#1 Recommended (SE AZ bird-finding guidebooks):

Tucson Audubon Society. 2011. Finding Birds in Southeast Arizona8th ed. Tucson Audubon Society, Tucson. Anyone with an interest in birding southeast Arizona should own this book. In addition to the excellent bird-finding information, it also has species accounts for every avian species occurring in southeast Arizona and highly accurate bar-graphs.

Taylor, R. 2005. A Birder’s Guide to Southeastern ArizonaAmerican Birding Association, Colorado Springs. A must-have for all visiting and resident birders. Great bird-finding content, species accounts for specialties, and bar-graphs.

Bird-finding guidebooks (other regions):

Brandt, F., and L. Brandt. 2001. Birding the Flagstaff Area. Northern Arizona Audubon Society, Sedona. This helpful guide also includes information on Hopi and Navaho lands, and the south rim of the Grand Canyon.

Gilmore, V. 2003. Birding Sedona and the Verde Valley3rd ed. Northern Arizona Audubon Society, Sedona. This spiral-bound book contains a species checklist with notes on distribution and bird-finding content.

Jacobs, B. 1986. Birding on the Navajo and Hopi Reservations. Jacobs Publishing Co., Sycamore, Missouri. This text supplies interesting information on this under-birded area.

Rosenberg, K., et al. 1991. Birds of the Lower Colorado River ValleyUniversity of Arizona Press, Tucson. Includes very detailed species accounts, bar graphs and bird-finding information. Becoming slightly dated, but it is a fantastic resource for the region.

Rupp, M. 2002. Guide to 101 Birding Sites: PhoenixRupp Aerial Photography, Phoenix. Covers some sites that aren’t well-known to birders.

Witzeman, J., et al. 1997. Birds of Phoenix and Maricopa CountyArizonaMaricopa Audubon Society, Phoenix. Contains bar-graphs, species accounts and general bird-finding information.


Keller, G. 2001. Bird Songs of Southeastern Arizona and SonoraMexicoCornell Laboratory of Ornithology, Ithaca. Excellent recording of birds of SE Arizona and neighboring Sonora.

Colver, K. 1999. Stokes Field Guide to Bird Songs (Western Region). Time Warner Audio Books, New York. Contains good quality sound recordings of many of the species you will hear and see in Arizona.

Bird references (other):

Corman, T., and C. Wise-Gervais. 2005. Arizona Breeding Bird Atlas. University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque. An impressive resource with much habitat information and natural history on all known Arizona breeders.

Merlin, Pinau. 2001. A Guide to Southern Arizona Bird Nests and Eggs. Vol. 1 (all published). Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Press, Tucson. A handy book for birders interested in identifying nests and eggs.

Phillips, A., et al. 1964. The Birds of Arizona. University of Arizona Press, Tucson. A fantastic reference, though it needs an update. It is currently out-of-print, and often difficult to find. Detailed habitat and other info on every bird known to regularly occur in Arizona.

Checklists and annotated checklists:

Kreuper, D. 1999. Annotated Checklist to the Birds of the Upper San Pedro River ValleyArizona. Bureau of Land Management, Sierra Vista. While becoming slightly dated, this is still a great resource.

Monson, G., and A. Phillips. 1981. Annotated Checklist of the Birds of Arizona. 2nd ed. University of Arizona Press, Tucson. This is not just a checklist. It contains a wealth of information on Arizona birds. While some information is dated, it is still a must-have reference for avid Arizona birders.

Taylor, R. 1995. Location Checklist to the Birds of the Huachuca Mountains and the Upper San Pedro River. Borderland Productions, Tucson. A great resource for this region.

Taylor, R. 1997. Location Checklist to the Birds of the Chiricahua Mountains. Borderland Productions, Tucson. Another helpful publication from Rick Taylor.


Wright, R. 2005. An Arizona Bibliography: Birding Magazine. Aimophila Adventures, Tucson. An exhaustive bibliography of articles that have some relevance to Arizona birds and birding.

Anderson, Anders H. 1972. A Bibliography of Arizona Ornithology. Arizona. Exhaustive bibliography of Arizona ornithology articles through publication date.

Natural history (non-avian):

Brennan, T. C. and A. T. Holycross. 2006. A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles in Arizona. Arizona Game and Fish Department, Phoenix.

Epple, Ann Orth and Lewis E Epple. 1995. Plants of Arizona. Falcon Press.

Phillips, Steven J. and Patricia W. Comus (Eds). 2000. A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Press, University of Arizona Press.

Brock, J. P. and K. Kaufman. 2003. Butterflies of North America (Kaufman Focus Guides). Houghton Mifflin Co, Boston.