Forages on the ground and in low vegetation. Northern Wheatear: Small thrush (oenanthe), with gray upperparts, black wings, mask, and tail. Direct and hovering flight with rapid wing beats. Spiders found in Minnesota include 24 unique species from confirmed sightings by contributing members of Spider ID. Flies low to the ground. Crown is black and nape is pale green. Chuck-will's-widow: Large nightjar with entire body complexly mottled with brown, gray, and black. The long tail is buff-and-black barred, and has a pale tip; undertail coverts are white with black bars. Short bill has bright orange base and black tip. Head has a yellow-green cap, yellow face, and dark eye, cheek stripes. It is a ground nester, prefers Jack Pine stands over 80 acres in size. (Of some sort) 2 flew in landed under bird feeder and fed off the ground as blue jays fed above. Feeds on insects. Hawks from perch, hovers. Bill is black, legs and feet are pink. Rock Wren: Medium wren with white-speckled gray upperparts, brown rump, white-over-black eye brow, white throat and breast with fine gray streaks, and buff-yellow flanks and belly. Wings are long and narrow. It only eats insects, and forages for them on the ground and in trees. Small gull, pale gray upperparts, gray-white nape, white neck with thin black collar, and white, wedge-shaped tail; underparts are variably pink. Strong direct flight on rapid wing beats. Spotted Towhee: Large sparrow, white-spotted black back, black rump. Legs and feet are brown. It has feathers on legs and toes to help it walk in the snow and stay warm. The female is more brightly colored than the male. MacGillivray's Warbler: Medium-sized warbler with olive-green upperparts and yellow underparts. Clark's Nutcracker: Medium, noisy and inquisitive jay with pale gray head and body. They nest either in a sheltered location on the ground or low in trees or shrubs. Hovers more than other bluebirds and drops on prey from above, also catches insects in flight. As it hops, it often flicks its tail from side to side. Black tips on the primary feathers are only seen in flight. Little Gull: The smallest of all gulls, with pale gray upperparts and white nape, neck, breast, belly, and tail. Bill is long and slightly decurved. Feeds on fish, dives to 90 feet for them. Collar is white, throat is brown, and breast patch is dark brown. Brewer's Sparrow: Medium sparrow with finely streaked gray-brown upperparts, pale eye-ring, dark moustache stripe, and plain, pale gray underparts. The upperparts are very pale gray, nearly white, and the underparts are white. Bill is black. Head has a slate-gray hood and bold white eye-ring. Feet and legs are dull yellow. Wings are black with thin white trailing edge, visible when folded, and dark underwings. It feeds primarily on small mammals and also takes small birds. Swift direct flight with rapid wing beats. Whatbird.com logo design courtesy of The Haller Company. Mexican Violetear: Medium hummingbird, dark metallic green (appearing black in low light) with blue-violet cheek and breast patches. Belly and rump are bright yellow. Sexes are similar. The long tail is buff-and-black barred, and has a pale tip; undertail coverts are white with black bars. Hermit Warbler: Small warbler, gray upperparts, white underparts, black-streaked flanks. The male (shown in background) has a bronze-green back, bright red eyering, rump and underparts. Formerly called the Green Violetear, it has had its name changed to Mexican Violetear and has also been split by the American Ornithologist Union in 2016 into the Mexican Violetear and Lesser Violetear (out of North American range). Wings are black with large white patches. Wings are mottled gray with dark primaries. Tail is black with white undertail coverts. Common Snipe: Longest-billed of all snipes, best identified by broad white stripe at base of underwing. Minnesota Breeding Bird Distribution* The Brown-headed Cowbird is a widespread and abundant breeding resident in Minnesota. Long-billed Dowitcher: This large, stocky sandpiper has dark, mottled upperparts, dark cap and eye stripe, short white eyebrow, and red-brown underparts with lightly barred flanks. Northern Wheatear: Small thrush (oenanthe), with gray upperparts, black wings, mask, and tail. Eats fly larvae, beetles, crustaceans and marine worms. Long, round-tipped tail is edged with white. Yellow-billed