Content tagged with "Birds"

Greater Prairie-Chicken

Photo of a male greater prairie-chicken in courtship display
Tympanuchus cupido
This rare bird breeds in select grasslands in the spring, filling the air with their unusual booming calls. With their numbers dwindling, prairie-chickens need strong conservation support. More

Greater Roadrunner

Photo of a greater roadrunner, side view
Geococcyx californianus
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. More

Harris's Sparrow

Image of harris's sparrow
Zonotrichia querula
Harris's sparrows nest in the stunted boreal forest of the extreme north, but winter in brushy fields and open woods of the nation's heartland. More

Hooded Merganser

Photograph of a male Hooded Merganser swimming
Lophodytes cucullatus
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. More

House Finch

Photograph of a male House Finch
Haemorhous mexicanus
A time traveler from the 1970s or before would be amazed to see so many house finches in Missouri, for they are native to the West. Learn about this now-common backyard bird. More

House Sparrow

Image of a house sparrow
Passer domesticus
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. More

House Wren

Photograph of house wren perched on a branch
Troglodytes aedon
These audacious little birds are favorite spring arrivals, partly because of their bold bursts of song, but also because of their bold habits around people. More

Le Conte's Sparrow

Image of Le Conte's sparrow
Ammodramus leconteii
The Le Conte's sparrow is one of our rarest but most colorful winter sparrows. This secretive bird can be found in winter in brushy, moist fields and meadows, mostly in the southern portion of the state. More

Least Tern

Image of a least tern
Sternula antillarum
Originally, this water bird lived on islands, beaches and sandbars in big rivers, but as these areas have become rare, least terns have been forced to “make do” with dredge islands, dikefields, sandpits and gravel roads atop levees. Because of their habitat loss, they are now endangered. More

Lincoln's Sparrow

Image of lincoln's sparrow
Melospiza lincolnii
Lincoln's sparrows are small, shy sparrows that will occasionally overwinter in west-central Missouri and the Mississippi River basin. In late fall and early spring, these sparrows are more widespread and can be seen along prairie edges and at bird feeders. More