Gray Jay: Medium-sized, fluffy, crestless jay with gray upperparts, paler underparts, and a short bill. Eyestripes are thick and black with white borders. Buff-breasted Sandpiper: This medium-sized sandpiper has a buff wash over the entire body except for the white vent. Mississippi Kite: Small kite, dark gray upperparts, pale gray underparts and head. Legs and feet are black. The bold patterning of black and yellow-orange sported by male Baltimore Orioles reminded early observers of the black and gold heraldry of Lord Baltimoreâhence the species' common name. Wilson's Plover: Medium plover, gray-brown upperparts and cap. White eyebrows are conspicuous. Swift direct flight. Underwing coverts are white. Summer Tanager: Large tanager, dark-red overall with a large, pale gray bill. Non-breeding adult lacks hood, black mark behind eye, and black tip on bill. Hovers to take insects, berries, fruit. Inland forests and grasslands support a wide variety of nesting birds in summer, as well as Sexes are similar. Flies close to the water in straight line. Tail is square. Throat and breast are paler blue, and belly and undertail coverts are white. Black bill, and yellow lores. White-tailed Eagle: Fourth largest eagle in the world; has a dark brown body, brown and white streaked head, neck and breast and a white tail. Sexes are similar. Thereâs no need to look through dozens of photos of birds that donât live in your area It has a strong direct flight with deep wing beats. Red-billed Tropicbird: This slender, white, gull-like seabird is the largest tropic bird. As it hops, it often flicks its tail from side to side. Black legs and feet. Underparts are white, and buff-brown wash on throat. The white-edged side and flank feathers form a striking border between sides and back. 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. Yellow legs, feet. Hovers above water before diving. Eye-ring is white. Soars to great heights. Yellow-headed Blackbird: Medium-sized blackbird with black body, bright yellow hood and breast, and distinct white wing patches. Feeds on insects, carrion, refuse, seed, nuts, berries, mice, eggs and young of other birds. Diet includes insects, worms and spiders. Legs and feet are pale gray. Long-billed Curlew: Very large sandpiper with brown mottled upperparts, buff-brown underparts with dark streaks and spots. Soars effortlessly for long periods of time, may circle and glide for long distances. Swift direct flight. Northern Lapwing: Large, unique plover with black breast, face, crown, and long upright head plumes; back is green-tinged purple and copper. Brown Booby: This large seabird is mostly dark brown with white under wing coverts, belly and vent. Bewick's Wren: Small wren with unstreaked, gray to red-brown upperparts and plain white underparts. Legs and feet are brown. Hooded Warbler: Medium warbler, olive-green upperparts, bright yellow underparts. Swift direct flight with strong wing beats. Fast direct flight with rapid wing beats. Black-browed Albatross: White head, neck, underparts, and black back, tail. Ross's Goose: Small, white goose with black primary feathers and stubby gray-based red-orange bill. Strong steady wing beats alternated with long to short glides. Collar is white, throat is brown, and breast patch is dark brown. Sandhill Crane: This large wading bird has a gray body, white cheeks, chin, and upper throat, and a bright red cap. Head has red cap, black chin patch. Easily identified by black tail, stiff wing beats and long narrow pointed wings. Yellow-orange eye combs. The wings are dark with two white bars. Forages in low vegetation and on the ground. Bill is gray. Marbled Godwit: This large sandpiper has black-marked, dark brown upperparts, and lightly barred, chestnut-brown underparts. Hooked bill is dark, legs are pink. Blue Grosbeak: Large finch, bright purple-blue body, black face, and two wide, brown wingbars. This is my "pictorial checklist" of birds photographed in Massachusetts. Crown, nape, and face are gray; eye-rings appear as large, white spectacles. Once called the Golden Swamp Warbler. Flies low, with rapid shallow stiff wing beats followed by short glides. Wings and tail are edged with olive-yellow. Buff body. Thayer's Gull: Having had full species status since 1973, as of 2017, the AOU considers this gull to be a subspecies of the Iceland Gull and has lumped it there. The sexes are similar, but the males are usually larger than females, with a larger bill, head and tarsi. Franklin's Gull: This medium-sized gull has a gray back and white underparts. Tail is gray with white spots near corners. Tail is long and black with white edges. Female lacks black head and throat, has brown streaked upperparts and buff streaked underparts. Black-capped Petrel: Large petrel with white underparts, dark brown to black back and upper wings, black cap, and white collar (this field mark is missing in some birds). May hover briefly above prey. Mask is dark gray, throat is white and breast is gray. Difficult to distinguish from Snowy Egret. Black-headed Grosbeak: Large, stocky finch, black-streaked, orange-brown back, black head, wings, tail. Dark phase adult has a dark brown body with a large white patch at base of primaries visible in flight. Some red morph females have a red wash, red splotches, or are entirely red. The long tail is buff-and-black barred, and has a pale tip; undertail coverts are white with black bars. Feeds on fish, krill and squid. Terek Sandpiper: Medium-sized sandpiper with lightly spotted gray upperparts, white underparts, and gray wash on upper breast. Swift direct