Tommy J. DeBardeleben

What Bird Are You After?

Welcome to the section, What Bird Are You After?  This is a guide to more than 260 birds that are found in Maricopa County on a regular basis.  Birds in this section are grouped by family.  This includes breeders in the county, as well as migrants and wintering birds.  If you are looking for a specific bird in the area, use this guide to help you find the best locations and areas for that specific bird, with viewing suggestions.  This section can serve as a "quick-find" index for finding these specific species.  In addition, some of the more rare birds in the county are included that are found annually most years, or some rare and local birds that may be around based on habitat on a year round basis.  These birds are suggested as "Also keep an eye out for...", and there are 36 of those species.  Birds considered casual or accidental are not included.


Menu to Bird Families in Maricopa County:

Ducks, Geese, and Swans

New World Quail

Loons, Grebes, Cormorants, and Pelicans

Bitterns, Herons, and Ibises

Vultures, Hawks, Eagles, and Falcons

Rails, Coots, Gallinules, and Cranes


Gulls and Terns

Pigeons, Doves, Parrots, and Cuckoos

Owls and Nightjars

Swifts and Hummingbirds

Kingfishers and Woodpeckers

Tyrant Flycatchers

Shrikes and Vireos

Jays, Crows, and Ravens

Larks and Swallows

Chickadees, Titmice, Verdin, and Bushtit

Nuthatches and Creepers

Wrens and Gnatcatchers

Kinglets and Thrushes

Mockingbirds and Thrashers

Pipits, Starling, Waxwings, and Silky-Flycatchers


Towhees, Sparrows, and Longspurs

Tanagers, Cardinals, Grosbeaks, and Buntings

Icterids-Blackbirds, Meadowlarks, and Orioles

Finches and Old World Sparrows



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