Iridescent throat patch can appear purple, green or black. Wings are mottled gray with dark primaries. Direct, rapid flight; pigeon like, stiff, shallow wing beats. Tail is slightly forked when folded. White eyebrows are conspicuous. Feeds by probing mud with bill or dunking head under water. It has pink legs and feet, yellow eyes with red orbital ring and a yellow bill with red spot near tip. Bill is moderately short, not as strongly curved as similar curlews. It has a dark brown-and-white striped crown, sharply pointed bill and brown tail with white edges. Swainson's Hawk: Large hawk, dark brown upperparts, white throat, rufous upper breast, pale buff underparts. Arctic Tern: This is a medium-sized, slim tern with gray upperparts, black cap, a white rump and throat, and pale gray underparts. Swift direct flight with quick wing strokes. Forages on ground. Chevron-shaped white forehead patch extends behind eye. The wings are short with white spotted black tips. Ross's Goose: Small, white goose with black primary feathers and stubby gray-based red-orange bill. Female is brown-scaled overall with dull blue shoulder patch, dark eyes and pale edged upper mandible. Wilson's Phalarope: This medium-sized sandpiper has gray-brown upperparts, red-brown streaks on back and shoulders, red-brown markings on white underparts, gray crown, white face, black eye-line, a black needle-like bill, gray wings and a white tail and rump. Wings are dark with green shoulder patches. Yellow eyes surrounded by orange eye-rings. Lower breast and sides are yellow with black streaks and belly is white.Face is yellow with black crown and cheek patch and yellow crescent below eye. Legs and feet are black.Feeds on nectar and insects. Bouyant fluttering flight on shallow wing beats. Loggerhead Shrike: Medium shrike with gray upperparts and paler gray underparts. Dark red belly patch. Legs and feet are gray black. Herald Petrel: Medium petrel, three color morphs: light, intermediate, and dark. White overall with black primaries and long pointed wings. Swift direct flight with rapid wing beats. Direct, swift flight on rapidly beating wings. Other seabirds described as pelagic, are the ones who remain out in the open ocean. Wings have two white bars. Solitary, or in pairs and family groups. Purple Sandpiper: Medium sandpiper, upperparts are scaled gray-brown, crown is dark, and white underparts are streaked. Powerful flight alternates flaps with short glides. It hides in dense thickets, where it forages on the ground looking for insects, spiders, and caterpillars. Spotted Towhee: Large sparrow, white-spotted black back, black rump. Bill is long, thin, and dull olive-yellow. Feeds primarily on insects. Northern Gannet: Very large seabird. White underparts with brown-gray streaks and marks on neck, breast, and flanks. Your support helps us find solutions for a sustainable planet alive with the beauty of birds–where together humans and wildlife can thrive. Because birds are conspicuous and easy to identify and count, reliable records of their occurrence have been gathered over many decades in many parts of the world. Flight is short and low, alternating rapid wing beats with glides. Black legs, webbed feet. Yellow legs, feet. Legs and feet are gray. Swallow-tailed Kite: The largest of North America kites, has black upperparts which contrast with white head and underparts. Undertail coverts are white. Body complexly barred and streaked with red and white. The Audubon Bird Guide is a free and complete field guide to more than 800 species of North American birds, right in your pocket. It has a gray crown and nape, red eyes and a slender black bill. Crown is rufous, throat is white with black stripes, and bill is gray. It has a rufous crown, white eye ring and dark brown wings. Sexes are similar. "Robert and Jill do amazing selfless work for these birds. Great Cormorant: Largest North American comorant. Weak fluttering flight of short duration, alternates rapid wing beats with wings drawn to sides. Bright red throat, breast is black, belly is yellow, and flanks are barred black-and-white. Bill is gray. Swift direct flight with steady wing beats. Alternates rapid, shallow wing beats with stiff-winged glides. Flies in V or straight line formation. Vermilion Flycatcher: Small, stocky flycatcher, gray-black upperparts and scarlet-red crown, throat, and underparts. Yellow-green