Other New Mexico birds

Beginning in July 2020, I'm rebuilding my bird pages. In the new format, you will be taken to separate pages for additional photos and information on each bird. Those additional pages may be bandwidth-intensive and best visited using a high-speed connection.


As the reorganization proceeds, birds you see below may be moved to different descriptive pages.

New Format


Bushtit, Psaltriparus minimus, New Mexico

Passeriformes, Aegithalidae: Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)

Canada Jay, Gray Jay, Perisoreus canadensis, New Mexico

Passeriformes, Corvidae: Canada Jay (formerly Gray Jay), Perisoreus canadensis

Loggerhead Shrike, Lanius ludovicianus, New Mexico

Passeriformes, Laniidae: Loggerhead Shrike, Lanius ludovicianus

Curve-billed Thrasher, Toxostoma curvirostre, New Mexico

Passeriformes, Mimidae: Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre)

White-Crowned Sparrow, Zonotrichia leucophrys, New Mexico

Passeriformes, Passerellidae: White-Crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)

Hermit Thrust, Cathartus guttatus, New Mexico

Passeriformes, Turdidae: Hermit Thrust (Cathartus guttatus)

Say's Phoebe, Sayornis saya, New Mexico

Passeriformes, Tyrannidae: Say's Phoebe (Sayornis saya)

Old Format, Not Yet Updated


Mountain Chickadee (Poecile gambeli)

Black-tailed Gnatcatcher (Polioptila melanura)

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)


The "Oregon Junco" variant, found across much of the western U.S. including in Albuquerque, has a hood, a brown back, and a reddish patch on each side. The male's hood is dark gray while the female's is light gray. While I found a pair ground-feeding in the Sandia foothills on New Year's Day 2018, they also come to my back yard in town (especially in the winter). I scatter bird seed on the patio slab for their benefit. 

Rufous-Sided Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)

The second part of the Latin name for this bird means "red-eyed." That attribute is obvious here. A jumpy hand-held video (recorded in the Sandia Mountains foothills in May 2020) provides this towhee's call; click here to listen.

Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana)


Not great images, I know, but they show the colorful plumage—including the contrast between the front and the back. This was one of a pair hanging out at Rock Tank.