flight with rapid wing beats. of Moorestown. The eyes are large and dark and the tail is often spread, displaying large white spots. Bill is bright yellow. It feeds mainly on fish and squid. Wandering Tattler: This medium-sized sandpiper has solid gray upperparts and heavily black-and-white barred underparts. Yellow crown is bordered by a wide black cap; cheek and collar are black. Greater White-fronted Goose: This medium-sized goose has a dark-brown body and the underparts are barred and flecked with black. Ruddy Turnstone: This medium-sized sandpiper has red-brown upperparts, white rump and underparts, and a black-marked face. Dark wings, tail. Diet includes aquatic invertebrates. Body color ranges from a light bleached to dark brown, all have a cinammon wash that makes the bird look red-tinged. Feeds on a variety of insects and spiders. Feeds mostly on insects but also eats seeds. Swift direct flight with rapid wing beats. Weak fluttering flight with shallow wing beats. Black tips on the primary feathers are only seen in flight. Wings are dark with two white bars. Strong flight with shallow wing beats. Juvenile like winter adult but more black on wing and tail with black tip. Upperwings are dark gray with pale gray patches. Legs and feet are gray-pink. Black legs and feet. Eastern populations are red-brown, Northwestern birds are more brown, and Western Interior birds are gray-brown. White underparts extend up onto the face as a cheek patch. Long black legs trail behind squared tail in flight. Tail is dark gray to black. Head has black hood, and yellow face. Its dark plumage sets it apart from all other North American woodpeckers. As of September 2019, there â¦ The legs are orange. Strong and fast flight on rapidly beating wings. Tundra Swan: This small swan is completely snowy white. Glides and soars for hours with minor adjustments to wing position. Sexes are similar. Black-bellied Plover: This medium-sized shorebird has black upperparts vividly marked with a white spot on each feather. Wings have large white bars. In Massachusetts they are represented by two speciesâthe Baltimore Oriole and the Orchard Oriole. Mask is black and throat is white. Most grackles migrate a short distance south to pass the winter, but some few opt to brave the storms each year, often mixed with flocks of other blackbirds. Bill is long, black with orange at the base and curved upward. Swift direct flight on rapid wing beats. Brown upperparts. Strong direct flight on rapid wing beats. Dark morph is dark gray with pale streaks on throat and upper breast. The Black-cap, oâ¦ Black bill,legs and feet. Bohemian Waxwing: Large waxwing with gray upperparts, pink-gray crest, black mask and chin, and gray underparts. The throat (gorget) is iridescent copper-red. Forages in groung, low vegetation. Outer tail feathers are white. Soars on thermals and updrafts. It has a thin, short black bill and black legs and feet. The sexes are similar. Head has black face patch, white eyebrows. Head has a conspicuous white cheek mark and yellow crown. Black bill is long and stout. American White Pelican: Huge, white seabird, enormous outstretched wings show black primaries, outer secondaries in flight. Its head and neck is often stained rust-brown from ferrous minerals in marsh soils. Bill is pink with a brown tip and base. Legs and feet are gray. Pale feather tips produce barring on flanks and upperparts. Learn about all the Commonwealth's breeding bird species in the Breeding Bird Atlas 2. Strong direct flight on steady wing beats. For birders and identification of wild birds. Slow, deep wing beats. Painted Bunting: Colorful, medium-sized bunting. Eurasian Collared-Dove: Medium dove, pale gray overall with darker cinnamon-brown wash over back. Gray wings, tail. Feeds on seeds, spiders, and insects. Feeds on insects. Head has dark cap and forked white eyebrows. Soars on thermals and updrafts. Short black tail. Eyes are yellow. Winter encounters with grackles occasionally spike in mild years, but have been steadily trending downward over the past several years. Feeds at night on crustaceans and large sqiud it takes from the surface. Brewer's Sparrow: Medium sparrow with finely streaked gray-brown upperparts, pale eye-ring, dark moustache stripe, and plain, pale gray underparts. Eurasian Curlew: Large curlew, strongly marked underparts lack rich orange or buff tones that other long billed curlews often show. Calliope Hummingbird: Very small hummingbird, metallic green upperparts and flanks, white underparts. Forages in trees, bushes. The underparts are white; upper tail is black with white outer edges. Strong deep wing beats. The head, neck and breast are a rich rufous, while vent, under tail coverts and underwings are white. Eurasian Kestrel: Small falcon, spotted rufous upperparts, brown-streaked buff underparts. Eyes are red. Cassin's Vireo: Small vireo, olive-gray upperparts, white underparts, pale yellow flanks. It has a black bill with a yellow spot at the base and black legs and feet. Western Meadowlark: This short stocky, ground-dwelling bird has dark-streaked brown upperparts, bright yellow underparts, and a broad black V on the breast. Underparts are white except for black upper breast band. Light phase adult has pale gray-brown head and underparts. This is a list of mammals of Massachusetts. Throat feathers are long, purple-red, appearing as streaks on a white background, whiskers when fluffed out, or dark, inverted V when folded. V-shaped bib is black. Red-orange legs and feet. Black breast, white belly, rufous sides. Sometimes called Swamp Warbler. Crested Caracara: Large, ground-dwelling falcon, black body, finely barred tail, wing panels and upper breast. Tail is black with white edges. Feeds at night, mostly on insects. They have longish bills and webbed feet . Iris is red. Soars on thermals. Feeds on insects, fish, worms, small crustaceans and seeds. Wings are rufous. Black bill is short, wide, and slightly decurved and forked tail is short to medium in length. Low, swift flight, alternates rapid wing beats with wings pulled to sides. Eats seeds, insects, caterpillars. In flight it shows long pointed wings with black flight feathers and white wing linings. 