West Texas Birds

There are two main areas that I bird in the West Texas region, they are Big Bend National Park and the Davis Mountains.  Both areas have many species that can only be found in this part of Texas.  West texas is very productive in the Summer months, when other parts of the state can be slow.  This part of Texas also can have a number of very rare birds for the United States, many accidentals show up here every year.  Here are some birds of interest in West Texas. 

"Mexican" Mallard- Fairly common resident.

Scaled Quail- Fairly common resident.

Montezuma Quail- Uncommon to rare resident.

Western Grebe- Common to uncommon resident.

Clark's Grebe- Uncommon resident.

Gray Hawk- Rare summer resident.

Common Black-Hawk- Rare summer resident.

Zone-Tailed Hawk- Uncommon summer resident.

Ferruginous Hawk- Uncommon winter resident.

Golden Eagle- Uncommon winter resident, rare in summer.

Prairie Falcon- Uncommon to rare winter resident, rare in summer.

Band-Tailed Pigeon- Uncommon summer resident, rare in winter.

Greater Roadrunner- Fairly common resident.

Western Screech-Owl- Uncommon resident.

Elf Owl- Fairly common summer resident.

Flammulated Owl- Uncommon to rare and local summer resident.

Lesser Nighthawk- Common summer resident.

Common Poorwill- Common summer resident, rare in winter.

White-Throated Swift- Fairly commmon summer resident, uncommon in winter.

White-Eared Hummingbird- Rare summer resident.

Broad-Billed Hummingbird- Rare summer resident.

Blue-Throated Hummingbird- Uncommon to rare summer resident.

Magnificent Hummingbird- Uncommon to rare summer resident.

Lucifer Hummingbird- Uncommon summer resident.

Broad-Tailed Hummingbird- Common summer resident.

Acorn Woodpecker- Common resident.

Red-Naped Sapsucker- Common winter resident.

Williamson's Sapsucker- Rare winter resident.

Gray Flycatcher- Fairly common summer resident, rare in winter.

Vermilion Flycatcher- Common resident.

Dusky-Capped Flycatcher- Rare summer resident.

Bell's Vireo- Common summer resident.

Gray Vireo- Uncommon to rare and local summer resident.

Plumbeous Vireo- Uncommon summer resident.

Mexican Jay- Common resident.

Violet-Green Swallow- Uncommon summer resident.

Verdin- Fairly common resident.

Bushtit- Fairly common resident.

White-Breasted Nuthatch- Common resident.

Rock Wren- Fairly common resident.

Canyon Wren- Common resident.

Cactus Wren- Abundant resident.

Black-Tailed Gnatcatcher- Fairly common resident.

Western Bluebird- Uncommon resident.

Mountain Bluebird- Uncommon winter resident.

Townsend's Solitaire- Uncommon to rare winter resident.

Crissal Thrasher- Uncommon to rare resident.

Colima Warbler- Uncommon and local summer resident.

Lucy's Warbler- Rare summer resident.

Townsend's Warbler- Fairly common migrant.

Hermit Warbler- Rare migrant.

MacGillivray's Warbler- Uncommon migrant.

Painted Redstart- Uncommon to rare summer resident.

Hepatic Tanager- Uncommon summer resident.

Western Tanager- Common migrant, rare summer resident.

Canyon Towhee- Abundant resident.

Rufous-Crowned Sparrow- Common resident.

Brewer's Sparrow- Abundant to uncommon winter resident.

Black-Chinned Sparrow- Uncommon to rare resident.

Black-Throated Sparrow- Common resident.

Pyrrhuloxia- Common resident.

Black-Headed Grosbeak- Common summer resident.

Varied Bunting- Uncommon summer resident.

Painted Bunting- Uncommon summer resident.

Hooded Oriole- Uncommon summer resident.

Scott's Oriole- Fairly common summer resident.

Lesser Goldfinch- Common resident.