Arizona Important Bird Areas

Welcome to Arizona’s 42 Important Bird Areas! These IBAs are varied in the type of habitat they identify yet share the fact that they are vital for Arizona’s native birds. Some are riparian corridors, others cool and moist sky islands. A few are high elevation pine forests and one is even a vast spanse of desert. We hope you enjoy reading about the different IBAs of Arizona and the birds who use them. A map of all of Arizona’s IBAs can be found here.

The IBA designation is non-regulatory; it elevates the profile of an area as being important for birds and acknowledges the stewardship of the landowners and managers.”

☼ = Global Status, ◊ = Continental Status

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Agua Fria National Monument Riparian Corridors IBA

Location: 34.3152°N:  112.0641°W County:Yavapai Site Status:Identified 01/2004, Recognized January 9, 2010 Ownership: U.S. Bureau of Land Management Size: 26.31 square miles, 16,843 acres  Criteria: D1: State: Species of Conservation Concern D3: State: Species in rare/unique habitat: Riparian D4vii: State: Outstanding …

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Anderson Mesa IBA ☼

Location: 35.017° N: 111.400° W County: Coconino Site Status: Identified 01/2004, Global Identified 10/2009 Ownership: Coconino National Forest Area: 261 square miles, 167509 acres Criteria: Global: Species of Conservation Concern (Pinyon Jay) State: Waterfowl and Species of Conservation Concern (Bald …

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Appleton-Whittel Research Ranch of the NAS IBA

Appleton-Whittel Research Ranch of the NAS IBA

Location: 31.6028°N:  110.5217°W County: Santa Cruz Site Status: Identified 01/2004 Ownership: National Audubon Society, BLM, US Forest Serviceand Private Area: 12 square miles 7723 acres Criteria: B1(Potential): Continental: Species of Conservation Concern (Botteri’s Sparrow, Montezuma Quail)                    D1: State: Species …

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Arivaca Cienega and Creek IBA

Location: 31.56° N: 111.3° W County: Pima Site Status: Identified 07/2002 Ownership: Buenos Aires NWR Area: 7.7 square miles, 4930 acres Criteria: D1: State: Species of Conservation Concern D3: State: Species in rare/unique habitat D4vii: State: Outstanding landbird stopover Site …

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Aubrey Valley by Kenny Wilkins

Aubrey Valley and Cliffs IBA

Location: UTM  NAD 83 319771 N 3929199 E County: Coconino and Yavapi Site Status: Identified 10/2011 Ownership:  State Trust, Private and Indian Reservation Area: 385.2 square miles, 246,538 acres Criteria: D1: State: Species of Conservation Concern Site-Description: Aubrey Valley is …

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Bill Williams NWR IBA

Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge IBA ☼ ◊

Location: 34.2891° N: 114.0744° W County: La Paz Site Status: Identified 10/2004, Identified as Continental 10/2011, Identified as Global 10/2010 Ownership: US Fish and Wildlife Service Area: 9.4 square miles, 6,000 acres Criteria: A1: Global: Species of Conservation Concern (Black …

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Blue River Complex by Kevin Dooley

Blue and San Francisco Rivers IBA

Location: 31.56° N: 111.3° W County: Greenlee Site Status: Identified (Federal lands only) 01/2004 Ownership: Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest Area: 166.6 square miles, 106,642 acres Criteria: A1: Global (Potential): Species of Conservation Concern (Mexican Spotted Owl) D1: State: Species of Conservation …

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Boyce Thompson Arboretum by Garry Wilmore

Boyce Thompson Arboretum and Arnett -Queen Creeks IBA

Location: 33.2797 N: 111.1559 W County: Pinal Site Status: Identified 01/2004, Recognized 05/2007 Ownership: Boyce Thompson Arboretum and Tonto National Forest Area: 4.8 square miles, 3,071 acres Criteria: D3: State: Species in rare/unique habitat D4vii: State: Outstanding landbird stopover Site …

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California Gulch

California Gulch IBA

Location: 31.4145°N:  111.2394°W County: Santa Cruz Site Status: Identified 07/2002 Ownership: Coronado National Forest Area: 3.2 square miles, 2042 acres Criteria: B1: Continental (Potential): Species of Conservation Concern  (5-stripped Sparrow, Montezuma Quail) D1: State: State Species of Conservation Concern D3: …

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Cave Creek

Cave Creek Ecosystem IBA

Location: North of Phoenix County: Maricopa Site Status: Identified 06/2009 Ownership: Tonto National Forest, Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area, Town of Cave Creek, Desert Foothills Land Trust Preserves, and Private within the Town of Cave Creek Open Space Master Plan …