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. Eats fish, crustaceans, jellyfish. Feeds on fish by plunge diving and scooping them up with pouch. Outermost primaries have faint black smudges. Hawks from perch, hovers. Wings and notched tail are dark. Sexes are similar. The male (shown in background) has a bronze-green back, bright red eyering, rump and underparts. Bill is long, slightly decurved. Legs are blue-gray. Swift flight, alternates rapid wing beats with wings pulled to sides. 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. Brown Noddy: This medium-sized tern is brown except for the white forehead blending to a gray nape and a small white lower half-eye ring. Forages on shore; sometimes probes mud. These bird-eating hawks are long-tailed and have relatively short, rounded wings and are often very similar in appearance, making them tricky to identify. The sexes are similar. White line divides green speculum and pale blue shoulder patch on wing. hese birds provide some benefits by feeding on harmful insects, such as rootworm beetles and corn earworms, and on weed seeds, such as Johnson grass. Chestnut-collared Longspur: Small, sparrow-like bird with brown-streaked upperparts, black breast and flanks, some have chestnut on underparts, pale gray belly. Common Eider: Large diving duck (v-nigrum), with distinctive sloping forehead, black body, white breast and back. Direct, rapid flight; pigeon like, stiff, shallow wing beats. Swift flight with shallow wing beats. Tail and rump are black. Connecticut Warbler: Large ground-walking warbler, olive-gray upperparts, dull yellow underparts. Head and nape are blue. Make bird watching in Massachusetts even more enjoyable! Feeds on fish and squid. It feeds on invertebrates, small vertebrates and sometimes carrion from the water's surface. Swift, graceful flight, alternates several rapid, deep wing beats with long curving glides. White tail has diagnostic black inverted T. Wings have chestnut-brown bars. Nape and upper back are chestnut-brown. Head has darker cap and slight crest. Bill is pink. Rapid bouncy flight, alternates several quick wing beats with wings pulled to sides. Strong direct flight with shallow wing beats. It feeds mostly on terrestrial and aquatic insects. Blue-gray legs and feet. It has a black bill, legs and feet. Breast is orange-brown and belly is yellow. Legs â¦ Feeds on seeds and insects. Some of these birds have a fairly small New England range (for example, the Spruce Grouse) and other birds are found throughout the region. Tail is black with strongly contrasting white outer tail feathers. Cinnamon-brown underwings visible in flight. Alternates between strong wing beats and gliding. Brewer's Blackbird: Medium-sized blackbird with purple gloss on head and neck and green gloss on body and wings. Head crest is black, facial skin is red, and large bill is blue-gray and hooked. Fulvous Whistling-Duck: Large, long-legged, long-necked duck with dark brown back and white V-shaped rump patch. Townsend's Solitaire: Small thrush, gray overall and slightly darker above. Rides thermals and updrafts, sometimes hovers. It is the smallest of the ptarmigans, and the only one that nests south of Canada. Soars on thermals. Eats mostly insects in the summer. Sabine's Gull: Small gull with gray back and white nape, rump, and underparts. Their slightly-downcurved bills are long and dark, and their pale eyes stand out at quite some distance. Head has white forehead patch edged in black and white eyebrows joining above bill. Flight is low and fluttering over short distances. Chuck-will's-widow: Large nightjar with entire body complexly mottled with brown, gray, and black. It feeds on mollusks, worms and aquatic insects. Wings are dark gray with two white bars. Legs are relatively short and bright orange. Bill, legs, and feet are black. Black-headed Gull: Small, white gull with partial hood, white crescents above and below eye, and white-gray back. Sips nectar. Tail is slightly forked. Legs and feet are brown. Black-capped chickadees flock together and with other birds (especially nuthatches, titmice, and downy woodpeckers) throughout the winter months. Soars on thermals and updrafts. Alternates rapid, shallow wing beats with stiff-winged glides. It has a dark brown back, black face and black underparts with white-mottled flanks; a white S-shaped mark extends from above the eye to along sides. Wings have two bars: upper bar is yellow, lower bar is white. Sexes are similar. Black-tailed Gull: Large gull with white head, neck, breast, and underparts; light charcoal-gray wings and back; large yellow bill with black ring above red tip; pale â¦ Thin, pale bill. Bill is dark and legs and feet are pink. Bill, legs are bright orange, upper bill develops a fibrous keel during breeding season. White tail with faint brown central strip and dark tip. The bill and legs are yellow, and it has a red eyering. Flight is direct with rapid wing beats. Long bill is