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  Common Name Scientific Name (select specific birds to compare)
Avocet
  American Avocet Recurvirostra americana
Beardless-Tyrannulet
  Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet Camptostoma imberbe
Becard
  Rose-throated Becard Pachyramphus aglaiae
Bittern
  Least Bittern Ixobrychus exilis
Blackbird
  Brewer's Blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus
  Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  Yellow-headed Blackbird Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus
Bluebird
  Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
  Mountain Bluebird Sialia currucoides
  Western Bluebird Sialia mexicana
Bunting
  Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea
  Lark Bunting Calamospiza melanocorys
  Lazuli Bunting Passerina amoena
  Painted Bunting Passerina ciris
  Varied Bunting Passerina versicolor
Bushtit
  Bushtit Psaltriparus minimus
Caracara
  Crested Caracara Caracara cheriway
Cardinal
  Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
Catbird
  Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
Chat
  Yellow-breasted Chat Icteria virens
Chickadee
  Mexican Chickadee Poecile sclateri
  Mountain Chickadee Poecile gambelii
Condor
  California Condor Gymnogyps californianus
Coot
  American Coot Fulica americana
Cormorant
  Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus
Cowbird
  Bronzed Cowbird Molothrus aeneus
  Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
Crane
  Sandhill Crane Grus canadensis
Creeper
  Brown Creeper Certhia americana
Crossbill
  Red Crossbill Loxia curvirostra
Crow
  American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
Cuckoo
  Yellow-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus americanus
Curlew
  Long-billed Curlew Numenius americanus
Dipper
  American Dipper Cinclus mexicanus
Dove
  Common Ground-Dove Columbina passerina
  Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto
  Inca Dove Columbina inca
  Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  Ruddy Ground-Dove Columbina talpacoti
  White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica
Dowitcher
  Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus
Duck
  Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna autumnalis
  Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris
  Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
Eagle
  Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocoephalus
  Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos
Egret
  Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  Great Egret Ardea alba
  Snowy Egret Egretta thula
Falcon
  Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  Prairie Falcon Falco mexicanus
Finch
  Cassin's Finch Carpodacus cassinii
  House Finch Carpodacus mexicanus
Flicker
  Gilded Flicker Colaptes chrysoides
  Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
Flycatcher
  Ash-throated Flycatcher Myiarchus cinerascens
  Brown-crested Flycatcher Myiarchus tyrannulus
  Buff-breasted Flycatcher Empidonax fulvifrons
  Cordilleran Flycatcher Empidonax occidentalis
  Dusky Flycatcher Empidonax oberholseri
  Dusky-capped Flycatcher Myiarchus tuberculifer
  Gray Flycatcher Empidonax wrightii
  Olive-sided Flycatcher Contopus cooperi
  Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus forficatus
  Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher Myiodynastes luteiventris
  Vermilion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus
  Willow Flycatcher Empidonax traillii
Gadwall
  Gadwall Anas strepera
Gnatcatcher
  Black-capped Gnatcatcher Polioptila nigriceps
  Black-tailed Gnatcatcher Polioptila melanura
  Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea
Goldeneye
  Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula
Goldfinch
  American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
  Lawrence's Goldfinch Spinus lawrencei
  Lesser Goldfinch Spinus psaltria
Goose
  Canada Goose Branta canadensis
Grackle
  Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus
Grebes
  Eared Grebe Podiceps nigricollis
  Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  Western Grebe Aechmophorus occidentalis
Grosbeak
  Black-headed Grosbeak Pheucticus melanocephalus
  Blue Grosbeak Passerina caerulea
  Evening Grosbeak Coccothraustes vespertinus
  Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus
Grouse
  Dusky Grouse Dendragapus obscurus
Gull
  Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
