Short flights with rapidly beating wing strokes alternating with wings pulled briefly to sides. Rose-throated Becard: Small flycatcher with gray upperparts, large head with black cap, pale rose-red throat, and pale gray underparts. It has a direct flight with quick wing beats. Galapagos Petrel: Medium petrel with dark slate-gray upperparts and white underparts. Swift bouncy flight, alternates rapid wing beats with wings pulled to sides. Squared tail is blue-green with black band. Evolution of body mass in the Pan-Alcidae (Aves, Charadriiformes): the effects of combining neontological and paleontological data. Bill is bright red with black tip. Eye-rings are gray. Direct flight with rapid wing beats. It was split into Rivoli's and Talamanca Hummingbird, the latter is found in the cloudforests of Costa Rica and western Panama. Himalayan Snowcock: Very wary ground dweller, white face, throat outlined with chestnut stripes, brown collar around neck, gray-brown overall, tan streaked upperparts, white undertail coverts, gray bill, orange-red feet and legs. Upper mandible black with pale base, lower mandible yellow with black tip. Japanese Night-Heron: Small, stocky heron with red-brown head and neck, yellow-olive around eye, brown back and wings, white throat, gray underparts, thick brown streaks on throat and underparts. This is a really great book. Harris's Hawk: Large hawk, dark brown head, neck, back, belly and rust-brown shoulders, underwing coverts and flanks. Bill is black; lower mandible has red base. Cap is dark and two white eyestripes meet in a V at nape. Soars on thermals and updrafts. 11. Rock Pigeon: This is a large, highly variably colored dove. Pink-gray legs, feet. This type of woodpecker is found across the country, pecking not on trees but the ground, in search of ants and other insects. Bill, legs and feet are black. Legs and feet are gray-black. Medium, slightly cleft tail. Bill is dark gray and stout. The underparts are pale with brown streaks. Micronesian Starling: Small, glossy purple-black starling with hint of black streaks on neck, black lores and black around white-yellow eye. Attract birds to your garden Learn how to plan and plant a garden to attract native birds. The weight of adult birds is typically 7-13.6 kg (15-30 lb), but the largest known male trumpeter had a weight of 17.2 kg (38 lb). Direct and hovering flight with very rapid wing beats. Face has pale gray-tinged ear patch bordered with black. White morph is white with dark spots and markings on wings, nape, and sides. Has the longest tail of the European wagtails. Upper mandible is black with pale base, while lower mandible is yellow with black tip. The only North American warbler with pure white underparts in all seasons. Medium-length rounded tail. Rapid flight on stiff, quickly beating swept-back wings, alternating with gliding flight. White-collared Swift: Very large swift, gray-black overall with blue gloss on breast and back. Hawaiian Owl: This medium-sized owl has both light and dark brown mottled upperparts, dark-streaked, pale buff underparts, large round head with pale buff facial disk with fine brown tinges, black around eyes, small ear tufts, yellow eyes, and black bill. Tail is black with thick, white edges. Birds of all types and sizes are certainly captivating creatures, but some of the most impressive ones are the large birds. Small black stripe behind the eye. Forages on ground, in thickets and in brushy understory for seeds, insects and larvae. Forages on ground, in trees. Peregrine Falcon: This medium-sized falcon has blue-gray upperparts and heavily barred sides, belly and leggings. Golden Eagle: Large raptor with dark brown body and golden-brown feathers on back of head and nape. In 1933, the birds were believed to be near extinct in North America, and less than 70 birds were known to exist. Straight beak as long as body. Forked tail. White arc beneath eye. Constantly flicks wings. Its waterways, thick forest and mountain heights provide ideal nesting and foraging sites for a large number of bird species. Rock Wren: Medium wren with white-speckled gray upperparts, brown rump, white-over-black eye brow, white throat and breast with fine gray streaks, and buff-yellow flanks and belly. The head has gray-brown cap and thick black eyestripe broken by a white forehead. Throat and breast are pale gray and belly is pale yellow.Feeds on insects, fruits and berries. These species are almost all flightless, having denser bones and heavier bodies. Tundra Swan Measuring more than 50 inches in length with a wingspan of up to seven feet, the tundra swan is one of the largest birds in North America. Wings have black primaries. The wings have pale rust-brown patches and black flight feathers. Head has a flattened appearance; bill is long, slender, and slightly decurved. Click Image for … The tail is red-brown with dark terminal band. Great Knot: Medium sandpiper with brown upperparts showing dark spots on crown and back, and white underparts with black spots on breast and sides. Typical light-phase birds have whitish breast and rust-colored tail. Murray, Peter F.; Vickers-Rich, Patricia (2004). Feeds on small birds and mammals, and large insects. Has been clocked in a steep glide at 120 mph. Bill, legs and feet are black. Short flights on rapidly beating wings alternating with periods of wings pulled to sides. Black legs, feet. Bill is black and legs and feet are black. Bill, legs are yellow. Gray on rump and throat. Short, low flights, alternates rapid wing beats with wings pulled to sides. The red-breasted nuthatch is a year-round resident throughout Canada and the western mountain regions and upper Appalachian Mountains of the United States, but it can be found throughout the United States in the winter months. The sideways twitching of the tail is unique among vireos and is similar to gnatcatchers. Wings are dark with two white bars. Blyth's Pipit: Buff-brown to Streaked black-brown above; wings are tipped buff with two pale wingbars. Glides between perches. Young birds duller, more streaked, lacking rust-colored tail of adult; they are distinguished from Red-shouldered and Swainson's hawks by their stocky build, broader, more rounded wings, and white chest. Bill is gray. Wings have prominent white patches. Flame-colored Tanager: Tropical tanager, flame red-orange body, black wings with white wing bars and spots, black-streaked back. Strong flight, alternates several deep wing beats with long glides on flat wings. You may spot these cavity-nesters flitting between perches in mountain meadows, in burned or cut-over areas, or where prairie meets forest—especially in places where people have provided nest boxes. Throat and upper breast are black. Anhingas also soar on thermals like hawks in midday. Direct and hovering flight with very rapid wing beats. Silent flight on quick shallow wing beats. Arizona Woodpecker: Small woodpecker with brown upperparts and heavily spotted and barred white underparts. Short-eared Owl: Medium owl, light and dark brown mottled upperparts and dark-streaked, pale buff underparts. Cuckoos, coucals and roadrunners (Cuculiformes). Head appears black overall with white spot behind eye; cap is very dark green. Weak fluttering flight on shallow wing beats. Pink-brown legs and feet. It has a fast direct flight with rapid wing beats. Subspecies of the Short-eared Owl. Head has large, round, pale buff facial disk with fine, brown tinges, black around eyes, and small ear tufts. Head has brown cap, white eyebrows, and dark eye-lines. Undertail coverts are white. Chestnut-sided Warbler: Medium warbler with black-streaked upperparts, white underparts, and chestnut-brown flanks. Bill is relatively short, black, and hooked. Catches insects in flight. Broad wings with thick black stripe. Wings and tail are dark brown. Mitred Parakeet: This fairly large green parakeet has a red forehead grading into scattered bright red feathers on the crown, face, cheek, and at times on the bend in the wing. Bright yellow eyes contrast with faint mask. Calliope Hummingbird: Very small hummingbird, metallic green upperparts and flanks, white underparts. They exceeded 3 m (9.8 ft) in height and weighed over 500 kg (1,100 lb). Whatbird parametric search. These... New World quail. Tail is gray-brown with white corners. Locates carrion with its keen eyesight, can survive several days without food. Books – Blue Mountains Best Bushwalks, Veechi Stuart. Wings show bright patch of orange-brown on coverts. Overall, currently Mountain bluebirds are classified as Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List and their numbers today are increasing. Male pure sky-blue above, paler blue below, with a white abdomen; female similar, but duller and grayer. Rapid bouncy flight, alternates several quick wing beats with wings pulled to sides. The bill and legs are pink-red. Olive Warbler: Medium warbler, gray back, rump, and uppertail coverts, and white belly and undertail coverts. The eyes are dark and the bill is yellow with a red spot on the lower mandible. Sooty Grouse: Large, chicken-like bird, dark gray to blue-gray with yellow-orange eye comb, black tail with wide pale gray terminal band. White underparts with black sides and white wing patch at base of primaries. The All About Birds resource states that the total breeding population of this species numbers 4.6 million, with 80% in the U.S. for part of the year, 20% breeding in Canada, while 31% winters in Mexico. Crown is olive green. Throat and breast are paler blue, and belly and undertail coverts are white. The tail is notched. It flies low over the water with rapid wing beats. The legs and feet are pink. Wings are dark with two white bars. Common Name: Red-Breasted Nuthatch Scientific Name: Sitta canadensis. Rivoli's Hummingbird is a new name for the Magnificent Hummingbird. Wood, Gerald (1983). Bill is gray and slightly curved down. Wings and tail are purple-blue. Game birds: Chicken-like birds with bulky bodies and small heads. California Quail: This medium-sized quail has a curled black head plume, white-bordered black throat, gray breast, sharply scaled belly, brown flanks with white streaks, olive brown back, gray legs and feet. 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