gray, hooked. Cackling Goose: This small to medium-sized goose has a mottled gray-brown body, black legs, tail, neck, head and face, with a white chin strap stretching from ear to ear and a white rump band. It has a black face, throat and belly and white forehead and crown that extends over the eye, down the back and sides of the neck. Feeds on insects and nectar. Lewis's Woodpecker: Medium woodpecker with dark green-black upperparts and hood. Feeds on insects, snails, grains, seeds and fruits. Eye ring is white. Belly and sides are white, uppertail is white with a black tip, and undertail coverts are rich rufous-orange. Female has olive-yellow upperparts and dull yellow underparts. Wings are mottled gray with dark primaries. Feeds primarily on insects. Black-tailed Gull: Large gull with white head, neck, breast, and underparts; light charcoal-gray wings and back; large yellow bill with black ring above red tip; pale yellow eyes with red orbital ring; short yellow legs and feet; long wings; telltale short black tail with white edge. It feeds on seeds, grain, grasses and berries. Fieldfare: Large, robin-like thrush with rufous back with gray head and rump. It has a long black bill that is slightly decurved, and black legs and feet. Swift direct flight with rapid wing beats. Prothonotary Warbler: Medium-sized warbler with olive-green back and blue-gray wings and tail. Great Gray Owl: Large owl, dark gray body interspersed with bars and flecks of brown, pale gray, and white. It has a strong swift flight with steady wing beats. It has a white rump with a dark central stripe and black legs and feet. Eastern race has gray-green upperparts and distinct yellow wash on underparts. It has a direct flight with rapid wing beats. Wings are dull green with blue flight feathers. Jun 5, 2020 - Explore Nicole Ds's board "Birds of Massachusetts", followed by 141 people on Pinterest. Crown is black and nape is pale green. Gray head, black moustache stripe. Wings held downward. Band-tailed Pigeon: Large dove, small, purple-gray head and broad neck with distinctive, thin white band on nape. Gray Kingbird: Large flycatcher with gray upperparts, black mask, inconspicuous red crown patch, and mostly white underparts with pale yellow wash on belly and undertail coverts. Black-backed Woodpecker: Small woodpecker with black back, black wings with white spots on flight feathers, barred flanks, white underparts. The best field mark for separating grackles from other blackbirds and similar species like starlings is the tail. Common grackles are gregarious and highly vocal birds. Yellow-throated Warbler: Medium warbler with gray upperparts, yellow throat, chin, and upper breast, white underparts with black spots on sides. Face is dark red, collar is gray, belly is pale red. Strong, direct flight with deep, steady wing beats. Bouyant, graceful flight. White arc beneath eye. An open ocean species vaguely resembling a small penguin that can fly. It feeds on worms, mice, other birds and their eggs, and garbage. So I figured the scary place to be for Halloween would definitely be Salem Massachusetts. Spectacles are pale yellow. All State Birds A minuscule, cheerfully sociable bird, the energetic black-capped chickadee does not migrate - â¦ Female lacks black Spotted Towhee: Large sparrow, white-spotted black back, black rump. Strong fast direct flight, often close to the water on rapid wing beats. Wings and tail are brown. Black-necked Stilt: Large shorebird with sharply contrasting black upperparts and white underparts. It was named for the state where it was first discovered, where it is an uncommon migrant. Yellow-brown legs and feet. White-tipped wings, held horizontal in flight. Black crown, nape separated from gray-brown upperparts by whitish collar. Bill is short and yellow with a blackish tip. Long-tailed and gregarious, grackles are hard to miss whenever they are present, as their feathers shine with iridescence and their piercing voices creak and whine across suburban Massachusetts. Underparts are orange-brown with strongly barred black, white flanks. Weak fluttering flight with legs dangling. Head has distinct crest and short, thin, black bill. Feeds on insects, larvae, snails, seeds, and grains. Tail is short, and legs are long. It is named for the state where it was first discovered. Face is pale yellow-orange with gray cheeks. In fall, grackles gather into large flocks before migration at communal roosts, some of which can be impressively massive (as many as one million birds!). Long, thin, upcurved bill. Burrowing Owl: Small ground-dwelling owl, mostly brown with numerous white spots and no ear tufts. Alternates rapid wing beats with glides. Yellow bill with red tip, pale pink-gray legs and feet. Legs and feet are gray. White eye-ring is broken and slate gray hood extends to upper breast where it darkens to black. More than 10 forms of Red Crossbills have been "discovered" recently. Tail is black with white undertail coverts. North America's smallest goose. Light morph has white neck, pale yellow collar, white lower breast, mottled breast band, sides. Strong flight, alternates shallow wing beats with brief periods of wings pulled to sides. Boat-tailed Grackle: Large, black bird with a very long, keel-shaped tail. Pacific Golden-Plover: This medium-sized plover is yellow-spotted. Feeds primarily on mistlestoe berries and small insects. Find out how different species in the state are coping with human development and climate change in the latest State of the Birds â¦ The female is larger than the male with a longer bill and has a little red-brown