Harrier
  Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
Hawk
  Common Black Hawk Buteogallus anthracinus
  Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperi
  Ferruginous Hawk Buteo regalis
  Gray Hawk Asturina nitida
  Harris's Hawk Parabuteo unicinctus
  Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
  Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  Swainson’s Hawk Buteo swainsoni
  Zone-tailed Hawk Buteo albonotatus
Heron
  Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
  Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  Green Heron Butorides virescens
Hummingbird
  Anna's Hummingbird Calypte anna
  Black-chinned Hummingbird Archilochus alexandri
  Blue-throated Hummingbird Lampornis clemenciae
  Broad-billed Hummingbird Cynanthus latirostris
  Broad-tailed Hummingbird Selasphorus platycercus
  Costa's Hummingbird Calypte costae
  Magnificent Hummingbird Eugenes fulgens
  Rufous Hummingbird Selasphorus rufus
Ibis
  White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi
Jay
  Gray Jay Perisoreus canadensis
  Mexican Jay Aphelocoma ultramarina
  Pinyon Jay Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus
  Steller's Jay Cyanocitta stelleri
  Western Scrub-Jay Aphelocoma californica
Junco
  Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
  Yellow-eyed Junco Junco phaeonotus
Kestrel
  American Kestrel Falco sparverius
Killdeer
  Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
Kingbird
  Cassin's Kingbird Tyrannus vociferans
  Thick-billed Kingbird Tyrannus crassirostris
  Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
  Western Kingbird Tyrannus verticalis
Kingfisher
  Belted Kingfisher Ceryle alcyon
  Green Kingfisher Chloroceryle americana
Kinglet
  Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
  Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
Kite
  Mississippi Kite Ictinia mississippiensis
  White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus
Lark
  Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris
Longspur
  Chestnut-collared Longspur Calcarius ornatus
Lovebird
  Rosy-faced Lovebird Agapornis roseicollis
Mallard
  Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Meadowlark
  Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna
  Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta
Merganser
  Common Merganser Mergus merganser
Mockingbird
  Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
Moorhen
  Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
Nighthawk
  Common Nighthawk Chordeiles minor
  Lesser Nighthawk Chordeiles acutipennis
Nightjar
  Buff-collared Nightjar Caprimulgus ridgwayi
Nutcracker
  Clark's Nutcracker Nucifraga columbiana
Nuthatch
  Pygmy Nuthatch Sitta pygmaea
  Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis
  White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
Oriole
  Bullock's Oriole Icterus bullockii
  Hooded Oriole Icterus cucullatus
  Scott's Oriole Icterus parisorum
Osprey
  Osprey Pandion haliaetus
Owl
  Barn Owl Tyto alba
  Burrowing Owl Athene cunicularia
  Elf Owl Micrathene whitneyi
  Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium brasilianus
  Flammulated Owl Otus flammeolus
  Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  Northern Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium gnoma
  Northern Saw-whet Owl Aegolius acadicus
  Spotted Owl Strix occidentalis
  Western Screech-Owl Megascops kennicottii
  Whiskered Screech-Owl Megascops trichopsis
Pewee
  Greater Pewee Contopus pertinax
  Western Wood-Pewee Contopus sordidulus
Phainopepla
  Phainopepla Phainopepla nitens
Phalarope
  Wilson's Phalarope Phalaropus tricolor
Phoebe
  Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans
  Say's Phoebe Sayornis saya
Pigeon
  Band-tailed Pigeon Patagioenas fasciata
  Rock (Feral) Pigeon Columba livia
Pintail
  Northern Pintail Anas acuta
Pipit
  American Pipit Anthus rubescens
Poorwill
  Common Poorwill Phalaenoptilus nuttallii
Pyrrhuloxia
  Pyrrhuloxia Cardinalis sinuatus
Quail
  Gambel's Quail Callipepla gambelii
  Montezuma Quail Cyrtonyx montezumae
  Scaled Quail Callipepla squamata
Rail
  Black Rail Laterallus jamaicensis
  Clapper Rail Rallus longirostris
  Virginia Rail Rallus limicola
Raven
  Chihuahuan Raven Corvus cryptoleucus
  Common Raven Corvus corax
Redhead
  Redhead Aythya americana
Redstart
  Painted Redstart Myioborus pictus
Roadrunner
  Greater Roadrunner Geococcyx californianus
Robin
  American Robin Turdus migratorius
Sandpiper
  Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla
  Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularia
  Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri
Sapsucker
  Red-naped Sapsucker Sphyrapicus nuchalis
  Williamson's Sapsucker Sphyrapicus thyroideus
Shoveler
  Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
Shrike
  Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus
Siskin
  Pine Siskin Spinus pinus
Snipe
  Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata
Solitaire
  Townsend's Solitaire Myadestes townsendi
Sora
  Sora Porzana carolina
Sparrow
  Black-chinned Sparrow Spizella atrogularis
  Black-throated Sparrow Amphispiza bilineata
  Botteri's Sparrow Aimophila botterii
  Brewer's Sparrow Spizella breweri
  Cassin’s Sparrow Aimophila cassinii
  Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina
  Five-striped Sparrow Aimophila quinquestriata
  Grasshopper Sparrow Ammodramus savannarum
  House Sparrow Passer domesticus
  Lark Sparrow Chondestes grammacus
  Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii
  Rufous-crowned Sparrow Aimophila ruficeps
  Rufous-winged Sparrow Aimophila carpalis
  Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis
  Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  Vesper Sparrow Pooecetes gramineus
  White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
Starling
  European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
Stilt
  Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus
Swallow
  Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  Cliff Swallow Petrochelidon pyrrhonota
  Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
  Violet-green Swallow Tachycineta thalassina
Swift
  White-throated Swift Aeronautes saxatalis
Tanager
  Flame-colored Tanager Piranga bidentata
  Hepatic Tanager Piranga flava
  Summer Tanager Piranga rubra
  Western Tanager Piranga ludoviciana
Teal
  Cinnamon Teal Anas cryptoleucus
  Green-winged Teal Anas crecca carolinensis
Tern
  Caspian Tern Sterna caspia
Thrasher
  Crissal Thrasher Toxostoma crissale
  Curve-billed Thrasher Toxostoma curvirostre
  Le Conte's Thrasher Toxostoma lecontei
  Bendire's Thrasher Toxostoma bendirei
  Brown Thrasher Toxostoma rufum
  Sage Thrasher Oreoscoptes montanus
Thrush
  Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus
Titmouse
  Bridled Titmouse Baeolophus wollweberi
  Juniper Titmouse Baeolophus ridgwayi
Towhee
  Abert's Towhee Pipilo aberti
  Canyon Towhee Pipilo fuscus
  Green-tailed Towhee Pipilo chlorurus
  Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus
Trogon
  Elegant Trogon Trogon elegans
Turkey
  Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo
Verdin
  Verdin Auriparus flaviceps
Vireo
  Bell's Vireo Vireo bellii
  Black-capped Vireo Vireo atricapillus
  Cassin's Vireo Vireo cassinii
  Gray Vireo Vireo vicinior
  Hutton's Vireo Vireo huttoni
  Plumbeous Vireo Vireo plumbeus
  Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus
  Warbling Vireo Vireo gilvus
  White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus
  Yellow-green Vireo Vireo flavoviridis
  Yellow-throated Vireo Vireo flavifrons
Vulture
  Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
Warbler
  Black-throated Blue Warbler Dendroica caerulescens
  Black-throated Gray Warbler Dendroica nigrescens
  Grace's Warbler Dendroica graciae
  Lucy's Warbler Vermivora luciae
  MacGillivray's Warbler Oporornis tolmiei
  Olive Warbler Peucedramus taeniatus
  Orange-crowned Warbler Vermivora celata
  Red-faced Warbler Cardellina rubrifrons
  Virginia's Warbler Vermivora virginiae
  Wilson's Warbler Wilsonia pusilla
  Yellow Warbler Dendroica petechia
  Yellow-rumped Warbler Dendroica coronata
Waxwing
  Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
Whip-poor-will
  Whip-poor-will Caprimulgus vociferus
Wigeon
  American Wigeon Anas americana
Woodpecker
  Acorn Woodpecker Melanerpes formicivorus
  Arizona Woodpecker Picoides arizonae
  Gila Woodpecker Melanerpes uropygialis
  Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
  Ladder-backed Woodpecker Picoides scalaris
Wren
  Bewick's Wren Thryomanes bewickii
  Cactus Wren Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus
  Canyon Wren Catherpes mexicanus
  House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris
  Rock Wren Salpinctes obsoletus
Yellowlegs
  Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
Yellowthroat
  Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas

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