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Arizona Bird Watching is a Memorable Experience

When you think about Arizona, you tend to associate it with things like the desert and the Grand Canyon. Arizona has also long been depicted as a place where one could easily spot several different types of lizards and scorpions. However, there many opportunities for other sightseeing adventures, and one of those sightseeing adventures is Arizona bird watching.

Where to Find the Best Bird Watching in Arizona

Although there are many different areas throughout Arizona in which to go bird watching, there is one part of Arizona that is by far the most popular. This popular spot is Southeastern Arizona, and in places like Miller Canyon, bird watchers gather to observe hummingbirds.

Arizona Bird Watching and the Hummingbird

The hummingbird is one of the most popular birds to watch in Arizona. This is not just because of its tiny size and its comically frenetic personality, but also because there are so many different types of hummingbirds to observe. Two of the more beautiful kinds of hummingbirds are the blue-throated hummingbird and the broad-billed hummingbird.

The blue-throated hummingbird is about 5 inches long. The males are the ones with a striking blue throat (the females have a gray throat), but both have a bright green crown and shoulders. The sound that they make resembles that of a squeaky wheel. These hummingbirds are most often found in Cave Creek Canyon, and Ramsey Canyon.

The broad-billed hummingbird is about 4 inches long, and the male is the more striking physically of the species, with cobalt blue and emerald green colors. The female is mostly gray with some green on the crown and back. These hummingbirds are common to the drainages of the Santa Cruz River (specifically Patagonia, the Santa Rita Mountains, and Nogales).

One thing that people want to know about Arizona bird watching in regard to the hummingbird is how many species of hummingbirds can actually be found in Arizona. While over 320 species of hummingbirds exist throughout the world, at least 13 species of hummingbirds can be found at some point during the year in Southeastern Arizona.

To find out more information about Arizona bird watching and the many different species of hummingbirds in Arizona, search the internet, as there are several websites devoted exclusively to these topics. Also, check your local bookstore for Arizona guidebooks. With the proper planning, no doubt you will see a beautiful hummingbird.