Hill Country Specialties
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Truly there are only 2 species for which the hill country is considered the only/best place to see them easily in numbers. The Golden-cheeked Warbler (which has its own photo page) and the Black-capped Vireo. Here is a pic of each first. Further down I put a picture or two of a juvenile Golden-cheeked Warbler, quite unlike most of the field guide depictions you are used to.

Golden-cheeked Warbler
Golden-cheeked Warbler, the Edwards Plateau's most endemic
bird species, it breeds nowhere else.

Black-capped Vireo
Black-capped Vireo, male, pardon the fuzzy pixels
but my they are arranged very nicely. They can be found
off the Edw. Plateau, but are most common on it.

Otherwise, here are some of the birds that most visitors have on their "want lists." Though for most, the hill country is only a small part of their range, they are not truly specialties in the strict sense. It is a great place to see them because they are generally numerous and widespread. To locals they are regulars, but most visitors can't get enough of them.

Some of these species include Scissor-tailed and Vermilion Flycatchers, Painted Bunting, Zone-tailed Hawk, Cliff and Cave Swallows, Green Kingfisher, Black Phoebe, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Scrub-Jay, and Canyon Towhee, amongst others.

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Scissor-tailed Flycatchers (adult and juvenile) young are yellow underneath with a short tail.

Canyon Towhee
Canyon Towhee, the least predictible bird here besides Bushtit.

texana subspecies of Western (now Woodhouse's - but its not) Scrub-Jay

Painted Bunting
Painted Bunting (adult male)

Zone-tailed Hawk
Zone-tailed Hawk

Vermilion Flycatcher
Vermilion Flycatcher

Golden-fronted Woodpecker
Golden-fronted Woodpecker (female)

Cave Swallow
Cliff and Cave Swallows gathering mud for nests. Caves are in front on ground, one just left of center and one to the right with buffy, not chestnut throats.

Cave Swallow
Cave Swallow, center

And the bird I can't get enough of ...

Green Kingfisher
Green Kingfisher
Green Kingfisher

Green Kingfisher

Green Kingfisher

Green Kingfisher

Golden-cheeked Warbler   Golden-cheeked Warbler
Golden-cheeked Warbler (juvenile)
At first they don't even have a golden cheek this juvenile is about half way there.

Audubon's Oriole
Audubon's Oriole, formerly called Black-headed Oriole - note yellow-green unmarked back
(It's eating peanut butter off branch)

Scott's Oriole
Scott's Oriole - note black back and chest, and won't touch peanut butter.

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