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I am currently making major updates to this section. The larger photos are on the revised pages, working from page 1 to the end. If you find a broken link or anything, be aware I know about it, and I will fix it as soon as I get to it. Most of these birds were photographed in the wild, including a few of the exotic species. Most of the exotic species were photographed in captivity, but in a natural setting. I almost always hand-hold, and I have lenses that go up to 1300mm. Especially, I hand-hold shots of birds in flight. They simply move too fast for me to keep up with them on a tripod. I usually shoot birds in flight with less zoom. I use Pentax cameras, for two reasons. One is that the image stabilization is in the camera, so I can use any old lens, and the other is that I have a bunch of old lenses that fit Pentax. :) I also often use telephoto lenses for macro shots.

I have included a few leucistic birds. For purposes of information, a leucistic bird is a bird that has mostly white feathers and coloring. They're not quite albinos. An albino would be all white, with a pink eye. The explanation I heard is that they lack the energy to create the pigment that makes their feathers a more normal color. Needless to say, these birds are rare, because predators find them easily, I presume.

This section includes LOTS of hummingbirds! There are sixteen species of hummingbirds in the Sonoran Desert. I have photographed fourteen of them.

The hummingbirds of the Sonoran Desert frequent the deep-throated flowers of the Sonoran Desert, including Trumpet Vine (Tecoma stans) and Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens). I have photos of these species in my plant section. The hummingbird in flight in my fourth gallery is sipping from a Slipper Flower. This plant is poisonous, but the nectar is very tasty! There is a description of the Ocotillo in my science notes section. It also has tasty nectar, which can be sucked from the flowers in the same manner as the nectar of the Honeysuckle. In gallery one, there is a photo of a Gambel's Quail. These beautiful birds nest on the ground. They make a soft chuckering noise to their young, and their mating cry is lovely. We often see a pair of parents followed by a large number of babies, up to 25. I also have a series of photos of young mourning doves. The mother decided to take up residence in our chicken aviary, and she raised three broods of two each. All survived and were released.

I also have extensive galleries of birds at flickr:

  • Arizona Birds
  • Arizona Hummingbirds
  • Tropical Birds
  • The following species of hummingbirds appear in these photographs. The English, Spanish (if available), and zoological names are given. Links here and below are to external sources of information.

    Anna's Hummingbird - Chupaflor Cuello Escarlata, Colibrí Coronirrojo - Calypte anna
    Black-Chinned Hummingbird - Chupaflor Barbinegro, Colibrí Gorjinegro - Archilochus alexandri
    Blue Throated Hummingbird - Chupamirto Garganta Azul - Lampornis clemenciae
    Broad-Billed Hummingbird - Chuparosa Matriquita - Cynanthus latirostris
    Broad-Tailed Hummingbird - Chupaflor Cola Ancha, Colibrí Vibrador, Chupaminto Cola Ancha - Selasphorus platycercus
    Costa's Hummingbird - Chuplaflor Garganta Violeta, Colibrí Costa, Colibrí Coronivioleta Desértico - Calypte costae
    Magnificent Hummingbird - Cupamirto Verde Montero - Eugenes fulgens
    Rufous Hummingbird - Chupaflor Dorado - Selasphorus rufus
    Plain-capped Starthroat - Colibrí Picudo - Heliomaster constantii
    Lucifer Hummingbird - Chuparrosa - Calothorax lucifer
    Violet-crowned Hummingbird - Amazilia violiceps
    Berylline Hummingbird - Amazilia beryllina
    White-eared Hummingbird - Chuparrosa o Colibrí Oreja - Hylocharis leucotis
    Calliope Hummingbird - colibrí garganta rayada - Stellula calliope

    The photos of hummingbirds are mixed in with all the other bird photos because I felt like doing it that way. :) They are easy to find because each thumbnail of a hummingbird has a tag that identifies it. I also mixed in the tropical birds. I may change that later, but that's the way it is for now.

    This section also includes a couple of photographs of my pet peacock, Noisy. Other photos include some of the usual blue peacocks of India, and the rarer white peacocks.

