A few New Mexico water-loving birds

Flowing through Albuquerque, the Rio Grande serves as a flyway and as a seasonal or permanent home for many species of water-loving birds. The banks of the river are mostly preserved as public spaces so with just a little patience, Duke City residents can see those birds.


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Wood Duck, Aix sponsa, New Mexico

Wood Duck (Anseriformes, Anatidae, Aix sponsa)

Northern Pintail, Anas acuta, New Mexico

Northern Pintail (Anseriformes, Anatidae, Anas acuta)

Green-Winged Teal, Anas Carolinensis, New Mexico

Green-Winged Teal (Anseriformes, Anatidae, Anas carolinensis)

Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos, New Mexico

Mallard (Anseriformes, Anatidae, Anas platyrhynchos)

Ring-Necked Duck, Aythya collaris, New Mexico

Ring-Necked Duck (Anseriformes, Anatidae, Aythya collaris)

Canvasback, Aythya valisineria, New Mexico

Canvasback (Anseriformes, Anatidae, Aythya valisineria)

Canada Goose, Branta canadensis, New Mexico

Canada Goose (Anseriformes, Anatidae, Branta canadensis)

American wigeon, Mareca americana, New Mexico

American Wigeon (Anseriformes, Anatidae, Mareca americana)

Gadwall, Mareca strepera, New Mexico

Gadwall (Anseriformes, Anatidae, Mareca strepera)

Common Merganser, goosander, Mergus merganser, New Mexico

Common Merganser (Anseriformes, Anatidae, Mergus merganser)

Common Merganser, goosander, Mergus merganser, New Mexico

Red-Breasted Merganser (Anseriformes, Anatidae, Mergus serrator) (female shown)

Ruddy duck, Oxyura jamaicensis, New Mexico

Ruddy Duck (Anseriformes, Anatidae, Oxyura jamaicensis)

Northern Shoveler, Spatula clypeata, New Mexico

Northern Shoveler (Anseriformes, Anatidae, Spatula clypeata)

Cinnamon Teal, Spatula cyanoptera, New Mexico

Cinnamon Teal (Anseriformes, Anatidae, Spatula cyanoptera)

Charadrius vociferus, Killdeer, New Mexico

Killdeer (Charadriiformes,  Charadriidae, Charadrius vociferus)

Charadrius vociferus, Killdeer, New Mexico

Ring-Billed Gull (Charadriiformes,  Lardae, Larus delawarensis)

Calidris fuscicollis, White-Rumped Sandpiper, New Mexico

White-Rumped Sandpiper (Charadriiformes,  Scolopacidae, Calidris fuscicollis)

Belted Kingfisher, Megaceryle alcyon, New Mexico

Belted Kingfisher (Coraciiformes, Alcedinidae, Megaceryle alcyon)

Sandhill Crane, Antigone canadensis, New Mexico

Sandhill Crane (Gruiformes, Gruidae, (Antigone canadensis)

American Coot, Fulica americana, New Mexico

American Coot (Gruiformes, Rallidae, Fulica americana)

Buff-Bellied Pipit, American Pipit, Anthus rubescens, New Mexico

Buff-Bellied or American Pipit (Passeriformes, Motacillidae, Anthus rubescens)

Snowy Egret, Egretta Thula, New Mexico

Snowy Egret (Pelecaniformes, Ardeidae, Egretta thula)

Black-Crowned Night Heron, Nycticorax nycticorax, New Mexico

Black-Crowned Night Heron (Pelecaniformes, Ardeidae, Nycticorax nycticorax)

Black-Crowned Night Heron, Nycticorax nycticorax, New Mexico

Great Blue Heron (Pelecaniformes, Ardeidae, Ardea herodias)