CLASS AVES: Birds, Pájaros


This section concentrates on the birds of the Chihuahuan Desert as a whole. In the initial phases of construction, it will mostly mirror the checklist of El Paso Region birds, but more birds will be added through time. The list has been reorganized recently to agree with the order of presentation in the AOU Checklist


Anseriformes, Galliformes, Gaviiformes,
Podicipediformes, Pelecaniformes, Ciconiiformes


Order Anseriformes—Waterfowl

Family Anatidae—Swans, Geese, and Ducks

Aix sponsa—Wood Duck
Anas acuta—Northern Pintail
Anas americana—American Wigeon
Anas clypeata—Northern Shoveler
Anas crecca—Green-winged Teal
Anas cyanoptera—Cinnamon Teal
Anas discors—Blue-winged Teal
Anas penelope—Eurasian Wigeon
Anas platyrhynchos—Mallard
Anas strepera—Gadwall
Anser albifrons—Greater White-fronted Goose
Aythya affinis—Lesser Scaup
Aythya americana—Redhead
Aythya collaris—Ring-necked Duck
Aythya marila—Greater Scaup
Aythya valisineria—Canvasback
Branta canadensis—Canada Goose
Bucephala albeola—Bufflehead
Bucephala clangula—Common Goldeneye
Chen caerulescens—Snow Goose
Chen rossii—Ross' Goose
Clangula hyemalis—Oldsquaw
Cygnus columbianus—Tundra Swan
Dendrocygna autumnalis—Black-bellied Whistling Duck
Lophodytes cucullatus—Hooded Merganser
Melanitta fusca—White-winged Scoter
Melanitta perspicillata—Surf Scoter
Mergus merganser—Common Merganser
Mergus serrator—Red-breasted Merganser
Oxyura dominica—Masked Duck
Oxyura jamaicensis—Ruddy Duck

Order Galliformes—Gallinaceous Birds

Family Odontophoridae—Quail

Callipepla gambelii—Gambel's Quail
Callipepla squamata—Scaled Quail

Order Gaviiformes—Loons

Family Gaviidae—Loons

Gavia immer—Common Loon
Gavia stellata—Red-throated Loon

Order Podicipediformes—Grebes

Family Podicipedidae—Grebes

Aechmophorus clarkii—Clark's Grebe
Aechmophorus occidentalis—Western Grebe
Podiceps auritus—Horned Grebe
Podiceps nigricollis—Eared Grebe
Podilymbus podiceps—Pied-billed Grebe
Tachybaptus dominicus—Least Grebe

Order Pelecaniformes—Totipalmate Swimmers

Family Pelecanidae—Pelicans

Pelecanus erythrorhynchos—American White Pelecan
Pelecanus occidentalis—Brown Pelecan

Family Phalacrocoracidae—Cormorants

Phalacrocorax auritus—Double-crested Cormorant
Phalacrocorax olivaceus—Olivaceous Cormorant

Order Ciconiiformes—Herons, Ibises, and Storks

Family Ardeidae—Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns

Ardea herodias—Great Blue Heron
Botaurus lentiginosus—American Bittern
Bubulcus ibis—Cattle Egret
Butorides striatus—Green-backed Heron
Casmerodius albus—Great Egret
Egretta caerulea—Little Blue Heron
Egretta rufescens—Reddish Egret
Egretta thula—Snowy Egret
Egretta tricolor—Tricolored Heron
Ixobrychus exilis—Least Bittern
Nycticorax nycticorax—Black-crowned Night Heron
Nycticorax violaceus—Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Family Threskiornithidae—Ibises and Spoonbills

Plegadis chihi—White-faced Ibis
Plegadis falcinellus—Glossy Ibis


Last Update: 13 Mar 2009