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Species Index

Click on a species below to be taken to that species' page; each page has charts reflecting my personal field data showing areas in Hidalgo County (or just over the border) where I've found the bird (the lack of a hyperlink simply means I haven't personally recorded the bird on these surveys yet...).  Please note that this is not a comprehensive Hidalgo County bird list, nor are the charts comprehensive lists of all the places in the county the bird can be found; they only reflect my personal observations at select locations.  Species marked in color are considered rarities and should be reported to the Lower Rio Grande Valley Rare Bird Alert (956-584-2731, or rgvbirds@hotmail.com). 

Red = Texas Review Species

Blue = Does not normally occur in Hidalgo County

Green = Occurs in Hidalgo County according to the TOS Handbook, but is considered rare

Pink = Presumed escapee or feral population

Taxonomic classification follows Lockwood & Freeman: The Texas Ornithological Society (TOS) Handbook of Texas Birds, 2014.  All photos taken in Hidalgo County, TX, unless otherwise stated.  Most of the species images were taken by Mary Beth Stowe (©2009-2011); other contributors so noted on the species pages include Ken Blankenship, Greg Lasley, Greg Lavaty, Michael Lindsey, Steve Nanz, David Speiser, and Rex Stanford.

Anatidae:  Waterfowl

Cracidae:  Currasows and Guans

Odontophoridae:  New World Quail

 Phaisianidae:  Pheasants, Grouse, and Allies

Gaviiformes:  Loons

Podicepedidae:  Grebes

Ciconiidae:  Storks

Phalacrocoracidae:  Cormorants

Anhingidae:  Darters

   Pelecanidae:  Pelicans

Ardeidae:  Bitterns and Herons

Threskiornithidae:  Ibis and Spoonbills

Cathartidae:  New World Vultures

Pandionidae:  Osprey

Accipitridae:  Eagles, Kites, and Hawks

Rallidae:  Rails, Gallinules, and Coots

Gruidae:  Cranes

Recurvirostridae:  Stilts and Avocets

 Jacanidae:  Jacanas

 Charadriidae:  Plovers

Scolopacidae:  Sandpipers, Phalaropes, and Allies

Laridae:  Gulls, Terns, and Allies

Columbidae:  Pigeons and Doves

Cuculidae:  Cuckoos and Allies

Tytonidae:  Barn Owls

Strigidae:  Typical Owls

  Caprimulgidae:  Nighthawks and Nightjars

Apodidae:  Swifts

Trochilidae:  Hummingbirds

Alcedinidae:  Kingfishers

 Picidae:  Woodpeckers

Falconidae:  Falcons

 Psittacidae:  Parakeets and Parrots

 Tyrannidae: Tyrant Flycatchers

Tityridae:  Becards, Tityras, and Allies

Laniidae:  Shrikes

Vireonidae:  Vireos

Corvidae:  Jays and Crows

Alaudidae:  Larks

Hirundinidae:  Martins and Swallows

Paridae:  Chickadees and Titmice

Remizidae:  Verdin

Troglodytidae:  Wrens

Poilioptilidae:  Gnatcatchers

Regulidae:  Kinglets

Turdidae:  Thrushes

Mimidae:  Mockingbirds and Thrashers

Sturnidae:  Starlings

Motacillidae:  Wagtails and Pipits

Bombycillidae:  Waxwings

Parulidae:  New World Warblers

Emberizidae:  New World Sparrows

Cardinalidae:  Cardinals and Allies

Icteridae:  Blackbirds, Meadowlarks, and Orioles

Fringillidae:  Finches and Allies

Passeridae:  Old World Sparrows

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