    I kept peacocks for a number of years. I absolutely love their beauty, their aloof manner, and their call. I tried breeding peacocks with no success, alas! I tried both hatching their eggs in an incubator, and also allowing the mother to set. Unfortunately, our climate seems to destroy peacock eggs with heat before they are able to hatch, at least on my property. Although people here do raise peacoocks, I don't have any idea how they do it.

    More species of birds are listed below.

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    Photo Essay

    Thief! Gila Woodpecker with a sweet tooth. Taken with a Sigma 600mm mirror lens at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.


    Sonoran Desert species (more coming soon) English - Spanish - zoological names. Links are to external sources of information.
    Abert's Towhee - Toqui de Abert - Pipilo aberti
    American Kestrel - Halcón Cernícalo - Falco sparverius
    American Robin - Mirlo Primavera, Zorzal Pechirrojo - Turdus migratorius
    Black-bellied Whistling Duck - Pichichí - Dendrocygna autumnalis
    Black Necked Stilt - Himantopus mexicanus
    Black Throated Sparrow - Chiero Barbanegra - Amphispiza bilineata
    Blue Rumped Parrotlet - Catarinita -
    Burrowing Owl - Athene cunicularia
    Cactus Wren - Matraca Desértica, Matraca Grande - Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus
    Canvasback Duck - Aythya valisineria -
    Cardinal - Cardenal Común - Cardinalis cardinalis
    Cattle Egret - Bubulcus ibis
    Cedar Waxwing - Chinito - Bombycilla cedrorum
    Cinnamon Teal - Cerceta café - Anas cyanoptera
    Common Moorhen - Polla de Agua - Gallinula chloropus
    Curve-billed Thrasher - Cuitlacoche Piquicurvo - Toxostoma curvirostre
    Elf Owl - Tecolote Enano, Tecolotito Colicorto - Micrathene whitneyi
    Ferruginous Pygmy Owl - Tecolotito Rayado - Glaucidium brasilianum
    Fulvous Whistling Duck - Chiquiote - Dendrocygna bicolor
    Gambel's quail - Codorniz de Gambel - Callipepla gambelii
    Gila Woodpecker - Carpintero del Gila - Melanerpes uropygialis
    Gilded Flicker - - Colaptes chrysoides
    Gray Cardinal, Pyrrhuloxia - Cardinalis sinuatus
    Great-tailed Grackle - Quiscalus mexicanus
    Greater Roadrunner - Correcaminos Norteño - Geococcyx californianus
    Green Tailed Towhee - Toqui Cola Verde - Pipilo chlorurus
    Harris's Hawk - - Parabuteo unicinctus
    Hooded Oriole - Calandria Zapotera - Icterus cucullatus
    House Finch - Gorrión Común - Carpodacus mexicanus
    Inca Dove - Coquita Común, Tórtolita, Tórtola Colilarga, Tórtolita Común - Columbina inca
    Killdeer - Chorlito Tildío - Charadrius vociferus
    Ladder-Backed Woodpecker - Carpenterillo Mexicano - Picoides scalaris
    Lark Sparrow - Chindiquito - Chondestes grammacus
    Lazuli Bunting - Gorrión Cabeciazul - Passerina amoena
    Lilac-crowned Parrot - Loro con Coronilla, Color de Lila -
    Lincoln's Sparrow - Zorzal de Lincoln - Melospiza lincolnii
    Masked Bobwhite - Perdiz Enmascarada -
    Military Macaw - Guacamayo Militar - Ara militaris
    Mockingbird - Centzonte Norteño - Mimus polyglottis
    Mourning Dove - Huilota, Paloma Huilota - Zenaida macroura
    Northern Flicker - Carpintero Aliamarillo - Colaptes auratus
    Northern Mockingbird - Cenzontle, Jilguero Ruiseñor, Cenzontle Norteño - Mimus polyglottos
    Northern Oriole - Calandria Cañera -
    Phainopepla - Capulinero Negro - Phainopepla nitens
    Pyrrhuloxia - Cardenal Torito - Cardinalis sinuatus
    Red-tailed Hawk - Buteo jamaicensis
    Red Winged Blackbird - Tordo Charretero - Agelaius phoeniceus
    Roadrunner - Correcaminos - Geococcyx californianus
    Scaled Quail - Codorniz Escamosa - Callipepla squamata
    Song Sparrow - Melospiza melodia
    Steller's Jay - Chara Crestada, Chara Copetona - Cyanocitta stelleri
    Verdin - Párido del Desértico - Auriparus flaviceps
    Western Bluebird - Sialia mexicana
    Western Tanager - Tángara Capucha Roja, Tángara Aliblanca Migratoria, Piranga Cabeciroja - Piranga ludoviciana
    White-fronted Parrot - Loro de Pecho Blanco -
    White-winged Dove - Paloma Aliblanca - Zenaida asiatica
    Yellow Grosbeak - Piquigrueso Amarillo - Pheucticus chrysopeplus
    Yellow-headed Blackbird - Tordo Cabeciamarillo - Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus

