, n
Gadwall, n
Eurasian Wigeon #
American Wigeon, n
Mallard, n
Northern (platyrhynchos) form, n
Mexican (diazi) form, n
Northern Pintail, n
Green-winged Teal, n
Eurasian (crecca) form *
American (carolinensis) form, n
Canvasback, n
Redhead, n
Ring-necked Duck, n
Tufted Duck *
Greater Scaup #
Lesser Scaup
Harlequin Duck *
Surf Scoter #
White-winged Scoter #
Black Scoter *
Long-tailed Duck #
Common Goldeneye
Barrow's Goldeneye #
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser, n
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck, n
Odontophoridae - Quail
Northern Bobwhite (Masked), n (ex)
Scaled Quail, n
California Quail, n (int)
Gambel's Quail, n
Montezuma Quail, n
Phasianidae - Partridges, Grouse,and Turkey
Chukar, n (int)
Ring-necked Pheasant, n (int)
Dusky Grouse, n
Wild Turkey, n
Podicipedidae - Grebes
Least Grebe *, n
Pied-billed Grebe, n
Horned Grebe #
Red-necked Grebe #
Eared Grebe, n
Western Grebe, n
Clark's Grebe, n
Columbidae - Pigeons and Doves
Rock Pigeon, n (int)
Band-tailed Pigeon, n
Eurasian Collared-Dove, n (int)
Inca Dove, n
Common Ground Dove, n
Ruddy Ground Dove #, n
White-winged Dove, n
Mourning Dove, n
Cuculidae - Cuckoos, Roadrunners, and Anis
Groove-billed Ani *
Greater Roadrunner, n
Yellow-billed Cuckoo, n
Black-billed Cuckoo *
Caprimulgidae - Nighthawks and Nightjars
Lesser Nighthawk, n
Common Nighthawk, n
Common Poorwill, n
Buff-collared Nightjar *, n
Eastern Whip-poor-will *
Mexican Whip-poor-will, n
Apodidae - Swifts
Black Swift *
Chimney Swift *
Vaux's Swift
White-throated Swift, n
Trochilidae - Hummingbirds
Rivoli's Hummingbird, n 
Plain-capped Starthroat #
Blue-throated Mountain-gem, n
Lucifer Hummingbird #, n
Ruby-throated Hummingbird *
Black-chinned Hummingbird, n
Anna's Hummingbird, n
Costa's Hummingbird, n
Bumblebee Hummingbird *
Broad-tailed Hummingbird, n
Rufous Hummingbird
Allen's Hummingbird #
Calliope Hummingbird
Broad-billed Hummingbird, n
Berylline Hummingbird #, n
Cinnamon Hummingbird *
Violet-crowned Hummingbird, n
White-eared Hummingbird #, n
Rallidae - Rails, Gallinules, and Coots
Black Rail, n
Ridgway's Rail, n
Virginia Rail, n
Sora, n
Purple Gallinule *
Common Gallinule, n
American Coot, n
Gruidae - Cranes
Sandhill Crane, n
Lesser (canadensis) form
Greater (tabida) form, n
Common Crane *
Recurvirostridae - Stilts and Avocets
Black-necked Stilt, n
American Avocet, n
Charadriidae - Plovers
Killdeer, n
Semipalmated Plover
Lesser Sand-Plover *
Mountain Plover, n
Snowy Plover, n
Black-bellied Plover
American Golden-Plover *
Pacific Golden-Plover *
Jacanidae - Jacanas
Northern Jacana *
Scolopacidae - Sandpipers, Phalaropes, and Allies
Upland Sandpiper *
Whimbrel #
Long-billed Curlew, n
Hudsonian Godwit *
Marbled Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone *
Black Turnstone *
Red Knot *
Ruff *
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper *
Stilt Sandpiper
Baird's Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper *
Buff-breasted Sandpiper *
Pectoral Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper #
Western Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher #
Long-billed Dowitcher
