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Birding the Texas Lower Rio Grande
The four county Lower Rio Grande is the richest birding area and most diverse biologically in North America. There are over 500 species of birds (which is more than most states). There are over 50 specialty birds that are found no where else in United States or are most easily seen in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Many of them are listed below. Birders from all over the world flock to this special area to enjoy the birds and to fill their lists. The Lower Rio Grande has 80 great bird watching sites, with more being added each year. The area is so rich because of many factors, including the intersection here of desert and tropical vegetation zones, the mix of ocean and fresh water resources, forest, bush, grassland, desert and sand dune, and its location under the confluence of the major eastern and central migration flyways. For more free bird information, maps, and checklists and for field guides and other books call the Bird & Wildlife Shop at Alamo Inn, 956 782-9912.

    Specialty Birds of the Lower Rio Grande include:
  • Least Grebe
  • Neotropic Cormorant
  • Reddish Egret
  • Black-Bellied Whistling-Duck
  • Muscovy Duck
  • Mottled Duck
  • Masked Duck
  • Northern Jacana
  • Hook-billed Kite
  • White-tailed Kiteting
  • Harris Hawk
  • Gray Hawk
  • Roadside Hawk
  • White-tailed Hawk
  • Crested Caracara
  • Aplomado Falcon
  • Plain Chachalaca
  • Red-billed Pigeon
  • White-tipped Dove
  • Green Parakeet
  • Red-crowned Parrot
  • Groove-billed Ani
  • Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl
  • Elf Owl
  • Pauraque
  • Buff-bellied Hummingbird
  • Ringed Kingfisher
  • Green Kingfisher
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker
  • Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet
  • Brown-crested Flycatcher
  • Great Kiskadee
  • Couch's Kingbird
  • Tropical Kingbird
  • Green Jay
  • Brown Jay
  • Tamaulipas Crow
  • Black-crested Titmouse
  • Clay-colored Robin
  • Long-billed Thrasher
  • Tropical Parula
  • Blue Bunting
  • Olive Sparrow
  • White-collared Seedeater
  • Boterri's Sparrow
  • Bronzed Cowbird
  • Altamira Oriole
  • Audubons Oriole