Birds that Sing on Wing

Common Name Scientific Name Look For These Markings Size
American Goldfinch Carduelis tristis Yellow above and below; black cap, wings & tail 5 1/4"
American Pipit Anthus spinoletta Brown, slender sparrow-sized; buffy with streaks underparts; white outer tail feathers; constantly bobs tail 6-7"
Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon Blue-gray above with crest; broad gray breastband; large bill and large head 13"
Bobolink Dolichonyx oryzivorus Black body; yellowish nape; white rump and on wings 7 1/4"
Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica Blackish with long curved wings; batlike 5-5 1/2"
Common Nighthawk Chordeiles minor Gray-brown; broad white bar on pointed wings; male has white throat and white bar across tail 9 1/2"
Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas Yellow below; green back; black mask 5 1/4"
Eastern Kingbird Tyrannus tyrannus White band across tail tip; concealed red crown; white throat and belly 8"
Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna Yellow breast with black; crescent; streaked above 11"
Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris Brown; larger than sparrow; black sideburns; two small black horns; black breast splotch 7-8"
Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea Blue, shading to purplish on head 5 1/2"
Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos White wing patch conspicuous in flight; gray; white outer tail feathers 9-11"
Ovenbird Seiurus aurocapillus Orange-brown crown edged with black; green back and spotted breast 6"
Purple Finch Carpodacus purpureus Purplish-red, streaked with darker; dark wings and tail 6 1/4"
Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus Male black with scarlet & buff shoulders; female brownish black above & streaked below 7-9 1/2"
Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia Brown above, streaks & stripes on back & face; white breast heavily streaked with a dark spot 6-7"
Vesper Sparrow (1) Pooecetes gramineus Brown shoulder; streaked above; white outer tail feathers 6"
(1) Rarely
(2) Swallows sing on wing.



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