Diet includes aquatic vegetation and grass. Underparts are buff with black-spotted flanks. Wings are dark gray with two white bars. Band-tailed Pigeon: Large dove, small, purple-gray head and broad neck with distinctive, thin white band on nape. Yellow-billed Loon: Large loon, white-spotted black upperparts, white underparts, gray sides with fine white spots. Inland race has gray cap and brown ear patch. Inland race has gray cap and brown ear patch. The head has very small ear tufts, and dark eyes surrounded by rust-brown, pale-gray facial disk, and white eyebrows that start at the bill. Head has white forehead patch edged in black and white eyebrows joining above bill. Fulvous Whistling-Duck: Large, long-legged, long-necked duck with dark brown back and white V-shaped rump patch. Yellow crown is bordered by a wide black cap; cheek and collar are black. Black legs, feet. Back, breast and neck have vivid black-bordered white bars. Eyes are red and bill is orange-red with black tip. A common and well-known bird in the eastern half of the United States. Barrow's Goldeneye: Medium diving duck with black upperparts, contrasting white shoulder bars, white underparts. Phainopepla: Small, flycatcher-like bird with glossy black body. Bill is black. Tail is short with white edges. Calliope Hummingbird: Very small hummingbird, metallic green upperparts and flanks, white underparts. Wings are dark with two pale bars. Yellow crown is bordered by a wide black cap; cheek and collar are black. Black bill, pink legs and feet. Piping Plover: Small, pale sand-colored plover, showy black bands on head, neck. Body is green-black overall with silver-gray feathers appearing speckled and grizzled on upper back and forewings. Golden-crowned Sparrow: Large sparrow, brown-streaked upperparts and plain gray breast. Head has dark gray cap and sharply contrasting white eyebrow and cheek stripe. Legs and feet are yellow-orange. Tail feathers are long and pointed. The throat (gorget) is iridescent copper-red. As its name suggests, it eats a steady diet of moth caterpillars and worms. Canyon Towhee: Large sparrow, gray upperparts, pale gray underparts, large central breast spot, and white belly patch. Female is duller, lacks long tail, and has gray bill. The wings have a unique brown, black, and white pattern visible in flight. Forages on ground. Swift bounding flight on rapid wing beats. Use our quick, clickable guide for identifying backyard birds by the sounds they make! Strong direct flight with rapid wing beats. Whatbird parametric search. The sexes are similar. To see this please jump to the Iceland Gull species account. Lesser Nighthawk: Medium-sized nightjar with gray and white mottled upperparts, white throat, and brown and white mottled underparts with dark belly bars. Anhinga: Large, dark waterbird with long tail, snake-like neck, small head, red eyes, and long olive-brown bill. Bell’s Sparrow and Sagebrush Sparrow. White throat is interrupted by a narrow, dark moustache stripe bordered by a broad white submoustachial stripe. Gray morph is a mix. Head has a slate-gray hood and bold white eye-ring. Gray head has white patch in front of eye. Black bill, legs, feet. Eye-ring is white. Tail is dark brown to almost black with white base and terminal band. Sallies to take insects in air. Tail is black with gray or white tip. Sometimes called Swamp Warbler. Tail is long and dark. It has a white eyebrow, which differentiates it from all other North American chickadees. Baird's Sparrow: Small sparrow with pale-streaked, rich dark brown upperparts, white underparts, and dark streaks on upper breast and flanks. Scott's Oriole: Medium-sized oriole with black hood extending onto breast and back. Feeds on insects, ticks, spiders, lizards, fruits, berries and seeds. Legs and feet are black. The tail is long and squared with a black-bordered gray center and edged in white. Steady deep wing beats. Feeds on insects and nectar. The brown-headed nuthatch songbird is returning to the Mark Twain National Forest in Missouri after its pine tree habitat was removed 100 years ago. Sexes are similar. Black bill is long and stout. It has an orange, black and white bill, white eyes and orange legs and feet. Hovers in display flight and when foraging. Black-throated Blue Warbler: Small warbler that is the most strikingly sexually dimorphic of all wood warblers. What SHAPE was the bird you saw in Kansas? Glossy Ibis: Medium wading bird, iridescent bronze and red-brown overall with thin band of white feathers around bare dark blue face and long, down curved, gray bill. Direct and hovering flight with very rapid wing beats. Index of all insects found in Kansas. Eye-ring is white. Wings and tail are edged with olive-yellow. Tail is long with brown undertail coverts. Juniper Titmouse: Small titmouse with gray upperparts, paler underparts, and plain gray, crested head. Feeds mostly on fish, some crustaceans and insects. Bright red bill with black tip, lower mandible longer than upper. Black Phoebe: Medium flycatcher, mostly black body and white belly. Glides between perches. Lazuli Bunting: Small finch, bright blue upperparts, cinnamon-brown breast and sides, white belly. Green-tailed Towhee: Large