Search

Content tagged with "Birds"

Photo of bald eagle soaring

Bald Eagle

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.

Read more

Photo of male Baltimore oriole perched on branch

Baltimore Oriole

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.

Read more

Image of barn owl face.

Barn Owl

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.

Read more

Image of barred owl.

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!

Read more

Image of a bay breasted warbler

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.

Read more

Photo of two black vultures standing on the ground

Black Vulture

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.

Read more

Black-capped chickadee image showing characters for identification.

Black-Capped Chickadee and Carolina Chickadee

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.

Read more

Photo of blue jay perched on branch

Blue Jay

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.

Read more

Image of blue-winged teal

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.

Read more

Image of a bobolink

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.

Read more