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Birds of the Rio Puerco

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Albuquerque, New Mexico


Rio Puerco Resource Area

The Rio Puerco Resource Area (RPRA) of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) administers 978.000 acres of public lands in New Mexico. These public lands are concentrated in Cibola and Sandoval Counties. Scattered holdings occur in Torrance, McKinnley, Santa Fe, Bernalillo, and Valencia counties.

The BLM has made a commitment to the wise and sustainable use of our public lands and natural resources. This includes a greater emphasis in wildlife habitat improvement and increased recreational opportunities.

As more Americans turn to the outdoors for pastime activities, increasing numbers are using public lands administered by BLM. Interest in wildlife is expanding even faster than general recreational use. In recognition of the public's changing priorities, BLM is moving to conserve and enhance its fish and wildlife resources, both game and non-game. Providing the public with meaningful ways to enjoy wildlife is one step toward achieving BLM's management goals.

Diverse ecosystems within the resource area provide habitat for approximately 282 species of vertebrate animals. Which includes approximately 177 species of birds, 38 species of amphibians and reptiles. 1 species of fish, and 66 species of mammals. No reliable information exists concerning invertebrate animals within the resource area. The key to maintaining the diversity of wildlife in the Rio Puerco Resource Area lies in the conservation of their varied habitats.

This checklist has been prepared to include species known, or likely to occur within the boundaries of the Rio Puerco Resource Area which are 4000 - 8500 ft. in elevation. Information for this checklist was compiled from published literature, and field observations. This list will be periodically updated, so the reporting of any unusual sightings would be greatly appreciated.

We hope this species checklist will increase your appreciation and enjoyment of the Rio Puerco Resource Area and its wildlife.


Please remember these public lands are yours to enjoy now and preserve for the future. These animals are not on display. They are typically wary of man and keep their distance. Treat them with respect.

With wildlife observation and photography becoming significant pastimes, it's important to keep in mind the stresses that such activities can cause wildlife. For the well-being of the animals and to make the most of your time viewing them, please keep the following guidelines in mind:

Using This List

This checklist contains columns after each species which describe:

  1. Residency or the particular season in which that species may most commonly be observed.

    RESIDENCY:
    P = Permanent
    W = Winter
    S = Summer
    T = Transient

  2. The abundance of that species relative to similar species; based on frequency of observation, not density.

    ABUNDANCE:
    C = Common
    R = Rare
    I = Irregular (varies from year to year)
    U = Uncommon
    L = Local

NOTE THAT:
                      Column Key:          Ponderosa Pine/Mixed Conifer(7)
                                                      Cliff/Rimrock(6)  |
                                         Pinon-Juniper Woodland(5)  |   |
                                                Shrubsteppe(4)  |   |   |
                                              Grassland(3)  |   |   |   |
                                  Wetlands/Riperian(2)  |   |   |   |   |
                                      Residency(1)  |   |   |   |   |   |

