Underparts white but strongly suffused with orange wash, heavily barred and streaked with dark brown. Yellow-brown legs and feet. It has a rufous crown, white eye ring and dark brown wings. Yellow-orange eye combs. Forages on ground and in trees and bushes. Feeds on freshwater snails, mussels, frogs, crustaceans and insects. Wings are black with white patches. Yellow crown is bordered by a wide black cap; cheek and collar are black. They are permanent residents in the southern parts of their range; northern birds migrate to the southern United States and Mexico in winter, returning to their summer habitat around March or April. Eyes are red. Sexes are similar. Band-rumped Storm-Petrel: This is a black-brown storm-petrel with gray-brown wing bars and a conspicuous white band across the rump and large, slightly notched tail. They are very social, spending most of their time in flocks whose movements may be quite unpredictable. The face is pale with finely streaked crown, crisp brown cheek patch, white eyestripe, and gray nape. Upperparts cryptically colored with brown and yellow-brown streaks of many different shades. Flies in straight line and V formation. In Cuba a wintering female was spotted in 1981. Mitch Waite Group. It has a long black bill that is slightly decurved, and black legs and feet. Flies low to the ground. Whatbird.com logo design courtesy of The Haller Company. Mitch Waite Group. Bill, legs,feet are yellow. CHAFFINCH 3. Legs and feet are gray. Direct flight with graceful, shallow wing beats. Eats insects, caterpillars, seeds, fruits and berries. Black bill is short and thin. Thin, pale bill. Face has thick, black eye-line. Strong direct flight with powerful rapid wing beats. Long-tailed Duck: This small duck has black upperparts, head, neck, breast and wings; brown mottled black back, white flanks, belly, under tail coverts. Black legs, webbed feet. Diamond-shaped tail has elongated, pointed central feathers. Throat feathers are long, purple-red, appearing as streaks on a white background, whiskers when fluffed out, or dark, inverted V when folded. Diet includes insects and crustaceans. Tennessee is home to a number of bird species. Breast and sides are pale brown with pale streaks; throat, belly, and undertail coverts are white. Clay-colored Sparrow: Medium sparrow with black-streaked brown upperparts and buff underparts. Alternates series of powerful deep wing beats with long glides. It has a white rump with a dark central stripe and black legs and feet. Throat is iridescent violet; bill is long and slightly decurved. Swainson's Hawk: Large hawk, dark brown upperparts, white throat, rufous upper breast, pale buff underparts. Dark wings with white wing bar. Wings are plain gray. Smith's Longspur: Medium sparrow, yellow-brown streaked upperparts, black head with white eyebrow and ear patch, and yellow-brown nape, throat, and underparts. In flight it shows long pointed wings with black flight feathers and white wing linings. White upertail with white-edged black tip. Whatbird.com logo design courtesy of The Haller Company. The diet includes aquatic insects and plants. Bugs. Groove-billed Ani: Medium-sized black bird with iridescent blue and green overtones, with a very long tail (half the length of the bird). Lazuli Bunting: Small finch, bright blue upperparts, cinnamon-brown breast and sides, white belly. Tail is black and slightly notched. White tail has diagnostic black inverted T. Wings have chestnut-brown bars. We are new to TN and love it and all the wonderful birds. Wings are black-tipped above and black-edged below; tail is deeply forked. Black upper and lowerparts may show blue gloss. The herring gull prefers to lay eggs in sheltered ground or roof locations with minimal nest construction, though parent birds will line the nest site with weeds, grass, or seaweed. Flight is low and fluttering over short distances. Great Black-backed Gull: World's largest gull. Glaucous Gull: This large white gull has a pale gray back and yellow eyes. Chestnut-collared Longspur: Small, sparrow-like bird with brown-streaked upperparts, black breast and flanks, some have chestnut on underparts, pale gray belly. Its pale brown under wings are visible in flight. Black legs and feet. Yellow crown is bordered by a wide black cap; cheek and collar are black. Surf Scoter: This medium-sized diving duck is entirely black except for white patches on the forehead and nape. Back of neck is black. Strong direct flight on steady wing beats. The Goldfinch. This strategy was very effective when this bird