Wilson’s Snipe, n
Spotted Sandpiper, n
Solitary Sandpiper
Wandering Tattler *
Lesser Yellowlegs
Greater Yellowlegs
Wilson's Phalarope, n
Red-necked Phalarope 
Red Phalarope #
Stercorariidae - Jaegers
Pomarine Jaeger *
Parasitic Jaeger *
Long-tailed Jaeger *
Laridae - Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers
Black-legged Kittiwake *
Ivory Gull *
Sabine's Gull #
Bonaparte's Gull
Little Gull *
Laughing Gull #
Franklin's Gull
Heermann's Gull #
Mew Gull *
Ring-billed Gull
Western Gull *
Yellow-footed Gull *
California Gull
Herring Gull #
Iceland Gull *
Lesser Black-backed Gull *
Glaucous-winged Gull *
Glaucous Gull *
Least Tern #, n
Gull-billed Tern *
Caspian Tern
Black Tern
Common Tern
Arctic Tern *
Forster's Tern
Royal Tern *
Elegant Tern *
Black Skimmer *
Phaethontidae - Tropicbirds
White-tailed Tropicbird *
Red-billed Tropicbird *
Gaviidae - Loons
Red-throated Loon #
Pacific Loon #
Common Loon
Yellow-billed Loon *
Diomedeidae - Albatrosses
Laysan Albatross *
Hydrobatidae - Storm-Petrels
[Leach’s/Townsend’s/Ainley’s Storm-Petrel] *
Wedge-rumped Storm-petrel *
Black Storm-Petrel *
Least Storm-Petrel *
Procellariidae - Shearwaters
Juan Fernandez Petrel *
Hawaiian Petrel *
Wedge-tailed Shearwater *
Sooty Shearwater *
[Black-vented Shearwater] *
Ciconiidae - Storks
Wood Stork *
Fregatidae - Frigatebirds
Magnificent Frigatebird *
Sulidae - Boobies
Blue-footed Booby *
Brown Booby *
Phalacrocoracidae - Cormorants
Neotropic Cormorant, n
Double-crested Cormorant, n
Anhingidae - Anhinga
Anhinga *
Pelecanidae - Pelicans
American White Pelican
Brown Pelican
Ardeidae - Bitterns, Herons, and Egrets
American Bittern, n
Least Bittern, n
Great Blue Heron, n
Great Egret, n
Snowy Egret, n
Little Blue Heron #
Tricolored Heron #
Reddish Egret #
Cattle Egret, n
Green Heron, n
Black-crowned Night-Heron, n
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron *
Threskiornithidae - Ibises and Spoonbills
White Ibis *
Glossy Ibis *
White-faced Ibis, n
Roseate Spoonbill #
Cathartidae - New World Vultures
Black Vulture, n
Turkey Vulture, n
California Condor, n (ex)
Pandionidae - Osprey
Osprey, n
Accipitridae - Kites, Eagles, and Hawks
White-tailed Kite, n
Swallow-tailed Kite *
Golden Eagle, n
Northern Harrier, n
Sharp-shinned Hawk, n
Cooper's Hawk, n
Northern Goshawk, n
Bald Eagle, n
Mississippi Kite, n
Common Black Hawk, n
Harris's Hawk, n
White-tailed Hawk *
Gray Hawk, n
Red-shouldered Hawk #, n
Broad-winged Hawk #
Short-tailed Hawk #, n
Swainson's Hawk, n
Zone-tailed Hawk, n
Red-tailed Hawk, n
Western (calurus) form, n
Harlan’s (harlani) form #
Krider's (kriderii) form
Fuertes's (fuertesi) form, n
Rough-legged Hawk #
Ferruginous Hawk, n
Tytonidae - Barn Owls
Barn Owl, n
Strigidae - Typical Owls
Flammulated Owl, n
Western Screech-Owl, n
Whiskered Screech-Owl, n
Great Horned Owl, n
Northern Pygmy-Owl, n
Rocky Mts. (pinicola) form, n
Mountain (gnoma) form, n
Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl #, n
Elf Owl, n
Burrowing Owl, n
Spotted Owl, n
Long-eared Owl, n
Short-eared Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl, n
Trogonidae - Trogons
Elegant Trogon, n
Eared Quetzal *, n
