Content tagged with "Birds"

Bald Eagle

Photo of bald eagle soaring
Haliaeetus leucocephalus
A U.S. national symbol, the mature bald eagle is unmistakable with its dark brown body, yellow bill, and white head and tail. It soars with wings held flat and can have a 7-foot wingspan. More

Baltimore Oriole

Photo of male Baltimore oriole perched on branch
Icterus galbula
Often, you'll hear the male's loud, flutelike song before you locate the bright orange singer as he moves among the boughs of trees. More

Barn Owl

Image of barn owl face.
Tyto alba
Barn owls have lived alongside humans for ages! Their bones have been found at Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania, where human bones were discovered. Missouri’s barn owls continue the tradition today. Most nests are in grain elevators, old barns and similar places. More

Barred Owl

Image of barred owl.
Strix varia
This common “hoot” owl is easily identified both visually and by sound. Learn to recognize its call, and on moonlit nights in their habitat, you may find yourself hearing it quite often! More

Bay-Breasted Warbler

Image of a bay breasted warbler
Dendroica castanea
One of 56 species of warblers in North America, the bay-breasted migrates through the Midwest to nest in northern spruce-fir forests. More

Black Vulture

Photo of two black vultures standing on the ground
Coragyps atratus
Although turkey vultures are much more common in Missouri, black vultures are expanding their range northward, and sightings of them are increasing. Note their black head, shorter tail, and (seen from below) a white patch near the ends of the wings. More

Black-Capped Chickadee and Carolina Chickadee

Black-capped chickadee image showing characters for identification.
Poecile atricapillus and P. carolinensis
Influential conservationist Aldo Leopold noticed that the chickadees in his forest “investigate every loud noise.” He surmised that, for them, nature’s “dinner bell” was the crash of falling old trees, which present these perky insectivores with thousands of insect eggs and pupae. More

Blue Jay

Photo of blue jay perched on branch
Cyanocitta cristata
Blue jays are notable for their loud voices, blue and white plumage, strong black bill, relatively large size and the distinctive crest atop their heads. More

Blue-Winged Teal

Image of blue-winged teal
Anas discors
This duck is a dabbler, often seen in shallows sifting water and mud for goodies, rarely diving but able to take flight by jumping directly from the water into the air. Males have a distinctive white crescent on their dark gray heads. More


Image of a bobolink
Dolichonyx oryzivorus
The bobolink is the only North American bird that has light feathers above and dark feathers below, coloration that helps bobolinks hide from predators in the blowing grasslands. More