Historic Checklists: Birds of El Paso County, Texas and Adjacent Areas

Tom Kirksey compiled the first El Paso-area bird checklist in 1938. That checklist and its subsequent editions offer a window into the history of field ornithology in the El Paso area. They reflect many changes in the abundance and seasonal occurrence of the region's birds, in taxonomy and nomenclature, and especially in our knowledge and understanding of the regional avifauna. For a look at the past editions of the El Paso-area checklist:

Birds of El Paso County, Texas and Adjacent Areas, 8th Edition,May 2003 (James N. Paton, John A. Sproul, Jr. and Barry R. Zimmer)

Birds of El Paso County, Texas and Adjacent Areas, 7th Edition, October 1987 (Jeff Donaldson, Bettie Roberts, John A. Sproul, Jr. and Barry R. Zimmer)

Birds of El Paso County, Texas and Adjacent Areas, 6th Edition, June 1980 (Joe DiPasquale, Jeff Donaldson, John A. Sproul, Jr., Barry R. Zimmer and Kevin J. Zimmer)

Birds of El Paso County, Texas, 5th Edition, November 1973 (William H. Hunt and Geth Osborne White)

Field Checklist of Birds, Region of El Paso, Texas, 4th Edition, September 1967 (Lena G. McBee and Mary Belle Keefer)

Checklist of Birds, Region of El Paso, Texas, 3rd Edition, 1959 (Lena G. McBee, Mary Belle Keefer and Roy Fisk)

Checklist of Birds of El Paso, Texas, and Surrounding Territory with Ruidoso and Cloudcroft, New Mexico, 1944 (Lena McBee, Mary Belle Keefer and Alfred E. Eynon)

Check-list of Birds of the El Paso Region,1939 revision of 1938 list (Tom M. Kirksey, Harry C. Oberholser, Lena McBee)

Check-list of Birds of the El Paso Region, 1938 (Tom M. Kirksey)


Note that we do not have a copy of the original 1938 checklist. If you have a copy and would allow its duplication for El Paso/Trans-Pecos Audubon's archives, we'd be most grateful.


Other El Paso Area Checklists



Trans-Pecos Checklists

Birds of the Trans-Pecos, a Field
Checklist (Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, 2002)
Big Bend National Park
Guadalupe Mountains National Park 
Summer List;   Winter List


Texas Checklists

For information on, and links to, bird checklists covering areas throughout Texas, visit Bert Frenz's Bird Checklists of Texas page.

El Paso/Trans-Pecos Audubon Society 

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Bird Checklists

Birds of El Paso County, Texas and Adjacent Areas


The 9th edition of Birds of El Paso County, Texas and Adjacent Areas can be viewed here.  If you wish to order a hard copy,please send $3.00 to:

El Paso/Trans-Pecos Audubon Society
P.O. Box 972441
El Paso, TX 79997-2441