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List of Arizona Birds Considered Rare

 

Changes for 2008:  click here

 

AZFO is especially interested in posting documentation on any of the rare species on this list.  This is the list of Arizona rare birds classified as either “Review” or “Sketch Details” species by the Arizona Bird Committee. See the ABC Web Site for more details.  Sketch Details species, which are less rare, are indicated by a #.

 

Arranged in taxonomic order.  Grouped into descriptive categories.

 

Ducks, Geese and Swans

Fulvous Whistling-Duck - Dendrocygna bicolor
Brant - Branta bernicla
Cackling Goose - Branta hutchinsii
Trumpeter Swan - Cygnus buccinator
Eurasian Wigeon - Anas penelope  #

Garganey - Anas querquedula
"Eurasian" Green-winged Teal - Anas crecca crecca
Tufted Duck - Aythya fuligula
Greater Scaup - Aythya marila  #
Harlequin Duck - Histrionicus histrionicus
Surf Scoter - Melanitta perspicillata  #
White-winged Scoter - Melanitta fusca  #
Black Scoter - Melanitta nigra
Long-tailed Duck - Clangula hyemalis  #
Barrow's Goldeneye - Bucephala islandica  #

 

Loons and Grebes

Red-throated Loon - Gavia stellata
Pacific Loon - Gavia pacifica  #
Yellow-billed Loon - Gavia adamsii
Least Grebe - Tachybaptus dominicus
Horned Grebe - Podiceps auritus  #
Red-necked Grebe - Podiceps grisegena
 

 

Tubenoses, Tropicbirds, Boobies, etc.

Laysan Albatross - Phoebastria immutabilis
Sooty Shearwater - Puffinus griseus
Leach's Storm-Petrel - Oceanodroma leucorhoa
Black Storm-Petrel - Oceanodroma melania
Least Storm-Petrel - Oceanodroma microsoma
White-tailed Tropicbird - Phaethon lepturus
Red-billed Tropicbird - Phaethon aethereus
Blue-footed Booby - Sula nebouxii
Brown Booby - Sula leucogaster
Anhinga - Anhinga anhinga
Magnificent Frigatebird - Fregata magnificens
 

Large Wading Birds

Little Blue Heron - Egretta caerulea  #
Tricolored Heron - Egretta tricolor  #
Reddish Egret - Egretta rufescens
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron - Nyctanassa violacea
White Ibis - Eudocimus albus
Glossy Ibis - Plegadis falcinellus
Roseate Spoonbill - Platalea ajaja
Wood Stork - Mycteria americana
 

Birds of Prey

Swallow-tailed Kite - Elanoides forficatus
Red-shouldered Hawk - Buteo lineatus 
Broad-winged Hawk - Buteo platypterus
Short-tailed Hawk - Buteo brachyurus
White-tailed Hawk - Buteo albicaudatus
"Harlan's" Red-tailed Hawk - Buteo jamaicensis harlani  #
Rough-legged Hawk - Buteo lagopus  #
Aplomado Falcon - Falco femoralis
 

Rails and Rail-like Birds

Purple Gallinule - Porphyrio martinica

 

Shorebirds

American Golden-Plover - Pluvialis dominica
Pacific Golden-Plover - Pluvialis fulva
Northern Jacana - Jacana spinosa
Wandering Tattler -
Tringa incana
Upland Sandpiper - Bartramia longicauda
Whimbrel - Numenius phaeopus  #
Hudsonian Godwit - Limosa haemastica
Ruddy Turnstone - Arenaria interpres

Black Turnstone - Arenaria melanocephala
Red Knot - Calidris canutus
Semipalmated Sandpiper - Calidris pusilla  #
White-rumped Sandpiper - Calidris fuscicollis
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper - Calidris acuminata

Buff-breasted Sandpiper - Tryngites subruficollis
Ruff - Philomachus pugnax
Short-billed Dowitcher - Limnodromus griseus  #
Red Phalarope - Phalaropus fulicarius  #
 

Gulls, Terns and Jaegers

Black-legged Kittiwake - Rissa tridactyla

Sabine's Gull - Xema sabini  #

Laughing Gull - Leucophaeus atricilla
Heermann's Gull - Larus heermanni  #
Mew Gull - Larus canus
Western Gull - Larus occidentalis

Yellow-footed Gull - Larus livens
Herring Gull - Larus argentatus  #
Thayer's Gull - Larus thayeri

Lesser Black-backed Gull - Larus fuscus
Glaucous-winged Gull - Larus glaucescens
Glaucous Gull - Larus hyperboreus

Least Tern - Sternula antillarum  #

Gull-billed Tern - Gelochelidon nilotica
Arctic Tern - Sterna paradisaea

Royal Tern - Thalasseus maximus
Elegant Tern -
Thalasseus elegans
Black Skimmer - Rynchops niger
Pomarine Jaeger - Stercorarius pomarinus
Parasitic Jaeger - Stercorarius parasiticus
Long-tailed Jaeger - Stercorarius longicaudus

