The Palo Duro Canyon State Park consists of over 16,000 acres of very diverse bird watching habitats, including grass prairies, mesquite and juniper trees, river banks, the low, wet vegetation of the canyon floor and the high elevations of the canyon rim. The canyon is located on the eastern edge of the Texas High Plains, and was carved by the waters of the Red River. The Palo Duro Canyon is the second largest canyon in America, topped only by the Grand Canyon for size. You can hike, bike, ride horses and camp while bird watching at this Texas State Park. Looking for Wild Turkeys, Red-headed Woodpeckers and Painted Buntings? All of these birds and more can be found while bird watching at the Palo Duro Canyon State Park in Texas. For tips on finding and identifying just some of the species you will find at this Texas bird watching hot spot, see below.
Golden Eagle. One of the largest birds of prey in North America, you will see this eagle soaring over the prairies and trees of Palo Duro Canyon State Park in Texas, searching for prey. Identify it while bird watching from the golden sheen of its large head, as well as its very long and broad tail and wings. This bird is dark brown in coloring all over, and has a large hooked bill.
Prairie Falcon. This large falcon can be found, as its name implies, hunting for birds and mammals on the prairies of Palo Duro Canyon State Park in Texas. You’ll recognize it while bird watching from its long pointed wings, and the brown spots and bars on its large, white chest. It has a dark mustache and dark ear patches as well.
Mountain Bluebird. This songbird is easily identified while bird watching from its gorgeous sky blue body and white belly. Look for it in the open areas of Palo Duro Canyon State Park in Texas. You will also recognize it from its large head and chunky body, as well as the black eyes which contrast beautifully against its blue body. Mountain Bluebirds can be found foraging for insects and berries.
Townsend’s Solitaire. This dull gray songbird has a white eyering and white outer tail feathers. Look for it among the junipers while bird watching at Palo Duro Canyon State Park, as it feeds almost exclusively on juniper berries. It has a long, slim body and buff-colored wing patches. Distinguish it from the female Mountain Bluebird while bird watching at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in Texas from its longer tail and the lack of any blue in its wings or tail.
Northern Shrike. A songbird and a predator, look for its stout, hooked bill while bird watching at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in Texas. This gray bird has a white throat and chest and a black mask. Its wings are black with white patches, and its tail is black with white outer feathers. Look for it hunting small birds, mammals and insects.
Fox Sparrow. This large sparrow can be found foraging under trees with a distinctive backward scratching behavior that is easy to spot. It is a large sparrow, with bold streaks on its chest and a rust-colored tail. Look for it while bird watching in the scrubby areas of Palo Duro Canyon State Park in Texas.