was limited to the short-grass plains and followed herds of buffalo eating the insects they would stir up by their movements. Eyes are red and bill is orange-red with black tip. Legs and feet are gray. Female lacks black head and throat, has brown streaked upperparts and buff streaked underparts. Wings have two white bars. The females sport a distinctive reddish-orange mowhawk and have mostly brown feathers. Forages in groung, low vegetation. The white-edged side and flank feathers form a striking border between sides and back. Alternates rapid wing beats with short glides. Marbled Godwit: This large sandpiper has black-marked, dark brown upperparts, and lightly barred, chestnut-brown underparts. Western Grebe: Large, long-necked grebe with dark gray upperparts, white underparts, gray sides and flanks. Tail is short. Wings are dull green with blue flight feathers. American woodcock The American woodcock is a short-legged, short-tailed, dumpy-looking bird with no apparent neck and a long sharp bill. Eastern race has gray-green upperparts and distinct yellow wash on underparts. Diet includes fish, insects and birds. Wings are black with large white patches visible in flight. Black legs, feet. The wings have a unique brown, black, and white pattern visible in flight. Bachman's Warbler: Small warbler, olive-green upperparts, yellow forehead, throat, underparts, faint white eye-ring, black crown, bib. Vermilion Flycatcher: Small, stocky flycatcher, gray-black upperparts and scarlet-red crown, throat, and underparts. Belly; lower back, and rump are yellow-green. Flies low to the ground. It feeds on squid and fish. This product and/or its method of use is covered by one or more of the following patent(s): US patent number 7,363,309 and foreign equivalents. Long-tailed Jaeger: Smallest but most buoyant and graceful jaeger or skua, with gray upperparts, white breast and gray belly. The head has a black crown, white face and throat, and a stout, heavy bill. Wings and tail are edged with olive-yellow. Gray cheek patch is marked by a thin, black line. Swallow-tailed Kite: The largest of North America kites, has black upperparts which contrast with white head and underparts. Barrow's Goldeneye: Medium diving duck with black upperparts, contrasting white shoulder bars, white underparts. The sexes are similar. They are also what many of us think of when we think of owls because they are in so many pictures and seem to be very photogenic. Thank you so much for sharing your gift. Direct flight with rapid wing beats. The oldest known Brown Thrasher in the wild was 11 years 11 months old. Feeds on aquatic plants, cultivated grains, seeds. White-winged Scoter: Medium sea duck, mostly black except for white eye patches, large white wing patches. Hovers before plunge diving for prey. First introduced to California from Asia as a game bird in 1857. The brown-headed cowbird (Molothrus ater) is a small obligate brood parasitic icterid native to temperate and subtropical North America. The female is more brightly colored than the male. The sexes look very similar. Flies on stiff wing beats, alternates several rapid wing strokes with long glides. Learn to Identify Birds in Tennessee! Sexes are similar. Legs and feet are brown. Tail is gray with black edges and long black streamers. Feeds on nectar, insects, spiders, and sap. Speculum is blue-green bordered with black and fine white bars. Dark juvenile is darker overall; has gray throat and lacks white belly. Wings are dark gray with two rust-brown bars. South Polar Skua Dark: This small, gull-like skua occurs in two color phases. Dives to 40 feet, feeds primarily on shellfish. It was last seen in the United States in 1962, when it was recorded near Charlestown, South Carolina. Female similar but lacks bright gorget. Feathered feet and toes provide protection from the arctic cold. The belly is white. These birds are easy to spot with their sharp black and gray plumage, especially when there is snow on the ground. To see this please jump to the Iceland Gull species account. Fast flight on shallow wing beats. Bell's Vireo: Small vireo, faint, broken eye-ring, thick, slightly flattened hooked bill, one or two faint wing bars. Townsend's Solitaire: Small thrush, gray overall and slightly darker above. Legs and feet are gray. 15 BIRDS and BIRD SONGS for BEGINNERS 1. Saved by Angela Good. Black bill,legs and feet. Wings are dark with thin,white bars. Flight is swift and undulating on shallow rapid wing beats. The best bird guide and bird watching search engine to identify