Content tagged with "Birds"

Photo of an American coot.

American Coot

Fulica americana
Although it floats like a duck, the American coot is actually in the rail family. Note its short tail and wings, pointed white bill, chickenlike walk, and toes with scalloped lobes.

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Photograph of American Crow

American Crow

Corvus brachyrhynchos
Crows scarcely need an introduction. A flock of them flapping over a cornfield, against an October sky, is a scene worthy of a painting, but the corn farmer doesn’t see it that way!

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American Golden-Plover

American Golden-Plover

Pluvialis dominica
This inspiring, robin-sized shorebird should receive a medal for its incredible annual odyssey from Argentina to the Arctic tundra, a distance of over 20,000 miles, with about 3,000 miles of it over open water.

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Photograph of a male American Goldfinch in breeding plumage

American Goldfinch

Spinus tristis
Goldfinches are often seen in flocks during fall, winter, and spring and at bird feeders. In spring, the male’s dull winter plumage changes to bright yellow with a black cap and wings.

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Image of an american kestrel

American Kestrel

Falco sparverius
The smallest and most colorful of North American falcons, American kestrels are often seen along highways where they perch on telephone wires or hover over grassy medians as they hunt.

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Image of a male American redstart

American Redstart

Setophaga reticilla
Redstarts flit among tree branches, drooping their wings, fanning their tails and leaping into the air to catch insects.

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american robin

American Robin

Turdus migratorius
A well-known symbol of springtime, this bird hunts on the ground for earthworms and insects. The robin’s colorful rusty-red breast is as welcome in spring as its cheerful singing at dawn and dusk.  

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Image of an american tree sparrow

American Tree Sparrow

Spizella arborea
American tree sparrows nest in willow thickets and arctic shrub along the tundra's edge in Canada and Alaska. But during the winter, tree sparrows can be found throughout Missouri, especially in our northern and western sections.

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Photograph of American White Pelican in flight

American White Pelican

Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
Graceful in flight, ungainly on land, and elegant on the water, the American white pelican is one of the largest birds in Missouri.

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Photo of an American wigeon pair floating on water surface.

American Wigeon

Anas americana
A common migrant in Missouri, the American wigeon is a dabbling duck whose males have a white forehead and crown, a green band behind the eye and down the back of the neck, and a large white patch on the wing.

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