Wild Birds

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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Black and White Woodpeckers Guide

Introduction Tap-tap-tap…tap-tap-tap…if you’re anything like me, the unmistakable sound of a woodpecker instantly draws your attention. I’ll fully admit I’m a visual birder, not an auditory one: I’m much better at identifying birds by their appearance instead of their sound. That means I’ll never be able to tell some species apart (the dreaded flycatchers come

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Amethyst-throated Mountain-Gem Guide (Lampornis amethystinus)

So many hummingbird species have striking plumage flecked with metallic hues of copper, gold, green, pink, blue, orange…okay, I might as well list the entire rainbow. They are so unassuming when the sunlight isn’t shining on them just right, but the minute it does, boom! A kaleidoscope of color glimmers and radiates through the sky

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