Brownsville Area Sabal Palm Grove Audubon Center and Sanctuary and Tamaulipas Crow Sanctuary

Brownsville, Texas

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Brownsville and its Mexican sister city of Matamoros make up a huge, busy urban area with extensive plantings of tropical trees and shrubs, which attract significant numbers of birds. The landscape south of Matamoros is dominated by vast croplands with very few corridors connecting natural habitats to the south. At least three parrots are now resident in the Greater Brownsville area: Green Parakeet and Red-crowned and Yellow-headed (not yet accepted by the Texas Bird Records Committee) Parrots. Almost every year additional tropical species are found. Key birds: Least Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant, Anhinga, Blackbellied Whistling-Duck, Masked Duck, White-tailed Kite, Harris’ Hawk, White-tailed Hawk, Crested Caracara, Plain Chachalaca, Whitetipped Dove, Green Parakeet, Red-crowned Parrot, Pauraque, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Ringed Kingfisher, Green Kingfisher, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Great Kiskadee, Tropical Kingbird, Couch’s Kingbird, Green Jay, Chihuahuan Raven, Long-billed Thrasher, Olive Sparrow, Pyrrhuloxia, Bronzed Cowbird, and Altamira Oriole are present year round. Least Bittern, Purple Gallinule, Groove-billed Ani, Elf Owl, Lesser Nighthawk, Tropical Parula, Painted Bunting, Dickcissel, and Hooded Oriole occur in summer. Vermilion Flycatcher, Tamaulipas (Mexican) Crow, Curve-billed Thrasher.

Brownsville Area: Sabal Palm Grove Audubon Center & Sanctuary and Tamaulipas Crow Sanctuary Professional Review and Guide

"Brownsville and its Mexican sister city of Matamoros make up a huge, busy urban area with extensive plantings of tropical trees and shrubs, which attract significant numbers of birds. The landscape south of Matamoros is dominated by vast croplands with very few corridors connecting natural habitats to the south. At least three parrots are now resident in the Greater Brownsville area: Green Parakeet and Red-crowned and Yellow-headed (not yet accepted by the Texas Bird Records Committee) Parrots. Almost every year additional tropical species are found.

Key birds: Least Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant, Anhinga, Blackbellied Whistling-Duck, Masked Duck, White-tailed Kite, Harris’ Hawk, White-tailed Hawk, Crested Caracara, Plain Chachalaca, Whitetipped Dove, Green Parakeet, Red-crowned Parrot, Pauraque, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Ringed Kingfisher, Green Kingfisher, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Great Kiskadee, Tropical Kingbird, Couch’s Kingbird, Green Jay, Chihuahuan Raven, Long-billed Thrasher, Olive Sparrow, Pyrrhuloxia, Bronzed Cowbird, and Altamira Oriole are present year round. Least Bittern, Purple Gallinule, Groove-billed Ani, Elf Owl, Lesser Nighthawk, Tropical Parula, Painted Bunting, Dickcissel, and Hooded Oriole occur in summer. Vermilion Flycatcher, Tamaulipas (Mexican) Crow, Curve-billed Thrasher."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Brownsville
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best November-March for winter residents; February to mid-April for unexpected winter visitors; April-May for spring migrants & nesting activities
Local Contacts: Sabal Palm Grove Audubon Center and Sanctuary
Local Maps: Texas Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme
Driving Directions: Directions to Brownsville Area: Sabal Palm Grove Audubon Center & Sanctuary and Tamaulipas Crow Sanctuary

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