Birding Factoids

486 species
in 50 families

88 of the 246 species 
endemic to 
North America are 
represented here. 
No state endemics
3 USA endemics

    New Mexico
Checklist of New Mexico BirdsLocal EventsTours and GuidesRare Bird AlertsSpeciality BirdsMap
New Mexico Specialities
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Greater Roadrunner - New Mexico State Bird - Photo by Don Baccus
Photo by Don Baccus

Black-Throated Sparrow - Photo by Andrew Wilson

Photo by Andrew Wilson

Vermillion Flycatcher - Photo by Don Baccus

Courtesy of SouthWest Louisiana Birding Page

Curve-Billed Thrasher - Photo by Andrew Wilson

Photo by Andrew Wilson

Yellow-eyed Junco - Photo copyright George Walker House

Photo copyright George Walker House

Cassin;s Kingbird - Photo copyright Mary Scott

Photo copyright Mary Scott
    Key to Icons....Boque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge,
      located south of Albuquerque, New Mexico, is reknowned for its wintering populations of snow geese and greater sandhill cranes.
    ....New Mexico Birding - this site provides links to:
      ....Key to Icons  Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
      • Aztec Ruins National Monument
      • Bandelier National Monument
      • Capulin Volcano National Monument
      • Carlsbad Caverns National Park
      • Chaco Culture National Historic Park
      • El Malpais National Monument
      • El Morro National Monument
      • Fort Union National Monument
      • Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
      • Pecos National Historical Park
      • Petroglyph National Monument
      • Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
      • White Sands National Monument
    ....Birding Sites in New Mexico - from the New Mexico Ornithological
    ....Rosy-finches at Sandia Crest - By Ken and Mary Lou Schneider. 
      All three species of rosy finches occur in northern New Mexico.  Flocks typically contain all three species and typically number 10-50 birds, though flocks of 100-500 are not uncommon and flocks of over 1000 have been encountered. See also this article.
    ....Guadalupe Canyon - Birding in the far southwest corner of New 
      Mexico - Access is through Douglas, Arizona. Almost 160 species have been recorded in the canyon, and many of these are rarely seen in the U.S. Guadalupe Canyon is the far northern range of many of these species, including the buff-collared nightjar, thick-billed kingbird, fan-tailed warbler and elegant trogon.
    ....Birding Hotspots - from the Mesilla Valley Audbon Society. Southern
      New Mexico is lucky to have so many excellent places to bird. Since its January/February 2000 issue, Roadrunner Ramblings has featured a birding hotspot in and around Dona Ana county.  Enjoy!
    ....Birding Hotspots - from the Sangre de Cristo Audubon Society. Part
      way down this page is a list of birding areas around Santa Fe. 
    ....Birding Southeastern New Mexico  - from the Southeastern New 
      Mexico Audubon Society (SENMAS). Information is available on 13 sites in 5 counties.
    ....Southwest New Mexico - Great birding in a wide variety of habitats.
    ....New Mexico Watchable Wildlife Sites - by the New Mexico State 
      Wildlife Agency
    ....National Wildlife Refuges Index - New Mexico. Includes links
      to information on:
      • Bitter Lake NWR
      • Bosque del Apache NWR
      • Las Vegas NWR
      • Maxwell NWR
      • San Andres NWR
      • Sevilleta NWR
    ....The Nature Conservancy of New Mexico - preserve
      profiles, including:
      • Gray Ranch
      • Sevilleta
      • Rio Nutria
      • Rattlesnake Springs
      • Mimbres River
      • Gila Riparian Preserve 
    ....New Mexico Trip Reports - from Dick and Jean Hoffman. This site 
      includes a number of New Mexico trips taken in 1998 and 1999. See also their Oct. 22 - Nov. 1, 1999 Oklahoma and New Mexico report. 
    ....New Mexico Trip Reports - a number of New Mexico trip reports are
      available from Blake Maybank's "Birding the Americas - Trip Report and Trip Planning Repository".