sparrow, olive-green upperparts and pale gray underparts. Face has thick, black eye-line. Weak fluttering direct flight with shallow wing beats. Diamond-shaped tail has elongated, pointed central feathers. Hermit Warbler: Small warbler, gray upperparts, white underparts, black-streaked flanks. Bill is yellow, red spot at tip of lower mandible. Head and face are pink-red; bill is heavy and black. Flies low to the ground. Bouyant fluttering flight with shallow wing beats. Toxostoma rufum. Black-eared race has black mask, ear patch. Bill, legs, feet are black. Eskimo Curlew: Small curlew, brown mottled upperparts, buff underparts streaked and mottled brown, and pale cinnamon wing linings. Wing tips are rounded. American Robin (41%) Turdus migratorius. Body complexly barred and streaked with red and white. Steady deep wing beats. Legs and feet are black.Feeds on nectar and insects. It feeds on worms, mice, other birds and their eggs, and garbage. Tail and rump are black. Wings and tail are blue with black bars. Wilson's Plover: Medium plover, gray-brown upperparts and cap. White arc beneath eye. Canyon Wren: Medium wren with rust-brown upperparts, fine white spots on gray-brown back, nape, and crown, white throat and breast, and chestnut belly. Hood is black and extends onto upper neck. Head has distinct crest and short, thin, black bill. Weak fluttering flight with shallow wing beats. Bachman's Sparrow: Medium-sized sparrow with brown-streaked gray upperparts and buff underparts except for white belly. Painted Redstart: Medium warbler with black head, upperparts, bright red breast and belly. Face, sides of rump, underparts are white. Pygmy Nuthatch: Small nuthatch, blue-gray upperparts and pale yellow breast. When its range overlaps with the Golden-winged Warrbler, it often interbreeds with or displaces it. Slow fluttering direct flight with shallow wing beats. Legs and feet are yellow. It has a white face, black cap, and a thick, straight, yellow bill with a black tip. Male has dark blue upperparts, black throat and mask. Gray Flycatcher: Small flycatcher with gray or olive-gray upperparts and pale gray underparts. It has a strong direct flight with deep wing beats. Harris's Hawk: Large hawk, dark brown head, neck, back, belly and rust-brown shoulders, underwing coverts and flanks. Underparts are buff with black-spotted flanks. Black bill, legs and feet. The wings are gray with white edges and spots near the tips. White-tailed Ptarmigan: Small grouse, mottled brown overall, white on wings, breast, belly, red eye comb, white-edged brown tail, legs covered with white feathers. The pale yellow belly distinguishes this species from other Myiarchus flycatchers. Tail is dark gray with white corners. Direct flight on deep wing beats. Black-throated Sparrow: Medium sparrow, gray-brown upperparts, white underparts, black bib. Swift, graceful flight, alternates several rapid, deep wing beats with long curving glides. Long, slim wings are dark above and silver-gray below. Legs and feet are black. Darting erratic flight. The wings and tail are gray. Crown, nape, and face are gray; eye-rings appear as large, white spectacles. The tail is long, dark, and has white edges. Clark's Nutcracker: Medium, noisy and inquisitive jay with pale gray head and body. Legs and feet are black. Tail is long and rounded. Short flights, alternates rapid wing beats with brief periods of wings pulled to sides. Throat is white with yellow patch, breast and undertail are yellow, sides and belly are white with a gray wash. Head has rufous crown patch, bold white eye-rings. The bill is dark red. Thayer's Gull, formerly its own species is now a subspecies of the Iceland Gull. Legs and feet are black. Long-billed Murrelet: Small seabird with dark brown upperparts and darker brown barring, paler throat and white eye-ring. The brown-headed cowbirds are often with the redwing black birds and the starlings. Flight is direct and powerful with deep, slow wing beats. Strong flight with shallow wing beats. Bill is dark red with black tip. Black bill is long and straight. Willet: This large sandpiper has mottled gray-brown upperparts, white rump and lightly streaked and barred white underparts, white tail with dark brown tip, and blue-gray leg. It feeds on green plants including eel grass and sea lettuce. Alternates several shallow rapid wing beats and short glides. Eye has faint eye-ring. Black bill, legs and feet. Wings and tail are chestnut-brown. Feeds on insects. Wings are mottled gray with dark primaries. White tail; legs and feet are pink. Outer tail feathers and undertail coverts are white. Tail is long and rounded. Red-necked Grebe: This large grebe has dark gray upperparts and cap, white lower face and nape, white underparts with gray flanks, red-brown neck and dark brown eyes. 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. Dusky Flycatcher: Small flycatcher with olive-gray upperparts and white or yellow tinged underparts. Bill is bright yellow; legs and feet are orange. Mexican Jay: Large, crestless jay, blue-gray back, blue head, wings, rump, tail, and pale gray underparts. Tail is yellow with thick black tip and central line. 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