Content tagged with "Birds"

Photo of male northern cardinal

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!

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Image of a northern flicker

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.

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Northern Pintail

Anas acuta
A dabbling duck named for its long, tapered tail, the northern pintail is a common migrant in Missouri. Like other dabblers, it can leap into flight right from the surface of the water.

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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.

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Northern Shoveler

Anas clypeata
Northern shovelers are dabbling ducks with a remarkably long, heavy-looking bill. The male’s green head may remind you of a mallard’s, but the bill is far heavier.

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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!

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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.

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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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