Hovering Male Rufous Hummingbird with Female Rufous in back
Male Rufous hummingbird with female Rufous in the background

NPS Photo

The outstanding biodiversity of the Gila National Forest and Wilderness provides for a remarkably varied bird fauna. Over 100 bird species are common to the area, and you might get lucky and experience a rare sighting. Birders come to this region in the hopes of checking the Montezuma quail or the Zone-tailed hawk off their life list. During the summer, you may very likely be buzzed by a Rufous or Broad-tailed hummingbird near the Visitor Center.

The Park Store has bird books to help you identify the birds you see, and staff may be able to update you on recent sightings.


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Mailing Address:

HC 68 Box 100
Silver City , NM 88061


(575) 536-9461
Visitor Center Phone Number

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