Loon: Large loon, white-spotted black upperparts, white underparts, gray sides with fine white spots. Pygmy Nuthatch: Small nuthatch, blue-gray upperparts and pale yellow breast. Eyes are red and bill is orange-red with black tip. Black-headed Gull: Small, white gull with partial hood, white crescents above and below eye, and white-gray back. Sabine's Gull: Small gull with gray back and white nape, rump, and underparts. The black crown has a short black crest, the white tail is deeply forked, and the legs and feet are black. Breast is orange-brown and belly is yellow. To see this please jump to the Iceland Gull species account. Whatbird.com logo design courtesy of The Haller Company. Prominent chestnut-brown patch on wing is visible on standing and flying birds. Arctic Tern: This is a medium-sized, slim tern with gray upperparts, black cap, a white rump and throat, and pale gray underparts. Tail is long and white-edged with dark bars. Alternates several deep flaps with glides and fast wing beats. The wings are black with yellow shoulder patches and two white bars. Male: Black with white sides and gray back with lines. Feeds on insects, caterpillars, fruits and berries. It is named for its laughter-like call. Wings are black with white spots; rump is black; tail is black with white outer feathers. Strong direct flight on rapid wing beats. Feeds mostly on fish, some crustaceans and insects. Forages on ground and in trees and bushes. White wing patches are visible in flight. Field guides, illustrations, and database Copyright © 2004 - 2013. It forages for insects on or close to the ground. Long hooked yellow-gray bill with yellow "v" shaped gular pouch edged in white. The eyes are dark and the bill is yellow with a red spot on the lower mandible. It was named for Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Painted Bunting: Colorful, medium-sized bunting. Sandwich Tern: This is the only medium-sized tern with a long slender black bill tipped with yellow. Eats seeds of aquatic plants, grasses and grains, insects and small marine crustaceans. Brant: This small goose has dark brown upperparts and brown-barred, pale gray underparts. Clark's Grebe: Large grebe, gray-black upperparts, white underparts, and slender neck with white on front and black on back. These woodpeckers are Williamson’s Sapsucker, the Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker, Lewis’s Woodpecker, the Red-Headed Woodpecker, the Red-bellied Woodpecker, the American Three-toed Woodpecker, the Black-backed Woodpecker, the Downy Woodpecker, the Hairy Woodpecker, the Pileated Woodpecker and the … It feeds on fish, small birds, or almost anything. Diet includes fish, crustaceans and insects. Nape and upper back are chestnut-brown. Feeds on insects. Black-throated Sparrow: Medium sparrow, gray-brown upperparts, white underparts, black bib. Direct flight with strong steady wing beats. Wings are dark with two white bars. See more ideas about birds, pet birds, beautiful birds. Bill, legs,feet are yellow. Head and nape are blue. Tail is gray with white spots near corners. The sexes are similar. It only eats insects, and forages for them on the ground and in trees. Legs and feet are gray-pink. Legs and feet are gray. Bewick's Wren: Small wren with unstreaked, gray to red-brown upperparts and plain white underparts. Tail is long and black with white corners. Legs are extremely long and red-pink. Fall Birds of Minnesota (September, October, November) Life could never be long enough to hold all the Minnesota fall days that the reasonable person would hope to enjoy. Tail is green with black outer tail feathers. Connecticut Warbler: Large ground-walking warbler, olive-gray upperparts, dull yellow underparts. Feeds on insects, spiders, small reptiles, fruits, seeds and berries. May be the most rapid flying North American bird, has been seen fleeing from raptors at estimated speeds of over 200 mph. Bill is huge, with arched ridge and narrow grooves. Hovers more than other bluebirds and drops on prey from above, also catches insects in flight. Wing linings are white. Tail is slightly forked when folded. Glaucous-winged Gull: This large gull has gray upperparts with white underparts, head and neck. Bill is black. Legs and feet are gray. Swift direct flight with quick wing strokes. Slightly decurved bill is black. Like a light burnt orange