Alcedinidae - Kingfishers
Belted Kingfisher, n
Green Kingfisher, n
Picidae - Woodpeckers
Lewis's Woodpecker, n
Red-headed Woodpecker *
Acorn Woodpecker, n
Gila Woodpecker, n
Williamson's Sapsucker, n
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker #
Red-naped Sapsucker, n
Red-breasted Sapsucker #
Downy Woodpecker, n
Ladder-backed Woodpecker, n
Hairy Woodpecker, n
Arizona Woodpecker, n
American Three-toed Woodpecker, n
Northern Flicker, n
Yellow-shafted (auratus) form #
Red-shafted (cafer) form, n
Gilded Flicker, n
Falconidae - Caracaras and Falcons
Crested Caracara, n
American Kestrel, n
Taiga (columbarius) form
Prairie (richardsoni) form
Black (suckleyi) form
Aplomado Falcon *, n (ex)
Peregrine Falcon, n
Continental (anatum) form, n
Tundra (tundrius) form
Prairie Falcon, n
Psittacidae - Parrots
Thick-billed Parrot, n (ex) *
Psittaculidae - Lovebirds
Rosy-faced Lovebird, n (int)
Tityridae - Becards
Gray-collared Becard *
Rose-throated Becard *, n
Tyrannidae - Tyrant Flycatchers
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet, n
Dusky-capped Flycatcher, n
Ash-throated Flycatcher, n
Nutting's Flycatcher *, n
Great Crested Flycatcher *
Brown-crested Flycatcher, n
Great Kiskadee *
Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher, n
Tropical Kingbird, n
Couch's Kingbird *
Cassin's Kingbird, n
Thick-billed Kingbird, n
Western Kingbird, n
Eastern Kingbird #
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher #
Tufted Flycatcher *, n
Olive-sided Flycatcher, n
Greater Pewee, n
Western Wood-Pewee, n
Eastern Wood-Pewee *
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher *
Acadian Flycatcher *
Willow Flycatcher, n
Least Flycatcher *
Hammond's Flycatcher, n
Gray Flycatcher, n
Dusky Flycatcher, n
Pine Flycatcher *
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Cordilleran Flycatcher, n
Buff-breasted Flycatcher, n
Black Phoebe, n
Eastern Phoebe #
Say's Phoebe, n
Vermilion Flycatcher, n
Laniidae - Shrikes
Loggerhead Shrike, n
Northern Shrike #
Vireonidae - Vireos
Black-capped Vireo *
White-eyed Vireo #
Bell's Vireo, n
Bell's Vireo (Eastern) form*
Gray Vireo, n
Hutton's Vireo, n
Yellow-throated Vireo #
Cassin’s Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo *
Plumbeous Vireo, n
Philadelphia Vireo *
Warbling Vireo, n
Red-eyed Vireo *
Yellow-green Vireo *
Corvidae - Jays, Magpies, Crows,  and Ravens
Canada Jay, n
Pinyon Jay, n
Steller's Jay, n
Blue Jay *
California Scrub-Jay *
Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay, n
Mexican Jay, n
Clark's Nutcracker, n
Black-billed Magpie, n
American Crow, n
Chihuahuan Raven, n
Common Raven, n
Alaudidae - Larks
Horned Lark, n
Hirundinidae - Swallows
Bank Swallow
Tree Swallow, n
Violet-green Swallow, n
Northern Rough-winged Swallow, n
Brown-chested Martin *
Purple Martin, n
Northern (arboricola) form, n
Desert (hesperia) form, n
Barn Swallow, n
Cliff Swallow, n
Northern (pyrrhonota) group, n
Southwestern (swainsoni) form, n
Cave Swallow *, n
Paridae - Chickadees and Titmice
Black-capped Chickadee *, n
Mountain Chickadee, n
Mexican Chickadee, n
Bridled Titmouse, n
Juniper Titmouse, n
Remizidae - Verdins
