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.
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.
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.
Wilson’s snipe, formerly called the common snipe, is a migratory game bird in Missouri. Like its relative the woodcock, this member of the sandpiper family is not usually seen on mudflats. It prefers swamps and wet, grassy areas.
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