 

Doves, Parrots and Cuckoos

Ruddy Ground-Dove - Columbina talpacoti  #
Thick-billed Parrot - Rhynchopsitta
pachyrhyncha
Black-billed Cuckoo - Coccyzus erythropthalmus
Groove-billed Ani - Crotophaga
sulcirostris
 

Owls

Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl - Glaucidium brasilianum  #

 

Nightjars

Buff-collared Nightjar - Caprimulgus ridgwayi

 

Swifts and Hummingbirds

Black Swift - Cypseloides niger
Chimney Swift - Chaetura pelagica
White-eared Hummingbird - Hylocharis leucotis  #
Berylline Hummingbird - Amazilia beryllina #
Cinnamon Hummingbird - Amazilia rutila
Plain-capped Starthroat - Heliomaster constantii
Lucifer Hummingbird - Calothorax lucifer  #

Ruby-throated Hummingbird - Archilochus colubris
Bumblebee Hummingbird - Atthis heloisa
Allen's Hummingbird - Selasphorus sasin  #

 

Trogons and Quetzals

Eared Quetzal - Euptilotis neoxenus

 

Woodpeckers

Red-headed Woodpecker - Melanerpes erythrocephalus
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - Sphyrapicus varius  #
Red-breasted Sapsucker - Sphyrapicus ruber
"Yellow-shafted" Northern Flicker - Colaptes
auratus auratus

 

Flycatchers

Tufted Flycatcher - Mitrephanes phaeocercus

Eastern Wood-Pewee - Contopus virens
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher - Empidonax flaviventris
Acadian Flycatcher - Empidonax virescens
Least Flycatcher - Empidonax minimus

Eastern Phoebe - Sayornis phoebe  #
Nutting's Flycatcher - Myiarchus nuttingi
Great Crested Flycatcher - Myiarchus crinitus
Great Kiskadee - Pitangus sulphuratus

Couch's Kingbird - Tyrannus couchii

Eastern Kingbird - Tyrannus tyrannus  #
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - Tyrannus forficatus  #

Rose-throated Becard - Pachyramphus aglaiae
 

Shrikes and Vireos

Northern Shrike - Lanius excubitor  #
White-eyed Vireo - Vireo griseus
Black-capped Vireo - Vireo atricapilla
Yellow-throated Vireo - Vireo flavifrons
Blue-headed Vireo - Vireo solitarius
Philadelphia Vireo - Vireo philadelphicus

Red-eyed Vireo - Vireo olivaceus
Yellow-green Vireo - Vireo flavoviridis

 

Jays and Swallows

Blue Jay - Cyanocitta cristata

Brown-chested Martin - Progne tapera

Cave Swallow - Petrochelidon fulva

 

Chickadees, Wrens and Gnatcatchers

Black-capped Chickadee - Poecile atricapillus

Carolina Wren - Thryothorus ludovicianus

"Eastern" Winter Wren - Troglodytes troglodytes hiemalis complex

"Pacific" Winter Wren - Troglodytes troglodytes pacificus complex #

Black-capped Gnatcatcher - Polioptila nigriceps

 

Thrushes, Mimic Thrushes and Relatives

Northern Wheatear - Oenanthe oenanthe
Veery - Catharus fuscescens
Gray-cheeked Thrush - Catharus minimus
Wood Thrush - Hylocichla mustelina
Rufous-backed Robin - Turdus rufopalliatus  #
Varied Thrush - Ixoreus naevius  #
Aztec Thrush - Ridgwayia pinicola
Gray Catbird - Dumetella carolinensis  #
Brown Thrasher - Toxostoma rufum  #
Blue Mockingbird - Melanotis caerulescens

 

Pipits, Wagtails and Waxwings

White Wagtail - Motacilla alba
Red-throated Pipit - Anthus cervinus
Bohemian Waxwing - Bombycilla garrulus

 

Warblers

Blue-winged Warbler - Vermivora pinus
Golden-winged Warbler - Vermivora chrysoptera
Tennessee Warbler - Vermivora peregrina
Crescent-chested Warbler - Parula superciliosa
Tropical Parula - Parula pitiayumi
"Mangrove" Yellow Warbler - Dendroica petechia bryanti
Chestnut-sided Warbler - Dendroica pensylvanica #
Magnolia Warbler - Dendroica magnolia
Cape May Warbler - Dendroica tigrina
Black-throated Blue Warbler - Dendroica caerulescens #
Black-throated Green Warbler - Dendroica virens
Blackburnian Warbler - Dendroica fusca
Yellow-throated Warbler - Dendroica dominica
Pine Warbler - Dendroica pinus
Prairie Warbler - Dendroica discolor
Palm Warbler - Dendroica palmarum
Bay-breasted Warbler - Dendroica castanea
Blackpoll Warbler - Dendroica striata
Cerulean Warbler - Dendroica cerulea
Prothonotary Warbler - Protonotaria citrea #
Worm-eating Warbler - Helmitheros vermivorum
Swainson's Warbler - Limnothlypis swainsonii
Ovenbird - Seiurus aurocapilla #
Louisiana Waterthrush - Seiurus motacilla #
Kentucky Warbler - Oporornis formosus
Connecticut Warbler - Oporornis agilis
Mourning Warbler - Oporornis philadelphia
Hooded Warbler - Wilsonia citrina #
Canada Warbler - Wilsonia canadensis
Slate-throated Redstart - Myioborus miniatus
Fan-tailed Warbler - Euthlypis lachrymosa
Rufous-capped Warbler - Basileuterus rufifrons