color. Elegant Tern: Medium tern, pale gray upperparts, white underparts may have pink tint. Swift, direct, and low flight. Spotted Towhee: Large sparrow, white-spotted black back, black rump. Rapid bouncy flight, alternates several quick wing beats with wings pulled to sides. Feeds primarily on insects. Broad white stripes on black wings are visible in flight. Fast direct flight with rapid wing beats. Female has gray-brown upperparts, white underparts with brown streaks, and a light to dark salmon colored belly and vent. Swift bounding flight, alternates rapid wing beats with periods of wings pulled to sides. Hood and throat are iridescent red, may appear black or dark purple in low light; broken white eye-ring is usually visible. Hovers above water before diving. Head is black and eyes are red. Wings are black with large white patches visible in flight. Mississippi Kite: Small kite, dark gray upperparts, pale gray underparts and head. This is a list of the must see flashy colored birds of Minnesota that even a non-birder would find beautiful. Swift bounding flight on rapid wing beats. Head has white forehead patch edged in black and white eyebrows joining above bill. The face is black with a broken white eye-ring. Bill is dark red with black tip. Upon research I am fairly positive it was a thrasher. Bill tapers evenly to a sharp point. Wings are black with white spots. Tail is pale gray, dark band at base. Wings are rufous. Sexes are similar. Mountain Bluebird: Small thrush with brilliant blue back, head, and wings. For example, the Northern Cardinal, whose bright red plumage is recognized by almost anyone who sees it and whose mate has a soft brown plumage. Tail is dark gray with white corners. Sexes are similar. Some red morph females have a red wash, red splotches, or are entirely red. Costa's Hummingbird: Medium hummingbird with green back, pale gray underparts and dull green flanks. Tail is black with thick, white edges. Tail is long and black with white corners. Fieldfare: Large, robin-like thrush with rufous back with gray head and rump. Sexes are similar. Purple Sandpiper: Medium sandpiper, upperparts are scaled gray-brown, crown is dark, and white underparts are streaked. For proof, consider the annual Christmas Bird Count, which just wrapped up its 117th year. The wings show white bars in flight. Head has black mask and sideburns and thick yellow eyebrows. Strong direct flight with rapid wing beats. Red eyes with white eye-rings, and white patch above. Shows white wing patch, black belly, reddish-brown breast, neck and back. Bill is pink with dark tip. Clark's Nutcracker: Medium, noisy and inquisitive jay with pale gray head and body. The bill is yellow with a dark tip. Wings are gray with two white bars. Feeds on aquatic plants, cultivated grains, seeds. Minnesota is known as “the star of the north” and birders know that Minnesota is a star destination to see amazing northern birds. Long, thin, upcurved bill. Crested Caracara: Large, ground-dwelling falcon, black body, finely barred tail, wing panels and upper breast. Today it follows cattle, and occurs abundantly from coast to coast. Quiet and solitary. Only loon to leap into flight from water or land. Painted Bunting: Colorful, medium-sized bunting. Throat feathers are long, purple-red, appearing as streaks on a white background, whiskers when fluffed out, or dark, inverted V when folded. Tail has white edges, dark center and tip. Wings are dark with two white bars. We have photos, song recordings, in-depth entries, and more to help bird watchers correctly identify the birds … Swift bounding flight, alternates rapid wing beats with periods of wings pulled to sides. Head has darker cap and slight crest. Tail is long and white-edged with dark bars. An open ocean species vaguely resembling a small penguin that can fly. This table does not contain an exhaustive list of birds found in the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, but represents some of the more common or notable birds. Snowy Plover: Small plover, pale brown upperparts, white underparts. The wings and tail are dark gray. Face has thick, black eye-line. Rock Wren: Medium wren with white-speckled gray upperparts, brown rump, white-over-black eye brow, white throat and breast with fine gray streaks, and buff-yellow flanks and belly. Female has olive-yellow upperparts and dull