color. Wings are black with large, white patches. Legs and feet are gray. Purple Gallinule: Medium, chicken-like marsh bird with purple-blue upperparts washed with iridescent green, deep blue underparts. Body is rufous-brown with black streaks on the back and sides; white wing patches are visible in flight. The face is pale with finely streaked crown, crisp brown cheek patch, white eyestripe, and gray nape. With the Atlantic Ocean bordering itâs eastern coast â and plenty of inland forests, swamps, and grasslands â itâs no surprise that a wide array of hawks, owls, falcons, and eagles call this state their home. Wings have two white bars. Direct flight with graceful, shallow wing beats. Forehead is pale blue; bill is red and yellow-tipped. Plumbeous Vireo: Medium vireo, gray back, white throat and underparts, olive-gray sides, yellow-washed flanks. Winter birds are duller gray and juveniles are light gray overall. Includes photos, songs, and facts about each bird. High soaring flight. Flies in straight line formation with neck and legs outstretched, roosts high in trees and bushes at night. Light and bouyant flight on steady wing beats. Tail is square, pale gray, and shorter than folded wings. Feeds on insects, crustaceans, and invertebrates. Loggerhead Shrike: Medium shrike with gray upperparts and paler gray underparts. In 2016 the American Ornithologist Union split the Clapper Rail into three species, the Clapper Rail, Ridgway's Rail and Mangrove Rail (not in North America). Legs and feet are red. Black birds is a reference given to the many types of black coloured birds in North America. Flight is short and low, alternating rapid wing beats with glides. Wings are dark with two white bars. Sharp-tailed Sandpiper: This medium-sized sandpiper has dark brown upperparts and white underparts with faint olive-brown streaks on breast and sides. Wings are dark with large white patches visible in flight. Here they are in no particular order: 1. Diet is heavy in seeds and cultivated grains. Forages walking on ground and wading in water. Bill is long and black. Tail is long and white-edged with dark bars. Ross's Gull: The pink gull of the high Arctic. Legs and feet are pink. Monk Parakeet: Medium parakeet, green overall, gray forehead, cheeks, lores, throat. Soars high on thermals. Legs, feet are pink-brown. Sexes are similar. Wings and tail are gray-black; tail has thin white tip. Red bill. It has long white tail streamers, a white back that is finely barred in black, a black eye stripe curves that upward behind the eye, black primaries, and a red bill. The black crown has a short black crest, the white tail is deeply forked, and the legs and feet are black. Feeds mostly on fish, some crustaceans and insects. Short, fluttering flight, alternates rapid wing beats with wings pulled to sides. The sexes are similar. Vent and wing stripe visible in flight. Discover the birdsâand bird behaviorsâmost commonly encountered in Massachusetts. Though they remain common and widespread as breeders in the Bay State, common grackles are showing signs of a decline in abundance according to the USGS Breeding Bird Survey. The wings are dark gray with broad white stripes. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher: Medium flycatcher with pale gray upperparts and head, white underparts and throat, salmon-pink sides and flanks, and dark brown wings with white edges. Undulating, with several rapid wingbeats and a pause. The Black eagle (Ictinaetus malaiensis) is a bird of prey. AKA snakebird and water turkey. Tail is green above with central blue shafts. Common Chaffinch: Medium finch. The upperwings are gray with black primaries and white secondaries. It has a rapid direct flight with strong, quick wing beats. Black bill, legs and feet. The scientific name means "little digger.". Mountain Bluebird: Small thrush with brilliant blue back, head, and wings. Soars on thermals, must flap its wings more often than a Turkey Vulture. Secretive, heard rather than seen. Wings are brown with chestnut-brown patches. Small gull, pale gray upperparts, gray-white nape, white neck with thin black collar, and white, wedge-shaped tail; underparts are variably pink. Legs and feet are gray. Female resembles the male but is less tinged with red. Wings have white stripes visible in flight. Feeds in shallow water or mudflats exposed at low tide. Legs are black with yellow feet. It is the only entirely red bird in North America. Feeds on insects and seeds. Feeds on insects and spiders. It has a direct steady flight on heavy and labored wing beats, with a slow down stroke and a rapid and jerky upstroke. It only eats insects, and forages for them on the ground and in trees. The head is gray, bill is short and slightly decurved. Black-chinned Hummingbird: Medium hummingbird with metallic green upperparts, gray underparts, white breast, green-washed flanks. It feeds by pecking at the surface and probing mud with its bill for small invertebrates. Head is flat with brown stripes. Whatbird parametric search. Upper mandible is dark gray, while lower mandible is pale pink with black tip. Bulky appearance when perching due to dense, fluffy plumage, long wings extending past body, and relatively long tail. Grackles of both sexes are entirely shiny black, with patches of green and purple gloss. Sexes similar, but male is smaller with a brighter bill base. These birds include the large ravens, crows, blackbirds, cowbirds, grackles and starlings. Heavy flight with strong, deep, steady wing beats alternating with glides. Black bill is slender and long. Eyes are red, bill