Content tagged with "Birds"

Photograph of house wren perched on a branch

House Wren

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.

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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.

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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.

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Lesser Scaup

Aythya affinis
The male lesser scaup is a diving duck with a black head and chest, white sides, and black tail end. One way to tell it from the similar greater scaup is to note its peaked (not rounded) head.

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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.

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Loggerhead Shrike

Lanius ludovicianus
This robin-sized, gray and white bird has a black eye-mask extending behind its large, hooked bill. It has the unusual habit of hanging its prey items—little birds, mice, frogs, and big insects—on tree thorns or barbed wire.

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Long-Eared Owl

Asio otus
Strictly nocturnal and highly secretive by day, this crow-sized owl hunts over open country at night.

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Anas platyrhynchos
The mallard is probably the most familiar duck in all of North America. The male has a green head and chestnut breast. Both sexes have a blue speculum (wing patch) bordered on both sides by white.

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Mourning Dove

Zenaida macroura
Doves symbolize peace, and they are also a popular quarry of hunters. Our mourning doves are probably the closest living relatives of the extinct passenger pigeon. Learn more about these cooing seed-eaters!

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Northern Bobwhite (Bobwhite Quail)

Colinus virginianus
With its distinctive, clear “bob-WHITE!” calls, the official state game bird is often heard before it’s seen, especially since its brown-and-white coloration helps it to disappear into its habitat.

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