birds in the world. Old Man Winter comes to Tennessee with a vengeance some years bringing much colder temperatures and more precipitation than on average, but many winters are mild throughout. The eggs can vary from a gray or brown hue to a faint blue or green; they are marked with brown, lavender, or black streaks and spots. Her siblings are Matt, Bam Bam, Bear, Gabe, Noah, and Rain Brown. It spends the summers in Canada and is only found in Tennessee during migration. Face has thick, black eye-line. Red-orange legs and feet. Ferruginous Hawk: Large hawk, white head, streaked, rust-brown shoulders, back, and feathered legs. It is the state bird of Colorado. Direct flap-and-glide flight with powerful, deep wingbeats. Tail is short and pointed. Contact TWRA or USFWS about details on transport of captive-raised game birds. The tail is deeply forked and white with dark edged outer feathers. The long tail is buff-and-black barred, and has a pale tip; undertail coverts are white with black bars. Sexes are similar. Birds available for sale in Tennessee from top breeders and individuals. Direct and hovering flight with very rapid wing beats. The bill is yellow and the legs and feet are black. It has black-spotted and streaked upperparts, slightly scaled underparts, a white eye ring, black bill and yellow legs. Head has stark black crown, face, and throat. Bill is long, thin, and dull olive-yellow. Upper neck and head are featherless and dark gray. It spends the summers in Canada and is only found in Tennessee during migration. Head has gray-brown crown and nape, orange-brown face, and gray cheeks. They prey on other birds. Band-tailed Pigeon: Large dove, small, purple-gray head and broad neck with distinctive, thin white band on nape. Soars to great heights. Most common swan in North America. Bill is pink with dark tip. Feeds on mollusks, crustaceans, insects and small fish. What a wonderful site! Western Tanager: Medium-sized tanager with brilliant red head, bright yellow body, black back, wings, and tail. Feeds on small fish, insects and aquatic invertebrates. Both males and females are orangish underneath with camouflage patterned gray- and reddish-brown back and wings and broad bars on the crown. Bill is pink. The neck, breast and belly are white. Sage Thrasher: Small thrasher, gray upperparts, dark-streaked white underparts with pale brown wash. There’s no need to look through dozens of photos of birds that don’t live in your area. North America's largest shorebird, the Long-billed Curlew, is a graceful creature with an almost impossibly long, thin, and curved bill. The crown and nape are pale blue; distinct bill is orange-red, sweeping upward into a large, orange basal knob outlined in black. Say's Phoebe: Medium-sized, active flycatcher with gray-brown upperparts and head, paler gray throat and upper breast, and pale rufous belly and undertail coverts. Legs are yellow to pale brown. Wings have two bars: upper bar is yellow, lower bar is white. Strong direct flight. Nelson's Sparrow: Small sparrow with brown streaked upperparts. Female is pale brown overall with dark markings, has shorter tail and lacks wattle. Red Phalarope: This medium-sized sandpiper has dark gray upperparts and rufous neck and underparts. Greater White-fronted Goose: This medium-sized goose has a dark-brown body and the underparts are barred and flecked with black. Iceland Gull: Large, white gull, pale, pearl-gray back and upper wings. Legs are yellow with very long toes. Bullock's Oriole: Medium oriole, mostly bright orange with black crown, eye-line, throat stripe, back, and central tail. The Brown-headed Cowbird is a brood parasite, meaning it lays its eggs in the nests of other species and builds no nest of its own. Strong flight with shallow wing beats. The wings and tail are dark gray. It has a heavy direct flight with strong wing beats. The American robin is a thrush with gray-brown upper parts and a rich red breast. It feeds on worms, mice, other birds and their eggs, and garbage. Strong flight, alternates shallow wing beats with brief periods of wings pulled to sides. Bill is yellow, red spot at tip of lower mandible. Sips nectar. AH. Feeds on crustaceans, mollusks, worms, insects, seeds and berries. Perches upright and remains still for long periods of time and is easily overlooked. No sense talking Tennessee birds without acknowledging the Northern Mockingbird, the official state bird. Head is black and eyes are red. Strong direct flight with neck extended. Bill is pink. Strong direct flight with rapid wing