Content tagged with "Birds"

Peregrine Falcon

Closeup photo of head of 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. More

Pileated Woodpecker

Photograph of a pileated woodpecker, side view
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. More

Prothonotary Warbler

Image of a 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. More

Purple Finch

Photograph of a male 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. More

Purple Martin

Photo of a male purple martin perched on martin box
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. More

Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Photograph of a male 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. More

Red-Headed Woodpecker

Photograph of a red-headed woodpecker at a bird feeder
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.” More

Red-Tailed Hawk

Photo of a red-tailed hawk perched
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. More

Red-Winged Blackbird

Photo of a male red-winged blackbird singing
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. More

Rock Pigeon (Rock Dove)

Photo of a gray rock pigeon standing among rocks
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. More