legs. Yellow-brown legs and feet. Feeds on seeds and insects. Gray legs, feet. Cassin's Sparrow: Medium, skulking grassland sparrow, fine brown streaks on gray-brown head and back, buff underparts. "I rescued a beautiful Goffins Cockatoo named Chloe they took such good care of her and they were wonderful to me too they work with you and make sure to match you with the perfect bird. Clapper Rail: Large, noisy marsh bird, gray or brown upperparts, vertical white-barred flanks and belly, buff or rust-brown breast. Strong direct flight with shallow wing beats. With its black face and crimson crest, beak, and body, the male Northern Cardinal, or “redbird” to many, is one of the most recognized and well-known birds in North America. Wings and tail are gray. Face is dark red, collar is gray, belly is pale red. Bill is short and yellow with a blackish tip. Feeds while wading in shallow water, sweeping its bill back and forth. Flies in V or straight line formations. Tail is long, broad, edged with white (black near base). Female resembles the male but is less tinged with red. Swift, direct, and low flight. Forages by scratching on the ground. Tail is short and brown with white corners. Long black legs trail behind squared tail in flight. Red-billed Tropicbird: This slender, white, gull-like seabird is the largest tropic bird. Low, swift flight, alternates rapid wing beats with wings pulled to sides. Although it is mostly "eastern" in our area, its total range extends south to Nicaragua. Sallies to take insects in air. Tail has white edges, dark center and tip. Forehead is chestnut-brown and throat and rump are buff. Female is brighter; paler crown and grayer upperparts. Both are outside of North America. Tail is dark gray to black. Great Skua was split into Great Skua and Brown Skua (not in North American range) by the American Ornithologist Union. Tail is black, legs and feet are gray. Purple Gallinule: Medium, chicken-like marsh bird with purple-blue upperparts washed with iridescent green, deep blue underparts. Smew: Small merganser, mostly white body except for black back, mask, breast bar, and V-shaped nape patch. Dark brown streaked crown, white eyebrow, and dark line through eye. too many birds … Common Ringed Plover: Plump little plover with dark gray-brown upperparts, pure white underparts, and strong black mask and chest band. Fast direct flight with rapid wing beats. It has a long pink bill with a black tip that is slightly upcurved. Sexes are similar. Slaty-backed Gull: This large gull has a slate-gray back, white head, belly, tail, and upper wings; dark outer primaries separated from mantle by row of white spots. Feeds at night on crustaceans and large sqiud it takes from the surface. Upperwings are dark gray with pale gray patches. Tail is long and black. Legs and feet are black. Feeds on insects and seeds. Formerly called Sky Lark, name was changed to Eurasian Skylark in 2016 by the American Ornithologist Union. The long tail is buff-and-black barred, and has a pale tip; undertail coverts are white with black bars. Mottled Petrel: This medium-sized petrel is mostly gray with mottled white markings. Hovers more than other bluebirds and drops on prey from above, also catches insects in flight. The birds featured are some of the most commonly seen species in winter all across Massachusetts, and many of them will readily come to bird feeders. https://www.thespruce.com/most-common-backyard-birds-4121925 It has a dark brown back, black face and black underparts with white-mottled flanks; a white S-shaped mark extends from above the eye to along sides. Flies in straight line formation with neck and legs outstretched, roosts high in trees and bushes at night. Red eyes with white eye-rings, and white patch above. It has a strong direct flight with deep wing beats. Underparts are brown-barred white on breast and sides, and white on belly. It has a gray and white face and throat, and white upper breast and under tail. Eastern populations are red-brown, Northwestern birds are more brown, and Western Interior birds are gray-brown. Follows farm tractors and plows. Black-billed Magpie: Large, noisy jay, mostly black, with very long tail and dark, stout bill. Alternates steady wing beats, short glides. Feeds on insects, caterpillars, fruits and berries. Eyes are red. Head has white forehead patch edged in black and white eyebrows joining above