is black. White head has a dark tuft, black eye patch and chin. Band-rumped Storm-Petrel: This is a black-brown storm-petrel with gray-brown wing bars and a conspicuous white band across the rump and large, slightly notched tail. The large species take up to four years to attain full adult plumage, but two years is typical for small gulls. Often soars like a raptor. Legs and feet are gray. Oct 9, 2014 - Explore Stephanie Adamshick's board "Northeastern birds" on Pinterest. Boreal Owl: Medium owl, white-spotted, brown upperparts and thick brown-streaked, white underparts. The female is dull brown with a white patch on the face at base of bill. The face, neck and breast are rust-brown with black spots. Bill is moderately short, not as strongly curved as similar curlews. The best bird guide and bird watching search engine to identify birds in the world. See more ideas about birds, beautiful birds, pet birds. Legs and feet are pink. Painted Redstart: Medium warbler with black head, upperparts, bright red breast and belly. Black legs, feet. Gray cheek patch is marked by a thin, black line. The most common backyard birds in Massachusetts in winter (December to February) are these: Black-capped Chickadee (46% frequency) Blue Jay (36%) American Crow (36%) Northern Cardinal (35%) Dark-eyed Junco (32%) Wings are dark gray with two rust-brown bars. Fast flight on shallow wing beats. Eyestripes are dark. LeConte's Sparrow: Small sparrow, brown-streaked back, brown-streaked gray nape, pale gray underparts with streaks on sides, pale yellow breast. American Three-toed Woodpecker: Medium woodpecker with black-and-white barred upperparts, black head, yellow crown, white eye-line, throat, breast, and belly, and diagonally barred white flanks. It is the state bird of Colorado. Direct flight, steady, strong wing beats. The tail is dark brown and pointed in flight. Black Vulture: Large raptor, black overall, short, featherless neck, pale bill, short and squared tail, long, pale gray legs and feet. Northern Wheatear: Small thrush (oenanthe), with gray upperparts, black wings, mask, and tail. Hood is solid black and eye-ring is dark red. Boreal Chickadee: Large chickadee, brown upperparts, dark brown cap, small black bib, gray face and neck, white cheek, rufous sides, white underparts. Short, dark brown tail, legs are feathered to the toes. Prominent chestnut-brown patch on wing is visible on standing and flying birds. Black bill is very short; legs, feet are orange-red. High arcing flight. Back of neck is black. Swift direct flight with quick wing strokes. Difficult to distinguish from Tropical Kingbird. Colonel is a silver duckwing Old English Game Bantam which Tail is long and rounded. Sexes are similar. Brown and red-brown mottled upperparts. Bill, legs and feet are black. Rounded tail is rufous with black edges. Red-necked Stint: This small sandpiper has mottled brown upperparts and streaked cap. Underparts are lighter brown with brown barring. It has a finely streaked face, a dark eye line, long black bill, white eye ring and dull yellow legs and feet. Flies in V or straight line formations. Black legs, webbed feet. Lucy's Warbler: Small warbler with pale gray upperparts, rust-brown crown and rump, white underparts. Flight is direct. Shiny Cowbird: Small blackbird with purple sheen on head, back, breast. Large, decurved bill, black upper mandible, lower mandible has pink base. Short flights have rapid wingbeats, longer ones are bouyant with shallow, silent wing beats. Feeds on caterpillars, insects, fruits, seeds and grains. Sooty Tern: This medium-sized tern has long wings, a deeply forked tail, black crown, nape, and upperparts and a broad triangular white forehead patch. Damage to Crops Red-winged blackbirds can cause considerable damage to ripening corn, sunflower, sorghum, and oats in the milk and dough stages, and to sprouting and ripening rice. Swainson's Hawk: Large hawk, dark brown upperparts, white throat, rufous upper breast, pale buff underparts. Diet includes fish and small birds. Sexes are similar; the male is larger. Green-tailed Towhee: Large sparrow, olive-green upperparts and pale gray underparts. It has a blue-gray to yellow bill and yellow legs and feet. Over time, we will continue adding species to our list of New England birds, which includes birds in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Vermont, Maine, and Rhode Island. Crown is rufous, throat is white with black stripes, and bill is gray. Alternates rapid wing beats with brief periods of wings pulled to sides. Feeds on insects, frogs, fruits and berries. The underparts are white with a brown chest band and brown on the flanks. These adaptable birds can turn up in almost any habitat. Bill, legs and feet are black. The sexes are similar. It has a direct flight with rapid wing beats. Forages in trees and bushes. Pomarine Jaeger: The dar morph of this large jaeger is dark brown except for white patches near underwing tips and sides of under tail. Black bill, legs. Wings and spectacularly long, deeply forked tail are black. Swift direct flight, hovers when feeding. It hides in dense thickets, where it forages on the ground looking for insects, spiders, and caterpillars. Meet Colonel! Bill is short, yellow. White-faced Storm-Petrel: The only Atlantic storm-petrel with the combination of dark gray upperparts and white underparts with a dark cap and eyeline. Legs and feet are black. Feet and legs are dull yellow. Allen's Hummingbird: Small, compact hummingbird; male has straight black bill, glittering green crown and back, white breast, and rufous