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Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated hummingbird in flight
Photo of a ruby-throated hummingbird in flight. More

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated hummingbird in flight
Archilochus colubris
Although a few western hummingbirds are occasionally seen in Missouri, this is by far the most common in our state and throughout the entire eastern United States. More

Sandhill Crane

Photo of 2 sandhill cranes in corn stubble
Grus canadensis
Sandhill cranes, sometimes mistaken for great blue herons, are rare migrants in Missouri that are becoming more common. They have a “bustle” of feathers over their short tail, and they fly with their necks straight out. More

Sandhill Cranes at Eagle Bluffs CA

Photo of 3 sandhill cranes at Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area
Sandhill cranes have a “bustle” of feathers over their short tail, and they fly with their necks straight out. These cranes visited the wetlands at Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area in Boone County in January 2012. More

Sandhill Cranes at Squaw Creek NWR

Photo of 2 sandhill cranes in corn stubble
Sandhill cranes, sometimes mistaken for great blue herons, are rare migrants in Missouri that are becoming more common. These cranes visited Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge in November 2011. More

Scarlet Tanager

Image of a male scarlet tanager
Piranga olivacea
During summer, scarlet tanagers feed on insects and fruit in the canopy of oak-hickory forests and in large shade trees of the eastern U.S. and southern Canada. More

Scarlet Tanager (Female)

Photo of female scarlet tanager held in a person's hand
Female scarlet tanagers are yellow below and olive above, with grayish wings and tail. The bill is smaller than that of the closely related summer tanager. More

Scarlet Tanager (Male)

Image of a male scarlet tanager
The upperparts of the male scarlet tanager are brilliant scarlet, with black wings and tail. The underparts are scarlet. In late summer, males molt to a female-like plumage. During the molting process, they are blotched with scarlet and yellow-olive. More

The Odyssey Birds

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upland sandpapier
A bevy of migrating shorebirds sojourn in Missouri. More

Wilson’s Snipe

Photo of a Wilson's snipe, a pudgy, long-billed bird, wading in a marsh.
Gallinago delicata
Wilson’s snipe, formerly called common snipe, are a migratory game bird in Missouri. Like their relative the woodcock, these members of the sandpiper family are not usually seen on mudflats. They usually occur in swamps and wet, grassy areas. More