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Chiricahua Mountains IBA ☼

Location: 31.9057°N:  109.2800°W  County: Cochise Site Status: Identified 04/2003, Identified Global 10/2009 Ownership: Coronado National Forest Criteria: A1 Global Site – Spotted Owl B1(Potential): Continental: Species of Conservation Concern (Arizona Woodpecker, Montezuma Quail, Whiskered Screech Owl, Hummingbirds, Yellow-eyed Junco) D1: …

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Cibola National Wildlife Refuge IBA ◊

Location: 33.18’N, -114. 41’W County: La Paz Site Status: Identified 06/2008 Ownership: Federal Criteria: B1; Continental; Species of Conservation Concern – Yuma Clapper Rail 82 breeding pairs – 2005 D4i – Significant Concentrations of Birds, >1% State population (Waterfowl 2000+) …

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Gilbert Riparian Preserves by Johnida Dockens

Gilbert Riparian Preserves IBA

Location: East of Phoenix in Gilbert Counties: Maricopa Site Status: Identified 01/2007 Ownership: Town of Gilbert Area: 0.3 square miles, 200 acres Criteria: D4v: State: shorebirds D5: State: education site Site Description: The Riparian Preserves consist of two areas: 110 …

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Grand Canyon by Jeremy Wilburn

Grand Canyon National Park IBA ☼

Location: 36.0330°N:  111.8532°W Lipan Point 36.0586°N:  112.0838°W Yaki Point County: Coconino Area: 778 square miles, 497,894 acres Site Status: Identified 07/2002, expanded 10/2011 Ownership: Federal – Grand Canyon National Park Criteria: A1: Global: Species of Conservation Concern – California Condor, …

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Havasu National Wildlife Refuge IBA ◊

Location: 34° 23’N -114° 03’W County: Mohave Site Status: Identified 06/2008 Ownership: Federal Criteria: B1; Continental; Species of Conservation Concern – Yuma Clapper Rail(102 breeding pairs 2009) D1 – Site Important to Special Status Avian Species – Federally listed Yuma …

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Huachuca Mountains IBA

Location: 31.4459°N:  110.3125°W County: Cochise Site Status: Identified 01/2004 Ownership: Coronado National Forest, Coronado National Monument (NPS), Ft. Huachucha (DOD), The Nature Conservancy, Private Area: 157.9 square miles, 101,028 acres Criteria: A3 (Potential): Assemblage of Biome-restricted species B1 (Potential): Continental: …

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Imperial National Wildlife Refuge

Imperial National Wildlife Refuge IBA ☼ ◊

Location: 32° 53’N, -114° 27’W County: Yuma Site Status: Identified 06/2008 Ownership: Federal and State Area: 49.3 square miles, 31,558 acres Criteria: A1 Global -Species of Conservation Concern - Black Rail (12 breeding pair – 2006) B1 Continental – Species of …

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Imperial Reservoir IBA ☼ ◊

Location: 32.8878°N:  114.4586°W County: Yuma Site Status: Identified 01/2002 Ownership: BLM and Bureau of Reclamation Area: 5.5 square miles, 3,535 acres Criteria: A1: Global -Species of Global Conservation Concern – California Black Rail (30 breeding pair 2009) B1 Continental: Species …

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Colorado River Gadsden Riparian Area

Lower Colorado River Gadsden Riparian Area IBA

Location: 32.55° N: 114.8° W County: Yuma Site Status: Identified 01/2004 Ownership: Various U.S. Agencies and Cocopah Tribe Area: 3.7 square miles, 2,398 acres Criteria: B1 (Potential): Continental: Species of Conservation Concern (Yuma Clapper Rail, Abert’s Towhee) D1: State: Species …

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Lower Oak Creek

Lower Oak Creek IBA

Location: 34.7932° N: 111.9001° W County: Yavapai Site Status: Identified 01/2004, Recognized 04/2006 Ownership: Arizona Game and Fish, Arizona State Parks, Coconino National Forest, Private Area: 5.8 square miles, 3,685 acres Criteria: D1: State: Species of Conservation Concern D3: State: …

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Lower Salt and Gila Rivers Ecosystem ☼ ◊

County: Maricopa Site Status: Identified 07/2002, Recognized 03/2008, Identified Continental 10/2011, Identified Global 10/2011 Ownership: Arizona Game and Fish Commission, City of Phoenix, Buckeye Irrigation District, BLM, Cities of Avondale, Buckeye and Goodyear and Private lands Area: 57.3 square miles, …

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Lower San Pedro River

Lower San Pedro River IBA ☼ ◊

Location: 32° 51’ 41” N 110° 43’ 12” W Counties: Cochise, Pima, Pinal Site Status: Identified 01/2007, Identified Global 01/2008, Recognized 02/2008 Area: 51.2 square miles, 32,762 acres Ownership: BLM, Salt River Project, Bureau of Reclamation, The Nature Conservancy, Pima …