beats. Chestnut-collared Longspur: Small, sparrow-like bird with brown-streaked upperparts, black breast and flanks, some have chestnut on underparts, pale gray belly. Make bird watching in Tennessee even more enjoyable! Solitary, or in pairs and family groups. Both males and females are orangish underneath with camouflage patterned gray- and reddish-brown back and wings and broad bars on the crown. Tennessee is home to a number of bird species. With Stan Tekiela’s famous field guide, bird identification is simple and informative. Mute Swan: Aggressive bird, entirely white, orange bill with large black basal knob and naked black lores. Black-throated Sparrow: Medium sparrow, gray-brown upperparts, white underparts, black bib. Field guides, illustrations, and database Copyright © 2004 - 2013. MacGillivray's Warbler: Medium-sized warbler with olive-green upperparts and yellow underparts. The tail and legs are long. Bill is huge, with arched ridge and narrow grooves. The tail is long and squared with a black-bordered gray center and edged in white. Sabine's Gull: Small gull with gray back and white nape, rump, and underparts. Black Skimmer: Odd-looking, tern-like bird with black upperparts and white underparts. The wings have pale rust-brown patches and black flight feathers. Yellow-billed Loon: Large loon, white-spotted black upperparts, white underparts, gray sides with fine white spots. Neotropic Cormorant: Small, long-tailed cormorant. Prominent chestnut-brown patch on wing is visible on standing and flying birds. Wings have conspicuous white patches. Legs and feet are black. Pale pink bill. Forages on ground for seeds, insects, larvae and caterpillars. The throat is white with black streaks. Strong direct flight with deep wing beats. Vaux's Swift: Small swift, gray-brown body, sometimes highlighted by slight green iridescence. Sexes are similar. The black cap and bib and white cheeks are conspicuous. Swift direct flight with rapid wing beats. Bill, legs, feet are gray-black. It has a steady direct flight with rapid wing beats. It forages for insects on or close to the ground. Flight is low and fast, alternates bursts of quick fluttery wing beats with short glides. Dark green tail may show some rufous. Flight is swift and swallow like, with rapid wing beats, quick movements and turns. Feeds on seeds, spiders, and insects. She was thefirst girl in Brown family after five boys. Strong steady flight with deep wing beats. Feeds on fish, frogs and crustaceans. Wings have large white bars. Sexes are similar. The tail is dark brown and pointed in flight. Ring-necked Pheasant: This large chicken-like pheasant has a metallic-brown body, iridescent green head, white neck ring, red eye patch and wattles, and a long pointed tail. It has an orange, black and white bill, white eyes and orange legs and feet. Eye-ring is thin and white. Pomarine Jaeger: The dar morph of this large jaeger is dark brown except for white patches near underwing tips and sides of under tail. Feeds on nectar, insects, spiders, and sap. Upperparts are gray and underparts are white with pale yellow wash on sides. Tail is black and slightly notched. Wings have conspicuous white stripes visible in flight. The legs are orange. Nape is chestnut-brown, crown is black, and throat is white. 37. Tail is short. Eats seeds, insects, caterpillars. Black-bellied Whistling-Duck: Large, colorful duck with bright red bill, pink-red legs and feet. Tail is forked; legs and feet are dark gray. Legs are bright orange. Wings have white stripes visible in flight. Eats mostly insects. Snow Bunting: Medium-sized, strikingly white sparrow with black back, central tail, and wing tips. Thayer's Gull, formerly its own species is now a subspecies of the Iceland Gull. Rapid bouncy flight, alternates several quick wing beats with wings pulled to sides. Rump is pale brown, throat and breast are nearly white. It has a swift direct flight with rapid wing beats. Feeds on fish, krill and squid. White wing patches are visible in flight. Sanderling: This medium-sized sandpiper has dark-spotted, rufous upperparts and breast, white underparts and black bill, legs and feet. Tail is slightly forked when folded. I also provide a photo and description section to help you with Tennessee bird identification of the most common birds native to Tennessee backyards. Back, breast and neck have vivid black-bordered white bars. Rock Wren: Medium wren with white-speckled gray upperparts, brown rump, white-over-black eye brow, white throat and breast with fine gray streaks, and