black birds in massachusetts

Bill is long and slightly decurved. Bill is dark with a yellow base and slightly decurved. The black crown has a short black crest, the white tail is deeply forked, and the legs and feet are black. Swift direct flight with rapid wing beats. Lark Sparrow: Medium sparrow with streaked, gray-brown upperparts and buff underparts with black breast spot. It has a black face, throat and belly and white forehead and crown that extends over the eye, down the back and sides of the neck. Head appears black overall with white spot behind eye; cap is very dark green. Swift, graceful flight, alternates several quick wing beats with long glides. Soars on fixed wings if wind is up. Rounded tail is rufous with black edges. Swift direct flight with rapid wing beats. Upper mandible is dark gray, while lower mandible is pale pink with black tip. The black-capped chickadee is the state bird of Massachusetts. It feeds on squid and fish. Fish and squid make up most of its diet. Outer tail feathers are white. Flight is direct with rapid wing beats. Forages in trees and bushes. An open ocean species vaguely resembling a small penguin that can fly. It has long white tail streamers, a white back that is finely barred in black, a black eye stripe curves that upward behind the eye, black primaries, and a red bill. It has a steady direct flight with rapid wing beats. Gleans from bushes, weeds and trees. Yellow-throated Warbler: Medium warbler with gray upperparts, yellow throat, chin, and upper breast, white underparts with black spots on sides. Wings and notched tail are dark. Soars on thermals. Legs and feet are brown. It has a finely streaked face, a dark eye line, long black bill, white eye ring and dull yellow legs and feet. The face is pale with finely streaked crown, crisp brown cheek patch, white eyestripe, and gray nape. Female lacks black head and throat, has brown streaked upperparts and buff streaked underparts. Bouyant, erratic flight with slow, silent wingbeats. Swift direct flight with rapid wing beats. Female similar but lacks bright gorget. Painted Redstart: Medium warbler with black head, upperparts, bright red breast and belly. Pink legs and feet. Female is brown-scaled overall with dull blue shoulder patch, dark eyes and pale edged upper mandible. Feeds on insects. Easily identified by black tail, stiff wing beats and long narrow pointed wings. Red-necked Stint: This small sandpiper has mottled brown upperparts and streaked cap. Short flights have rapid wingbeats, longer ones are bouyant with shallow, silent wing beats. Legs and feet are gray. Northern Hawk Owl: Medium-sized, slender owl with white-spotted brown upperparts and brown-barred white underparts. Hovers to take insects, berries, fruit. High soaring flight. Bill is short, yellow. Head has darker cap and slight crest. Hawks from perch, hovers. Black bill is long and stout. Harris's Sparrow: Large sparrow with dark-streaked, brown upperparts and white underparts with dark-streaked sides. Large, decurved bill, black upper mandible, lower mandible has pink base. Strong steady flight with deep wing beats. Legs … Sooty Tern: This medium-sized tern has long wings, a deeply forked tail, black crown, nape, and upperparts and a broad triangular white forehead patch. Boat-tailed Grackle: Large, black bird with a very long, keel-shaped tail. Legs, feet are pink-brown. It is the smallest of the ptarmigans, and the only one that nests south of Canada. They spend most of their time in the tops of tall fir and pine trees, making them difficult to see. Pale pink bill. Alternates several quick, shallow strokes with wings pulled to sides. Face, sides of rump, underparts are white. Legs and feet are brown. Eskimo Curlew: Small curlew, brown mottled upperparts, buff underparts streaked and mottled brown, and pale cinnamon wing linings. Head crest is black, facial skin is red, and large bill is blue-gray and hooked. Brown and red-brown mottled upperparts. Difficult to distinguish from Tropical Kingbird. 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. Jun 5, 2020 - Explore Nicole Ds's board "Birds of Massachusetts", followed by 141 people on Pinterest. Cinnamon-brown underwings visible in flight. Spotted Towhee: Large sparrow, white-spotted black back, black rump. Wings are black with large white patches. Masked Duck: Small stifftail duck with black-tipped blue bill and black mask with thin white eye-ring. Very active bird, nervous and restless while foraging. Wings are white with black primary and secondary feathers. Feet and legs are dull yellow. Soars on thermals and updrafts. It has a rufous crown, white eye ring and dark brown wings. Soars on thermals and updrafts. Feeds mostly on insects but also eats seeds. Alternates rapid wing beats with glides. The pale yellow belly distinguishes this species from other Myiarchus flycatchers. For birders and identification of wild birds. Hammond's Flycatcher: Small flycatcher, gray upperparts, gray-brown underparts, white eye-ring. Feeds by probing mud with bill or dunking head under water. Black-necked Stilt: Large shorebird with sharply contrasting black upperparts and white underparts. Pink legs, feet. Dives for fish and squid. The upperwings are brown with black edges and white bars; underwings are white. The wings are dark with two white bars. Bill, legs, and feet are black. Diet includes fish and small birds. V-shaped bib is black. Feeds in shallow water or mudflats exposed at low tide. Short, weak flights on rapidly beating wings. Red-billed Tropicbird: This slender, white, gull-like seabird is the largest tropic bird. Over time, we will continue adding species to our list of New England birds, which includes birds in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Vermont, Maine, and Rhode Island. Gray legs, feet. Steller's Eider: Small eider with black back and collar, white sides, buff-brown underparts with small but distinct black spot on side. of Moorestown. It feeds on parrot fish, flatfish, mullets and other