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Image of a dark-eyed junco

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.

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Photograph of two Double-Crested Cormorants perched on log above water

Double-Crested Cormorant

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.

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Photo of male downy woodpecker clinging to suet feeder

Downy Woodpecker

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.

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Eastern Bluebird

Sialia sialis
The state bird of Missouri is associated with cheerfulness; in fact, many say its song sounds like “Cheer cheerful charmer.” You will be glad to see its blue upperparts and rusty and white underparts.

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Image of eastern screech-owl, gray phase

Eastern Screech-Owl

Otus asio
This owl—which really doesn’t “screech”—can be gray, brown or red, but in Missouri you can verify your identification by noting its small size, yellow eyes and prominent ear tufts.

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Photo of Eurasian collared-dove walking on grass

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Streptopelia decaocto
The Eurasian collared-dove was introduced in the Bahamas and has rapidly spread throughout most of the United States. At first glance, it looks like a chunky, pale gray mourning dove.

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Photograph of a Eurasian Tree Sparrow perched on a brick surface

Eurasian Tree Sparrow

Passer montanus
People brought this bird and its cousin, the house sparrow, to America in hopes of controlling insects. But both have become pests. Neither are true American sparrows; rather, they are Old World sparrows, more closely related to birds in the Middle East, Pakistan and India.

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Photograph of a European Starling

European Starling

Sturnus vulgaris
Few Americans love this bold nonnative bird, purposefully introduced to our continent in the late 1800s and now abundant throughout our country.

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Field Sparrow

Spizella pusilla
Field sparrows are common nesting birds throughout Missouri, but they retreat to the southernmost counties to ride out the winter. Many American tree sparrows are misidentified as field sparrows. Look at the bird carefully; field sparrows are much smaller and lighter and lack a central breast spot.

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Fox Sparrow

Passerella iliaca
The fox sparrow is the largest of our sparrows. The name is derived from the bird's foxlike color. They are entertaining to watch as they rustle through the leaves and seeds under your feeders. This style of feeding may remind you of chickens, but fox sparrows kick with both feet at the same time.

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