8 Most Common Birds of Arizona

12" length, 4.2 oz weight, 18" wingspan. Gray-brown, distinctive call, common in Arizona. Feeds on seeds, nests in trees. Lifespan: 2 years.

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Mourning Dove  (Most Common)

Small, sparrow-like birds. Males are orange-red, sing a warbling song. Feed on seeds, buds. Nests in trees, urban areas. Released in 1939 on Long Island.

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House Finch

9.25 inches, 2.3 ounces, distinctive markings, red patch on male's head, forages on cacti, nests in Saguaro cactus, common in Arizona.

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Gila Woodpecker

Small gray bird, yellow head, chestnut wings. Forages in arid vegetation, makes bulky nests. Common in American southwest, Texas, Mexico.

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Verdin

Small, yellow finch with black cap, distinctive song, and swift flight. Feeds on seeds, nests in trees. Habitat: southwestern U.S.

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Lesser Goldfinch

Large, black, crow-like bird. Wingspan 53", weight 2.6 lbs. Omnivorous, nests on cliffs or trees. Intelligent, mimics human speech.

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Common Raven

Tiny, green, pink crown (male), nests in spider webs. Feeds on nectar, insects. Range: British Columbia to Arizona. Urban gardens aid expansion.

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Anna’s Hummingbird

11" bird, 2.8 oz, curved beak, forages ground, nests in thorny bushes, found in arid regions of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico.

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Curve-billed Thrasher

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