bill. Strong steady flight with deep wing beats. Dark morph is dark gray overall, silver-gray to white base on underwing flight feathers. Bobs tail and often makes short flights to hawk insects. Northern Wheatear: Small thrush (oenanthe), with gray upperparts, black wings, mask, and tail. It eats a variety of plant species and parts, especially grasses, sedges, grain and berries. White belly and sides. Common Greenshank: Large sandpiper with scaled gray-brown upperparts, white rump, and white underparts, streaked and spotted with brown on flanks and sides. Sometimes called Swamp Warbler. Black bill is very short; legs, feet are orange-red. Tail is black with strongly contrasting white outer tail feathers. Eurasian Skylark: This medium-sized lark has dark-streaked, brown upperparts and white underparts with streaks on the breast and sides, a dark edged tail, and indistinct crest on head. Perches upright and remains still for long periods of time and is easily overlooked. The female (shown in foreground) and winter adult have brown streaked upperparts and no black bib. Dark wings with white wing bar. White rump. This book covers all the native and vagrant species of birds seen on the North American Continent. It feeds on invertebrates, small vertebrates and sometimes carrion from the water's surface. Eastern race has gray-green upperparts and distinct yellow wash on underparts. Underparts are white except for black upper breast band. North America's smallest goose. Glides and soars for hours with minor adjustments to wing position. It is a huge used book that cost $0.01 plus shipping. I have taken in a couple of my sweeties from them. The wings and tail are dark gray. Wings are dark with white tips; legs are pink. It has a buoyant, zigzag flight, alternating several rapid wing beats. May hover briefly above prey. Feeds on insects. Long pointed wings and deeply forked tail. Wings are dark with large white patches. It has a white rump with a dark central stripe and black legs and feet. Legs and feet are black. Buff-breasted Sandpiper: This medium-sized sandpiper has a buff wash over the entire body except for the white vent. Feeds on seeds, spiders, and insects. Legs, feet are pink-orange. Bill is very long, decurved. Bill is gray. Tail is dark gray with white corners. Until further notice, Northeast Avian Rescue (NEAR) will remain closed to the public. When wet holds wings in spread eagle position to dry. By restoring habitat from the headwaters of the Mississippi to the Louisiana Delta, Audubon is protecting birds year-round. Wings have white-spotted black tips; tail is white. Expert swimmer, dives for fish, crustaceans. Rapid direct flight with strong wing beats. Gray-brown back and wings with pale brown mottling. Lazuli Bunting: Small finch, bright blue upperparts, cinnamon-brown breast and sides, white belly. Eye-ring is thin and white. Soars on thermals and updrafts. Swift direct flight with rapid wing beats; long wings allow them to make long flights. It only eats insects, and forages for them on the ground and in trees. Bill, legs are bright orange, upper bill develops a fibrous keel during breeding season. This large expanse hosts North Dakota’s largest population of Greater Prairie-Chicken, as well as several other prairie-specialist birds, including Sharp-tailed Grouse, Northern Harrier, Upland Sandpiper, Marbled Godwit, Grasshopper Sparrow, Le Conte’s Sparrow, Dickcissel, and Bobolink. American White Pelican: Huge, white seabird, enormous outstretched wings show black primaries, outer secondaries in flight. Yellow crown is bordered by a wide black cap; cheek and collar are black. Orange-brown head and neck, and white mark between eye and bill; combination of prominent white rump, white wing bar, and pure white underwings is unique among the godwits. Hammond's Flycatcher: Small flycatcher, gray upperparts, gray-brown underparts, white eye-ring. Mew Gull: Medium-sized gull with gray back and upperwings, and white head, neck, breast, and belly. Cackling Goose: This small to medium-sized goose has a mottled gray-brown body, black legs, tail, neck, head and face, with a white chin strap stretching from ear to ear and a white rump band. Swift direct flight. Diet includes fish, crabs, clams, eggs, carrion and garbage. The neck, breast and belly are white. Collar is white, throat is brown, and breast patch is dark brown. Some red