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11x17 poster of all IBAs 12-02-2011_only identified

Map of Arizona’s Important Bird Areas

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Marble Canyon by arizona traveler

Marble Canyon IBA ☼

Location: 36.8656°N:  111.5848°W County: Coconino Site Status: Identified 04/2003, Identified as Global 01/2008 Ownership: National Park Service Area: 159.5 square miles, 102,058 acres Criteria: A1: Global: Species of Global Conservation Concern (California Condor) D1: State: Species of Conservation Concern Site …

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Mittry Lake State Wildlife Area IBA ☼ ◊

Location: 32.8205°N:  114.4689°W County: Yuma Site Status: Identified 07/2002 Ownership: BLM and Bureau of Reclamation Area: 6.2 square miles, 3,984 acres Criteria: A1: Global; Species of Global Conservation Concern – California Black Rail (30 breeding pairs – 2009) B1: Continental: …

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Mogollon rim by Nat Forest_

Mogollon Rim Snowmelt Draws IBA

Location: UTM 12- 03808427 N 488566 E NAD 27 County: Coconino Site Status: Identified 07/2010 Ownership: Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest Area: 112.7 square miles, 72,162 acres Criteria: D1 – Site Important to Special Status Avian Species (Red-faced Warbler, Grace’s Warbler, MacGillivray’s …

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Patagonia Sonoita Creek

Patagonia-Sonoita Creek TNC Preserve IBA

Location: UTM 521325 3488139 NAD 83 County: Santa Cruz Site Status: Identified 07/2010 Ownership: The Nature Conservancy Area: 0.6 square miles, 387 acres Criteria: D1 – Site Important to Special Status Avian Species (Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Yellow Warbler, Lucy’s Warbler,  Bell’s …

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Rigg's Lake at the Top of Mt. Graham in the Pinaleño Mountains

Pinaleño Mountains IBA

Location: UTM 12S 605570 3618850 County: Graham Site Status: Identified 02/2013 Ownership: Coronado National Forest – Safford Ranger District Area: 212 sq miles, perimeter: 161 miles Criteria: D1: State: Species of Conservation Concern D3: State: Species in rare/unique habitat Site …

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Quigley State Wildlife Area IBA

Location: 32.7167° N: 113.967° W County: Yuma Site Status: Identified 01/2004 Ownership: Arizona Game and Fish Commission Area: 0.96 square miles, 614 acres Criteria: B1 (Potential): Continental: Species of Conservation Concern (Yuma Clapper Rail, Abert’s Towhee) D1: State: Species of …

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Willow Flycatcher by Syd Phillips

Salt and Verde Riparian Ecosystem IBA

Identified: 07/2002   Recognized: 11/2010 Counties: Maricopa, Yavapai Site Status: Identified Ownership: Tonto National Forest, Fort McDowell Mohave Apache Community Size: 24.3 square miles, 15,523 acres Criteria: B1(Potential): Continental: Species of Conservation Concern (Lucy’s Warbler, Southwest Willow Flycatcher, Gilded Flicker) D1: …

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San Pedro River National Conservation Area by Esther 17

San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area IBA

County: Cochise Site Status: Identified 07/2002, Global Recognition 05/2013 Ownership: BLM Area: 22,662.4 hectares (56,000 acres approx.) Criteria: A1: Global: Species of Global Conservation Concern (Bell’s Vireo) D1: State: Species of Conservation Concern (Yellow- billed Cuckoo, Cassin’s and Botteri’s Sparrow) …

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San Rafael Grasslands by cobalt123

San Rafael Grasslands IBA ☼

Location: 534883 N 3480007 E  UTM NAD 27 County: Santa Cruz Site Status: Identified 10/2011 Ownership: Private and State Area: 85 square miles, 56,983 acres Criteria: A1; Global; Species of Conservation Concern – Chestnut Collared Longspur (Wintering) D1 – Site …

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Santa Rita Mountains by airplane journal

Santa Rita Mountains IBA

Counties: Pima, Santa Cruz Site Status: Identified 04/2003, Recognized 05/2011 Ownership: Coronado National Forest, Area: 217 square miles, 138,760 acres Criteria: B3 (Potential) – Assemblage of individuals/species concentrated in a Bird Conservation Region D1: State: Species of Conservation Concern Site …

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Patagonia Lake by Alan Stark