 

Tanagers

Scarlet Tanager - Piranga olivacea
Flame-colored Tanager - Piranga bidentata

 

Sparrows and Relatives

Eastern Towhee - Pipilo erythrophthalmus
American Tree Sparrow - Spizella arborea
Field Sparrow - Spizella pusilla
"Large-billed" Savannah Sparrow - Passerculus sandwichensis rostratus
Le Conte's Sparrow - Ammodramus leconteii

Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow - Ammodramus nelsoni
"Sooty" Fox Sparrow - Passerella iliaca unalaschcensis
"Large-billed" Fox Sparrow - Passerella iliaca megarhyncha

"Red" Fox Sparrow - Passerella iliaca iliaca complex
Harris's Sparrow - Zonotrichia querula #
Golden-crowned Sparrow - Zonotrichia atricapilla #
"White-winged" Dark-eyed Junco - Junco hyemalis aikeni
McCown's Longspur - Calcarius mccownii #
Lapland Longspur - Calcarius lapponicus
Smith's Longspur - Calcarius pictus
Snow Bunting - Plectrophenax nivalis

 

Grosbeaks and Buntings

Yellow Grosbeak - Pheucticus chrysopeplus
Painted Bunting - Passerina ciris  #
Dickcissel - Spiza americana  #

 

Blackbirds and Orioles

Bobolink - Dolichonyx oryzivorus

Rusty Blackbird - Euphagus carolinus
Common Grackle - Quiscalus quiscula
Black-vented Oriole - Icterus wagleri
Orchard Oriole - Icterus spurius
Streak-backed Oriole - Icterus pustulatus
Baltimore Oriole - Icterus galbula

 

Finches

Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch - Leucosticte tephrocotis

Black Rosy-Finch - Leucosticte atrata

Purple Finch - Carpodacus purpureus

 

 

 


Arizona Rarities

 

Crescent-chested Warbler
Madera Canyon
Photo by Hans Spiecker


Black-capped Gnatcatcher
California Gulch
Photo by Mark Stevenson


Rufous-capped Warbler
Cave Creek Canyon
Photo by Robert Shantz


Tufted Flycatcher
White Rock Canyon
Photo by Steven and Julie Servantez


Flame-colored Tanager
Madera Canyon
Photo by James Prudente


Slate-throated Redstart
Carr Canyon
Photo by Kurt Radamaker


Aztec Thrush
Madera Canyon
Photo by Al Tozier

Plain-capped Startthroat
Agua Caliente Park
Photo by Oliver Niehuis


Yellow Grosbeak
Huachuca Mountains
Photo by Robert A. Behrstock

 
Northern Jacana
Casa Grande
Photo by Brendon Grice
 
Gilbert Water Ranch
Photo by Michael Moore
 
Madera Canyon
Photo by Oliver Niehuis
 
 
Rufous-backed Robin
Catalina State Park
Photo by Clifford Cathers
 
Ruddy Ground-Dove
El Mirage
Photo by Pierre Deviche
 
Madera Canyon
Photo by Clair Postmus

 
Elegant Tern
Gilbert Water Ranch
Photo by Brendon Grice


Yellow-billed Loon
Tempe Town Lake
Photo by Michael Moore

 
Ruff
Gilbert Water Ranch
Photo by Rich Ditch


White-rumped Sandpiper
Willcox
Photo by Rob and Rita Colwell


Brant
Willcox
Photo by Peter Dedicoat


Lesser Black-backed Gull
River Road
Photo by Chris Benesh


Long-tailed Jaeger
Ashurst Lake
Photo by Jeff Estis

 

Status and distribution review
Mark Stevenson
Steve Ganley
Kurt Radamaker
Michael C. Moore


All photos are copyrighted© by photographer

Photos posted here are not automatically considered submitted records to the ABC. To submit a review species please go to Reports. Photos used here prior to evaluation by the ABC should be considered pending records rather than accepted records; in some cases, they may carry preliminary identifications that may change or the photos may not in the end provide definitive identification.

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Updated Thursday, February 21, 2008

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