• Sierra del Carmen

    Big Bend

    National Park Texas

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  • Extreme Water Shortage

    Extreme water shortage throughout park. Visitors are limited to 5 gallons per day, and are encouraged to conserve further when possible. Please consider bringing your own water to the park.

Bird Specialties

Bird collage (clockwise starting in left hand corner: white winged dove, Gray Hawk, Mexican Jay, Ruby Throated Hummimgbird, Scaled Quail, and Turkey Vulture)
Bird collage (clockwise starting in left hand corner: white winged dove, Gray Hawk, Mexican Jay, Ruby Throated Hummimgbird, Scaled Quail, and Turkey Vulture)
 

Each of these species is evocative of Big Bend National Park. Each is a Southwestern U.S. species that spends much, if not all of the year in the park (doesn’t just migrate through). With some effort, each is observable within the park and is part of a classic group of Big Bend birds.

  • Gray Hawk
  • Zone-tailed Hawk
  • Common Black Hawk
  • Scaled Quail
  • White-winged Dove
  • Inca Dove
  • Greater Roadrunner
  • Elf Owl
  • Lesser Nighthawk
  • Lucifer Hummingbird
  • Blue-throated Hummingbird
  • Magnificent Hummingbird
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker
  • Ash-throated Flycatcher
  • Black Phoebe
  • Vermillion Flycatcher
  • Mexican Jay
  • Verdin
  • Cactus Wren
  • Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
  • Black-capped Vireo
  • Curve-billed Thrasher
  • Crissal Thrasher
  • Phainopepla
  • Gray Vireo
  • Colima Warbler
  • Pyrrhuloxia
  • Varied Bunting
  • Canyon Towhee
  • Black-throated Sparrow
  • Cassin’s Sparrow
  • Black-chinned Sparrow
  • Rufous-crowned Sparrow
  • Scott’s Oriole
  • Hepatic Tanager


Did You Know?

Apollo 17 landing site

Apollo 17 astronauts Gene Cernan and Harrison Schmidt visited Big Bend in 1971 to study the regions geology in preparation for their mission to the moon. This was one of four field trips to Big Bend that Apollo astronauts participated in between 1964 and 1971.