Sonoita Creek State Natural Area/Patagonia Lake IBA

Counties: Santa Cruz Site Status: Indentified 01/2007, Recognized 04/2007 Ownership: Arizona State Parks Area: 5.5 square miles, 3,497 acres Criteria:B1 (Potential): Continental: Species of Conservation Concern (Gray Hawk, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Bell’s Vireo, Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet, Lucy’s Warbler, Abert’s Towhee, Rufous-winged Sparrow, …

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Organ Pipe NM by Matt Griffiths

Sonoran Desert Borderlands IBA

Location: UTM 3545154 N  326281 E  NAD 83 Counties: Pima and Yuma Site Status: Identified 07/2010 Ownership: Federal, USFWS and NPS Area: 1,851 square miles, 1,184,668 acres Criteria: D1 – Site Important to Special Status Avian Species (Gilded Flicker, Bendire’s …

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Sycamore Canyon/Pajarito Mountains IBA

 Location: 31.4130°N  111.1900°W  County: Santa Cruz  Site Status: Identified 04/2003 Ownership: Coronado National Forest Area: 3.5 square miles, 2,213 acres Criteria: B1 (Potential): Continental: Species of Conservation Concern (Arizona Woodpecker, Five-striped Sparrow) D1: State: State Species of Conservation Concern D3: …

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Sabino Canyon by Roger Smith

Tanque Verde Wash/Sabino Canyon IBA

Location: 32.2955° N: 110.8079° W County: Pima Site Status: Identified 01/2004, Expanded 10/2011 Ownership:  US Forest Service and Private Area: 7.5 square miles, 4,770 acres Criteria:B1(Potential): Continental: Species of Conservation Concern (Rufous-winged Sparrow; Elf Owl, Abert’s Towhee, Costa’s Hummingbird, Lucy’s …

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Dead Horse Ranch State Park by Jason Shultz

Tuzigoot IBA

Location: Lat: 34.7807°N Long: 112.0284°W County: Yavapai Site Status: Identified 07/2002 Ownership: Arizona State Parks, National Park Service, Coconino National Forest, Private Area: 3.5 square miles, 2,267 acres Criteria: D1: State: Species of Conservation Concern D3: State: Species in rare/unique …

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Little Colorado by Matt Grant

Upper Little Colorado River Watershed IBA

Counties: Apache Site Status: Identified 04/2003, Recognized 07/2008 Ownership: Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Arizona Game and Fish Department, State Lands, BLM Area: 95.9 square miles, 61,360 acres Criteria: A1: Global (Potential): Species of Conservation Concern (Mexican Spotted Owl) D1: State: Species …

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Santa Cruz River S. of Tumacacori, 2, 3-05, john hoffman

Upper Santa Cruz River IBA

County: Santa Cruz Site Status: Identified 01/2007, Recognized 04/2011 Ownership: National Park Service and Private Area: 3.4 square miles, 2,184 square miles Criteria: A1 (Potential): Species of Global Conservation Concern (Bell’s Vireo) B1(Potential): Continental: Species of Conservation Concern (Gray Hawk, …

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Upper Verde RIver by Yandahi

Upper Verde River State Wildlife Area IBA

 Location: 3858479N  367626E  UTM NAD83 County: Yavapai Site Status: Identified 06/2008 Ownership: Arizona Game and Fish and State Trust Area: 2.8 square miles, 1,809 acres Criteria: D1 – Site Important to Special Status Avian Species – Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Lucy’s Warbler, …

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Watson Lake by rwarrin

Watson and Willow Lakes Ecosystem IBA

County: Yavapai Site Status: Identified 07/2002 Recognized 04/2011 Ownership: City of Prescott Area: 2.3 square miles, 1,501 acres Criteria: D1 – State Species of Conservation Concern D4ii – Waterfowl Significant Concentration (>2000) D4iii – Wading birds concentration site Site Description: …

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Sandhill Cranes at Whitewater Draw

Whitewater Draw State Wildlife Area IBA ☼

 Location: 349435 N  12 621331 E UTM NAD27 County: Cochise Site Status: Identified 06/2008, Global Identified 10/2011 Ownership: Arizona Game and Fish Area: 2.4 square miles, 1,509 acres Criteria: D1 – Site Important to Special Status Avian Species – Bendire’s …

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Willcox Playa

Willcox Playa/Cochise Lakes IBA ☼

 Location: 609284 N 3557623 E UTM NAD27 County: Cochise Site Status: Identified 06/2009, Global Identified 10/2011 Ownership: Federal, State and City of Willcox Area: 74 square miles, 47,343 acres Criteria: D1 – Site Important to Special Status Avian Species – …

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Maricopa Burrowing Owl Haven

Sites of Conservation Significance

Sites of Conservation Significance The Arizona Important Bird Areas program looks at many areas and considers them for IBA status. While many of the areas we look at are formally proposed to our Science Committee and approved, some sites just …

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