Quailway Cottage lies in the Chihuahuan Desert between the Chiricahua Mountains on the west and the Peloncillo range on the east. The Cottage is located five miles from the famed Cave Creek Canyon, summer home of the Elegant Trogon and many other species of birds found only in southeastern Arizona and adjacent New Mexico. Over 350 species of birds have been observed on the east side of the Chiricahua Mountains.

Quailway Cottage is a unique destination for this part of Southeastern Arizona, because it is the only bed and breakfast located in prime Chihuahuan desert habitat, and hosts such typical, sought-after resident species as Gambel’s and Scaled Quail, Roadrunner (pictured), Say’s Phoebe, Cactus Wren, Verdin; Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Curve-billed and Crissal Thrashers, Cactus Wren, Black-throated Sparrow, and Pyrrhuloxia. Over 175 species of birds have been observed in this shrubby grassland habitat at the Cottage or on adjacent property in the last 5 years. Guests at the cottage have access to the grounds, including the orchard (a small migrant trap) and the roads and trails in and through the mesquite flats.

Of course, the principal birding attraction will remain the Chiricahua Mountains, with their wooded and watered canyons and high country evergreen forests. The surprise, however, is the desert environs, which beckons birders with its different habitat mix and which complements the traditional mountain hotspots. Good birding!


“Seven birds from southern Arizona came to visit, at Rustler and Barfoot we had great views of Mexican Pygmy owl, Red-faced Warblers and Short tailed hawk.”

Favorite birding links:
Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory
National Park Service