buff-yellow flanks and belly. The American robin is a thrush with gray-brown upper parts and a rich red breast. State bird of Maine and Massachusetts. In comparison, female purple finches are contrasty brown and white birds. It dives for food, primarily mollusks and crustaceans. Direct flight with strong deep wing beats. Winter birds are duller gray and juveniles are light gray overall. Hovers in display flight and when foraging. Ash-throated Flycatcher: Medium flycatcher with gray-brown upperparts, pale gray throat and breast, and gray-brown tail with rufous highlights. Forages on ground, low in trees and bushes. Tail is black with white undertail coverts. Bill is very long, decurved. Direct flight on deep wing beats. Head is bare and olive-green. It is the state bird of Colorado. The head is gray, bill is short and slightly decurved. The Knoxville Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society (KTOS) initiated the program by donating the publication free to Tennessee educator classrooms and taking students on bird walks to introduce them to the world of birds. Sharp-tailed Sandpiper: This medium-sized sandpiper has dark brown upperparts and white underparts with faint olive-brown streaks on breast and sides. Legs and feet are blue-gray. ROBIN 5. The orange-crowned warbler can also look similar, but lacks the white eyebrow, is greyer-brown above and has yellow undertail coverts. Brown-throated Wrens have a bolder eyebrow and a darker throat. It lives year round in Tennessee and in fact, it is difficult to find a back yard in the state that does not see one at least one Mockingbird on a regular schedule, if not on a day to day basis. Female cardinals are smaller and a completely different color! Tail is long, black, and white-edged. It is an active predator of seabird nesting colonies. Bill is gray. White eye-ring is broken and slate gray hood extends to upper breast where it darkens to black. Direct flight. Townsend's Warbler: Olive-green upperparts, black throat and upper breast. Diet includes aquatic vegetation and grass. Rapid direct flight, often low over the water. Weak fluttering flight on shallow wing beats. Brown coloured birds are found in most families of bird species, including sparrows, thrashers, creepers, and even the females of the different members of the bunting family. Whimbrel: This large long-legged sandpiper has brown and white mottled upperparts and buff underparts with faint streaks on sides and flanks. Ash-throated Flycatcher: Medium flycatcher with gray-brown upperparts, pale gray throat and breast, and gray-brown tail with rufous highlights. Head has gray-brown crown and nape, orange-brown face, and gray cheeks. The bill and legs are yellow, and it has a red eyering. Forages in trees and bushes. Strong direct flight with shallow wing beats. Vaguely resembles an ibis. Sometimes it forages boldly on open lawns; more often it scoots into dense cover at any disturbance, hiding among the briar tangles and making loud crackling callnotes. Alternates deep flaps and glides, soars on thermals. Swift direct flight with rapid wing beats. Black breast, white belly, rufous sides. Flies in straight line formation. Flies in straight line or V formation. They can be found around wooded areas that are deciduous in nature (shed leaves). Forages on the ground and in low vegetation. Wings are dark with broad white edges on feathers. The head is black with white patches around the eyes. Curved neck is often stained with pigments from iron or algae. The pale yellow belly distinguishes this species from other Myiarchus flycatchers. Filmed in slow motion (Google Nexus 6P, 720p, 240 FPS) in Nashville. Red-throated Loon: Small loon with scaled gray back and white underparts. Legs and feet are gray. Flies in straight line formation. Black-capped Chickadee: Medium-sized, stocky chickadee with pale gray upperparts and breast and pale olive-brown underparts. The flight is labored and slow with dangling legs. So, when they come here they are flying south for the winter, as far as they are concerned. Wings are black with two pale bars. Lower breast and sides are yellow with black streaks and belly is white.Face is yellow with black crown and cheek patch and yellow crescent below eye. Nelson's Sparrow: Small sparrow with brown streaked upperparts. White face, black cap extends nearly to red eyes. Feeds by probing mud with bill or dunking head under water. North America's only all-white owl. Hood and throat are iridescent red, may appear black or dark purple in low light; broken white eye-ring