White-bellied Waterbirds You may notice that the majority of the birds on our list today are waterbirds. This is no coincidence! Possessing a white belly is a great advantage for birds which swim or sit on the surface of lakes or seas. This is a characteristic of many seabirds such as Puffins and Razorbills.
Underpart Markings: The juvenile Cooper’s hawk has a white chest and abdomen heavily marked with brown “drips” that grow thinner and taper off lower on the body.
The black-billed magpie, also known as the American magpie, is a bird in the crow family that inhabits the western half of North America. It is a black and white bird, with black areas on the wings and tail showing iridescent hints of blue or blue-green.
White-breasted Nuthatches are active little birds that are gray-blue on the back and white on the face and belly, with a black cap.
Measurements. Mockingbirds are overall 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.
Dark-eyed Junco: 5 1/2 to 6 3/4 " in size. Juncos are small, dark gray birds with white bellies. Juncos look different in different regions of the United States.
The white-breasted hawk (Accipiter chionogaster) is a small hawk found from southern Mexico to Nicaragua.
White-tailed Hawk Photos and Videos
Light morph birds have dark primaries, white inner wing linings, and a white belly.
Adults are steely blue-gray above with warm reddish bars on the underparts and thick dark bands on the tail. Juveniles are brown above and crisply streaked with brown on the upper breast, giving them a somewhat hooded look compared with young Sharp-shinned Hawks’ more diffuse streaking.
|colspan=“2”>Charadrius vociferus Linnaeus, 1758|
You can find American Coots by scanning lakes and ponds for a small, all-black bird with a bright white bill. They may be at the edges, among vegetation, or out in open water; you may even see them walking around (not waddling) on land on their fairly long, yellow-green legs.
Your unusual visitor is most likely a leucistic finch, not an albino. While an albino animal can have some pigment that isn’t produced from melanin, the most recognizable trait in an albino animal is the pink or red eyes. The eyes have no color, so the blood vessels in the eyes give them a reddish hue.
Small, nondescript brown bird with a short tail, thin bill, and dark barring on wings and tail with a paler throat.
* Finches have shorter legs than sparrows, and their legs are often dark gray; sparrows have longer legs, which are often pale pinkish. * Finches are plainer, less patterned; sparrows have more varied and intricate patterns.
Egrets and ibis, herons and pelicans — they all come in white varieties, and that can be confusing, especially since some of them look very similar at first glance.
Black-and-white Warblers are medium-sized warblers (small songbirds). They have a fairly long, slightly downcurved bill. The head often appears somewhat flat and streamlined, with a short neck. The wings are long and the tail is short.
Great Egret Ardea alba
|Habitat||Associated with all water bodies, preferring slow-moving rivers, lakes and wetlands.|
|Bill||Long bill. Yellow in non-breeding plumage, and black in breeding plumage.|
|In flight||Broad wings and long neck and legs are apparent. Has the slowest, most relaxed flight of all the egrets.|
Gray Vireo Photos and Videos
Small, stocky songbird with a round head. Plain gray overall with a paler belly. Note thin white eyering and small white line in front of the eye.
The Black-tailed Gnatcatcher is a small, non-migratory often mistaken for a chickadee. This bird measures only 5″ inches in length, and can be found year round on both coasts of California and as far north as Washington state; they can also be found all along the West Coast of North America.
Adults have a typically sparrow-like dark-streaked brown back, and white underparts except for a dark central spot. The cheeks and crown sides are chestnut, with white eyebrow and crown stripes. The dark tail’s corners are also white. Young Lark Sparrows are duller, and the underparts are streaked.