Content tagged with "Birds"

Image of a male scarlet tanager

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
The snow goose has two color forms: white and blue. The “blue goose” was once considered a separate species. Both forms share the distinctive feature of a black “lipstick” streak along the edge 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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Image of a song sparrow

Song Sparrow

Melospiza melodia
The song sparrow is an uncommon nester but a common winter resident throughout Missouri. You can find the song sparrow along forest edges and in many backyards.

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Photo of a sora seen from the side.


Porzana carolina
The sora looks something like a tiny, dark hen. A common migrant and rare summer resident in Missouri, this rail forages in marshes, swamps, wet pastures, and flooded fields.

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Image of a swamp sparrow

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.

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Photo of trumpeter swan taking flight from water

Trumpeter Swan

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.

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Photograph of a Tufted Titmouse

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.

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Photo of a turkey vulture in flight

Turkey Vulture

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.

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