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Rio Grande Valley Specialty Birds

The Rio Grande Valley’s diverse ecosystem is home to many native bird species that can only be found in South Texas. The following 48 species are often termed “Rio Grande Valley Specialty Birds” because they are usually found nowhere else in North America or are especially numerous here:

Common Name Scientific Name
Altamira Oriole Icterus gularis
Aplomado Falcon Falco femoralis
Audubon’s Oriole Icterus graduacauda
Black-Bellied Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna autumnalis
Black-crested form of Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
Blue Bunting Cyanocompsa parellina
Botteri’s Sparrow Aimophila botterii
Bronzed Cowbird Molothrus aeneus
Brown Jay Cyanocorax morio
Brown-crested Flycatcher Myiarchus tyrannulus
Buff-bellied Hummingbird Amazilia yucatensis
Clay-colored Robin Turdus grayi
Couch’s Kingbird Tyrannus couchii
Crested Caracara Polyborus plancus or Caracara plancus
Elf Owl Micrathene whitneyi
Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium brasilianum
Gray Hawk Asturina nitida
Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus
Green Jay Cyanocorax yncas
Green Kingfisher Chloroceryle americana
Green Parakeet Aratinga holochlora
Groove-billed Ani Crotophaga sulcirostris
Golden-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons
Harris Hawk Parabuteo unicinctus
Hook-billed Kite Chondrohierax uncinatus
Least Grebe Tachybaptus dominicus
Long-billed Thrasher Toxostoma longirostre
Masked Duck Nomonyx dominicus
Mottled Duck Anas fulvigula
Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet Camptostoma imberbe
Northern Jacana Jacana spinosa
Olive Sparrow Arremonops rufivirgatus
Pauraque Nyctidromus albicollis
Plain Chachalaca Ortalis vetula
Reddish Egret Egretta rufescens
Red-billed Pigeon Patagioenas flavirostris
Red-crowned Parrot Amazona viridigenalis
Ringed Kingfisher Ceryle torquata
Roadside Hawk Buteo magnirostris
Tamaulipas Crow Corvus imparatus
Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
Tropical Parula Parula pitiayumi
White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi
White-tailed Hawk Buteo albicaudatus
White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus
White-collared Seedeater Sporophila torqueola