U City birds

These are some of the birds you may see in U City.

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Year Around Residents
Drawing of male, female and immature cardinalsPhoto of a bright red male cardinalNorthern Cardinals are quite common in our region and are frequently seen in pairs, the male red and female brownish red. These are robust, seed-eating birds with strong bills. ... more ...
Drawings of black-capped chickadees with different plumagePhoto of a black-capped chickadee with black crown and throat sitting on a branchBlack-capped Chickadee is a small, North American songbird. It is notable for its capacity to lower its body temperature during cold winter nights, its good spatial memory to relocate the caches where it stores food, and its boldness near humans. ... more ...
Drawings of Carolina chickadees in different plumageCarolina chickadee sitting on the end of a logThe Carolina Chickadee is very similar to the Black-capped Chickadee, distinguished by the slightly browner wing with the greater coverts brown and the white fringing on the secondary feathers slightly less conspicuous; the tail is also slightly shorter and more square-ended. ... more ...
Drawings of dark-eyed juncosDark-eyed junco on a branch in the snowDark-eyed Juncos are mainly seen in the winter in our area. Small flocks of these dark-gray little birds feed on the ground, and flash white outer tail feathers when they fly. ... more ...
Drawings of house finchesMale house finchThe House Finch is a frequent and colorful visitor to feeders. It has rose or reddish-orange on its bib and back. Now very common in the St. Louis area, it sometimes out-numbers House Sparrows and is seen here year-round. ... more ...
Drawings of purple finchesMale purple finchThe Purple Finch is similar to the House Finch but is even more colorful, less common and here only in the winter. The most obvious field mark is the bill. The bill of the Purple Finch is conical shaped whereas the upper mandible of the House Finch is curved downward. ... more ...
Drawings of American goldfinchesBright yellow and black male American goldfinchThe American Goldfinch, also known as the Eastern Goldfinch, is a small North American bird in the finch family. It is a migratory, brightly colored, easy to spot visitor to the garden. It is often found in residential areas, attracted to bird feeders which increase its survival rate in these areas. ... more ...
Drawings of bluebirdsMale bluebirdThe Eastern Bluebird is a small thrush found in open woodlands, farmlands and orchards, and most recently can be spotted in suburban areas. It is the state bird of Missouri and New York. ... more ...
Drawings of house sparrowsMale house sparrow on a fenceThe House Sparrow is a small bird of the sparrow family, found in most parts of the world. Females and young birds are coloured pale brown and grey, and males have brighter black, white, and brown markings. The House Sparrow is strongly associated with human habitations. ... more ...
Drawings of white-throated sparrowsWhite-throated sparrow perched on a stumpThe White-throated Sparrow is often seen in flocks; adults have bright white eyebrows and show contrast between mainly grayish breast and white throat. They mainly feed on the ground. ... more ...
Song sparrowsSong sparrow on a small branchThe Song Sparrow is a medium-sized American sparrow. Among the native sparrows in North America, it is easily one of the most abundant, variable and adaptable species. Many sparrows have streaky breasts, but only the Song Sparrow has a central dark blotch. ... more ...
Drawings of chipping sparrowsChipping sparrowThe Chipping Sparrow is distinguishable by the white stripe across the eye, dark eye line and the rusty crown on the top of their head. It is widespread, fairly tame, and common across most of its North American range. ... more ...
Eurasian tree sparrowEurasian tree sparrowThe Eurasian Tree Sparrow makes St. Louis famous among birders because it is the only place in the United States where it is found. Its appearance is similar to the House Sparrow but it’s smaller, has a rufous crown, white collar and dark spot on the cheek. ... more ...
Drawings of American tree sparrowsAmerican tree sparrow eating bird seed on the groundThe American Tree Sparrow has a rusty cap and grey underparts with a small dark spot on the breast, a rusty back with lighter stripes, brown wings with white bars and a slim tail. Their face is grey with a rusty line through the eye. They are similar in appearance to the Chipping Sparrow. ... more ...
Drawings of mourning dovesMourning dove on a stumpThe Mourning Dove is a member of the dove family and is also called the Turtle Dove or the American Mourning Dove or Rain Dove. It is one of the most abundant and widespread of all North American birds. They are easy to spot because they feed mainly on the ground and have a pointed tail. ... more ...
Drawings of American robinsAmerican robin in the grassThe American Robin, also known as the Robin, is a migratory songbird of the thrush family. It is named after the European Robin because of its reddish-orange breast, though the two species are not closely related, with the European Robin belonging to the flycatcher family. ... more ...
Drawings of mockingbirdsMockingbird in a treeMockingbirds are best known for the habit of mimicking the songs of other birds and the sounds of insects, often loudly and in rapid succession. Gray-brown, paler on the breast and belly, with two white wingbars on each wing. A white patch in each wing is often visible on perched birds, and in flight these become large white flashes. ... more ...
Drawing of a Carolina wrenSmall brown Carolina wren on a branchCarolina Wrens are small, rusty brown, very active birds with a white "eyebrow" and they cock their tails as they perch. They reside mainly in the eastern half of the USA, the extreme south of Ontario, Canada, and the extreme northeast of Mexico. ... more ...
