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Image of a rose-breasted grosbeak

Rose-Breasted Grosbeak

Pheucticus ludovicianus
Grosbeaks are chubby birds with heavy bills used for gathering and eating beetles, seeds and fruits. The rose-breasted grosbeak's song is a beautiful, robin-like carol.

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Ruby-throated hummingbird in flight

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

Archilochus colubris
Although a few western hummingbirds are occasionally seen in Missouri, this is by far the most common in our state and throughout the entire eastern United States.

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Photo of ruffed grouse standing on a log

Ruffed Grouse

Bonasa umbellus
Restoration efforts are raising the numbers of this chickenlike bird in our state. Look for brown, rufous, and gray streaks, bars, and bands. A dark ruff on the neck appears on both sexes but is used by the male in courtship displays.

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Rusty Blackbird

Rusty Blackbird

Euphagus carolinus
Missourians most often see rusty blackbirds during spring and fall migration, though in southern Missouri they sometimes stay through the winter. Look for them foraging in pastures and fields near water.

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Photo of 2 sandhill cranes in corn stubble

Sandhill Crane

Grus canadensis
Sandhill cranes, sometimes mistaken for great blue herons, are rare migrants in Missouri that are becoming more common. They have a “bustle” of feathers over their short tail, and they fly with their necks straight out.

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Image of a savannah sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Passerculus sandwichensis
The savannah sparrow is a bird of open habitat with nearby dense cover. It feeds in grass or crop stubble and quickly retreats to brush when threatened. This sparrow is a common migrant but is found locally in central and southern Missouri in winter.

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Scarlet Tanager

Piranga olivacea
During summer, scarlet tanagers feed on insects and fruit in the canopy of oak-hickory forests and in large shade trees of the eastern U.S. and southern Canada.

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short eared owl

Short-Eared Owl

Asio flammeus
This owl is commonly active during day, especially in early morning and late afternoon, as well as night. A prairie species, it hunts while flying low over grasslands, with a buoyant, mothlike flight. The short ear tufts are difficult to see.

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Photo of a snow goose standing in a winter field

Snow Goose

Chen caerulescens
This goose has two color morphs (forms): white and blue. The “blue goose” was once considered a separate species. Both morphs share the distinctive feature of a black “lipstick” streak along the edges of the bill.

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snowy owl

Snowy Owl

Nyctea scandiaca
Visits Missouri during some winters and not others. Peak numbers in Missouri occur about every four years in response to lemming population crashes in far north. Only a small portion (usually immature individuals) of the population are forced south.

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