Priority Birds

Photo: Chris Parish

A priority species is one that is particularly threatened in terms of the species' long-term survival. All priority species have been selected through rigorous scientific analysis, and most represent a broad array of other birds and wildlife that use the same habitat type. Conservation focused on priority species is almost always focused on priority habitats as well. These are considered the Priority Birds in Arizona.

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Latin:  Coccyzus americanus

Illustration for Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Burrowing Owl

Latin:  Athene cunicularia

Illustration for Burrowing Owl

Ridgway's Rail

Latin:  Rallus obsoletus

Illustration for Ridgway's Rail

Willow Flycatcher

Latin:  Empidonax traillii

Illustration for Willow Flycatcher

Lucy's Warbler

Latin:  Leiothlypis luciae

Illustration for Lucy's Warbler

Bald Eagle

Latin:  Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Illustration for Bald Eagle

Bell's Vireo

Latin:  Vireo bellii

Illustration for Bell's Vireo

Black Rail

Latin:  Laterallus jamaicensis

Illustration for Black Rail

Spotted Owl

Latin:  Strix occidentalis

Illustration for Spotted Owl

California Condor

Latin:  Gymnogyps californianus

Illustration for California Condor

Pinyon Jay

Latin:  Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus

Illustration for Pinyon Jay

Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl

Latin:  Glaucidium brasilianum

Illustration for Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl

Sandhill Crane

Latin:  Antigone canadensis

Illustration for Sandhill Crane

Elf Owl

Latin:  Micrathene whitneyi

Illustration for Elf Owl

Gilded Flicker

Latin:  Colaptes chrysoides

Illustration for Gilded Flicker

Grasshopper Sparrow

Latin:  Ammodramus savannarum

Illustration for Grasshopper Sparrow

Botteri's Sparrow

Latin:  Peucaea botterii

Illustration for Botteri's Sparrow

Montezuma Quail

Latin:  Cyrtonyx montezumae

Illustration for Montezuma Quail

Elegant Trogon

Latin:  Trogon elegans

Illustration for Elegant Trogon

Abert's Towhee

Latin:  Melozone aberti

Illustration for Abert's Towhee

Peregrine Falcon

Latin:  Falco peregrinus

Illustration for Peregrine Falcon

Clark's Grebe

Latin:  Aechmophorus clarkii

Illustration for Clark's Grebe

Costa's Hummingbird

Latin:  Calypte costae

Illustration for Costa's Hummingbird

Rivoli's Hummingbird

Latin:  Eugenes fulgens

Illustration for Rivoli's Hummingbird

Arizona Woodpecker

Latin:  Dryobates arizonae

Illustration for Arizona Woodpecker

Mexican Chickadee

Latin:  Poecile sclateri

Illustration for Mexican Chickadee

Yellow-eyed Junco

Latin:  Junco phaeonotus

Illustration for Yellow-eyed Junco

Red-faced Warbler

Latin:  Cardellina rubrifrons

Illustration for Red-faced Warbler

Grace's Warbler

Latin:  Setophaga graciae

Illustration for Grace's Warbler

Buff-collared Nightjar

Latin:  Antrostomus ridgwayi

Illustration for Buff-collared Nightjar

Pine Grosbeak

Latin:  Pinicola enucleator

Illustration for Pine Grosbeak

Rufous-winged Sparrow

Latin:  Peucaea carpalis

Illustration for Rufous-winged Sparrow

Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher

Latin:  Myiodynastes luteiventris

Illustration for Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher

Swainson's Thrush

Latin:  Catharus ustulatus

Illustration for Swainson's Thrush

Bendire's Thrasher

Latin:  Toxostoma bendirei

Illustration for Bendire's Thrasher

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