It seems like just about everything at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is in a hurry to get someplace else. Our fantastic birds are a primary example. The monument sits along a primary migratory flyway and because of this, birding is a popular and fantastic recreational opportunity.
More than 270 bird species have been recorded in the monument. The vast majority visit the Organ Pipe Cactus only while migrating, taking advantage of the desert’s seasonal flowers, fruits, and warm winters. There are 36 species of resident birds that can be found throughout Organ Pipe Cactus, from the oasis at Quitobaquito to the cliffs in Arch Canyon.
Some of the more common bird species sighted regularly at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument include:
- Cactus Wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus)
- Curve-Billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre)
- Gila Woodpecker (Melanerpes uropygialis)
- Common Raven (Corvus corax)
- Phainopepla (Phainopepla nitens)
- Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
- Costa’s Hummingbird (Calypte costae)
- Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus)
- Elf Owl (Micrathene whitneyi)
- Gambel’s Quail (Callipepla gambelii)