McAllen, Texas is the geographic center of the Rio Grande Valley, the most productive birding location in the United States and Canada. It’s the perfect location for trips east or west to see the birds of the area, and also offers the best selection of hotels, restaurants, and shopping in South Texas.
The Valley boasts of 540 recorded bird species in an area just 120 miles wide and 60 miles deep. That allows birders to see more birds in a shorter amount of time.
The McAllen area is super for birding year round, as many species live here permanently. Many birders prefer to visit during spring and fall migration.
Peak migration times are April and May and October through mid-November.
Some of the local specialty birds include the Green Jay, Great Kiskadee, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Plain Chachalaca, Altamira Oriole, Greet Parakeet, and Red-crowned Parrot. Many of the local birds are bright, colorful, and therefore easy to spot even in downtown and neighborhood areas in McAllen.
For a checklist of Rio Grande Valley birds, see below.
For a list of local guides, see below.
For other useful sites, see below.
For a list of hotels, click here. For a list of nature and birding organizations in the McAllen area see below.
Visit McAllen has free birding information to help you plan your trip. Contact us for a free map listing area birding sites with directions and info on which species to find at each one, or for more information. We’re happy to help!
Check out these websites for more info on the McAllen area: