Content tagged with "Birds"

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American Woodcock

Scolopax minor
This remarkable bird is a short-necked, short-legged, terrestrial shorebird with a long bill. The eyes are set back on its head. When this bird is flushed, its short wings make a startling whirring sound.

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Bachman's Sparrow

Aimophila aestivalis
This large, ground-nesting sparrow is listed as Endangered in Missouri, where its historic habitat is in decline.

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Bald Eagle

Haliaeetus leucocephalus
Our national symbol, the mature bald eagle is unmistakable with its dark brown body, yellow bill, and white head and tail. It soars with wings held flat and can have a 7-foot wingspan.

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Baltimore Oriole

Icterus galbula
Often, you'll hear the male Baltimore oriole's loud, flutelike song before you locate the bright orange singer as he moves among the boughs of trees.

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Barn Owl

Tyto alba
Barn owls have lived alongside humans for ages! Their bones have been found at Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania, where human bones were discovered. Missouri’s barn owls continue the tradition today. Most nests are in grain elevators, old barns and similar places.

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Barn Swallow

Hirundo rustica
Streamlined, agile fliers with forked tails, barn swallows build cup-shaped nests out of mud affixed to protected areas on the walls of barns and under bridges.

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Barred Owl

Strix varia
This common “hoot” owl is easily identified both visually and by sound. Learn to recognize its call, and on moonlit nights in their habitat, you may find yourself hearing it quite often!

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Bay-Breasted Warbler

Dendroica castanea
One of 56 species of warblers in North America, the bay-breasted migrates through the Midwest to nest in northern spruce-fir forests.

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Black Vulture

Coragyps atratus
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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Black-Capped Chickadee and Carolina Chickadee

Poecile atricapillus and P. carolinensis
Influential conservationist Aldo Leopold noticed that the chickadees in his forest “investigate every loud noise.” He surmised that, for them, nature’s “dinner bell” was the crash of falling old trees, which present these perky insectivores with thousands of insect eggs and pupae.

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