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Swamp Sparrow

Image of a swamp sparrow
Melospiza georgiana
The swamp sparrow is an uncommon winter resident in most of Missouri, but as the name indicates it may be more easily found in wet areas. More

Trumpeter Swan

Photo of trumpeter swan taking flight from water
Cygnus buccinator
The largest waterfowl species in North America has been absent from the state throughout most of the 20th century, but today they are seen as migrants overwintering in our state. More

Tufted Titmouse

Photograph of a Tufted Titmouse
Baeolophus bicolor
A small gray bird with a crest on its head, the tufted titmouse is drab only in terms of color. Its ringing “peter-peter-peter” song should be familiar to all Missourians. More

Turkey Vulture

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Cathartes aura
This “buzzard” is perhaps the most commonly seen soaring bird in our state. Identify it from below by its shallow V-angled wing posture and two-toned pattern, with the forward edge of the wings black and the trailing half gray or silvery. More

White-Breasted Nuthatch

Photograph of a White-Breasted Nuthatch
Sitta carolinensis
Nuthatches, the upside-down birds, creep up and down tree trunks and on the tops and bottoms of branches. The call is a nasal “yank” or “yank-yank.” More

White-Crowned Sparrow

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Zonotrichia leucophrys
The white-crowned sparrow is one of our most common and widespread winter sparrows. It is a close relative of the white-throated sparrow. The white-crowned sparrow is a large sparrow with a bold black-and-white striped crown, a clear gray breast and a pink beak. More

White-Throated Sparrow

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Zonotrichia albicollis
White-throated sparrows are dispersed throughout Missouri in the winter. They are rather large and tend to be more common in the southern and eastern parts of the state. Adults have a boldly striped black-and-white crown, gray cheek and a yellow patch between the bill and the eye. More

Wild Turkey

Photo of male wild turkey walking in mowed grass
Meleagris gallopavo
The large size, iridescent bronze plumage (which can look merely dark at a distance), and naked blue and red head distinguish this ground-dwelling bird from others in our state. More

Wood Duck

photo of a wood duck
Aix sponsa
A gorgeous waterfowl, the wood duck is equally famous for being a cavity nester in hollow trees, sometimes 60 feet above the ground and a mile away from water. More

Wood Thrush

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Hylocichla mustelina
This is the melodious “bell bird” of Missouri forests. Though this relative of the American robin and eastern bluebird might be hard to locate, its flutelike voice decorates the sound of woodlands the way wildflowers decorate the forest floor. More