Content tagged with "migratory bird"

Pelican Passage

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American White Pelican
The big birds migrate through Missouri, bringing grace, beauty and delight. More

Prothonotary Warbler

Image of a prothonotary warbler
Protonotaria citrea
This swamp-dwelling warbler has a yellow head, yellow breast and blue-gray wings. Look for it in forests and woodlands, usually near water. Most arrive in Missouri in April. More

Purple Martin

Photo of a male purple martin perched on martin box
Progne subis
Generations of Americans have greeted the annual return of these enchanting and endearing birds, with their cheerful calls, graceful flight, and faithful reappearance at a setup of martin boxes or gourd homes. Yet their populations have been declining. Find out what you can do to help these agile fliers. More

Purple Martin Female

Photo of a female purple martin carrying stick at entrance to martin box
Purple martins are the largest member of the swallow family in North America. Females are purplish blue above and light gray below. Although originally cavity-nesters, martins now rely almost entirely on nest boxes provided by humans. More

Purple Martin In Flight

Photo of a purple martin in flight
This photo is blurry because purple martins are fast, agile fliers. At summer’s end, they form large flocks and leave the United States, flying clear to southern Brazil to escape freezing weather. This bird might have spent its winter in São Paulo. More

Purple Martin Male

Photo of a male purple martin perched on martin box
Adult male purple martins are glossy, purplish blue overall and may appear black in low light. Their song is a gurgling, gutteral warble. The call is a two-note “tchew-tchew” or “chur-chur.” More

Purple Martin Nest With Eggs

Photo of purple martin nest with eggs
Purple martins usually produce only one brood per year. Competition with introduced European starlings and house sparrows, which aggressively evict and sometimes kill young and adult martins, contributes to an overall long-term decline in martin populations. More

Purple Martins

Photo of two male purple martins on a perch
Generations of Americans have greeted the annual return of purple martins, enchanting and endearing birds with cheerful calls, graceful flight, and faithful reappearance at martin boxes or gourd homes each spring. More

Rose-Breasted Grosbeak

Image of a rose-breasted grosbeak
Pheucticus ludovicianus
Grosbeaks are chubby birds with heavy bills used for gathering and eating beetles, seeds and fruits. The rose-breasted grosbeak's song is a beautiful, robin-like carol. More

Round-Round, Get-Around, Doves Get Around

Photo of mourning dove, adult female
Doves don't just fly fast; they go far! More