Violet-green Swallow: Small swallow, dark, metallic green upperparts, iridescent purple rump. Direct flight on shallow, steady wing beats. Flies close to ground or soars on thermals and updrafts. Upperparts cryptically colored with brown and yellow-brown streaks of many different shades. Glossy Ibis: Medium wading bird, iridescent bronze and red-brown overall with thin band of white feathers around bare dark blue face and long, down curved, gray bill. Direct flight with buoyant steady wing beats. Many thanks to the webmaster, Ann Smith, for her great work. Direct flight on rapid wing beats. It eats a variety of plant species and parts, especially grasses, sedges, grain and berries. Many of their tasks revolve around the evaluation of rare bird reports which may be submitted through our web site. Crown has two dark stripes. Fence lines, power lines, scattered trees or nearby woods provide good perches. Wings and tail are gray-black; tail has thin white tip. Long, slim wings are dark above and silver-gray below. It hovers before dipping for prey. Feeds on fish by plunge diving and scooping them up with pouch. Black-headed Grosbeak. It feeds on fish, small birds, or almost anything. It was named for the state where it was first discovered, where it is an uncommon migrant. Strong direct flight with rapid wing beats. Band-tailed Pigeon: Large dove, small, purple-gray head and broad neck with distinctive, thin white band on nape. Long-billed Dowitcher: This large, stocky sandpiper has dark, mottled upperparts, dark cap and eye stripe, short white eyebrow, and red-brown underparts with lightly barred flanks. Bill is very long, decurved. Diet includes fish, insects and birds. Despite its favored status, however, its existence was once threatened. The female is dull brown with a white patch on the face at base of bill. Dark tail has white edges. Painting is not necessary. Flight is short and low, alternating rapid wing beats with glides. The latter, an all-blue species, very rarely wanders into Missouri. Mute Swan: Aggressive bird, entirely white, orange bill with large black basal knob and naked black lores. 152 / 170. Flies in straight line and V formation. Underparts are white except for black upper breast band. Eyes are red. Black legs and feet. Wings with black tips and black bases of primaries. White wing patches are visible in flight. Feeds on insects, caterpillars, fruits and berries. Feeds on invertebrates. Official State Bird of Missouri . The latter, an all-blue species, very rarely wanders into Missouri. Legs and feet are black. Burrowing Owl: Small ground-dwelling owl, mostly brown with numerous white spots and no ear tufts. Wrens: Punctured eggs or a box filled with sticks and thorns are evidence of the house wren. Body complexly barred and streaked with red and white. Throat is white with yellow patch, breast and undertail are yellow, sides and belly are white with a gray wash. Head has rufous crown patch, bold white eye-rings. Flies in straight line or V formation. Strong direct flight on steady wing beats. Swift direct flight on rapidly beating wings. The female is olive-brown. 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. It was last seen in the United States in 1962, when it was recorded near Charlestown, South Carolina. Alternates deep flaps and glides, soars on thermals. Strong direct flight with deep wing beats. Bluebirds nest at almost any height, but this height is convenient for checking. Direct flight on deep wing beats. Black Scoter: Medium diving duck, entirely black except for yellow knob at base of black bill. Legs and feet are gray. Legs and feet are yellow. Find them in grasslands with scattered trees, open areas, and backyards in rural areas. Hood is black and extends onto upper neck. Feeds on insects, mollusks and crustaceans. Short flight, alternates several rapid wing beats with wings pulled to sides. The upside-down bird. Black wings with two white bars. Legs are blue-gray and toes are webbed. Fluttering direct flight on shallow wing beats. The removal of dead trees and branches for firewood or neatness continues to eliminate existing or potential nest cavities. The upperwings are gray with black primaries and white secondaries. Jan 20, 2015 - Explore Rebecca Hooper's board "Missouri Birds in My Backyard", followed by 102 people on Pinterest. Nest boxes have the added advantage of excluding starlings if the entrance is 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Tail is dark gray with white corners. Legs and feet are gray black. Winter birds are duller gray and juveniles are light gray overall. Flight is swift and direct with rapid