sides, belly, rump, and tail. To acquire food, it plunge dives from 30 to 50 feet. Gleans from bushes, weeds and trees. Tail is short with white edges. Legs and feet are gray. Gray morph is a mix. Upperparts are gray and underparts are white with pale yellow wash on sides. Red eyes with white eye-rings, and white patch above. Long-billed Murrelet: Small seabird with dark brown upperparts and darker brown barring, paler throat and white eye-ring. Bill is black with yellow tip; legs and feet are black. Birds with dainty bills feed on tiny soft spruce cones. Legs and feet are gray. Anhinga: Large, dark waterbird with long tail, snake-like neck, small head, red eyes, and long olive-brown bill. Swift, direct, and low flight. Lark Sparrow: Medium sparrow with streaked, gray-brown upperparts and buff underparts with black breast spot. Direct and hovering flight with very rapid wing beats. Bullock's Oriole: Medium oriole, mostly bright orange with black crown, eye-line, throat stripe, back, and central tail. Sexes are similar. Weak fluttering direct flight with shallow wing beats. The only puffin nesting on the Atlantic Coast. It is our humble opinion based on our small vault of bird knowledge that these are the top ten black birds. The flight is labored and slow with dangling legs. Bouyant, erratic flight with slow, silent wingbeats. Travels alone or in small flocks. Orange air sacs on both sides of the neck inflate during courtship display; long feathers on back of neck also raised during displays. Short flight, alternates several rapid wing beats with wings pulled to sides. Birds with dainty bills feed on tiny soft spruce cones. See more ideas about birds, bird, state birds. Direct flight is high and fluttery. The eyes, bill, and legs of all morphs are yellow. Sexes are similar. Grackles are also quite large, exceeding a foot in length from bill to tail. Fluttering direct flight on shallow wing beats. Lives most of its life above timberline. Purple Sandpiper: Medium sandpiper, upperparts are scaled gray-brown, crown is dark, and white underparts are streaked. It has a direct flight with strong, shallow wing beats. Snowy Plover: Small plover, pale brown upperparts, white underparts. The head has a black crown, white face and throat, and a stout, heavy bill. With Stan Tekielaâs famous field guide, bird identification is simple and informative. Grackles have long, wedge-shaped tails that are especially visible in flight. Has a 15-16 inch-long black tail with deep fork. Tail is short. Ivory Gull: A pure white gull whose entire life is restricted to the edge of the floating pack ice. Baird's Sandpiper: This medium-sized bird has scaled gray-brown upperparts, white underparts and a dark-spotted gray-brown breast. Flies in V formation. Until the 1990s was classified as the Solitary Vireo, along with the Blue-headed and Plumbeous Vireos. Rapid direct flight with strong wing beats. Wings are black with white patches. Dark tail has white edges. Wing linings are white. Head has black hood and throat, sharply contrasting white eyebrow and cheek stripe, and yellow spot in front of eye. Dark bill, thick and heavy; short, broad tail. Swift direct flight with rapid wing beats; long wings allow them to make long flights. Donations to Mass Audubon are tax-deductible to the full extent provided by law. Yellow eyes are relatively small. Barnacle Goose: Medium goose, distinctive white face, jet-black head, neck, and upper breast. Hoary Redpoll: Small finch (exilipes), buff-gray, brown-streaked upperparts and brown-streaked white underparts washed pink. It specializes in eating bees and wasps, which is why it is also known as the bee bird. The wings have a unique brown, black, and white pattern visible in flight. Head has a slate-gray hood and bold white eye-ring. Its wedge shaped tail has a small notch at the tip. Wilson's Phalarope: This medium-sized sandpiper has gray-brown upperparts, red-brown streaks on back and shoulders, red-brown markings on white underparts, gray crown, white face, black eye-line, a black needle-like bill, gray wings and a white tail and rump. Black legs, feet. See more ideas about Birds, Backyard birds, Bird. Hovers more than other bluebirds and drops on prey from above, also catches insects in flight. Feeds on crane flies and brine shrimp. Weak fluttering flight with shallow rapid wing beats. Gray legs, feet. Slow fluttering flight on shallow wing beats. Tail is white. Black-headed Grosbeak: Large, stocky finch, black-streaked, orange-brown back, black head, wings, tail. Feeds on insects, larvae, worms and mollusks. Rump is pale gray or white with few or no streaks. It feeds on aquatic insects and crustaceans. Feeds on aquatic plants, insects and crustaceans. Wings are white with black primaries and a white-bordered blue speculum. Sexes are similar. Tail is long and scissor-like, black above with white outer edges and white below with black inner edges. Wings are plain olive-brown. It eats fish, insects, lemmings and crustaceans, and is also an active scavenger. It has a steady direct flight with rapid wing beats. Head has black mask and sideburns and thick yellow eyebrows. Gray-black skin on head and neck is wrinkled. Webbing between toes is yellow. Black bill is slender and long. Face has thick, black eye-line. Hugs wave contours or flies up to 150 feet. Great Skua: Large, heavy-bodied seabird, prominent white patch in primary feathers. Wings are black with white spots; rump is black; tail is black with white outer feathers. Bar-tailed Godwit: This large shorebird has a long upcurved bill, scaled brown, black and