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Discover Birding

The birds of our region will continue to surprise and delight you, and the more you get to know them, the more amazing they'll become.

From backyard favorites like Gila Woodpeckers and Cactus Wrens to the more exotic species of Southeast Arizona, like the Elegant Trogon or Lucifer Hummingbird, experiencing birds offers exciting learning opportunities no matter how long you’ve been doing it!

FOUR tips to discover birding:


Start with the basics

Learn the common birds first. The House Finches and Lesser Goldfinches that come to your home feeders, the Phainopeplas in your neighborhood, and the unmistakable Mourning Dove you hear singing at the park are great birds to know first. Once you know your “everyday” birds and their habits, colors, and songs, you can start to learn the less common ones at new locations.

Meet Your Birds on Tucson Audubon’s online guide to the birds of Southeast Arizona.



Spend time outdoors

The best way to see birds is to be where they are! Almost anywhere you go in and around Tucson will have birds to enjoy. Find your favorite outdoor spot and get to know the local birds. The more you learn the common birds of your “home patch”, the sooner you’ll be able to spot an uncommon visitor.

Tucson Audubon’s Finding Birds in Southeast Arizona is the essential guide to birding locations across the region. Don’t leave home without it!


Get a good field guide

An expertly written and illustrated field guide can be invaluable in learning to identify birds. Some of our favorite guides are:

Kaufman Field Guide to the Birds of North America  and  Sibley Guide to Birds. The Tucson Audubon Nature Shop has these and other options for you. 

Additionally, online resources, such as the Merlin App and are free and can identify birds for you with just a few clicks.


Engage with other birders

One of the best ways to learn about birds is by going out and birding with other people. Tucson Audubon offers all sorts of ways to do this, from field trips and lectures to more in-depth classes and courses. Our weekly walk at Sweetwater Wetlands is the perfect way to start engaging with birds and other birders! Then stay updated on the latest events by signing up for Tucson Audubon’s weekly e-news.

If you’re looking for a bird guide to lead you around Southeast Arizona for a morning, day, or a week, see our Bird Guide list.


Discover the birds
of Southeast Arizona

Broad-billed Hummingbird photo by Vaughn Morrison

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