New Mexico Birding Resources

All three species of bluebirds can be found in New Mexico.


The Nifty Fifty

The Nifty Fifty is a mini-guide to the birds of New Mexico. It includes descriptions, images, video and songs of 50 of the most often observed birds of New Mexico. View the guide by clicking here or on the Nifty Fifty link on the left.

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Some birds prefer to stay near the ground, while others are almost always seen high in a tree. Look for the following notations in the species descriptions to determine where the species is most likely to be seen. If a note is not present, the bird does not have a strong affinity for a particular region.

  • Look high.
  • Look mid-story.
  • Look low.

State Information

New Mexico Ornithological Society

New Mexico Field Checklist


Birding Locations

Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

Greater Roadrunner

New Mexico State Bird -  Greater Roadrunner


New Mexico Birding Events

Hummingbird Festival

Annually in July
Lake Roberts, Silver City, New Mexico
A two-day festival at Lake Roberts: banding, educational presentations, crafts, artists and more, all celebrating the hummingbird! Guided bird and geology walks. Learn more about hummingbirds as ornithologists band and study them. Call in advance for information and exact location. Sponsored by Hummingbirds of New Mexico.

Festival of the Cranes
Annually in November
Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge near Socorro, New Mexico
Phone: 575-835-2077
Celebrates the return of upwards of 14,000 Sandhill Cranes and tens of thousands of Light Geese to the Refuge for the winter. A large number and variety of educational workshops, including lectures, hands-on, and field trip experiences combined with the beauty of one of the premier birding and wildlife refuges in the country make the Festival of the Cranes a great destination for birders from all over the world.


Other resources and locations

If you have suggestions for additional birding resources in New Mexico, from web sites to your favorite birding location, submit your information using the following form. You can cut and paste large amounts if text into the information field. Birding locations are the most desired, but any good resource on New Mexico birds is welcomed.

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