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Elegant Trogon - one of Arizona's Most Wanted (photo by Tom Wood)

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Vermilion Flycatchers are common in summer on the San Pedro River (photo by Sheri Williamson)

Ferruginous Hawks can be found in the Sulphur Springs Valley in winter (photo by Sheri Williamson)

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Birding in
Southeastern Arizona
Tips for Birding Travelers | Guide to Birding Hot Spots
SABO's Birding Workshops & Tours
 Watching Hummingbirds in Southeastern Arizona
Birding in NW Mexico | Field Trip Photo Albums
SABO's Birding Workshops & Tours
Birder-friendly Businesses
Recommended Resources


With its abundant and diverse wildlife and spectacular scenery, its no wonder southeastern Arizona is a premier destination for birders and other nature enthusiasts. The combination of mild climate, proximity to the Mexican border and diverse habitats, including 9000-foot mountains and the last free-flowing river in the Southwest, make southeastern Arizona a major hotspot for many rare and unusual animals and plants. Lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Arizona Game and Fish Department, and The Nature Conservancy offer a variety of wildlife viewing opportunities.

"Know before you go" is good advice regardless of your destination. SABO has compiled a variety of useful information to help you make the most of your visit. For additional birding and travel information, please visit our links page and consult our list of birder-friendly businesses.

Select a topic and link to birding information:

Tips for Birding Travelers:

Guide to Birding Hotspots:

  • Tucson & Vicinity
  • Santa Rita Mountains and Santa Cruz Co.
  • Huachuca Mountains, San Pedro Valley & Mule Mountains
  • Chiricahua Mountains and Sulphur Springs Valley
  • Hummingbird Watching in Southeastern Arizona

    Birding in Northwestern Mexico

    "Birder-friendly" Businesses

    Recommended Resources:

  • Birds & Birding, General
  • Hummingbirds
  • Birds of Prey
  • Other Birds
  • Other Animals
  • Plants
  • Travel, Miscellaneous
  • SABO's Birding Workshops & Tours

    Field Trip Photo Albums:

  • Miller Canyon and Beatty's Guest Ranch
  • Hummingbird Banding on the San Pedro River
  • "Hawk Stalking" in the Sulphur Springs Valley
  • Parrots & Quetzals in Madera, Chihuahua
  • Southeastern Arizona Birding Trail

    Avian Oddities:


    SABO's Guide to Birding in Southeastern Arizona is a service to the birding community sponsored by SABO's members and donors. If you find this information useful, we hope you'll consider becoming a member or making a donation to help us continue and expand these services. You'll find a printable membership form at:

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    For more information on birding in southeastern Arizona, please contact us:

    Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory
    P.O. Box 5521
    Bisbee, AZ 85603-5521
    (520) 432-1388

    contact SABO

    Membership information

    If you have a favorite Arizona travel or birding tip, please pass it on.

    SABO is a federally recognized tax-exempt charitable organization as defined under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; contributions are tax-deductible. SABO is a cooperator in Partners In Flight and a member of the American Bird Conservancy's Bird Conservation Alliance.
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    This section was last updated 14 December 2008