yellow underparts. The head is gray, bill is short and slightly decurved. Weak fluttering flight with shallow wing beats. Feeds on nectar, insects, spiders, and sap. Feeds on insects, spiders, small reptiles, fruits, seeds and berries. Black cap covers eyes, crosses chin and ends at yellow nape. It usually forages in understory vegetation and dead leaves. Flies in straight line formation with neck and legs outstretched, roosts high in trees and bushes at night. Calliope Hummingbird: Very small hummingbird, metallic green upperparts and flanks, white underparts. Lazuli Bunting: Small finch, bright blue upperparts, cinnamon-brown breast and sides, white belly. Iceland Gull: Large, white gull, pale, pearl-gray back and upper wings. Feeds on fish, aquatic insects, and their larvae. Lower breast and sides are yellow with black streaks and belly is white.Face is yellow with black crown and cheek patch and yellow crescent below eye. Western Wood-Pewee: Medium-sized flycatcher with dull olive-gray upperparts and pale olive-gray underparts. Anna's Hummingbird: Medium hummingbird; male has bronze-green upperparts, dull gray underparts. Strong steady flight with deep wing beats. Bill is long and slightly decurved. Diet includes aquatic invertebrates. Legs and feet are gray. White-eyed Vireo: Medium-sized, secretive vireo with olive-green upperparts, and white underparts with yellow sides and flanks. Sexes are similar. Rock Ptarmigan: Small grouse with black, brown, and buff mottled upperparts, white underparts with variable dark mottling, and white wings. Bill is pink with dark tip. Wings noticeably long on perched bird. The wings have white shoulder patches and a green speculum visible in flight. Underparts are white, and buff-brown wash on throat. Feeds on nuts, insects, eggs and young of other birds, lizards, carrion and small mammals. Legs are blue-gray. Often flies with feet trailing and dangling below. Varied Thrush: Large thrush, dark gray upperparts, rust-brown throat, breast, sides, eyebrows, black breast band, and white belly and undertail. Ross's Goose: Small, white goose with black primary feathers and stubby gray-based red-orange bill. Black bill, legs, feet. It has a swift direct flight with rapid wing beats. Strong direct flight with rapid wing beats. White face, black cap extends nearly to red eyes. Eats mostly insects in the summer. Black bill, legs and feet. Forages in trees and bushes. Legs and feet are pink-brown. Connecticut Warbler: Large ground-walking warbler, olive-gray upperparts, dull yellow underparts. Strong direct flight with rapid wing beats. Bounding flight. Wings are white with black primary and secondary feathers. Yellow bill. It has a slow flight with deep wing beats and soars on updrafts. New subspecies range maps for this bird will be available in the next iBird update at which time we will retire the Thayer’s Gull as it’s own species. Bill, legs and feet are black. Bill is gray. White eyebrows are conspicuous. Legs and feet are black. Sips nectar. Hood is solid black and eye-ring is dark red. Williamson's Sapsucker: Medium-sized woodpecker with black back and white rump. Some red morph females have a red wash, red splotches, or are entirely red. Feeds at night, mostly on insects. Band-tailed Pigeon: Large dove, small, purple-gray head and broad neck with distinctive, thin white band on nape. Yellow head has black crown stripes and eye-lines. Prairie Warbler: Small warbler, brown-streaked, olive-green upperparts with reddish-brown streaking, bright yellow underparts with black streaks on sides. The legs and feet are pink. Short flights, alternates rapid wing beats with brief periods of wings pulled to sides. Swift, graceful flight, alternates several quick wing beats with long glides. Bouyant flight with steady wing beats, alternates several wing strokes with short to long glides. Its spread has represented bad news for other songbirds: Cowbirds lay their eggs in nests of other birds. Black Scoter: Medium diving duck, entirely black except for yellow knob at base of black bill. Northern Bobwhite: Medium, morphologically variable quail, most with unique head pattern of white face and throat, dark eyestripe, rufous-brown (eastern and Great Plains) or black (Florida) center stripe on top of head. Brown coloured birds are found in most families of bird species, including sparrows, thrashers, creepers, and