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Tours and Guides

>>>>>> A Birding Pal is not a paid guide, but someone who likes to help out of town visitors. You can become a Birding Pal today! Help someone to enjoy your local birding spots and find a pal to help you when you travel. Click here for New Mexico Birding Pals, or join to be a Birding Pal!
Say's Phoebe - Photo copyright Peter Weber
Photo copyright Peter Weber

Scaled Quail - Photo copyright Erik Breden

Photo copyright Erik Breden

Grace's Warbler - Photo by Jim Stasz

Photo by Jim Stasz
    **..Wings West Birding Tours - Enjoy the wonder of birding in the 
      splendor of New Mexico! WINGS WEST is excited to offer custom full, half and quarter-day trips year-round within 150 miles of Santa Fe. Our emphasis ranges from beginning birders to expert. For those newly curious about the world of birds, we offer easy-to-learn instructions about the most familiar birds in each habitat. For experienced birders, we will gladly focus on certain species or families of birds to fit your areas of interest. 
    **..Winter New Mexico with Victor Emanuel Nature Tours - The Rio
      Grande Valley of central and southern New Mexico plays host to an incredible array of wintering bird species each year. Tens of thousands of geese, ducks, and cranes descend on famous Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, as well as Caballo and Elephant Butte Reservoirs. In addition, many southwestern specialties are resident and easily located at this time of year. In short, this avian-rich area is a mecca for winter birding. 
      • Winter New Mexico January 03 - January 09, 2002 (7.0 days - Limit 16) with leaders Barry Zimmer & TBA
      VENT offers nearly 140 tours to over 100 land-based destinations each year and is the largest tour company in the world specializing in birding and natural history.
    **..Grand New Mexico with Victor Emanuel Nature Tours - Boasting
      a state list of more than 470 species of birds (the fifth highest in the United States), New Mexico combines some of the best of southeastern Arizona and Colorado birding. From the riparian woodlands and deserts of the south to the high Rocky Mountains near Santa Fe, we will seek some of North America's most prized and difficult-to-locate species at the height of the breeding season. We will also visit Indian ruins (Anasazi, Mogollon, and Pueblo), and marvel at the countless breathtaking vistas that the "Land of Enchantment" has to offer. 
      • Grand New Mexico May 23 - June 02, 2002 (11.0 days - Limit 16) with leaders Barry Zimmer & Victor Emanuel

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Local Birding Events

Pyrrhuloxia (female) - Photo by Andrew Wilson
Photo by Andrew Wilson

Turkey Vulture - Photo copyright Jean Coronel

Photo copyright Jean Coronel

Violet-crowned Hummingbird - Photo copyright Bill Scholtz

Photo copyright Bill Scholtz
    ....Central New Mexico Audubon Society - Current Events
    ....Mesilla Valley Audbon Society - Las Cruces Field Trips
    ....Rio Grande Nature Centre - Calendar of Events
    ....Southeastern New Mexico Audubon Society - Meetings and Field
    ....Southwest New Mexico Audubon Society - Calender of Events

    ....Winter Bird Festival - January 23 - 24, 2000 - Albuquerque, NM

      Phone: 505-344-7240
    ....Summer Wing Festival - August 5, 2000. Rio Grande Nature Center, 
      Albuquerque NM - good talks, meet local humbirders (annually since 1994). Call (505) 344-7240 for more information. 
    ....Gila Bird and Nature Festival - May 19 - 21, 2000. Goals are to
      educate and promote the conservation of wildlife and the protection of natural habitats, to offer a chance for people to learn about the wildlife, habitat and ecology of the area, and to use Silver City as a gateway center for bird and wildlife observation and study. Contact: Silver City/Grant County Chamber of Commerce. P.O. Box 3432, Silver City, NM. Call (800) 548-9378 for more information.
    ....Festival of Cranes - November 16-19, 2000. The Festival of the Cranes
      is a truly unique event celebrating not only our precious cranes and other wildlife but an amazing abundance of sights, sounds, and the unmistakable signs of autumn in the Southwest-crisp, clear mornings, brilliant gold cottonwoods and the flash of red chile ristras. Stargazers, arts and crafts connoisseurs, music enthusiasts, as well as bird lovers will all find something to pique their interest during the four-day extravaganza. The Festival is an expression of our pride and a partnership between the City of Socorro, our surrounding historic areas, and the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. 

