Arizona’s Nongame Bird Diversity
The list of birds documented in Arizona now stands at 534 species. Roughly 480 are considered nongame species, and about 300 have been documented as breeding in the state. Seven non-native species have, through the actions of humans, become established in the state. Some of these non-native species, such as House sparrows and European starlings, are a common sight and have been in the state for so long that many people believe they are native to Arizona.
Arizona’s amazing bird life includes many species of neotropical migrants, bird species that breed in the United States and/or Canada and winter primarily from Mexico to South America. For many of these migrants, Arizona serves as a migratory corridor between the northern breeding grounds and the southern wintering areas. In total, 237 neotropical migrant species have been documented in Arizona, of which 163 species have been documented to nest in the state.
Nongame Bird Conservation Programs
Nongame Bird Species
Below you will find bird abstracts containing, taxonomy, biology, distribution, population trends, management status (as available) and illustrations.