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)

Greater white-fronted goose, Anser albifrons, New Mexico

Greater white-fronted goose (Anseriformes, Anatidae,  Anser albifrons)

Snow Goose, Anser caerulescens, New Mexico

Snow Goose (Anseriformes, Anatidae, Anser caerulescens)

Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos, New Mexico

Swan Goose (Anseriformes, Anatidae, Anser cygnoides domesticus)

Ross' Goose, Anser rossii, New Mexico

Ross' Goose (Anseriformes, Anatidae, Anser rossii)

Lesser Scaup, Aythya affinis, New Mexico

Lesser Scaup (Anseriformes, Anatidae, Aythya affinis)

Redhead, Aythya americana, New Mexico

Redhead (Anseriformes, Anatidae, Aythya americana)

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)

Cackling Goose, Branta hutchinsii, New Mexico

Cackling Goose (Anseriformes, Anatidae, Branta hutchinsii)

Bufflehead, Bucephala albeola, New Mexico

Bufflehead (Anseriformes, Anatidae, Bucephala albeola)

Common Goldeneye, Bucephala clangula, New Mexico

Common Goldeneye (Anseriformes, Anatidae, Bucephala clangula)

Hooded Merganser male, Lophodytes cucullatus, New Mexico

Hooded Merganser (Anseriformes, Anatidae, Lophodytes cucullatus) (male shown)

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

Female Common Merganser (Anseriformes, Anatidae, Mergus merganser)

Common Merganser, goosander, Mergus merganser, New Mexico

Male Common Merganser (Anseriformes, Anatidae, Mergus merganser)

Red-Breasted Merganser, Mergus serrator, New Mexico

Female Red-Breasted Merganser (Anseriformes, Anatidae, Mergus serrator)

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)

Blue-Winged Teal, Spatula discors, New Mexico

Blue-Winged Teal (Anseriformes, Anatidae, Spatula discors)

Charadrius vociferus, Killdeer, New Mexico

Killdeer (Charadriiformes,  Charadriidae, Charadrius vociferus)

Herring gull, Larus argentatus, New Mexico

Herring Gull (Charadriiformes,  Laridae, Larus argentatus) (immature shown)

Ring-billed gull, Larus delawarensis, New Mexico

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

Black-necked stilt, Himantopus mexicanus, New Mexico

Black-Necked Stilt (Charadriiformes, Recurvirostridae, Himantopus mexicanus)

American Avocet, Recurvirostra americana, New Mexico

American Avocet (Charadriiformes, Recurvirostridae, Recurvirostra americana)

Spotted Sandpiper, Actitis macularius, New Mexico

Spotted Sandpiper (Charadriiformes,  Scolopacidae,  Actitis macularius)

Western Sandpiper, Calidris mauri, New Mexico

Western Sandpiper (Charadriiformes,  Scolopacidae, Calidris mauri)

Least Sandpiper, Calidris minutilla, New Mexico

Least Sandpiper (Charadriiformes,  Scolopacidae,  Calidris minutilla)

Wilson's Phalarope, Phalaropus tricolor, New Mexico

Wilson's Phalarope (Charadriiformes, Scolopacidae, Phalaropus tricolor)

Wilson's Snipe, Gallinago delicata, New Mexico

Wilson's Snipe (Charadriiformes, Scolopacidae, Gallinago delicata)

Greater Yellowlegs, Tringa melanoleuca, New Mexico

Greater Yellowlegs (Charadriiformes, Scolopacidae, Tringa melanoleuca)

Willet, Tringa semipalmata, New Mexico

Willet (Charadriiformes, Scolopacidae, Tringa semipalmata)

Solitary Sandpiper, Tringa solitaria, New Mexico

Solitary sandpiper (Charadriiformes, Scolopacidae, Tringa solitaria)

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)

Great egret, Ardea alba, New Mexico

Great Egret (Pelecaniformes, Ardeidae, Ardea alba)

Great blue heron, ardea herodias, New Mexico

Great Blue Heron (Pelecaniformes, Ardeidae, Ardea herodias)

Cattle Egret, Bubulcus ibis, New Mexico

Cattle Egret (Pelecaniformes, Ardeidae, Bubulcus ibis) (breeding plumage shown)

Green Heron, Butorides virescens, New Mexico

Green Heron (Pelecaniformes, Ardeidae, Butorides virescens)

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)

White-Faced Ibis, Plegadis chihi, New Mexico

White-Faced Ibis (Pelecaniformes, Threskiornithidae, 

Plegadis chihi)

Western grebe, Aechmophorus occidentalis, New Mexico

Western Grebe (Podicipediformes, Podicipedidae, 

Aechmophorus occidentalis)

Eared grebe, Podiceps nigricollis, New Mexico

Eared Grebe (Podicipediformes, Podicipedidae, 

Podiceps nigricollis)

Pied-billed grebe, Podilymbus podiceps, New Mexico

Pied-Billed Grebe (Podicipediformes, Podicipedidae, 

Podilymbus podiceps)

Neotropic Cormorant, Nannopterum brasilianum, New Mexico

Double-Crested Cormorant (Suliformes, Phalacrocoracidae, Nannopterum auritum)

Neotropic Cormorant, Nannopterum brasilianum, New Mexico

Neotropic Cormorant (Suliformes, Phalacrocoracidae, Nannopterum brasilianum)