Carolina Chickadee This cute little songbird also has a distinctive black cap on its head. The cheeks and back of the head are white and the throat is black. The underside of the bird moves from some white coloring on the chest to a light tan color on the belly.
Catbirds give the impression of being entirely slaty gray. With a closer look you’ll see a small black cap, blackish tail, and a rich rufous-brown patch under the tail. Catbirds are secretive but energetic, hopping and fluttering from branch to branch through tangles of vegetation.
The Brown-headed Cowbird is North America’s most common “brood parasite.” A female cowbird makes no nest of her own, but instead lays her eggs in the nests of other bird species, who then raise the young cowbirds.
The Common Yellowthroat male has a distinctive black mask with a white border at the top and a bright yellow throat that extends into its breast. It is yellow below to the undertail coverts, with a solid olive back.
Measurements. Juncos vary across the country (see Regional Differences), but in general they’re dark gray or brown birds brightened up by a pink bill and white outer tail feathers that periodically flash open, particularly in flight. Dark-eyed Juncos are birds of the ground.
Male House Sparrows are brightly colored birds with gray heads, white cheeks, a black bib, and rufous neck – although in cities you may see some that are dull and grubby.
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.
The blackcap is a grey warbler, easily identified by its distinctive cap. Males have black caps (as the name suggests), while the female’s cap is chestnut brown. Juvenile males also have a brown cap. They have thin, dark-coloured beaks and brownish-grey wings.
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Dark-eyed Junco. Dark-eyed Juncos are sparrows that are different colors depending on the state.
To deter Brown-headed Cowbirds:
Avoid platform trays, and do not spread food on the ground. Cowbirds prefer sunflower seeds, cracked corn, and millet; offer nyjer seeds, suet, nectar, whole peanuts, or safflower seeds instead. Clean up seed spills on the ground below feeders.
Dickcissel. Dickcissel are small-sized bird from the sparrow family, that can be found in fields, grasslands and prairies throughout North America, migrating from Central America during the winter months.
Small, nondescript brown bird with a short tail, thin bill, and dark barring on wings and tail with a paler throat.
Cedar Waxwings are pale brown on the head and chest fading to soft gray on the wings. The belly is pale yellow, and the tail is gray with a bright yellow tip. The face has a narrow black mask neatly outlined in white. The red waxy tips to the wing feathers are not always easy to see.
Some birds– like many species of shrike– have evolved a dark feather “mask”, or eye-stripe, which scientists believe help reduce the sun’s glare when the bird is hunting or foraging. Football players wear “eye-black” to reduce sunlight and stadium light glare in the same way.
Adult male Bufflehead have a white body, black back, and a dark head with a large white patch that wraps around the back of the head.
Chickadees are small, North American birds in the tit family. Sparrows are larger than chickadees and North American species belong to the Passerellidae family.Comparing a chickadee and a sparrow.
|Size||4.7-5.9 inches. Short neck, large head, and spherical body.|
The cap and bib are black, the cheeks white, the back soft gray, the wing feathers gray edged with white, and the underparts soft buffy on the sides grading to white beneath. The cap extends down just beyond the black eyes, making the small eyes tricky to see.
House Finches have large, thick beaks of a grayish color. House Sparrows have a much more conical bill that is smaller than finches’, and the bill is black or yellow, depending on the bird’s gender and breeding stage.
* 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.
Wrens are round, puffy, and smaller than sparrows. Both birds have a similar body shape, although there are a few key differences. Sparrows are pretty round birds overall. Their bodies are round, and their heads are conical, but their bodies are usually longer than wrens.
White-breasted Nuthatches are gray-blue on the back, with a frosty white face and underparts. The black or gray cap and neck frame the face and make it look like this bird is wearing a hood. The lower belly and under the tail are often chestnut.