The Petrified Forest National Park, like many national parks and protected areas for wildlife, provides habitat important to both resident and migratory bird species. The park’s rich cottonwood/willow riparian corridor along the Rio Puerco, thousands or acres of grassland and shrubland, juniper woodlands on mesa tops, and small areas of urban habitat provide for the needs of 258 bird species. There are many year-round resident species such as Common Raven, House Finch, Greater Roadrunner, Horned Lark, and Red-tailed Hawk, winter residents such as Dark-eyed Junco, Mountain Bluebird, and White-crowned Sparrow, and summer residents including Barn Swallow, Black-headed Grosbeak, Burrowing Owl, and Lark Sparrow. August and September are the best times to see migratory species including Rufous Hummingbird, Cedar Waxwing, Ruby-crowned Kinglet and almost a dozen warbler species.
Bird List for Petrified Forest National Park (as of September 2018). Codes at end of list.
References:Bridges, A. E. 2018. Checklist 80 Common Birds Petrified Forest National Park.
Chesser, R. T., K. J. Burns, C. Cicero, J. L. Dunn, A. W. Kratter, I. J. Lovette, P. C. Rasmussen, J. V. Remsen, Jr., D. F. Stotz, B. M. Winger, and K. Winker. 2018. Check-list of North American Birds (online). American Ornithological Society. http://checklist.aou.org/taxa
ebird.org. Accepted eBird checklists submitted by park staff and visitors. Accessed 9-24-2018.
iNaturalist.org. Research-grade observations from iNaturalist submitted by park staff and visitors. Accessed 9-24-2018.
Van Riper III, C., and M. Lamow. 2006. A 2006 bird checklist for Petrified Forest National Park. A Century pf Research at Petrified Forest National Park: 1906-2006. Museum of Northern Arizona Bulletin No. 63.
Last updated: August 31, 2019