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Gambels Quail (m)

Gambels Quail (m)

Also called the gray-breasted jay and Arizona jay, this large, 11- to 13-inch blue-gray jay without a crest is possibly the most interesting bird of the crow family. Mexican jays usually live in flocks of from 6 to 20 birds throughout the year and are semicommunal in the breeding season.

Mexican Jay : The Mexican Jay has blue head, wings and tail, and a white throat. The back is gray blue, and underside is off white.

The Pyrrhuloxia or Desert Cardinal (Cardinalis sinuatus) by robbobert is a medium-sized North American song bird found in the American southwest and northern Mexico.

The Pyrrhuloxia or Desert Cardinal (Cardinalis sinuatus) is a medium-sized North American song-bird, found year-round in the desert scrub and mesquite thickets of the American southwest and northern Mexico.

..Elegant trogon..The red and green Christmas plumage and the tropical nature of the male Elegant Trogon make this a good bird counterpart to the tropical poinsettias seen this time of year. Typically thought of as a summer bird, a few Elegant Trogons are found during most winters in Sycamore Canyon, AZ (often found during the Atascosa Highlands Christmas Bird Count).

The elegant trogon (Trogon elegans) (formerly the "coppery-tailed" trogon), from Guatemala in the south as far north as the upper Gila River in Arizona and New Mexico.

Is he not beautiful......

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Hummingbirds are the Sonoran Desert’s iridescent jewels, truly precious treasures! Arizona is unique for its large number of different hummingbirds! Visit America’s Southwest for wonderful nature.

Greater Roadrunner By Alan Murphy - the other thing the cartoon didn't teach me is when a Roadrunner catches its live prey, it beats the snot out of it against a rock or the ground itself to subdue it if not out right kill it!

Greater Roadrunner by Alan Murphy - the thing the cartoon didn't teach me is when a Roadrunner catches its live prey, it beats the snot out of it against a rock or the ground to subdue it if not outright kill it!

Montezuma Quail is a stubby, secretive quail of Mexico and some nearby parts of the U.S.

MONTEZUMA QUAIL (Cyrtonyx montezumae) - found across Mexico and marginally into the southern United States in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas in oak savannas, pine-oak woodlands, scrublands and mixed conifer woodlands. They forage on the ground, digging for

Calliope Hummingbird (Stellula calliope) [photo by Michael Woodruff/Flickr]

Calliope Hummingbird is the smallest bird in North America north of Mexico, the Calliope Hummingbird inhabits mountain areas of the northwestern United States. It is the smallest long-distance avian migrant in the world, spending its winters in Mexico.

"Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty, if only we have the eyes to see them" - John Ruskin

"Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty." -- John Ruskin – photograph by Florence McGinn --

A male Gambel's quail watches for predators while his chicks feed.  © Chris Heising

A male Gambel's quail watches for predators while his chicks feed.

Bird on a Cactus in Desert of Arizona - USA

Pyrrhuloxia (male) The Pyrrhuloxia or Desert Cardinal is a medium-sized North American song bird found in the American southwest and northern Mexico.

Flame-colored Tanager, American songbird, occasionally seen in southeast corner of Arizona, southwest corner of Texas, southwest of New Mexico & Sonora(Madrean sky islands of the northern portion of the western Mexican mountain range, Sierra Madre Occidental.)        Photo by Gus Hallgren

Flame-colored Tanager, American songbird, occasionally seen in southeast corner of Arizona, southwest corner of Texas, New Mexico & Sonora Mexico. Photo by Gus Hallgren

Carriça / The state bird of Arizona is the cactus wren officially recognized in 1931. The largest North American wren (7-9 inches), cactus wrens are native to the arid south- western United States extending to central Mexico. Cactus wrens primarily eat insects (including ants, beetles, grasshoppers, and wasps) and occasional seeds and fruits. Almost all water is obtained from its food (a true bird of the desert, the cactus wren rarely drinks free standing water, even when available)..

The Cactus Wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) is the state bird of Arizona. It is a species of wren that is native to the southwestern United States southwards to central Mexico. It is the largest North American Wren.

The California Condor is the largest North American land bird and inhabits northern Arizona and southern Utah, coastal mountains of central and southern California, and northern Baja California. The condor is a scavenger and eats large amounts of carrion. It is one of the world's longest-living birds, with a lifespan of up to 60 years.

Birds of Prey: The California Condor

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