Birding in Arizona: A Guide to Tucson & Southern Arizona

A foremost bird expert shares his favorite Arizona birding spots in Tucson and Southern Arizona.

Birding in Arizona: A Guide to Tucson & Southern Arizona

Arizona birder Richard Cachor Taylor not only penned Birding in Arizona — a must-have pocket guide for birders of all skill levels — he’s also the world’s leading expert on the Elegant Trogon, a tropical, migratory species. His evolution from childhood curious birdwatcher to a bird expert and professional guide is an interesting one.

Taylor’s book packs a punch with detailed descriptions and photographs of 500 species of birds found in Arizona — large or small, rare or common — and all are given equal prominence, from vultures and eagles to sparrows and warblers.

Here, Taylor shares his birding knowledge about birding in Tucson and Southern Arizona.

Birds Found in This Region

Harris’s Hawk, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Elegant Trogon, Gila Woodpecker, Vermilion Flycatcher, Phainopepla, Northern Cardinal

Most Popular Birding Location

Sweetwater Wetlands Park, Tucson

Hidden Gem Birding Spot

Paton Center for Hummingbirds, Patagonia

Don’t-Miss Birding Events

Birding in Arizona: A Guide to Tucson & Southern Arizona
Elegant Trogon. Photo credit: Fred Forssell, Courtesy of R W Morse Company.

Buy the Book

From Yuma to the Four Corners, Birds of Arizona (published by R.W. Morse, 2022) by Richard Cachor Taylor encompasses all the regularly occurring birds within Arizona and is available for sale on Amazon.

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About the Author

Iain Lundy

Iain Lundy spent 40 years as a newspaper and magazine journalist in his native Scotland. Now relocated to Arizona, he works as a content writer, editor and genealogist. He enjoys the great outdoors, family history and, like a true Scot, good beer and a fine malt whiskey. Read more of his bio and work at lundyink.com.

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