Drawing of a blue jayBlue jay on a branchThe Blue Jay is resident through most of eastern and central United States. It breeds in both deciduous and coniferous forests, and is common near and in residential areas. It is predominately blue with a white chest and underparts, and a blue crest. It has a black, U-shaped collar around its neck and a black border behind the crest. ... more ...
Drawings of brown-headed cowbirdsMale brown-headed cowbirdThe Brown-headed Cowbird is a stocky blackbird with a fascinating approach to raising its young. Females forgo building nests and instead they lay in the nests of other birds, abandoning their young to foster parents, usually at the expense of at least some of the host’s own chicks. ... more ...
Drawing of an American crow in a walnut treeAmerican crow on the groundThe American Crow is a common bird found throughout much of North America. Similar to the Raven, it is smaller in size. American Crows are common, widespread and adaptable, but they are highly susceptible to the West Nile Virus. They are monitored as a bioindicator. ... more ...
Drawings of white-breasted nuthatchesWhite-breasted nuthatch on a branchWhite-breasted Nuthatches are active, agile little birds with an appetite for insects and large, meaty seeds. They get their common name from their habit of jamming large nuts and acorns into tree bark, then whacking them with their sharp bill to “hatch” out the seed from the inside. ... more ...
Drawings of downy woodpeckersMale and female Downy woodpeckersThe Downy Woodpecker is mainly black on the upperparts and wings, with a white back, throat and belly and white spotting on the wings. There is a white bar above the eye and one below. They have a black tail with white outer feathers barred with black. ... more ...
Drawings of red-bellied woodpeckersRed-bellied woodpecker on a ledgeThe Red-bellied Woodpecker is a medium-sized woodpecker that is quite common in Missouri. Its common name is somewhat misleading, as the most prominent red part of its plumage is on the head whereas the reddish tinge on the belly that gives the bird its name is difficult to see in field identification. ... more ...
Drawings of yellow-shafted flickersYellow-shafted ficker on bird feederThe Northern or Yellow-shafted Flicker, resides in eastern North America. They are yellow under the tail and underwings and have yellow shafts on their primaries. They have a grey cap, a beige face and a red bar at the nape of their neck. Males have a black moustache. It tends to feed on the ground looking for ants. ... more ...
Summer Visitors / Breeders
Drawings of eastern phoebesEastern phoebeThe Eastern Phoebe is a small passerine bird. This tyrant flycatcher breeds in eastern North America, although its normal range does not include the southeastern coastal United States. It is migratory, wintering in the southernmost USA. ... more ...
Drawings of ruby-throated hummingbirdsMale ruby-throated hummingbird on a branchThe Ruby-throated Hummingbird is a species of hummingbird that belongs to the family Trochilidae and is currently included in the order Apodiformes. This small animal is the only species of hummingbird that regularly nests east of the Mississippi River in North America. ... more ...
Drawings of house wrensHouse wren on a branchThe House Wren is plain brown bird with an effervescent voice, the House Wren is a common backyard bird over nearly the entire Western Hemisphere. Listen for its rush-and-jumble song in summer and you’ll find this species zipping through shrubs and low tree branches. ... more ...
Drawings of summer tanagers in different color phasesSummer tanager in a treeThe Summer Tanager is the only completely red bird in North America, the strawberry-colored male Summer Tanager is an eye-catching sight against the green leaves of the forest canopy. The mustard-yellow female is harder to spot. Both sexes have a very distinctive chuckling call note. ... more ...
Drawings of indigo buntingsBright blue male indigo buntingThe all-blue male Indigo Bunting sings with cheerful gusto and looks like a scrap of sky with wings. Sometimes nicknamed "blue canaries," these brilliantly colored yet common and widespread birds whistle their bouncy songs through the late spring and summer all over eastern North America. ... more ...
Drawings of Baltimore oriolesBright orange and black male Baltimore oriole on a branchThe rich, whistling song of the Baltimore Oriole, echoing from treetops near homes and parks, is a sweet herald of spring in eastern North America. Look way up to find these singers: the male’s brilliant orange plumage blazes from high branches like a torch. ... more ...
Drawings of rose-breasted grosbeaksMale rose-breasted grosbeak on a branchBursting with black, white, and rose-red, male Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are like an exclamation mark at your bird feeder or in your binoculars. Females and immatures are streaked brown and white with a bold face pattern and enormous bill. Look for these birds in forest edges and woodlands. ... more ...
Drawing of a brown thrasherBrown thrasher on a branch with an insect in its mouthBrown Thrashers wear a somewhat severe expression thanks to their heavy, slightly downcurved bill and staring yellow eyes, and they are the only thrasher species east of Texas. Brown Thrashers are exuberant singers, with one of the largest repertoires of any North American songbird. ... more ...
Drawings of yellow-billed cuckoosYellow-billed cuckoo on a tree limbYellow-billed Cuckoos are slender, long-tailed birds that manage to stay well hidden in deciduous woodlands. They usually sit stock still, even hunching their shoulders to conceal their crisp white underparts, as they hunt for large caterpillars. ... more ...

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