Common Birds of North America [NOOK Book]

Common Birds of North America

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Contents
PAGE BIRD NAME
4. Baltimore Oriole
5. Barn Swallow
6. Chickadee
7. Blue Bird
8. Blue Jay
9. Bobwhite
10. Brown Creeper
11. Brown Thrasher
12. Canada Goose
13. Cardinal
14. Catbird
15. Cedar Waxwing
16. Chimney Swift
17. Chipping Sparrow
18. Cowbird
19. Crow
20. Downy Woodpecker
21. Flicker
22. Goldfinch
23. Grackle
24. Green Heron
25. Herring Gull
26. House Sparrow
27. House Wren
28. Junco
29. Killdeer
30. Mallard
31. Mockingbird
32. Mourning Dove
33. Myrtle Warbler
34. Nighthawk
35. Pigeon
36. Purple Martin
37. Red-eyed Vireo
38. Red-headed WP
39. Red-winged BB
40. Robin
41. Hummingbird
42. Song Sparrow
43. Sparrow Hawk
44. Starling
45. Towhee
46. Tufted Titmouse
47. Turkey Vulture
48. White-breasted Nuthatch
49. White-crowned Sparrow
50. Wood Pewee
51. Wood Thrush
52. Yellowthroat
53. Yellow Warbler
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)
Look for this bird in groves and shade trees in residential areas of
towns and suburbs. Smaller than a robin, the male’s fiery orange and
black is easy to spot. As he wings by, his bright colors add a flick of
glory to the urban scene.
The song is a rich series of whistled notes. Wintering to South
America, the oriole’s summer breeding range stretches from Nova
Scotia to north Texas. This is the architect of the graceful pendulant
nests usually seen only after the leaves have fallen, and the birds
have gone.
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
Length about 7 inches; distinguished among our swallows by deeply
forked tail. While they breed throughout the United States, they
winter to South America.
This is one of the most familiar farm birds and a great insect
destroyer, seeking prey from daylight to dark on tireless wings. Its
favorite nesting site was barn rafters, upon which it stuck mud
baskets to hold its eggs. But modern barns are fewer and so tightly
constructed that swallows cannot gain entrance, and in much of this
country, they have turned to boat docks, commercial buildings,
summer homes, and the out buildings of rural suburbs to keep the
species going. Like other rural birds, they have to adjust to changing
land-use patterns.
Chickadee (Parus sp.)
Length about 5 inches. Resident in most of North America.
Because of its delightful notes, it flitting ways, and its fearlessness,
the chickadee is one of our best known birds. It responds to human
encouragement, and by hanging a constant supply of suet, this
black-capped visitor can be made a regular feeder in suburban
gardens or city yards. Though small in size, these cousins of the
titmice are highly useful against insects, gleaned mostly from the
twigs and branches of trees. The chickadee’s food is made up of
insects and seeds, largely seeds of pines, with a few of the poison
ivy, some weeds, and sunflowers.
Bluebird (Sialia sp.)
About 6 inches long, bluebirds breed in the United States, southern
Canada, Mexico, and Guatemala, wintering in the southern half of
the Eastern United States and south to Guatemala.
The bluebird was once a familiar tenant of towns, hailed as the
herald of a new vernal season, and decidedly domestic in its habits.
About the time that starlings became so very numerous, it declined in
numbers. No one is sure why its numbers fell, but competition for
nest sites by starlings and house sparrows is certainly partly
responsible. Recently, it has begun to reappear in many places.
Its favorite nesting sites are natural cavities in old trees, boxes made
for its use or crannies in buildings. Nesting boxes may be restoring
the species, whose occupants pay rent by destroying insects. The
bluebird’s diet consists of 68 percent insects and 32 percent
vegetable matter. The commonest items of insect food are
grasshoppers first and beetles next, while caterpillars stand third.
Small flocks sometime invade yards for the red fruits of flowering
dogwood trees.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013950429
  • Publisher: 99 ¢ store, save to buy more
  • Publication date: 2/16/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 54
  • Sales rank: 376,426
  • File size: 2 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2013

    Buyer Beware

    Just so you know, this is a 55 page ebook describing 51 different birds. The pictures are mostly, but not entirely, photos - some are sketches. The writing is interesting, but basic.

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