Bittern & Herons Key (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) ____ Great Blue Heron S C ____ Cattle Egret T I ____ Snowy Egret T I ____ Black-crowned Night Heron S U ____ Green Heron ST I
Ibises Key (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) ____ White Faced Ibis T R
Swans, Geese, Ducks Key (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) ____ Mallard S C ____ Gadwall T U ____ Pintail T U ____ Green-winged Teal S U ____ Blue-winged Teal S U ____ Cinnamon Teal T U ____ American Widgeon T U ____ Shoveler T U ____ Common Goldeneye T R ____ Bufflehead T U ____ Ruddy Duck T U ____ Canvasback T R ____ Ring-necked Duck T R ____ Common Merganser T R ____ Snow Goose T L ____ Canada Goose T L
American Vultures Key (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) ____ Turkey Vulture P C
Kites, Eagles, Hawks Key (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) ____ Sharp-shinned Hawk P C C C C C C ____ Cooper's Hawk P C C C C C C ____ Swainson's Hawk P U U U U U U ____ Red-tailed Hawk P C C C C C C ____ Ferruginous Hawk WT U U U ____ Marsh Hawk WT C C C ____ Rough Legged Hawk W R R R ____ Osprey WT R R R ____ Golden Eagle P U C C C C C ____ Bald Eagle W U
Caracaras, Falcons Key (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) ____ Prairie Falcon P U C C C C U ____ Peregrine Falcon T R R R R R R ____ Merlin P C C C ____ American Kestrel P C C C U C U
Pheasants, Turkeys, Quail Key (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) ____ Scaled Quail P U C U ____ Wild Turkey P U R U C C
Rails, Gallinules, Coots Key (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) ____ Sora Rail WT I ____ Virginia Rail P C ____ American Coot P C
Cranes Key (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) ____ Sandhill Crane T U
Plovers Key (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) ____ Killdeer P C ____ Mountain Plover P C C
Stilts, Phalaropes Key (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) ____ Solitary Sandpiper WT U ____ Spotted Sandpiper P U ____ Least Sandpiper WT U ____ Wilson's Sandpiper T C ____ Long Billed Curlew T U
Pigeons, Doves Key (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) ____ Band-tailed Pigeon P U U C ____ Rock Dove P C C ____ Mourning Dove PT C C C
Cuckoos Key (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) ____ Roadrunner P C C
Barn Owls Key (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) ____ Barn Owl T R R
Typical Owls Key (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) ____ Screech Owl T R R R ____ Flamulated Owl T R ____ Great Horned Owl P C U U C C C ____ Pygmy Owl W U ____ Burrowing Owl P U C C U U U ____ Long-eared Owl W U U ____ Saw-whet Owl W U
Goatsuckers Key (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) ____ Whip-poor-will P U U C U ____ Common Poor-will P C C ____ Common Nighthawk P C C C C
Swifts Key (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) ____ White-throated Swift P C C C C C
Hummingbirds Key (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) ____ Black-chinned Hummingbird S C C C C C ____ Broad-tailed Hummingbird S C C C C C ____ Rufous Hummingbird S C C C C C
Kingfishers Key (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) ____ Belted Kingfisher T C
Woodpeckers Key (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) ____ Northern Flicker P C C C C ____ Acorn Woodpecker P C C C ____ Lewis Woodpecker P C ____ Yellow-bellied Sapsucker T U ____ Williamson's Sapsucker T U ____ Downy Woodpecker P U U U U ____ Ladder-backed Woodpecker P C C C C ____ Hairy Woodpecker P U U U
Tyrant Flycatchers Key (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) ____ Western Kingbird P C C U ____ Cassin's Kingbird P C C C ____ Ash Throated Flycatcher P C C ____ Western Flycatcher P C C ____ Hammonds Flycatcher P U C C C ____ Dusky Flycatcher P C ____ Gray Flycatcher P C ____ Black Phoebe P U C C ____ Say's Phoebe P C C C U C ____ Western Wood Pewee P C C C C
Larks Key (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) ____ Horned Lark P C C C
Swallows Key (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) ____ Tree Swallow ST C C ____ Bank Swallow ST U U ____ Barn Swallow S C C C C C ____ Cliff Swallow S C C C C ____ Violet-green Swallow S C C C
Jays, Magpies, Crows Key (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) ____ Steller's Jay P C C ____ Scrub Jay P C ____ Piñon Jay P C ____ Common Raven P C C C C C ____ American Crow P C U ____ Clark's Nutcracker P C
Chickadees, Titmice, Bushtits Key (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) ____ Mountain Chickadee P C ____ Plain Titmouse P C C ____ Bushtit P C C C C
Nuthatches Key (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) ____ White-breasted Nuthatch P C C ____ Red-breasted Nuthatch P C C ____ Pygmy Nuthatch P C
Creepers Key (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) ____ Brown Creeper P C
Wrens Key (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) ____ House Wren P C C ____ Bewick's Wren P C C ____ Marsh Wren W U ____ Cañon Wren P U C U ____ Rock Wren P C C U C C
Mockingbirds, Thrashers (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) ____ Mockingbird P C C C ____ Catbird P U U ____ Bendire's Thrasher P L L ____ Sage Thrasher W U
Thrushes, Solitaires, Bluebirds Key (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) ____ Robin PW C C C C C C ____ Hermit Thrush P C ____ Western Bluebird P C C ____ Mountain Bluebird P U U ____ Townsend's Solitaire W U U
Gnatcatchers, Kinglets Key (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) ____ Blue-gray Gnatcatcher P C C ____ Ruby-crowned Kinglet WT U U
Shrikes Key (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) ____ Loggerhead Shrike P C C C
Starlings Key (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) ____ European Starling P C C C
Vireos Key (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) ____ Gray Vireo S L L ____ Solitary Vireo S U U C C C C ____ Warbling Vireo S L
Wood-Warblers Key (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) ____ Orange Crowned Warbler T C C C C C ____ Virginia's Warbler S U C ____ Yellow-rumped Warbler P U C ____ Black-throated Gray Warbler S C C ____ Townsend's Warbler T C ____ Grace's Warbler S C ____ MacGillivary's Warbler S C ____ Yellowthroat ST C ____ Yellow-breasted Chat S C
Weaver Finches Key (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) ____ House Sparrow PL C
Meadowlarks, Blackbirds, Orioles Key (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) ____ Western Meadowlark P C C C ____ Red-winged Blackbird P C ____ Brewer's Blackbird WT C C C ____ Brown-headed Cowbird ST C C C ____ Scott's Oriole S C C ____ Northern Oriole S C C C
Tanagers Key (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) ____ Western Tanager ST C C ____ Hepatic Tanager ST U C
Grosbeaks, Finches, Sparrows, Buntings Key (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) ____ Black-headed Grosbeak S C C C ____ Blue Grosbeak S C C ____ Indigo Bunting S L ____ Lazuli Bunting T L U U ____ Cassin's Finch W I ____ House Finch P C C C C C C ____ Purple Finch W R R R ____ Lesser Goldfinch T U C ____ Pine Siskin P U ____ Red Crossbill W U ____ Abert's Towhee P CL ____ Green-tailed Towhee T C C ____ Rufous-sided Towhee P C C ____ Brown Towhee P C C ____ Lark Sparrow P C ____ Savannah Sparrow WT C C ____ Vesper Sparrow WT C ____ Rufous-crowned Sparrow P U C ____ Cassin's Sparrow S C U ____ Black-throated Sparrow P C C ____ Sage Sparrow WT C ____ Dark-eyed Junco W C C C ____ Oregon Junco W U U C ____ Slate-colored Junco W C ____ Chipping Sparrow W C C C ____ Brewer's Sparrow W C ____ White-crowned Sparrow T C C ____ Lark Sparrow P C U ____ Song Sparrow T L
For additional information contact:
                 Bureau of Land Management
                 Rio Puerco Resource Area
                 435 Montano N.E.
                 Albuquerque, NM  87107
                 Phone: (505) 761-8795
This resource is based on the following source:
Iskra, Andrew.  Birds of the Rio Puerco - A Checklist.  Bureau of Land 
     Management New Mexico 5591-014-4333.  Unpaginated.
This resource should be cited as:
Iskra, Andrew.  Birds of the Rio Puerco - A Checklist.  Bureau of Land 
     Management New Mexico 5591-014-4333.  Unpaginated.  Jamestown, ND: 
     Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Online.  
     http://www.npwrc.usgs.govriopuerc.htm    
     (Version 30DEC20020).

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