Content tagged with "Birds"

Loggerhead Shrike

Photo of a perched 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. More

Long-Eared Owl

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

Mallard

Photo of male and female mallards walking on ice
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. More

Mourning Dove

Photograph of a Mourning Dove walking on the ground
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! More

Northern Bobwhite (Bobwhite Quail)

Photo of male northern bobwhite
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. More

Northern Cardinal

Photo of male northern cardinal
Cardinalis cardinalis
At one time, Missouri had two professional sports teams named after this bird, and it’s no wonder the northern cardinal is so popular: it’s a striking red bird with a dashing crest and a natty black mask—and it’s an excellent singer, too! More

Northern Flicker

Image of a northern flicker
Colaptes auratus
America’s flickers used to be considered three different species, but in the 1980s biologists determined otherwise. Now, our eastern “yellow-shafted” flicker, the “red-shafted” flicker of the west and the “gilded flicker” of the southwest are all considered just “forms” of the same species: the northern flicker. More

Northern Saw-Whet Owl

Northern Saw-Whet Owl
Aegolius acadicus
The most nocturnal of our owls. On the rare occasions it is seen, it is usually perched near the ground in dense cover or in the entrance of a tree cavity. More

Osprey

Photograph of osprey in flight
Pandion haliaetus
Osprey, also called “fish hawks” or “fish eagles,” used to be more common in our state, but their numbers are increasing. Keep an eye out for them, especially around reservoirs and during spring and fall migration, as reintroduction efforts are paying off! More

Ovenbird

Image of an ovenbird
Seiurus aurocapillus
This common migrant forages for insects among leaves on the forest floor. The call is a loud, ringing series: "TEACHer-TEACHer-TEACHer-TEACHer" that gets progressively louder. More