Content tagged with "Birds"

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 redhead drake floating on water.


Aythya americana
The redhead is well named. The male is distinctive with its chestnut-red head, black breast, and gray body. A diving duck or pochard, the redhead typically dives completely underwater to forage.

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Photo of a pair of ring-necked ducks floating on water.

Ring-Necked Duck

Aythya collaris
The ring-necked duck is named for a chestnut-colored neck ring that’s hard to see. The pointy head and the male’s well-defined black and gray pattern are the best field characteristics.

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large colorful bird in grass

Ring-Necked Pheasant

Phasianus colchicus
Long-tailed and chickenlike, the ring-necked pheasant was introduced to America in the 1880s as a gamebird. It’s present in the northern quarter of the Missouri and in parts of the Bootheel.

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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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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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Photo of a Ross's goose walking on grass.

Ross’s Goose

Chen rossii
Ross’s goose looks a lot like the snow goose, but it is the size of a mallard, has a rounded head, stubby bill, and short neck, and lacks the black “lipstick” patch on the bill.

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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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