Content tagged with "Birds"

Brown Creeper

Photograph of a Brown Creeper
Certhia americana
Like a wren that behaves like a woodpecker, the brown creeper is a small brown and white bird that creeps in upward spirals around the trunks of trees, using its tail as a prop. More

Brown-Headed Cowbird

Photo of male brown-headed cowbird
Molothrus ater
The brown-headed cowbird never builds a nest of its own. Instead, it lays eggs, one at a time, into the nests of other birds. Each cowbird is raised by unwitting foster parents. More

Canada Goose

Photo of Canada goose swimming
Branta canadensis
Canada geese are recognizable by their brownish bodies, black necks and heads, and a distinctive broad white patch that runs beneath their heads from ear to ear. More

Cerulean Warbler

Photo of a male cerulean warbler held in a hand
Setophaga cerulea (formerly Dendroica cerulea)
A summer resident in Missouri, the cerulean warbler is more common in the southeastern Ozarks but rare elsewhere in the state. Its numbers are small and declining, and for that reason our nation may soon classify it as endangered. More

Common Grackle

Photograph of a Common Grackle
Quiscalus quiscula
The common grackle makes “a mistake . . . in trying to sing,” a prominent birder once wrote of its kree-del-eeeeks and chlacks. Yet its iridescent purples, blues, and bronzes please the viewer despite the harshness of the voice. More

Common Merganser

Photo of a female common merganser, closeup on head and front
Mergus merganser
Like our other mergansers, the common merganser has a long, slender, serrated bill and dives underwater for fish. This species, however, has only a short head crest and has unique color patterns. More

Cooper's Hawk

Photograph of a Cooper's hawk perched on a small branch
Accipiter cooperii
Cooper's hawks have short, rounded wings and long, narrow, "rudderlike" tails. They are frequently seen foraging along hedgerows and brush-entangled fencerows. More

Dark-Eyed Junco

Image of a dark-eyed junco
Junco hyemalis
Dark-eyed juncos, or "snowbirds" as they are widely known, are sparrows. Juncos are abundant throughout Missouri during the winter. What many people are not aware of is that there are two color forms of juncos that occur here. More

Double-Crested Cormorant

Photograph of two Double-Crested Cormorants perched on log above water
Phalacrocorax auritus
Cormorants are dark, ducklike water birds with long necks, hooked bills, legs set far back on the body, and a habit of hanging their wings out to dry in the sun. More

Downy Woodpecker

Photo of male downy woodpecker clinging to suet feeder
Picoides pubescens
Ornately decorated black-and-white upperparts and white underparts are the first things you’ll notice about a downy woodpecker as it forages on tree bark or visits your suet feeder. More