río embudo birds

Learning the Birds of the Río Embudo


Common Summer Residents (20 Species)

These species are certain to be seen in suitable habitat.

They are are migrants. They breed here in the summer, then migrate further south in the Fall to their wintering grounds. Many spend the winter as far as Mexico and Central America. Some spend the winter in South America.

These species begin arriving in early March. Breeding takes place mainly in late May through July. By August, some are beginning to move south. By the end of September, most of them will be gone.


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Diurnal Raptors: Vultures, Eagles, Hawks and Falcons
Turkey Vulture
Cathartes aura


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Begins arriving during the last 10 days of March.
Majority of residents here by April 1st.


Hummingbirds
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Archilochus alexandri


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Begins arriving in early April.

One of only two hummingbirds that regularly breed here.

In the right light, male's throat shows purple below, black above.

Often appears more slender and vertical than the Broad-tailed Hummingbird.

Male is pictured. Female has plain throat.

Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Selasphorus platycercus


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Begins arriving in early April.

One of only two hummingbirds that regularly breed here.

In the right light, male's throat is red.

Often appears plumper and rounder than the Black-chinned Hummingbird.

Male's wing make a distinctive, loud buzz in flight.

Male is pictured. Female has plain throat.


Tyrant Flycatchers
Western Wood-Pewee
Contopus sordidulus


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Begins arriving in early April.

A fairly plain flycatcher that says its name: a buzzy "pee-wee".

In some postures can look like an Empidonax genus flycatcher, without the characteristic Empidonax white eye-ring.

Usually perches in trees or posts at mid to low levels.

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
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Myiarchus cinerascens


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Begins arriving in mid-April.
Cassin's Kingbird
Tyrannus vociferans


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Begins arriving in mid-April.
Shrikes and Vireos
Plumbeous Vireo
Vireo plumbeus


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Begins arriving in late April.
Swallows
N. Rough-winged Swallow
Stelgidopteryx serripennis


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Begins arriving in last half of March.
Cliff Swallow
Petrochelidon pyrrhonota


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Begins arriving in mid-April.
Barn Swallow
Hirundo rustica


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Begins arriving in last half of March.

Wood-Warblers
Yellow Warbler
Dendroica petechia


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Begins arriving late-April.

Yellow-breasted Chat
Icteria virens


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Begins arriving late-April.
Sparrows and their Allies
Chipping Sparrow
Spizella passerina


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Begins arriving mid-March.

Grosbeaks
Black-headed Grosbeak
Pheucticus melanocephalus


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Begins arriving at end of April.
Blue Grosbeak
Passerina caerulea


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Begins arriving at end of April.

Buntings
Lazuli Bunting
Passerina amoena


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Begins arriving at end of April.
Icterids: Blackbirds, Orioles and their Allies
Bullock's Oriole
Icterus bullockii


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Begins arriving at end of April.
Finches and Old World Sparrows
Lesser Goldfinch
Carduelis psaltria


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Begins arriving at end of April.

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