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Rare Bird Alert

Ross's Goose - Photo copyright Don DesJardin
Photo copyright Don DesJardin

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North American Specialities

in New Mexico

 Information derived from Sibley & Monroe checklists in Thayer's Birder's Diary - Version 2.5.
These counts will differ in minor ways from counts based on the ABA classification,
but an international checklist system was required to enable world-wide
country to country comparisons.These speciality birds may be uncommon, or extremely rare
at this location, or may only be present in migration. However, documented sightings of each species
noted below have been made in this location. Species highlighted in bold italic print have
ONLY been found in this state of the US.  Consult the Breeding Bird Survey or
Christmas Bird Count data on the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center website
to determine the "best" place to see each bird. Species printed in blue are endangered.

USA Endemics in New Mexico

___ Black- Rosy-Finch ___ Brown-capped Rosy-Finch ___ Lesser Prairie Chicken
North American Endemic Specialities in New Mexico

___ Abert's Towhee
___ Allen's Hummingbird
___ Anna's Hummingbird
___ Baird's Sparrow
___ Bendire's Thrasher
___ Bewick's Wren
___ Black-chinned Hummingbird
___ Black-chinned Sparrow
___ Black-headed Grosbeak
___ Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
___ Black-throated Sparrow
___ Blue Grouse
___ Blue-throated Hummingbird
___ Bridled Titmouse
___ Brewer's Sparrow
___ Broad-billed Hummingbird
___ Bullock's Oriole
___ Cactus Wren
___ California Gull
___ Calliope Hummingbird
___ Canyon Towhee
___ Canyon Wren
___ Cassin's Finch
___ Cassin's Sparrow
___ Chestnut-collared Longspur
___ Chihuahuan Raven
___ Clark's Grebe
___ Clark's Nutcracker
___ Common Poorwill
___ Cordilleran Flycatcher
___ Costa's Hummingbird
___ Crissal Thrasher
___ Curve-billed Thrasher
___ Elf Owl
___ Ferruginous Hawk
___ Gambel's Quail
___ Gila Woodpecker
___ Greater Roadrunner
___ Grey Flycatcher
___ Grey Vireo
___ Grey-crowned Rosy-Finch
___ Harris's Sparrow
___ House Finch
___ Lawrence's Goldfinch
___ Le Conte's Sparrow
___ Lewis' Woodpecker
___ Long-billed Thrasher
___ Lucifer Hummingbird
___ Lucy's Warbler
___ McCown's Longspur
___ Mexican Chickadee
___ Mexican Jay
___ Montezuma Quail
___ Mountain Bluebird
___ Mountain Chickadee
___ Mountain Plover
___ Phainopepla
___ Pinyon Jay
___ Plain Titmouse
___ Prairie Falcon
___ Pygmy Nuthatch
___ Pyrrhuloxia
___ Red-bellied Woodpecker
___ Red-naped Sapsucker
___ Red-shouldered Hawk
___ Rufous-backed Thrush
___ Rufous-crowned Sparrow
___ Sage Sparrow
___ Sage Thrasher
___ Say's Phoebe
___ Scaled Quail
___ Scott's Oriole
___ Spotted Owl
___ Spotted Towhee
___ Strickland's Woodpecker
___ Townsend's Solitaire
___ Trumpeter Swan
___ Verdin
___ Violet-crowned Hummingbird
___ Western Bluebird
___ Western Grebe
___ Western Gull
___ Western Screech-Owl
___ Western Scrub-Jay
___ White-tailed Ptarmigan
___ Williamson's Sapsucker
___ Worthen's Sparrow

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Links checked November 28, 2000