Bird Conservation Region 35

Chihuahuan Desert

Description: The Chihuahuan Desert stretches from the Sierra Madre Occidental in the west to lusher scrub habitat of the Edwards Plateau and Tamaulipan Brushlands in the east, and from the Southern Great Plains to the north and over much of the central Mexican Plateau. Arid grasslands and shrublands cover broad basins, and higherelevation oak-juniper woodlands and conifers occur in numerous isolated mesas and mountains. In Mexico, IBAs include Janos–Nuevo Casas Grandes, home of the Burrowing Owl, Golden and Bald Eagles, Peregine and Prairie Falcons, Lucy’s Warbler, and Mountain Plover. Sierra del Nido, with Eared Trogon, Thick-billed Parrot, and Lucifer’s Hummingbird, and Mapimí are two other key IBAs. Other important typical species are Scaled Quail in the lowlands, Bell’s Vireo along some riparian zones, and Black-capped Vireo in the montane scrub community. The Colima Warbler is a rare inhabitant of a few of the higher mountains. The Río Grande and adjacent wetlands provide important habitat for Sandhill Cranes, waterfowl, and other riparian and wetland-dependent birds.

Bird Conservation Plans
Landbirds - New Mexico
Shorebirds - Intermountain West
Waterbirds -Southwest U.S., Mexico
Waterfowl - in IWJV Coordinated Bird Conservation Plan, IWJV Plans by State
All Birds - IWJV Coordinated Bird Conservation Plan, IWJV Plans by State
, Rio Grande Joint Venture Implementation Plan

Joint Venture areas: Intermountain West, Rio Grande

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