Glaucous Gull: This large white gull has a pale gray back and yellow eyes. The bill is yellow with a red spot on the lower mandible. The wings are white-edged and white tipped; the legs and feet are pink.
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.
A Turkey Vulture’s wings will be largely silvery-white underneath, while the Black Vulture only has small patches of white at the tip. Unlike most bird species, Turkey Vultures rely on their sense of smell to find prey.
Shorter wings and tail make it appear smaller than Turkey Vulture, but looks are deceptive: body size is about the same, and aggressive Black Vultures often drive Turkey Vultures away from food. Has expanded range northward in the northeast, but has declined in parts of southeast.
A leucistic bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) with white wing tips and white talons flies along the Chilkoot River in the Chilkoot Lake State Recreational Site near Haines, Alaska. The white wing tips and talons are caused by a leucistic condition – a condition of reduced pigmentation resulting in white patches.
From a distance a soaring Turkey Vulture might look like a Red-tailed Hawk, but Turkey Vultures have longer, more rectangular wings, which the birds hold above horizontal, forming an easily visible V. Turkey Vultures are also much less steady when they soar.
They have a blackish throat bordered at the bottom by a neat, white bib. Males have white corners to the tail; on females, these spots are dull buff. Eastern Whip-poor-wills are strictly nocturnal. At night they rest on the ground or perch horizontally on low trees and fly up to catch moths and other aerial insects.
Small, nondescript brown bird with a short tail, thin bill, and dark barring on wings and tail with a paler throat.
Their black beaks curve down. Their tails and rounded wings bear obvious white patches. These white marks provided striking displays in the birds’ flight and mating rituals. Males average slightly larger than females, from between 22 to 25.5 centimeters long and 51 grams in weight.
Adult (Northern) Turkey Vultures are common, large, and dark soaring birds, but they have much smaller, darker heads than Bald Eagles and they hold their wings in a pronounced V-shape when soaring. They often teeter as they soar, whereas Bald Eagles hold their wings flat like a board and are steady.
Birds That Look Like Crows But Aren’t- 1 European Starlings.
2 Common Raven.
3 Brewer’s Blackbird.
4 Red-winged Blackbird.
5 Common Grackle.
6 Great-tailed Grackle.
7 Brown-headed Cowbird.
Vultures are large, bald birds that sniff out carrion (decaying flesh of dead animals) and then feast on the carcasses. Buzzards are smaller than vultures and they prefer to hunt, attack, and eat their prey while the creatures are somewhat alive, though they will also eat dead animals.
Adult Gray Hawks are pale gray birds with finely barred chests and prominently banded black-and-white tails. The undertail coverts are white; the wingtips are dark. Immatures have dark brown backs with heavy brown streaks and spots on the underparts.
Common Grackles are blackbirds that look like they’ve been slightly stretched. They’re taller and longer tailed than a typical blackbird, with a longer, more tapered bill and glossy-iridescent bodies. Grackles walk around lawns and fields on their long legs or gather in noisy groups high in trees, typically evergreens.
Starlings are chunky and blackbird-sized, but with short tails and long, slender beaks. In flight their wings are short and pointed, making them look rather like small, four-pointed stars (and giving them their name).
Unlike its red-headed cousin the turkey vulture, which feeds only on the carcasses of dead animals, black vultures are an aggressive bird that will, on occasion, kill other animals for food.
They’re nature’s cleaning crews, says Wahrung, the creatures willing to dig in and rid the ground of carcasses that can otherwise spread diseases, parasites and bacteria. The ones you may see most often from your house or apartment window are either the black or turkey vultures, depending on where you live.
Somatic genetic mutation (i.e mutations that occur after conception) are associated with increased age, and indeed, older crows are more often seen with white feathers. Avian Pox is known to play a role in carotenism though not much is understood about this.
This condition is called partial albinism, and it’s usually inherited but can be caused by other factors. Some birds have just one or two white feathers, while others can be white all over or with big white blotches.
Ravens have bigger, curvier beaks relative to crows. While both species have bristles at the base of the beak, the raven’s are noticeably longer. Its throat feathers are also quite shaggy. Common Ravens are much less common than American Crows in the Eastern United States.
One of the most noticeable differences is their size. Eagles are much larger than hawks, and have longer wingspans. Hawks have a similar appearance, but if you look carefully, you will notice that the wings of hawks tend to be more rounded, and they have short, broad, rounded tails and a stocky build.
Turkey vultures’ heads are bald and red, while bald eagles’ are white and feathered. Turkey vultures are large, darkly colored birds with broad wings. They have distinctive featherless, red heads and a pale bill. They can’t easily kill prey or tear at a carcass with more than their sharp, curved beak.