Birding Arizona

With towering pine forests and iconic saguaro cactus, the Colorado Plateau and the Sonora Desert, Arizona offers habitats unlike anywhere else in North America. It’s home to the Grand Canyon, the Painted Desert, the Petrified Forest, and Monument Valley. Southeastern Arizona is famous among birders for hosting species found nowhere else in the United States, but other areas of the state are good for bird watching, as well. Arizona has tall peaks, mesas, woodlands, grasslands, and most famously, vast areas of desert. The Colorado River watershed encompasses nearly the entire state, and most lakes in the arid state are man-made. The state boasts a whopping 554 bird species on its checklist—impressive for any state, but especially one that doesn’t border an ocean.

  • Arizona Birding & Nature Festivals

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BWD Festival Finder

During the peak of bird migration, there's nothing more exciting than attending a birding festival. The birds are spectacular and the people are great. If you haven't tried a festival yet, this is a must-do for next season! Use BWD's Birding and Nature Festival Finder to help you select from the many available in special areas all over the country.
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  • Arizona Birding Hotspots

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Broad-billed hummingbird (male) by Charles Melton.

Southeastern Arizona: Hummingbird Heaven

Southeastern Arizona is where you’ll find the most hummingbird species while traveling the fewest miles. Bird photographer Charles Melton lives there and shares his insider knowledge on exactly where to go to see a dozen species of hummers (and in a good year, possibly three more).
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