morph females have a red wash, red splotches, or are entirely red. Birds of the World is a powerful resource that brings deep, scholarly content from four celebrated works of ornithology into a single platform where biologists and birders can find comprehensive life history information on birds. Feeds at low tide on mudflats or hidden in salt marsh vegetation. Alternates between strong wing beats and gliding. Face is buff with black stripe behind eye. Swift flight with shallow wing beats. Swift direct flight when flushed. Travel south on State Highway 15. Mississippi Kite: Small kite, dark gray upperparts, pale gray underparts and head. Thayer's Gull: Having had full species status since 1973, as of 2017, the AOU considers this gull to be a subspecies of the Iceland Gull and has lumped it there. Bill, legs and feet are black. Orange-brown crown is marked with fine dark lines. Northern Lapwing: Large, unique plover with black breast, face, crown, and long upright head plumes; back is green-tinged purple and copper. The bill, legs and feet are black. Pale-edged dark brown feathers on upperparts give a scaled appearance; back shows two pale streaks in flight; underparts are white with dark spots on breast and neck. The sexes are similar. The tail is white-edged. Sexes are similar. Black wings have large white shoulder patches. Feeds on marine worms and insects. Tufted Duck: Medium-sized duck has long black crest, black back and tail, white underparts and sides, black head, neck and breast with purple sheen, black wings with dark-edged, white stripes visible in flight, yellow eyes and gray legs and feet. Virtually every bird found in North America is brought to life in a full-color photograph and with textual information on the bird's voice, nesting habits, habitat, range, and interesting behaviors. Fulvous Whistling-Duck: Large, long-legged, long-necked duck with dark brown back and white V-shaped rump patch. Lower face and front of neck are white; black cap extends below eye. Tail is black with white undertail coverts. White-faced Storm-Petrel: The only Atlantic storm-petrel with the combination of dark gray upperparts and white underparts with a dark cap and eyeline. Sips nectar. To see this please jump to the Iceland Gull species account. Brown-headed Nuthatch: Medium nuthatch, gray upperparts, brown cap, small, white nape patch, dark eye-line, white face, buff underparts. It feeds on squid and fish. Wings are black with large, white patches. The black crown has a short black crest, the white tail is deeply forked, and the legs and feet are black. Gray Kingbird: Large flycatcher with gray upperparts, black mask, inconspicuous red crown patch, and mostly white underparts with pale yellow wash on belly and undertail coverts. Female is brown overall, dark breast, pale sides, white belly and gray bill. The legs are orange. It has gray upper wings, white-edged with white-spotted black tips. Williamson's Sapsucker: Medium-sized woodpecker with black back and white rump. It has a blue-gray to yellow bill and yellow legs and feet. Tail is long, black, and white-edged. Soars to great heights. Head has black hood and throat, sharply contrasting white eyebrow and cheek stripe, and yellow spot in front of eye. PDF Help; For help with PDFs on this page, please call 518-402-8883.; Contact for this Page; NYSDEC Fish and Wildlife Prefers to walk rather than fly. Wings have white stripes visible in flight. The bill is dark red. Information, images and range maps on over 1,000 birds of North America, including sub-species, vagrants, introduced birds and possibilities. Short flights, alternates rapid wing beats with brief periods of wings pulled to sides. Although, the wintering grounds of many North American migratory birds also requires attention, now it has become apparent that our attention must be focused north on the Boreal breeding grounds of many of these birds. Ancient Murrelet: Small, pelagic seabird with black head and dark gray back and wings. Best identified by its relatively slow, languid flight compared to other shearwaters. Wonderful people with BIG feathered hearts!!! White-tailed Ptarmigan: Small grouse, mottled brown overall, white on wings, breast, belly, red eye comb, white-edged brown tail, legs covered with white feathers. Wings are dark with thin,white bars. Black cap that extends below eyes, down nape; pale gray upperparts that