Initially this guide displays common birds of all types that are flying right now in our area. Use the selectors below to view rare birds, view birds flying any time, restrict the output to a certain shape of bird, or search by name.
New Mexico is on the western edge of the Central Flyway which is one of the major migration pathways between north and south for birds traveling between breeding and wintering grounds along the Rocky Mountains. This has resulted in the state having an incredible diversity of birds with over 550 different species reported. A little more than half of this number are sighted annually on the Pajarito Plateau. Some of these birds are full-time residents, some migrate here for a few weeks or months, and other are only seen briefly as they pass through the region.
This guide features many of the birds known to frequent Los Alamos county by when they are likely to be seen in the area. You can get additional information on local birds by joining PEEC Birders or going to the eBird website. eBird also includes lists of rare bird sightings and birding hot spots.
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Photo: adult by Mouser Williams
Photo: adult by Bob Walker
Photo: nest by J.N. Stuart
Mourning DoveMODO (Zenaida macroura, Zenaida carolinensis)
Family: Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
Size: 12 in (30 cm)
Flies: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Morphology: plump-bodied bird with small head and long, pointed tail; adults are brown to buffy-tan overall with black spots on the wings and white tipped, black-bordered tail feathers
Status: native; common
Food source: feeds almost exclusively on seeds
Habitat: open fields, parks, lawns with many trees and shrubs
Ubiquitous. One of the most common birds in the county. When they take flight, the wings make a whistling noise.
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