wing beats. Bouyant, erratic flight with slow, silent wingbeats. Often feeds on mudflats like a wader. Still, bluebirds are not without problems. Head is large, glossy, and purple-black with golden yellow eyes and a crescent-shaped white patch behind a dark bill. The most likely solid blue birds to be seen in Missouri are the male indigo bunting—a small, deep-blue bird—and its larger, look-alike cousin, the blue grosbeak. Blow flies: Both fly eggs and larvae will sometimes become established in a bluebird nest. Fast direct flight with rapid wing beats. Feeds primarily on insects. Swift direct flight often with erratic side-to-side turns of body. Bill is black with yellow tip; legs and feet are black. Once a bluebird pair initiates nesting, you can open the box and check the eggs or young until they reach 13 days of age. On March 30, 1927, the eastern bluebird was officially designated the Missouri state bird by an act of the Missouri Legislature because it was "common in Missouri" and "a symbol of happiness." White Ibis: This coastal species is white overall with pink facial skin, bill, and legs that turn scarlet during breeding season. Chestnut-collared Longspur: Small, sparrow-like bird with brown-streaked upperparts, black breast and flanks, some have chestnut on underparts, pale gray belly. It is the state bird of Colorado. White eye-ring is broken and slate gray hood extends to upper breast where it darkens to black. Silent flight on quick shallow wing beats. Its dark plumage sets it apart from all other North American woodpeckers. Has a 15-16 inch-long black tail with deep fork. Black bill, legs and feet. White-throated Swift: Medium-sized swift, mostly brown-black except for white throat, white patches on belly, flanks, white edges on wings. Wings are black with large, white patches. Pink-brown legs and feet. Height: 4 to 5 feet. The most likely solid blue birds to be seen in Missouri are the male indigo bunting—a small, deep-blue bird—and its larger, look-alike cousin, the blue grosbeak. Legs are yellow with very long toes. Go ahead and allow these native species to use the box. It may also breed in open grassland without trees as long as there are utility posts that can serve as nest sites. Tail is dark with white corners. ... eBird Missouri is a collaborative project between the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Audubon Society of Missouri. Sexes similar. Ferruginous Hawk: Large hawk, white head, streaked, rust-brown shoulders, back, and feathered legs. Painted Bunting. Burrowing Owl: Small ground-dwelling owl, mostly brown with numerous white spots and no ear tufts. Birds of Missouri. Sooty Tern: This medium-sized tern has long wings, a deeply forked tail, black crown, nape, and upperparts and a broad triangular white forehead patch. If this happens, nail a board with the properly sized hole over the front of the box. American Avocet: Long-legged shorebird with long, thin, upcurved bill and distinctive black-and-white back and sides. Black Rail: Smallest North American rail, mostly dark gray or nearly black with white-speckled back, belly, flanks. Magnificent Frigatebird: Large black seabird, orange throat patch inflates into a huge bright red-orange balloon when in courtship display. Rapid bouncy flight, alternates several quick wing beats with wings pulled to sides. White arc beneath eye. The flight is labored and slow with dangling legs. Note- Eye changes color from yellow to dark red as the individual matures (Tekiela 211, 2001). Solitary, or in pairs and family groups. Feeds on nectar, insects, spiders, and sap. Grosbeaks: Blue Grosbeak Henke Road St. Charles County, Missouri 2009-05-20 My 1st Missouri photo, species #249 2009-05-20 15:34:39 . Little Gull: The smallest of all gulls, with pale gray upperparts and white nape, neck, breast, belly, and tail. Thick bill, pale base, two long central feathers twisted vertically on tail. Rapid direct flight, often low over the water. The Breeding Bird Survey indicates high numbers in recent years. It has a black bill with a yellow spot at the base and black legs and feet. Dark wings with white wing bar. Wings are rounded and tail is short and fan-shaped with outer tail feathers tipped white. Diet includes fish, crustaceans and insects. Rapid direct flight with strong wing beats. Boxes placed in forests, inner cities, shaded yards, cultivated fields or areas with only tall grass will probably be unsuccessful. Mitch Waite Group. Brown and red-brown mottled upperparts. Black-headed Grosbeak: Large, stocky finch, black-streaked, orange-brown back, black head, wings, tail. Head has dark gray cap and sharply