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Bird Songs of the Lower Rio Grande Valley and Southwestern Texas

Bird Songs of the Lower Rio Grande Valley and Southwestern Texas

Geoffrey A Keller

Featuring 119 species of birds, this guide is designed to be an audio companion to your favourite field guide as well as to such books as the American Birding Association's A Birder's Guide to the Rio Grande Valley. This compilation features the vocalizations of all of the most sought-after species for which Texas is known: Green Jay, Ringed Kingfisher, Altamira Oriole, Tamaulipas Crow, Golden-cheeked Warbler, Common Pauraque, White-collared Seedeater, Tropical Parula, and many more. Descriptions provided in the accompanying booklet include useful clues for remembering songs. An invaluable resource for anyone planning a visit or who simply wishes to increase their knowledge of the birds of this unique region. 72 min.

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Common NameScientific Name
Least GrebePoliocephalus dominicus
Hook-billed KiteChondrohierax uncinatus
Harris's HawkParabuteo unicinctus
Zone-tailed HawkButeo albonotatus
Crested CaracaraCaracara cheriway
Plain ChachalacaOrtalis vetula
Scaled QuailCallipepla squamata
Gambel's QuailLophortyx gambelii
Northern BobwhiteColinus virginianus
Montezuma QuailCyrtonyx montezumae
Red-billed PigeonColumba flavirostris
White-winged DoveZenaida asiatica
Common Ground-DoveColumbina passerina
Inca DoveScardafella inca
White-tipped DoveLeptotila verreauxi
Groove-billed AniCrotophaga sulcirostris
Eastern Screech-OwlOtus asio
Western Screech-OwlOtus kennicottii
Great Horned OwlBubo virginianus
Ferruginous Pygmy-OwlGlaucidium brasilianum
Elf OwlMicrathene whitneyi
Lesser NighthawkChordeiles acutipennis
Common NighthawkChordeiles minor
Common PauraqueNyctidromus albicollis
Common PoorwillPhalaenoptilus nuttallii
Chuck-will's-widowCaprimulgus carolinensis
Whip-poor-willCaprimulgus vociferus
White-throated SwiftAeronautes saxatalis
Buff-bellied HummingbirdAmazilia yucatanensis
Ringed KingfisherMegaceryle torquata
Green KingfisherChloroceryle americana
Acorn WoodpeckerMelanerpes formicivorus
Golden-fronted WoodpeckerMelanerpes aurifrons
Ladder-backed WoodpeckerPicoides scalaris
Northern Beardless-TyrannuletCamptostoma imberbe
Western Wood-PeweeContopus sordidulus
Common NameScientific Name
Cordilleran FlycatcherEmpidonax occidentalis
Eastern PhoebeSayornis phoebe
Black PhoebeSayornis nigricans
Say's PhoebeSayornis saya
Vermilion FlycatcherPyrocephalus rubinus
Ash-throated FlycatcherMyiarchus cinerascens
Great Crested FlycatcherMyiarchus crinitus
Brown-crested FlycatcherMyiarchus tyrannulus
Great KiskadeePitangus sulphuratus
Couch's KingbirdTyrannus couchii
Cassin's KingbirdTyrannus vociferans
Western KingbirdTyrannus verticalis
Scissor-tailed FlycatcherTyrannus forficatus
Cliff SwallowPetrochelidon pyrrhonota
Cave SwallowPetrochelidon pallida
PhainopeplaPhainopepla nitens
Cactus WrenCampylorhynchus brunneicapillus
American Rock WrenSalpinctes obsoletus
Canyon WrenCatherpes mexicanus
Carolina WrenThryothorus ludovicianus
Bewick's WrenThryomanes bewickii
Northern MockingbirdMimus polyglottos
Long-billed ThrasherToxostoma longirostre
Curve-billed ThrasherToxostoma curvirostre
Crissal ThrasherToxostoma crissale
Clay-colored RobinTurdus grayi
Blue-grey GnatcatcherPolioptila caerulea
Black-tailed GnatcatcherPolioptila melanura
BushtitPsaltriparus minimus
VerdinAuriparus flaviceps
Tufted TitmouseBaeolophus bicolor
Western Scrub-JayAphelocoma californica
Grey-breasted JayAphelocoma ultramarina
Green JayCyanocorax yncas
Brown JayPsilorhinus morio
Tamaulipas CrowCorvus imparatus
Common NameScientific Name
Chihuahuan RavenCorvus cryptoleucus
Common RavenCorvus corax
Black-chinned SparrowSpizella atrogularis
Lark SparrowChondestes grammacus
Black-throated SparrowAmphispiza bilineata
Botteri's SparrowAimophila botterii
Cassin's SparrowAimophila cassinii
Rufous-crowned SparrowAimophila ruficeps
White-collared SeedeaterSporophila torqueola
Spotted TowheePipilo maculatus
Canyon TowheePipilo fuscus
Olive SparrowArremonops rufivirgatus
DickcisselSpiza americana
Black-headed GrosbeakPheucticus melanocephalus
Northern CardinalCardinalis cardinalis
PyrrhuloxiaPyrrhuloxia sinuatus
Blue GrosbeakPasserina caerulea
Varied BuntingPasserina versicolor
Painted BuntingPasserina ciris
Hepatic TanagerPiranga flava
Summer TanagerPiranga rubra
Western TanagerPiranga ludoviciana
Colima WarblerVermivora crissalis
Tropical ParulaParula pitiayumi
Golden-cheeked WarblerDendroica chrysoparia
Rufous-capped WarblerBasileuterus rufifrons
Yellow-breasted ChatIcteria virens
Hutton's VireoVireo huttoni
Black-capped VireoVireo atricapillus
White-eyed VireoVireo griseus
Grey VireoVireo vicinior
Bell's VireoVireo bellii
Plumbeous VireoVireo plumbeus
Red-eyed VireoVireo olivaceus
Yellow-green VireoVireo flavoviridis
Warbling VireoVireo gilvus
Common NameScientific Name
Lesser GoldfinchCarduelis psaltria
House FinchCarpodacus mexicanus
Altamira OrioleIcterus gularis
Orchard OrioleIcterus spurius
Hooded OrioleIcterus cucullatus
Scott's OrioleIcterus parisorum
Audubon's OrioleIcterus graduacauda
Eastern MeadowlarkSturnella magna
Great-tailed GrackleQuiscalus mexicanus
Bronzed CowbirdMolothrus aeneus

Disclaimer The species list above is in systematic order, the taxonomy and nomenclature of which generally follows the Wells World Birds list on Birder's Diary v3.0 (courtesy of Thayer Software:, with adaptations by WildSounds.
The Wells World Birds list is based on a classification created by Mic Wells.
Please note that the above list may not be in the same order or be a full and accurate representation of the species on the title concerned. We take due care to ensure the accuracy of the list, but should you find any errors, please notify us.

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