gray mottled upperparts and pale red-brown underparts. Wings are black with large white patches. Crown and nape are blue-gray; belly and vent are white. Clapper Rail: Large, noisy marsh bird, gray or brown upperparts, vertical white-barred flanks and belly, buff or rust-brown breast. The juvenile is brown and streaked. Pink legs, feet. Strong steady flight with deep wing beats. Masked Duck: Small stifftail duck with black-tipped blue bill and black mask with thin white eye-ring. Subscribe to our e-news for the latest events, updates and info. Face is gray with yellow eyestripe and breast is yellow. It has a black head, white eye ring, orange bill with a black spot near the tip, and red-orange legs. Eats insects, caterpillars, seeds and rice. Dives for fish and squid. Varied Thrush: Large thrush, dark gray upperparts, rust-brown throat, breast, sides, eyebrows, black breast band, and white belly and undertail. Massachusetts is home to an impressive number of species of birds that vary from residents, that stay all year around, to breeding birds, that spend a good part of the growing season in Massachusetts to raise their young, migrants White wing patches visible in flight. The wings are short with white spotted black tips. Fish and squid make up most of its diet. Bounding flight, alternates rapid wing beats with wings pulled to sides. The wings and tail are dark gray. Soars on thermals and updrafts. Diet includes Mountain Plover: Medium-sized plover with pale brown upperparts, white underparts, and brown sides. Fork-tailed Flycatcher: Medium-sized flycatcher with pale gray upperparts, black head, inconspicuous yellow crown stripe, and white underparts. Tail has white edges, dark center and tip. Male is iridescent blue-black with yellow or brown eyes. The face and throat are rust-brown and the bill, legs and feet are black. Gulls are typically medium to large birds, usually gray or white, often with black markings on the head or wings. Tail is black- and blue-gray banded with black tip. Browse through available black colored birds and parrots for sale in massachusetts by aviaries, breeders and bird rescues. When feeding, chickadees are curious and active, taking advantage of their strong feet and small size to crawl to the very edges of twigs, sometimes hanging upside down to pick at a promising morsel. Great Skua was split into Great Skua and Brown Skua (not in North American range) by the American Ornithologist Union. White-tailed Kite: Small hawk with gray upperparts, black shoulders, and white face and underparts. Its head and neck is often stained rust-brown from ferrous minerals in marsh soils. Yellow eyes surrounded by orange eye-rings. They can often be seen foraging on lawns or sitting on fences during spring and summer in suburban areas, uttering sharp chak notes or else singing their grating, rusty-hinge song. Gray Flycatcher: Small flycatcher with gray or olive-gray upperparts and pale gray underparts. Soars on fixed wings if wind is up. Like all eagles, it is in the family Accipitridae, and is the only member of the genus Ictinaetus. It feeds on parrot fish, flatfish, mullets and other fish. There are orange feathers on the face, the eyes are red, and the legs and feet are black. Smith's Longspur: Medium sparrow, yellow-brown streaked upperparts, black head with white eyebrow and ear patch, and yellow-brown nape, throat, and underparts. Wings have white-spotted black tips; tail is white. Feeds on crustaceans, mollusks, worms, insects, seeds and berries. Northern Hawk Owl: Medium-sized, slender owl with white-spotted brown upperparts and brown-barred white underparts. It has a gray crown and nape, red eyes and a slender black bill. Feeds on algae and aquatic plants, insects and insect larvae. Gyrfalcon: Large northern falcon with three color morphs: dark, white, and gray. American Oystercatcher: Large shorebird with white underparts, brown upperparts, black hood, long, bright red-orange needle-shaped bill. It was named for Lucy Hunter Baird, daughter of Spencer F. Baird, ornithologist and secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. Feeds on insects, spiders and berries. 1. V-shaped white rump patch and silver-gray underwing linings are visible in flight. Tail is dark with white corners. Northern Gannet: Very large seabird. Head and underparts are buff to cinnamon with white throat and vent. Wings have conspicuous white patches. The neck, breast and belly are white. Greater Prairie-Chicke: Medium grouse, barred with brown and buff (or white). Eyes are red. Alternates series of powerful deep wing beats with long glides. Head is gray with white eye-ring that extends to brow. Yellow Rail: Small rail with pale yellow-striped, dark brown upperparts. Alternates several quick, shallow strokes with wings pulled to sides. Often feeds on mudflats like a wader. Perches upright and remains still for long periods of time and is easily overlooked. It has a swift and direct flight. Couch's Kingbird: Large flycatcher, olive-green upperparts, gray head, dark eye patch, white throat, bright yellow underparts. It has a dark bill, yellow eyes and black legs and feet. Phainopepla: Small, flycatcher-like bird with glossy black body. Wings are dark with two white bars. Bridled Tern: Medium pelagic tern. Magnificent Frigatebird: Large black seabird, orange throat patch inflates into a huge bright red-orange balloon when in courtship display. White-winged Dove: Medium-sized, stout dove with gray-brown upperparts, gray underparts, and small, black crescent below eye. 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