Content tagged with "Birds"

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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Photo of a prothonotary warbler perched on a small branch.

Prothonotary Warbler

Protonotaria citrea
The swamp-dwelling prothonotary 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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