Brown BirdsBrown Birds
Common Name
Scientific Name
Look For These Markings
Bay-breasted Warbler Dendroica castanea Brown crown, throat and
streaks on sides; black mask
5 1/2"
Black-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus erythrophthalmus Uniform brown above, gray
below; long broad tail
11 3/4"
Brown Creeper Certhia americana Streaked brown and white;
curved bill; climbs up trees
5 1/2"
Brown-headed Nuthatch Sitta pusilla Brown belly; black crown
and stripe through eye;
gray back
4 1/4"
Brown Thrasher Toxostoma rufum Bright reddish brown above;
spotted breast
11 1/2"
Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus Rusty brown above; duller
below; white line over eye
5 1/2"
Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum Brownish gray; crested;
yellow tip to tail;
black thourgh eye
Calcarius ornatus Brown nape; black breast
and cap; light throat
6 1/4"
Dickcissel Spiza americana Brown shoulder, yellow
breast patch; black on throat
6 1/4"
Fox Sparrow Passerella iliaca Brown rump and tail; gray
back; streaked above & below
7 1/4"
Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus Reddish brown tail, breast
heavily spotted with black
House Wren Troglodytes aedon Brown above with tail & wings
barred; dull grayish below
4 3/4"
McCown's Longspur Calcarius mccownii Brown shoulder; black cap and
patch on breast
Orchard Oriole Icterus spurius Brown body; black head,
wings and tail
7 1/2"
American Robin Turdus migratorius Reddish brown breast; slate
back; dark head
Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia Brown above, streaks & stripes
on back & face; white breast
heavily streaked with a
dark spot
Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus Brown sides; black head
throat and back; white
on wings and tail
Vesper Sparrow Pooecetes gramineus Brown shoulder; streaked
above; white outer tail
(Wilson Thrush)
Catharus fuscescens Reddish brown above; dull
white breast with faint marks
7 1/2"
Wood Thrush Hylocichla mustelina Reddish brown above; heavily
spotted black breast

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