North America's only marsupial might look something like a large rat, but its life history, biology and habits make this nocturnal mammal worthy of appreciation. What other mammal in our state can hang by its tail, “play dead” and carry its young in a pouch?
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.
Although turkey vultures are much more common in Missouri, black vultures are expanding their range northward, and sightings of them are increasing. Note their black head, shorter tail, and (seen from below) a white patch near the ends of the wings.
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