contrasting white eyebrow and cheek stripe. House Sparrow. —Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862) “ We saw the machinery where murderers are now executed. This product and/or its method of use is covered by one or more of the following patent(s): US patent number 7,363,309 and foreign equivalents. Male has dark blue upperparts, black throat and mask. Gyrfalcon: Large northern falcon with three color morphs: dark, white, and gray. Head has a conspicuous white cheek mark and yellow crown. It has slow steady wing beats and soars on thermals and updrafts. Strong direct flight with neck extended. The sexes are similar. Flies in straight line formation with neck and legs outstretched, roosts high in trees and bushes at night. Missouri's State Bird On March 30, 1927, the native bluebird became the official state bird of Missouri. Black-headed Grosbeak: Large, stocky finch, black-streaked, orange-brown back, black head, wings, tail. The Birds of Missouri is a quick and easy to use, light-weight, durable, all-weather field guide to the inspiring and incredibly varied birdlife inhabiting the State of Missouri. Features. Legs and feet are gray. Forages in trees and bushes. The sexes are similar, but the males are usually larger than females, with a larger bill, head and tarsi. Iceland Gull: Large, white gull, pale, pearl-gray back and upper wings. We facilitate and provide opportunity for all citizens to use, enjoy, and learn about these resources. Black bill, pink legs and feet. White line divides green speculum and pale blue shoulder patch on wing. Legs and feet are pale gray. Feet and legs are dull yellow. Long bill, gray and spatulate. Swamp Sparrow. Long black tail with long slender feathers, pale gray mask and black bill with dark pink saddle. Eats seeds, insects, caterpillars. Band-rumped Storm-Petrel: This is a black-brown storm-petrel with gray-brown wing bars and a conspicuous white band across the rump and large, slightly notched tail. Wings have two bars: upper bar is yellow, lower bar is white. Yellow-brown legs and feet. And if you live in just the right habitat, near open fields with brushy areas, you be lucky enough to also enjoy another blue-colored bird in the yard: Blue Grosbeak.While the male is a stunning blue, his mate is a plain-Jane. Bill is yellow-orange. Sanderling: This medium-sized sandpiper has dark-spotted, rufous upperparts and breast, white underparts and black bill, legs and feet. Missouri Department of Conservation research has revealed that standard nest boxes provide the best shelter of any manmade structures. The eggs are white and speckled with brown. Bullock's Oriole: Medium oriole, mostly bright orange with black crown, eye-line, throat stripe, back, and central tail. If you are building nest boxes, please make certain that they will be looked after once in place. Most common swan in North America. Diet includes insects, larvae, mollusks and crabs. Diet includes aquatic invertebrates. This will help keep future nests well below the entrance hole and safer from predators. Bronzed Cowbird: Small blackbird (aeneus), brown-black overall with blue sheen on wings and tail. Throat feathers are long, purple-red, appearing as streaks on a white background, whiskers when fluffed out, or dark, inverted V when folded. Groove-billed Ani: Medium-sized black bird with iridescent blue and green overtones, with a very long tail (half the length of the bird). Turdidae. Tail is black and slightly notched. Dives for small fish and crustaceans. It feeds on invertebrates, small vertebrates and sometimes carrion from the water's surface. The bill is small and triangular. They seem to favor the rolling Missouri countryside where they may be seen flitting about from fencepost to fencepost on any bright spring morning. Eyes are red and bill is orange-red with black tip. Vermilion Flycatcher: Small, stocky flycatcher, gray-black upperparts and scarlet-red crown, throat, and underparts. Dark gray legs and feet. Direct flight, rapid wing beats. Of course, natural cavities provide the best protection. Eskimo Curlew: Small curlew, brown mottled upperparts, buff underparts streaked and mottled brown, and pale cinnamon wing linings. Curved neck is often stained with pigments from iron or algae. Wings noticeably long on perched bird. Garganey: This small dabbling duck has black-streaked, gray upperparts, chestnut-brown mottled face and breast, pale gray flanks, and a white stripe above the eye that runs down the neck. It has a slightly curved black bill. Tundra Swan: This small swan is completely snowy white. 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