Rebecca Stephenson

Rebecca has a Bachelor of Science in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, with minors in Botany and Zoology. One could say she's a well-rounded naturalist. Her passion for birds runs deep; she's religiously fed hummingbirds for years, owned a parrot, led guided bird walks, and participated in many bird studies as a student. Writing for Birding Insider serves as another way to express her passion for birds and the natural world!

Common Woodpeckers in Missouri Guide

Situated pretty much right in the middle of the United States, Missouri is a surprisingly bird-rich state. It features a variety of habitats, including grasslands, tallgrass prairies, wetlands, and several types of forests, creating perfect homes for over 400 North American bird species, with northern, southern, eastern, and western species all converging here. It’s also […]

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Iconic Birds of New Mexico Guide

New Mexico is an absolute wonderland for birding! With its southern border touching the deserts of Mexico and its northern border hitting Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, it’s a confluence for both exciting tropical southern species, like Elegant Trogons, and temperate northwestern species like Western Tanagers. Likewise, birds of the Great Plains frequently enter the state by

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Red-breasted Sapsucker Guide (Sphyrapicus ruber)

If you live in western North America, you’ve almost certainly encountered this sprightly red-headed bird climbing around on the thick tree trunks of coastal and mountain forests – or perhaps seen the characteristic parallel rows of tiny holes of its sap wells in deciduous trees. The Red-breasted Sapsucker is the Pacific coast’s version of the

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Arizona Woodpecker Guide (Leuconotopicus arizonae)

The Arizona Woodpecker is aptly named, as, if you are living in North America, that’s where you are most likely to see one – if you even see one at all. Unlike their rowdier counterparts, these medium-sized woodpeckers are somewhat quiet and elusive, especially outside of the breeding season. Arizona Woodpeckers prefer life at middle

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Pileated Woodpecker Guide (Dryocopus pileatus)

The Pileated Woodpecker is probably the most thrilling bird you can encounter in a daytime forest in North America. Now the third largest woodpecker in the world – following the likely extinction of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker – they are distinctive for their fiery red crests, loud drumming performances, and the massive holes they leave in

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Eastern Screech Owl Guide (Megascops otus)

Eastern Screech Owls are incredibly common throughout their range but due to their small size and excellent camouflage abilities, you’ve probably never seen one! If you live anywhere near trees in eastern North America, you’ve likely heard one, though. In folklore, people thought the descending whinnying call of the Eastern Screech Owl sounded like a

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