is usually visible. Black-throated Gray Warbler: Small warbler, black-marked, slate-gray upperparts, black streaks on flanks, white underparts. Dives for food, primarily eats mollusks. Strong flight with shallow wing beats. Head has black hood and throat, sharply contrasting white eyebrow and cheek stripe, and yellow spot in front of eye. It has a white face, black cap, and a thick, straight, yellow bill with a black tip. Legs and feet are black. The bill is thick, long, and curved downward. Their camouflaged plumage makes them nearly invisible. Emily age 11 25-May-2013 16:48 Breast is gray, variably barred by dark edges on feathers. Flight is direct with rapid wing beats. Long black tail with long slender feathers, pale gray mask and black bill with dark pink saddle. Its bulging dark eyes with dark eyeline are set high on the head adding to its odd look. White rump, white wing-bar, black underwings visible in flight. Red-necked Stint: This small sandpiper has mottled brown upperparts and streaked cap. It was first recorded on the Lewis and Clark expedition. Swift direct flight with rapid wing beats. Gray-brown wings. Hundreds may suddenly appear in an area for a particular food source, only to vanish when that food is exhausted. Wings and tail are edged with olive-yellow. Arctic Tern: This is a medium-sized, slim tern with gray upperparts, black cap, a white rump and throat, and pale gray underparts. Best places to see in Tennessee: While Brown Thrashers are found across the state, they are most conspicuous when singing from exposed perches in early spring. Ruddy Turnstone: This medium-sized sandpiper has red-brown upperparts, white rump and underparts, and a black-marked face. Light phase adult has pale gray-brown head and underparts. It forages for insects on or close to the ground. It has a swift direct flight with rapid wing beats. Legs and feet are gray. Dark gray legs and feet. For a birder who is just starting out, the colour of the bird will probably be the first piece of information that will be used in trying to put a name to a bird. Red bill. I don't know what kind of bird it is.We get many birds at our house.We've seen cardinals,cowbirds,house sparrows,towies,and some other birds.We live in Knoxville,Tennessee. Other Brown Birds . Tail is dark gray with white corners. Long, slim wings are dark above and silver-gray below. Sexes are similar. Franklin's Gull: This medium-sized gull has a gray back and white underparts. It has a swift and direct flight. Broad white stripes on black wings are visible in flight. Feeds higher on the beach than other plovers. Tail is black with white edges. Diet includes insects and worms. Howev… It has a strong direct flight with deep wing beats. Sexes are similar. Dark wings with white wing bar. Clark's Grebe: Large grebe, gray-black upperparts, white underparts, and slender neck with white on front and black on back. Birds for sale in Tennessee. Bill is bright yellow; legs and feet are orange. There’s no need to look through dozens of photos of birds that don’t live in your area. Dark brown above and white below with a gray head, brown flanks, and two distinct dark “moustache” lines. Direct flight, steady, strong wing beats. Tail is black with strongly contrasting white outer tail feathers. White-winged Dove: Medium-sized, stout dove with gray-brown upperparts, gray underparts, and small, black crescent below eye. White tail has diagnostic black inverted T. Wings have chestnut-brown bars. The sexes are similar in appearance. Snowbird Brown was born as Amora Jean on November 18, 1994, to Amy Brown and Billy Brown. The head is gray, bill is short and slightly decurved. Black-headed Gull: Small, white gull with partial hood, white crescents above and below eye, and white-gray back. In 2012-13, the Discover Birds Program reached 394 Tennessee students. Face is buff with black stripe behind eye. Legs and feet are black. The upperwings are gray with black primaries and white secondaries. Breast is orange-brown and belly is yellow. Smith's Longspur: Medium sparrow, yellow-brown streaked upperparts, black head with white eyebrow and ear patch, and yellow-brown nape, throat, and underparts. V-shaped white rump patch and silver-gray underwing linings are visible in flight. Gray legs, feet. Swift, powerful undulating flight. When foraging it characteristically spirals upward picking insects from the bark with its long decurved bill and then flying to the base of the next tree and spiraling upward again.
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