By Barbara L. Davis
This box consultant takes you to the barren region and grassland parts of Arizona, California, and New Mexico the place the entire variety of chicken species reaches a marvelous 440. incorporated are 21 wilderness birding sizzling spots, in-depth descriptions and behavioral info, eight chicken charts, and lots more and plenty extra.
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Additional resources for A Field Guide to Birds of the Desert Southwest
The saguaro cactus is a specialty along with organ pipe cactus and a large diversity of other cacti. The Arizona portion of this profuse subdivision extends from the Mexican border and ends just north of Phoenix, and from the Colorado River eastward to the Buckskin Mountains. “Sky island”–mountains that rise abruptly from the desert floor—and grassy steppes provide additional habitats for a diverse array of bird species. The Chihuahuan Desert reaches its lowest elevation at 1,000 feet above sea level along the Rio Grande River, which is the main drainage system for this area.
Sometimes an old nest is refurbished, which appears bulkier, and occasionally it is lined with leaves or moss. The diameter approximates two feet. The three to five greenish-blue eggs are oval, with a smooth shell and no markings. Both sexes participate in the incubation of the eggs, which takes twenty-three to twenty-four days. The adults perform a nest-relief ritual each time they take a turn at incubation. The bird who has just finished its turn fluffs out its plumes and stretches out its wings in a dance-like fashion.
EARED GREBE3 Podiceps nigricollis Description: Black, crested head; red eye; dark back; breeding–golden ear tufts; non-breeding-white neck and chin The Eared Grebe measures twelve to fourteen inches long, and has a thin neck and a tailless appearance. The feet are placed far back toward the rump. Both sexes appear similar and in breeding plumage have a black, crested head and neck, golden ear tufts, brownish-black back, and rufous coloration below. The red iris is a very prominent attribute. In winter, the Eared Grebe has a lighter gray face, and a white neck and breast that make it appear similar to the Horned Grebe.
A Field Guide to Birds of the Desert Southwest by Barbara L. Davis