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Endemic Birds of Baja California
A Reference for Baja California

 Baja California is home to six endemic birds. Although many of the North American Birds can be found in Baja California there are six birds that can be found only in Baja. These Birds are the Cape Pygmy Owl (see it on its multimedia owl page), Xantus's Hummingbird, Gray Thrasher, Beldings Yellowthroat, Baird's Junco, and Cape Robin. Other potential future splits in Baja may include LeConte's Thrasher (Vizcaino Thrasher), White-breasted Nuthatch, and Acorn Woodpecker. Here you will find photos and information on each of the endemics.

Endemic Baja Birds
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Baird's Junco

Baird's Junco - The Baird's Junco is endemic to the southern mountain tops of Baja California. It is similar in appearance to the Yellow-eyed Junco although geographically isolated (from Dark-eyed junco also although there are rare winter migrant occurrences).

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San Lucas Robin

San Lucas Robin - The San Lucas Robin, like the Baird's Junco, is endemic to the southern mountains of Baja California Sur. It has a much lighter, buff colored, chest than its close relative, the American Robin. This is a striking Robin that is reasonably frequent in the mountains.

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Belding's Yellowthroat

Belding's Yellowthroat - The Belding's Yellowthroat is endemic to the southern freshwater marshes and irrigation ditches that have reeds in the south of Baja California Sur. It is distinguished from the Common Yellowthroat by the yellow that is above and along the sides of its black mask (the Common Yellowthroat has white in these areas).
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Xantus's Hummingbird

Xantus's Hummingbird - The Xantus's Hummingbird is endemic to the lower half of Baja California. The key characteristics of this hummingbird are the cinnamon under parts and in the tail, white stripe above the eye, green throat, black forehead (male) and bright red bill with black tip.

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Gray Thrasher

Gray Thrasher - The Gray Thrasher is endemic to about the lower 2/3 of the Baja Peninsula.  The only other spot or streak chested thrasher in Baja is the Sage thrasher which is only there in winter and is smaller with a much shorter bill. The Gray Thrasher has a medium length down curved bill, forages on the ground but may sit on a higher perch to sing.

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Mangrove Warbler

Mangrove Warbler - Although the Mangrove is not endemic to only Baja California (also occurs in the mangroves down mainland Mexico into lower Central America) it does not occur in North America ( if accepted as its own species since it is often considered as simply another race of Yellow Warbler - looks pretty different to me)

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