Birds that Choose Conspicuous Perches

Common Name Scientific Name Look For These Markings Size
American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos Glossy black 19"
American Goldfinch Carduelis tristis Yellow above and below; black cap, wings & tail 5 1/4"
American Robin Turdus migratorius Reddish brown breast; slate back; dark head 10"
Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon Blue-gray above with crest; broad gray breastband; large bill and large head 13"
Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata Blue above; black collar bars on wings and tail 11 1/2"
Brown Thrasher (1) Toxostoma rufum Bright reddish brown above; spotted breast 11 1/2"
Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater Male glossy greenish black with brown head; female dull gray 7 3/4"
Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum Brownish gray; crested; yellow tip to tail; black thourgh eye 7"
Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula Male has purple head and greenish back; female is more brownish gray 12"
Eastern Kingbird Tyrannus tyrannus White band across tail tip; concealed red crown; white throat and belly 8"
Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe Gray-brown; black bill; whitish belly 6 1/2-7"
Eastern Wood-Pewee Contopus virens Gray-brown; two narrow white wing bars; similar to Eastern Phoebe 6-6 1/2"
Fish Crow Corvus ossifragus Longer tail than American Crow; head and bill smaller 15 1/2"
Fox Sparrow Passerella iliaca Brown rump and tail; gray back; streaked above & below 7 1/4"
Gray Jay Perisoreus canadensis Gray; black patch across the back of the head; white crown 11-13"
Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus Blue-gray head and back; broad black mask above eye and thinner across top of bill; white underparts faintly barred 9"
Northern Shrike Lanius excubitor Whitish rump; bluish-gray head & back; black mask; lightly barred underparts; 10"
Purple Finch Carpodacus purpureus Purplish-red, streaked with darker; dark wings and tail 6 1/4"
Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia Brown above, streaks & stripes on back & face; white breast heavily streaked with a dark spot 6-7"
White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis White throat; gray breast; crown striped black and white 6 3/4"
(1) Perches while singing
(2) Other Flycatchers, the Swallows and Grosbeaks choose conspicuous perches

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