Verdin, n
Aegithalidae - Bushtits
Bushtit, n
Sittidae - Nuthatches
Red-breasted Nuthatch, n
White-breasted Nuthatch, n
Pygmy Nuthatch, n
Certhiidae - Creepers
Brown Creeper, n
Eastern (americana) group
Rocky Mountain (montana) group, n
Pacific (occidentalis) group
Mexican (albescens) group, n
Troglodytidae - Wrens
Rock Wren, n
Canyon Wren, n
House Wren, n
Northern (aedon) group, n
Brown-throated (brunneicollis) form, n
Pacific Wren #, n
Winter Wren # 
Sedge Wren *
Marsh Wren, n
Carolina Wren *
Bewick's Wren, n
Cactus Wren, n
Sinaloa Wren *
Polioptilidae - Gnatcatchers
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, n
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, n
Black-capped Gnatcatcher #, n
Cinclidae - Dippers
American Dipper, n
Regulidae - Kinglets
Golden-crowned Kinglet, n
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, n
Muscicapidae - Old World Flycatchers
Northern Wheatear *
Turdidae - Thrushes
Eastern Bluebird, n
Eastern Bluebird (Eastern) form, # n
Western Bluebird, n
Mountain Bluebird, n
Townsend's Solitaire, n
Brown-backed Solitaire *
Veery *, n
Gray-cheeked Thrush *
Swainson's Thrush, n
Russet-backed (ustulatus) group
Olive-backed (swainsoni) group, n
Hermit Thrush, n
Wood Thrush *
Rufous-backed Robin #
American Robin, n
Varied Thrush #
Aztec Thrush *
Mimidae - Catbirds, Mockingbirds, and Thrashers
Blue Mockingbird *
Gray Catbird #, n
Curve-billed Thrasher, n
Eastern (curvirostre) group, n
Western (palmeri) group, n
Brown Thrasher #
Bendire's Thrasher, n
LeConte's Thrasher, n
Crissal Thrasher, n
Sage Thrasher, n
Northern Mockingbird, n
Sturnidae - Starlings
European Starling, n (int)
Bombycillidae - Waxwings
Bohemian Waxwing *
Cedar Waxwing
Ptiliogonatidae - Silky-flycatchers
Phainopepla, n
Peucedramidae - Olive Warbler
Olive Warbler, n
Passeridae - Old World Sparrows
House Sparrow, n (int)
Motacillidae - Wagtails and Pipits
White Wagtail *
Red-throated Pipit *
American Pipit, n
Sprague's Pipit
Fringillidae - Finches and Goldfinches
Evening Grosbeak, n
Pine Grosbeak, n
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch *
Black Rosy-Finch *
House Finch, n
Purple Finch *
Eastern (purpureus) group *
Western (californicus) group
Cassin's Finch, n
Common Redpoll *
Red Crossbill, n
White-winged Crossbill *
Pine Siskin, n 
Lesser Goldfinch, n
Lawrence's Goldfinch, n
American Goldfinch, n
Calcariidae -Longspurs  and Snow Buntings
Lapland Longspur #
Chestnut-collared Longspur
Smith's Longspur *
McCown's Longspur #
Snow Bunting *
Emberizidae - Old World Sparrows
Little Bunting *
Passerellidae - New World Sparrows
Rufous-winged Sparrow, n
Botteri's Sparrow, n
Cassin's Sparrow, n
Grasshopper Sparrow, n
Five-striped Sparrow, n
Black-throated Sparrow, n
Lark Sparrow, n
Lark Bunting, n
Chipping Sparrow, n
Clay-colored Sparrow
Black-chinned Sparrow, n
Field Sparrow *
Brewer's Sparrow, n
Fox Sparrow
Red (iliaca) group #
Slate-colored (schistacea) group
Sooty (unalaschcensis) group *
Thick-billed (megarhyncha) group *
American Tree Sparrow *
Dark-eyed Junco, n
Oregon (oreganus) group
Pink-sided (mearnsi) form
White-winged (aikeni) form *
