list of brown birds
The sexes are similar. Gray-brown wings. From the eBird home page, select the tab for Explore (https://ebird.org/explore). Slightly smaller than domestic city pigeon. Northern Wheatear: Small thrush (oenanthe), with gray upperparts, black wings, mask, and tail. The head and neck are black. Sexes are similar. Bouyant, erratic flight with slow, silent wingbeats. Wings are brown. Direct flight on deep wing beats. The thickness of the line (bar) indicates how frequently a bird is seen. Dark gray back and nape. Crown is black and nape is pale green. Weak fluttering flight with shallow wing beats. Legs, feet are pink-orange. Upperparts are black with white stripes and underparts are white with black- streaked flanks. Strong direct flight on steady wing beats. Jays gulp lots of seeds or other food at once, storing it in their crop. Head has short crest, yellow-orange eye comb, and pink or violet neck patch exposed when displaying. Identification: Size: Similar in size to White-crowned Sparrow. Introduced to North America as a game bird in the early 1900s. Bill is dark red with black tip. White wing patches are visible in flight. Dark morph is red-brown with white flight feathers. Direct flight with steady wing beats. Bill: Longer than head, pointed, but stouter than other blackbirds. A white eyebrow line and buff under parts. Face has thick, black eye-line. Black bill, legs and feet. Underparts have scattered rufous streaks. The legs and feet are red. About length of White-crowned Sparrow but differently proportioned. Only loon to leap into flight from water or land. Bill: As long as head. Habitat, range & behavior: These birds are found in many woodland types, including oak, hickory and pine. Different ones in every location. Identification: This is a key species for comparing with an unknown bird. 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. Many common species in the state as a whole are not nearly as common in Virginia Beach. Outer tail feathers are white. Don't worry about learning these in too much detail when you start out though, "stripe above the eye" is a very good substitute for "supercilium", and can be used if you need to describe something you have seen to ask for help with ID! Western Grebe: Large, long-necked grebe with dark gray upperparts, white underparts, gray sides and flanks. White patches in wing. A thicker bar indicates a common bird. Color: Blue above, white below. They move into southern Canada in summer. Sexes are similar. Eyes are dark, legs are yellow-gray. Yellow in spring, otherwise dark. They can quickly empty your feeder! Wood Stork: Large, odd wading bird, mostly white except for black flight feathers and tail. For that, you need the next type of checklist. This familiar bird is a resident in the northern half of the United States and a winter visitor in the southern half. Swift direct flight with rapid wing beats. They will eat mealworms at your feeder and frequent birdbaths. Smaller than White-crowned Sparrows or Spotted/Eastern towhees. Head has a conspicuous white cheek mark and yellow crown. Head has black hood and throat, sharply contrasting white eyebrow and cheek stripe, and yellow spot in front of eye. Would you please leave a comment to let me know what you thought and how I can make this resource better for you?--Greg--Legal DisclosureAs an Amazon Associate I earn commissions from qualifying purchases. House Finches are not territorial, but males sing throughout the year--a lively, wiry song ending in a couple of buzzy notes. The head has a black crown, white face and throat, and a stout, heavy bill. Brant: This small goose has dark brown upperparts and brown-barred, pale gray underparts. Males with red (sometimes orange or rarely yellow) crown, chest, rump. Legs and feet are gray. Field guides, illustrations, and database Copyright © 2004 - 2013. Feeds on insects, ticks, spiders, lizards, fruits, berries and seeds. Bill is short and yellow with a blackish tip. Swallow-tailed Kite: The largest of North America kites, has black upperparts which contrast with white head and underparts. Identification: Size: Larger than Red-winged Blackbirds, they are near the length of Mourning Doves. Often seen on prairies in the summer. Sexes are similar. Wings are dark with large white patches visible in flight. White under tail coverts. Diet includes insects and crustaceans. Feeds on insects, caterpillars, fruits and berries. Strong deep wing beats. Flies in straight line or V formation. Shape: Long, with long full keel-shaped tail, long legs, flat crown. Ferruginous Hawk: Large hawk, white head, streaked, rust-brown shoulders, back, and feathered legs. White tail; legs and feet are pink. Eats fish, crustaceans, jellyfish. It is found in eastern and southern parts of the US, West Indies, and south into Mexico. The upperwings are brown with black edges and white bars; underwings are white. Thryothorus ludovicianus Black-backed Woodpecker: Small woodpecker with black back, black wings with white spots on flight feathers, barred flanks, white underparts. It feeds on seeds, grain, grasses and berries. Red nape, extending forward on crown on male. White morph is white with dark spots and markings on wings, nape, and sides. Sexes are similar; the male is larger. Some people feed jays peanuts, perhaps away from the seed feeders. Shape: Plump with round head, long rounded tail. Feeds on insects, mollusks and crustaceans. Round head on short neck. They have an unending supply of their own unique short phrases that they repeat about 3 times each, but frequently intersperse songs of other birds. Discourage them from your backyard hopper and tray feeders by never feeding birds table scraps (including bread or meat). Soars on thermals and updrafts. Diet includes fish, crustaceans and insects. Golden-crowned Sparrow: Large sparrow, brown-streaked upperparts and plain gray breast. These include Tufted Titmouses, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, American Goldfinches, Downy Woodpeckers, European Starlings, and several others. This is a fairly common backyard bird in the much of the eastern United States. Diamond-shaped tail has elongated, pointed central feathers. Carolina Chickadee (32%)12. It has black-spotted and streaked upperparts, slightly scaled underparts, a white eye ring, black bill and yellow legs. White upertail with white-edged black tip. About the size of a Red-winged Blackbird. Yellow legs and feet. Common Ground-Dove: Small, rounded dove with plain gray-brown back and scaled pink-gray head and breast. Cinnamon-brown underwings visible in flight. I also provide a photo and description section to help you with Virginia bird identification of the most common birds native to Virginia backyards. Feeds on insects, spiders and berries. I conclude with a list comparing the birds of Virginia Beach with the birds of the state as a whole. There are birds everywhere you go. In some species the difference is quite marked , in others only another bird of the same species can tell easily : -), We spend 90% of net income on conservation, public education and advocacy, The RSPB is a member of BirdLife International. Black-necked Stilt: Large shorebird with sharply contrasting black upperparts and white underparts. Eyes are red, bill is black. Northern Gannet: Very large seabird. In some regions, western birds may have grey on the head and back. Legs are blue-gray and toes are webbed. 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. It has a direct flight with strong, shallow wing beats. Great-tailed Grackle: Large blackbird, iridescent black body and purple sheen. Swift direct flight with rapid wing beats. There are 95 counties in Virginia, plus 38 independent cities. The next thing is to make sure that you always compare and contrast unfamiliar birds with birds that you are already familiar with - if it is very similar it is quite likely to be in the same family (or a closely related one). Bill: Short. Cassin's Sparrow: Medium, skulking grassland sparrow, fine brown streaks on gray-brown head and back, buff underparts.