Bird-watching in Zion National Park
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More than 200 bird species call Zion Canyon home, and dozens more occasionally pass through the park. Some species, such as the white-throated swift and ospreys, make their home in the towering cliff walls. Red-tailed- and Cooper's hawks are abundant. Closer to the ground you'll doubtless see the bold Steller's jay and scrub jay rustling around the pinyon thickets. Wild turkeys are not only common, but some aren't very wild, venturing up to visitors looking for a handout. Five species of hummingbirds are residents of the park, with black-chinned variety being the most common. The Park Service says four other species of hummers may zip by you on their way to some nectar-filled destination, but these birds are just tourists here like you. The luckiest bird-watchers might see two of the park's rarest species: the Mexican spotted owl and the enormous California condor. Ask for a bird checklist at the visitor center.
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