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 Stephen Shankland
Photo: adult by George Caleff
Photo: adult displaying by Marion L. Stelts
Greater Roadrunner, Chapparal CockGRRO (Geococcyx californianus)
Family: Cuculidae (Cuckoos and Roadrunners)
Size: 24 in (61 cm)
Flies: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Morphology: both sexes are tan with black streaks and long legs, tails, and necks; they have down-curved bills, a short crest on the head, and a patch of bare, blue skin behind each eye
Status: native; uncommon
Food source: insects, reptiles, rodents, and birds
Habitat: open arid country with scattered thickets
Typical location: White Rock Canyon
Fairly common in around the canyon rim. They are often present near feeders not to eat the seed but to ambush other birds.
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