Slate-colored (hyemalis) group
Gray-headed (caniceps) form, n
Red-backed (dorsalis) form, n
Yellow-eyed Junco, n
White-crowned Sparrow, n
Gambel's (gambelii) form
Mountain (oriantha) form, n
Golden-crowned Sparrow #
Harris's Sparrow #
White-throated Sparrow
Sagebrush Sparrow, n
Bell's Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow, n
LeConte's Sparrow *
Nelson's Sparrow *
Baird's Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow, n
Western (nevadensis) group, n
Large-billed (rostratus) form *
Western (perpallidus) form, n
Arizona (ammolegus) form, n
Song Sparrow, n
Lincoln's Sparrow, n
Swamp Sparrow
Canyon Towhee, n
Abert's Towhee, n
Rufous-crowned Sparrow, n
Green-tailed Towhee, n
Spotted Towhee, n
Pacific (oregonus) group
Rocky Mts. (montanus) group, n
Eastern Towhee *
Icteriidae - Chats
Yellow-breasted Chat, n
Icteridae - Blackbirds and allies
Yellow-headed Blackbird, n
Bobolink *, n
Eastern Meadowlark (Lilian's), n
Western Meadowlark, n
Black-vented Oriole *
Orchard Oriole #
Hooded Oriole, n
Eastern (cucullatus) group, *
Western (nelsoni) group, n
Streak-backed Oriole #, n
Bullock’s Oriole, n
Baltimore Oriole #
Scott's Oriole, n
Red-winged Blackbird, n
Bronzed Cowbird, n
Brown-headed Cowbird, n
Rusty Blackbird *
Brewer's Blackbird, n
Common Grackle *
Great-tailed Grackle, n
Parulidae - Wood Warblers
Ovenbird #
Worm-eating Warbler #
Louisiana Waterthrush #
Northern Waterthrush
Golden-winged Warbler *
Blue-winged Warbler *
Black-and-white Warbler, n
Prothonotary Warbler #
Swainson's Warbler *
Crescent-chested Warbler *, n
Tennessee Warbler #
Orange-crowned Warbler, n
Celata (celata) form #
Orestera (orestera) form, n
Lutescens (lutescens) form
Lucy's Warbler, n
Nashville Warbler
Virginia's Warbler, n
Connecticut Warbler *
MacGillivray's Warbler, n
Mourning Warbler *
Kentucky Warbler *
Common Yellowthroat, n
Hooded Warbler #
American Redstart, n
Cape May Warbler *
Cerulean Warbler *
Northern Parula, n
Tropical Parula *
Magnolia Warbler #
Bay-breasted Warbler *
Blackburnian Warbler *
Yellow Warbler, n
Northern (aestiva) group, n
Mangrove (erithachorides) form *
Chestnut-sided Warbler #
Blackpoll Warbler *
Black-throated Blue Warbler #
Palm Warbler #
Pine Warbler *
Yellow-rumped Warbler, n
Audubon's (auduboni) form, n
Myrtle (coronata) form
Yellow-throated Warbler #
Prairie Warbler *
Grace's Warbler, n
Black-throated Gray Warbler, n
Townsend's Warbler
Hermit Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler *
Fan-tailed Warbler *
Rufous-capped Warbler #, n
Canada Warbler *
Wilson's Warbler
Mountain West (pileolata) form
Pacific Coast (chryseola) form
Red-faced Warbler, n
Painted Redstart, n
Slate-throated Redstart *
Cardinalidae - Cardinals, Grosbeaks, and Buntings
Hepatic Tanager, n
Summer Tanager, n
Scarlet Tanager #
Western Tanager, n
Flame-colored Tanager *, n
Northern Cardinal, n
Pyrrhuloxia, n
Yellow Grosbeak *
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Black-headed Grosbeak, n
Blue Grosbeak, n
Lazuli Bunting, n
Indigo Bunting, n
Varied Bunting, n
Painted Bunting #
Dickcissel #
Pending committee review
White-throated Thrush
Clay-colored Thrush
Ringed Kingfisher