    Other species. Links are to external sources of information; numbers are to onsite galleries.
    American Robin - Turdidae turdus
    Bahama Pintail, White-cheeked Pintail - Anas bahamensis
    Bald Eagle - Haliaeetus leucocephalus
    Bamboo Partridge - Bambusicola fytchii
    Bali Myna - Leucopsar rothschildi
    Bearded Barbet - Lybius dubius
    Black-crowned Night Heron - Nycticorax nycticorax
    Black Swan - Cygnus atratus
    Bleeding Heart Dove, Bleeding Heart Pigeon -
    Blue and Gold Macaw - Ara ararauna
    Blue Faced Honeyeater - Entomyzon cyanotis
    Boat-tailed Grackle - Quiscalus major
    Canada Goose
    Cape Thicknee, Curlew - Burhinus capensis
    Chilean Flamingo - Phoenicopterus chilensis
    Crested Screamer - Chauna torquata
    East African Crowned Crane - Balearica regulorum
    Crowned Pigeon - Goura victoria
    Fairy Bluebird - Irena puella
    Falcated Teal - Anas falcata
    Glossy Starling - Aplonis panayensis
    Gold Crested Myna - Mino coronatus
    Greater Sulfur-crested Cockatoo - Cacatua galerita
    Green-winged Teal - Anas crecca (not illustrated)
    Hawfinch - Coccothraustes coccothraustes
    Hottentott Teal - Anas hottentota
    Jerdon's Starling - Sturnus burmannicus
    King Vulture - Sarcoramphus papa   king jan kro
    Lesser Magellan Goose - Chloephaga picta picta
    Lilac Breasted Roller - Coracias caudata
    Long Tailed Broadbill - Psarisomus dalhousiae
    Madagascar Red Fody - Foudia Madagascariensis
    Mallard - Anas platyrhynchos
    Mandarin Wood Duck - Aix galericulata
    Marabou Stork - Leptoptilos crumeniferus
    Nicobar Pigeon - Caloenas nicobarica more
    Peacock - Pavo cristatus
    Pied Starling - Spreo bicolor
    Puna Ibis - Plegadis ridgwayi
    Racket-tailed Treepie - Temnurus temnurus
    Red Breasted Goose - Branta sandvicensis
    Ringed Teal - Anas leucophrys
    Robin - Turdidae turdus
    Roseate Spoonbill - Ajaia ajaja
    Rosy Billed Pochard - Netta peposaca
    Scarlet Ibis - Eudocimus ruber
    Scarlet Macaw - Ara macao
    Secretary Bird -
    Silvery Cheeked Hornbill - Bycanistes brevis
    Spur-winged Plover - Vanellus spinosus
    Taveta Golden Weaver - Ploceus castanieceps
    Troupial - Icterus icterus
    Turaco - Tauraco sp.
    Vulturine Guinea Fowl - Acryllium vulturinum
    Wattled Starling - Creatophora cinerea
    White Crested Laughingthrush - Garrulax leucolophus
    White-faced Whistling Duck
    Wompoo Fruit-Dove - Ptilinopus magnificus
    Wreathed Hornbill - Aceros undulatus
    Yellow Grosbeak - Pheucticus chrysopeplus


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