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Learning the Birds of the Río Embudo


Rare Over-wintering Summer Breeders (4 Species)

These species are either Common or Less Common in the area during the summer. They all breed in the area.

Most individuals migrate to points further south for the winter, but a few individuals stay here all winter.

On the Dixon CBC, these species are most often recorded in the Velarde area at slightly lower elevation.


English Name:
Genus species:
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Smaller Wading Birds
Spotted Sandpiper
Actitis macularius


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Tyrant Flycatchers
Black Phoebe
Sayornis nigricans


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A few individuals over-winter in Velarde. In the rest of the Embudo area begins arriving in early March.

Usually seen on low branches overhanging the river, from which it "hawks" insects.

At times perches at mid-level in trees near the river, making its sharp, quick two-note call.

Distinctive inverted "v" apparent where the white belly meets the dark breast.

Cachanillas (Velarde)
Say's Phoebe
Sayornis saya


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A few individuals over-winter in Velarde. In the rest of the Embudo area begins arriving in early March.

Usually seen on posts or single stalk plants in agricutural areas "hawking" insects.

It's call is a slow, plaintive, downward slurred "pee-ee". At close range, may hear "pit,pee-ee".

Distinctive peach-colored belly.

This species regularly builds nests under people's portales.

Rinconada
Mimids "Mimic Thrushes"
Northern Mockingbird
Mimus polyglottos


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