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WESTERN TANAGER (Piranga ludoviciana)
Printable Western Tanager Fact Sheet (PDF)
HEPATIC TANAGER (Piranga flava)
Although not as common as the Western Tanager, can be seen in the riparian area near the visitor center and on the Falls Trail. Male is overall red with olive-tinged wings. Female is mostly yellow with olive-tinged wings.
BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK (Pheucticus melanocephalus)
Males are black, orange, yellow, and white. Females have similar coloration with the black tending more to brown. Common in Frijoles Canyon. Can be pesky at the Cottonwood Picnic Area, as they tend to beg for food. PLEASE DON'T FEED THEM.
BLUE GROSBEAK (Passerina caerulea)
Uncommon but has been seen both in the main Frijoles Canyon area as well as at the Rio Grande. Male is striking with bright blue plumage, orange wing bars, and a thick beak. Female is reddish brown with the same thick bill.
EVENING GROSBEAK (Coccothraustes vespertinus)
TURKEY VULTURE (Cathartes aura)
Printable Turkey Vulture Fact Sheet (PDF)
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER (Dendrocia coronata)
The most easily seen warbler in the park, can be found in most of the riparian zones. Often arrives back quite early in the spring.
BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER (Dendroica nigrescens)
Moderately common in the riparian zones and on the mesatops. Flits around in tree branches looking for food.
YELLOW WARBLER (Dendroica petechia)
Both males and females have bright yellow plumage with the male having red-orange streaks on its breast. Somewhat common in the riparian zones.
GRACE'S WARBLER (Dendroica graciae)
Somewhat common in the riparian areas of the park.
TOWNSEND'S WARBLER (Dendroica townsendi)
Seen occasionally during migration, usually in the riparian areas of the park.
PLUMBEOUS VIREO (Vireo plumbeus)
Common especially in the riparian areas of the park. Nests and raises young here.
WARBLING VIREO (Vireo gilvus)
Common in the riparian areas of the park from late spring through early fall.
BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRD (Selasphorus platycercus)
Very common all summer long until around Labor Day. Can arrive back very early in the spring, even before many flowers are blooming. Males have a bright red gorget while females have a speckled throat.
BLACK-CHINNED HUMMINGBIRD (Archilochus alexandri)
Very common. Nests and raises young in the park. Males have a dark purple or red gorget. Females are very plain with some green highlights in their plumage.
RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD (Selasphorus rufus)
Common, especially in late summer during migration. Males are bright green and orange. Females have similar coloration but have a small medallion instead of a bright gorget.
SANDHILL CRANE (Grus canadensis)
Wingspan 77 - 73"
Rarely land in the park but make their presence known in both spring and fall when they migrate overhead. Their loud cries are very distinctive.
CHIPPING SPARROW (Spizella passerina)
LAZULI BUNTING (Passerina amoena)
Uncommon in the park overall but seen occasionally near the Rio Grande at the bottom of the Falls Trail.
WESTERN MEADOWLARK (Sturnella neglecta)
Uncommon but can be seen occasionally on the open, brushy mesas such as at Burnt Mesa Trail.
LARK SPARROW (Chondestes grammacus)
Somewhat common, have been seen along the Main Loop Trail. Distinctive face pattern makes them easily recognizable.