even the females of the different members of the bunting family. Western Tanager: Medium-sized tanager with brilliant red head, bright yellow body, black back, wings, and tail. Crown is rufous, throat is white with black stripes, and bill is gray. Squared tail is blue-green with black band. Flies low over water with strong rapid wing beats. Direct flight, rapid wing beats. Swift direct flight with rapid wing beats, usually flies low over the water. Often feeds on mudflats like a wader. Bill is pink with dark tip. Head has black mask and sideburns and thick yellow eyebrows. It feeds on small fish, crustaceans and insects. Tail is long and dark gray. Makes short, direct flights on rapidly beating wings. Direct and hovering flight with very rapid wing beats. Flies low to the ground. Willow Ptarmigan: Small grouse, winter adult is all white with dark-edged tail and small orange-red eye combs. Lower breast and sides are yellow with black streaks and belly is white.Face is yellow with black crown and cheek patch and yellow crescent below eye. The tail is deeply forked and white with dark edged outer feathers. Tail is long and white-edged with dark bars. The sexes look very similar. Bill is long and slightly decurved. It is the smallest of the ptarmigans, and the only one that nests south of Canada. The eyes are large and dark and the tail is often spread, displaying large white spots. Direct flight on rapid wing beats. So in a flock of red finches only a few of the birds will show a red head. The wings are dark with two white bars. Eastern populations are red-brown, Northwestern birds are more brown, and Western Interior birds are gray-brown. Worm-eating Warbler: Medium-sized, ground nesting warbler with olive-gray upperparts and pale yellow underparts. Bill is bright yellow. Fulvous Whistling-Duck: Large, long-legged, long-necked duck with dark brown back and white V-shaped rump patch. Head has dark gray cap and sharply contrasting white eyebrow and cheek stripe. Black bill, pink legs and feet. Dovekie: Small seabird with black upperparts and hood, white underparts, and stubby, black, sparrow-like bill. It feeds on worms, mice, other birds and their eggs, and garbage. Found in pine stands, mangroves and overgrown fields rather than prairies. Tail is dark gray to black. It can be tricky to glimpse a Brown Thrasher in a tangled mass of shrubbery, and once you do you may wonder how such a boldly patterned, gangly bird could stay so hidden. Dark tail has white edges. This is a compilation of birds taken during the summer of 2011 in 5 central Counties of Minnesota. Both sexes are similar in appearance. Bill is gray. Legs and feet are gray. The male is the only all black duck in North America. Smew: Small merganser, mostly white body except for black back, mask, breast bar, and V-shaped nape patch. Fall migration means the disappearance of some nesting birds headed south to warmer climes. Sage Thrasher: Small thrasher, gray upperparts, dark-streaked white underparts with pale brown wash. Legs and feet are pink. Kirtland's Warbler: Rare, medium-sized warbler with black-streaked gray upperparts and yellow underparts with black streaks on sides. Feeds on insects, ticks, spiders, lizards, fruits, berries and seeds. Wings are dark with large white patches. Black Rail: Smallest North American rail, mostly dark gray or nearly black with white-speckled back, belly, flanks. They spend most of their time in the tops of tall fir and pine trees, making them difficult to see. Rounded tail is rufous with black edges. Wings are black with white spots. Some males show green on back and head. The bill is long, dark and dagger-like, and the legs and feet are yellow-green. The black bill turns yellow with a dark tip in the winter. It forages for insects on or close to the ground. Eyes are red. Belly and rump are bright yellow. Head has chestnut-brown crown, small black mask, chin, ear patches. Legs and feet are brown. Barn Owl: This medium-sized owl has a glaring white, heart-shaped facial disk, no ear tufts and long legs. Wings are black with large white patches. Strong flight with shallow wing beats. White morph has all-white plumage, black-tipped pink bill, and black legs. Sexes are similar, but females are darker in color than the males. Tail is dark with white corners. 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