Plants for Birds

Anna's Hummingbird. Photo: Michael Renzi, Great Backyard Bird Count 2015

Fall Plant Sale at Rio Salado starts on Saturday, October 8th!

Fall is the time to plant for birds and pollinators, and we’ve got you covered.

Our fall plant starts on Saturday October 8 at the Urban Wildlife Conservation Day celebration on the north side of the Rio Salado at Central Avenue. The sale will continue out of the Rio Salado Center after opening day, and will last until all plants are gone. More information and a plant list coming soon!

Planting native plants is one of the best things individuals can do to help the planet. Added bonus: it’s fun! We hope to see you soon and happy gardening.

More Plants for Birds

Did you know that you can provide critical habitat for Arizona's wildlife in your own backyard? By planting native flowering plants, trees, and shrubs, you can become part of the growing movement to create pockets of habitat within the city that are essential to the survival of our native birds, butterflies, bees, and more! Learn about what to plant, where to get them, and which birds you're benefiting with Audubon's Plants for Birds database.

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Arizona Resources
Native Plants For Native Birds

Arizona Resources

Useful links that provide more information about native plants in Arizona.

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Native Plants help these Arizona birds:


Latin:  Auriparus flaviceps

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Gambel's Quail

Latin:  Callipepla gambelii

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Abert's Towhee

Latin:  Melozone aberti

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House Finch

Latin:  Haemorhous mexicanus

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Anna's Hummingbird

Latin:  Calypte anna

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Lesser Goldfinch

Latin:  Spinus psaltria

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Mourning Dove

Latin:  Zenaida macroura

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Cactus Wren

Latin:  Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus

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Black-tailed Gnatcatcher

Latin:  Polioptila melanura

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Northern Cardinal

Latin:  Cardinalis cardinalis

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Curve-billed Thrasher

Latin:  Toxostoma curvirostre

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