Birds of Phoenix and Maricopa County, Arizona

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The definitive guide to birding around Phoenix, by Janet Witzeman, Troy Corman, Tommy Debardeleben and Laurie Nessel. The first edition was published in 1972 by Janet Witzeman, Elanor Radke and Bix Demaree and revised in 1997.


The third edition was published in late 2017. Since then, two species have been added:

#460 White-rumped Sandpiper, July 3, 2018, Gilbert Water Ranch, photo Sean Fitzgerald

#461 adult male Ruby-throated Hummingbird, July 12, 2018, Hassayampa River Preserve, photo Robert Bowker

Proceeds from the sale of this publication go to support the Maricopa Audubon Society.

Book sales - please scroll to the page bottom for information on purchasing this book.


What is it?
This guide is for visitors and residents alike.

The species accounts and bar graphs aid birders in determining status, abundance, seasonal occurrence, and habitat preference for 459 species that have been recorded in the County.

Descriptions and maps direct birders to 82 birding spots in and around Phoenix as well as to far-reaching areas of the county.

A 17-page chapter on habitats found in the county includes full-color photographs and two maps depicting elevation and habitat.

A chapter discusses changes in the status of birds and their habitats in the county since the second edition. Twenty-seven color photos document some of the 33 birds new to the county since 1997.

Page sample from Birding Areas


228 pages, spiralbound 5-13/4" X 8-1/2" fieldguide format. 82 full color photos, 93 graphs, 10 maps. The book is sold at a 10% discount for $25.00 (cash, credit card, or check made out to: Maricopa Audubon Society) for current members of the Maricopa Audubon Society chapter and only at the Maricopa Audubon Society Members meetings.

The guide is also available for $26.95 through the following outlets:

Arizona Highways 2039 W Lewis Ave Phoenix, AZ 85009
(602) 712-2200

Audubon Arizona Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center
3131 S. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85040
(602) 468-6470 

Boyce Thompson Arboretum
37615 E US Highway 60
Superior, AZ 85173
(520) 689-2811

Buteo Books and ABA Sales (Available Online)
(800) 728-2460

Desert Botanical Garden 
1201 N. Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ

Desert Caballeros Western Museum
21 N Frontier Street
Wickenburg, AZ 85390
(928) 684-2272

Desert Rivers Audubon Society 
Available at:

Changing Hands Bookstore Tempe
6428 S McClintock Dr, Tempe, AZ 85283
(480) 730-0205

Changing Hands Bookstore Phoenix
300 West Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85013
(602) 274-0067

Hassayampa River Preserve
49614 U.S. Hwy 60
Wickenburg, AZ 85390
(928) 684-2772

Jay’s Bird Barn Prescott
1046 Willow Creek Rd Suite 105
Prescott, AZ 86301
(928) 443-5900

Jay’s Bird Barn Flagstaff
1490 S. Riordan Ranch Street
(at Sprouts Shopping Center)
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

North Phoenix Mountain Park
10608 N 7th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85020
(602) 262-7901

Ramsey Canyon Nature Preserve
27 E Ramsey Canyon Road
Hereford, AZ 85615
(520) 378-2785

South Mountain Environmental Education Center
10409 S Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85042
(623) 334-7880

Superstition Mountain Museum 4087 N Apache Trail Apache Junction, AZ 85119
(480) 983-4888

Tovrea Castle
5025 E Van Buren Street
Phoenix, AZ 85008
(602) 256-3221

Tucson Audubon Society

Shop Online 

Nature Shop on University Boulevard
300 E. University Boulevard #120
Tucson, AZ 85705
(520) 629-0510 x7015

Nature Shop at Agua Caliente Park (temporarily closed for restoration)
Roy P. Drachman Agua Caliente Park
12325 E. Roger Road
Tucson, AZ
(520) 760-7881

Veterans Oasis Park and Environmental Education Center 4050 E Chandler Heights Road Chandler, AZ 85249  (480) 782-2890

White Tanks Regional Park
20304 W White Tank Mountain Road
Waddell, AZ 85355
(623) 935-2505

Wide World of Maps
2133 E Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016
(602) 279-2323

Wild Birds Unlimited Scottsdale
7001 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85253 
(480) 306-5153 

Wild Birds Unlimited Mesa
2136 E Baseline Rd, Mesa, AZ 85204
(480) 507-2473