This large owl has wide-set ear tufts and a white throat, but if it’s dark, you can identify it with your ears by its series of three to eight deep hoots grouped in a pattern, such as “hoo hoohoohoo hoo hoo.”
Though most Americans associate the roadrunner with the desert Southwest, this species has been expanding its range over the past century and is now found as far as southwestern Missouri and western Louisiana.
Hooded mergansers have crests that trail behind the head or can be raised to create a circular shape. Their bills are narrow and serrated. Males are black and white with chestnut flanks; females are brown.
The house sparrow was brought to America from Europe in hopes of controlling insects. As it turns out, it prefers seeds to insects and has become a pest. House sparrows (sometimes called English sparrows) compete with many native birds for nesting cavities and bird nesting boxes.
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