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Closeup photo of head of peregrine falcon

Peregrine Falcon

Falco peregrinus
The fastest living animal, this bird can dive at speeds of up to 261 miles per hour! It is currently being reintroduced to the state in urban areas, where skyscrapers replace the cliffs it traditionally nested on.

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Photograph of a pileated woodpecker, side view

Pileated Woodpecker

Dryocopus pileatus
The large, crow-sized pileated woodpecker often attracts attention with its loud, resonant drumming high in trees. Confirm your observation by noting its black body with white markings and its red topknot.

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Image of a prothonotary warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Protonotaria citrea
This swamp-dwelling warbler has a yellow head, yellow breast and blue-gray wings. Look for it in forests and woodlands, usually near water. Most arrive in Missouri in April.

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Photograph of a male Purple Finch

Purple Finch

Haemorhous purpureus
In the 1930s, Roger Tory Peterson described the male purple finch as “a Sparrow dipped in raspberry juice.” Learn how to distinguish this native eastern bird from the more common house finch.

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Photo of a male purple martin perched on martin box

Purple Martin

Progne subis
Generations of Americans have greeted the annual return of these enchanting and endearing birds, with their cheerful calls, graceful flight, and faithful reappearance at a setup of martin boxes or gourd homes. Yet their populations have been declining. Find out what you can do to help these agile fliers.

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Photograph of a male red-bellied woodpecker

Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Melanerpes carolinus
A striking woodpecker with grayish white face and underparts, black-and-white banded upperparts, and a red band on the head or nape. The red belly is often not noticeable.

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Photograph of a red-headed woodpecker at a bird feeder

Red-Headed Woodpecker

Melanerpes erythrocephalus
A flurry of black-and-white wingbeats and a bright, all-red head announce the presence of the red-headed woodpecker. The voice is a loud, descending “kweeer.”

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Photo of a red-tailed hawk perched

Red-Tailed Hawk

Buteo jamaicensis
Adult red-tailed hawks are large, brown above, and white below, with a brown-streaked band on the belly and a rust-red tail with a narrow black band near the end. They are commonly seen along highways, watching for prey.

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Photo of a male red-winged blackbird singing

Red-Winged Blackbird

Agelaius phoeniceus
These crimson-shouldered residents of marshes, wet meadows and weedy roadside ditches are well-known by most rural Missourians. Their “konk-o-REEE” song likely emanates from every pond in Missouri.

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Photo of a gray rock pigeon standing among rocks

Rock Pigeon (Rock Dove)

Columba livia
This is the common pigeon of city parks, downtown buildings, barns, and cliffs. Many color forms exist. The wild type has a dark head, breast, and shoulders, a light gray body, two dark bars on the wings, a white rump, and a dark band on the tip of the tail.

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