are darker at the wingtips; short, stout black bill and black legs, feet; long wings with very long outer primaries. Buoyant, graceful pigeon-like flight with fluttering wing strokes alternating with soaring glides. Feeds mostly on fish, some crustaceans and insects. Cave Swallow: Small swallow (Southwest pelodoma), with steel-blue upperparts, white underparts, rufous wash on breast and sides. Short flight, alternates several rapid wing beats with wings pulled to sides. Flies close to the water in straight line. It shows white wing linings in flight. A high percentage of Eastern Bluebirds in North America today nest in birdhouses put up especially for them along "bluebird trails." Fieldfare: Large, robin-like thrush with rufous back with gray head and rump. Legs and feet are brown. ", "Robert and Jill do amazing selfless work for these birds. Weak fluttering flight with shallow wing beats. Birding & Bird Watching in the North Carolina Mountains We are a Birder Friendly Business and part of the North Carolina Birding Trail. Short flights, alternates rapid wing beats with brief periods of wings pulled to sides. Western Meadowlark: This short stocky, ground-dwelling bird has dark-streaked brown upperparts, bright yellow underparts, and a broad black V on the breast. Alternates high soaring arcs and gliding with rapid wing beats. Rufous Hummingbird: Medium hummingbird, bright rufous-brown overall with white breast and ear patch, red-orange throat, and green shoulders. Split into Herald Petrel and Trindade Petrel (not in North America) by the American Ornithologist Union in 2015. It has a black face, throat and belly and white forehead and crown that extends over the eye, down the back and sides of the neck. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Green-tailed Towhee: Large sparrow, olive-green upperparts and pale gray underparts. Bridled Tern: Medium pelagic tern. Sharp-tailed Sandpiper: This medium-sized sandpiper has dark brown upperparts and white underparts with faint olive-brown streaks on breast and sides. Bill is bright yellow. Anhinga: Large, dark waterbird with long tail, snake-like neck, small head, red eyes, and long olive-brown bill. Black legs, feet. Head and neck are bright rust-brown during summer. Eats insects, larvae, carrion. Weak fluttering flight on shallow wing beats. Nape is chestnut-brown, crown is black, and throat is white. Tail and rump are black. Marbled Godwit: This large sandpiper has black-marked, dark brown upperparts, and lightly barred, chestnut-brown underparts. Burrowing Owl: Small ground-dwelling owl, mostly brown with numerous white spots and no ear tufts. It is estimated that about 60% of the American bird population found North of the Mexican border nests in the boreal forest. Sexes are similar. The Trail is a guide to link existing bird watching sites across the state while connecting birders with local communities, businesses and other cultural and educational attractions. Bill is pink with dark tip. The tail is dark brown and pointed in flight. Greater White-fronted Goose: This medium-sized goose has a dark-brown body and the underparts are barred and flecked with black. Black head has two white facial stripes. Face is pale yellow-orange with gray cheeks. Eared Grebe: This small grebe has black upperparts, dark chestnut-brown flanks and white underparts. The bill is thick, long, and curved downward. An open ocean species vaguely resembling a small penguin that can fly. Slow, deep wing beats. Brown Booby: This large seabird is mostly dark brown with white under wing coverts, belly and vent. It was named for the state where it was first discovered, where it is an uncommon migrant. Sexes are similar. Direct and hovering flight with very rapid wing beats. White wing patches are visible in flight. Flight is direct with rapid wing beats. It feeds on small fish, crustaceans and insects. Sexes are similar. Breeding Bird Atlas. The U.S. Committee of the North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI) is a coalition of 29 federal and state agencies, nonprofit organizations, and bird-focused partnerships that advance biological, social, and scientific priorities for North American bird conservation.. Report partners V-shaped bib is black. Feeds on insects and spiders. Introduced to North America as a game bird in the early 1900s. 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