fish. High arcing flight. Upperparts are gray and underparts are white with pale yellow wash on sides. The legs are orange. Wings are black with large, white patches. It is the state bird of Colorado. Mew Gull: Medium-sized gull with gray back and upperwings, and white head, neck, breast, and belly. Eyes are red. Eared Grebe: This small grebe has black upperparts, dark chestnut-brown flanks and white underparts. Long black legs trail behind squared tail in flight. Eye-ring is white. It has a dark brown back, black face and black underparts with white-mottled flanks; a white S-shaped mark extends from above the eye to along sides. Western Grebe: Large, long-necked grebe with dark gray upperparts, white underparts, gray sides and flanks. Feeds on insects, spiders and berries. Gray wings, tail. The upperparts are very pale gray, nearly white, and the underparts are white. Little Stint: This medium-sized sandpiper has scaled-brown upperparts and white underparts. It has a strong direct flight with deep wing beats. Elegant Tern: Medium tern, pale gray upperparts, white underparts may have pink tint. Tail is black with thick, white edges. Eats fish, crustaceans, jellyfish. Legs and feet are gray. Swift direct flight with rapid wing beats. Tail is long. Black legs and feet. Clay-colored Sparrow: Medium sparrow with black-streaked brown upperparts and buff underparts. Yellow-legged Gull: Large white gull, medium gray upperparts and red spot on bright yellow bill; legs and feet are yellow. Eats mostly insects in the summer. Black-tipped yellow bill is long and straight. California Gull: This is a medium-sized gull with a white head and underparts, gray wings and black wing tips. Sexes are similar. Lewis's Woodpecker: Medium woodpecker with dark green-black upperparts and hood. Blue Grosbeak: Large finch, bright purple-blue body, black face, and two wide, brown wingbars. White-tipped wings, held horizontal in flight. The above list does not include all 400+ birds. Often soars like a raptor. Feeds at low tide on mudflats or hidden in salt marsh vegetation. Tail is brown with white edges. Black bill, legs and feet. Wings are dark with two white bars. Head is yellow with black throat and nape. It feeds mostly on terrestrial and aquatic insects. See more ideas about birds, beautiful birds, pet birds. Soars to great heights. Sexes are similar. Flies in V or straight line formations. It has a direct flight with rapid wing beats. It has a direct flight with rapid wing beats. White-tailed Kite: Small hawk with gray upperparts, black shoulders, and white face and underparts. Swainson's Hawk: Large hawk, dark brown upperparts, white throat, rufous upper breast, pale buff underparts. Eurasian Kestrel: Small falcon, spotted rufous upperparts, brown-streaked buff underparts. Western Tanager: Medium-sized tanager with brilliant red head, bright yellow body, black back, wings, and tail. Curlew Sandpiper: This is a medium-sized sandpiper with mottled rufous, white and black upperparts. Learn about all the Commonwealth's breeding bird species in the Breeding Bird Atlas 2. Flies close to the water in straight line. Feeds on seeds and insects. Ruddy Turnstone: This medium-sized sandpiper has red-brown upperparts, white rump and underparts, and a black-marked face. Fast direct flight with rapid wing beats. Dark gray legs and feet. The wings are dark with two white bars. Female resembles the male but is less tinged with red. Bill is bright yellow. Swift direct flight with rapid wing beats. Crested Caracara: Large, ground-dwelling falcon, black body, finely barred tail, wing panels and upper breast. Band-tailed Pigeon: Large dove, small, purple-gray head and broad neck with distinctive, thin white band on nape. Tail is black with white undertail coverts. Direct flight, steady, strong wing beats. Brewer's Sparrow: Medium sparrow with finely streaked gray-brown upperparts, pale eye-ring, dark moustache stripe, and plain, pale gray underparts. Varied Thrush: Large thrush, dark gray upperparts, rust-brown throat, breast, sides, eyebrows, black breast band, and white belly and undertail. Cackling Goose: This small to medium-sized goose has a mottled gray-brown body, black legs, tail, neck, head and face, with a white chin strap stretching from ear to ear and a white rump band. Wings are dark with white tips; legs are pink. 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. Magnificent Frigatebird: Large black seabird, orange throat patch inflates into a huge bright red-orange balloon when in courtship display. These bird-eating hawks are long-tailed and have relatively short, rounded wings and are often very similar in appearance, making them tricky to identify. Legs and feet are gray. Purple Sandpiper: Medium sandpiper, upperparts are scaled gray-brown, crown is dark, and white underparts are streaked. Spectacles are pale yellow. 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. Most grackles migrate a short distance south to pass the winter, but some few opt to brave the storms each year, often mixed with flocks of other blackbirds. Direct and hovering flight with rapid wing beats. Legs and feet are pink. Tail is long and black. Wings and slightly forked tail are dark. Wilson's Plover: Medium plover, gray-brown upperparts and cap. Underwings are white and gray with dark patches at bend. Bill is long, slightly decurved. Bill, legs, and feet are gray. The head has a black crown, white face and throat, and a stout, heavy bill. Vermilion Flycatcher: Small, stocky flycatcher, gray-black upperparts and scarlet-red crown, throat, and underparts. Tail is short. Tail is brown-black with white edges. Once called the Golden Swamp Warbler. Quick, direct flight with rapid wing beats. Swift direct flight with rapid wing beats. Northern Gannet: Very large seabird. North America's smallest goose. Tail is long, broad, edged with white (black near base). Wings have two bars: upper bar is yellow, lower bar is white. Has a 15-16 inch-long black tail with deep fork. Strong direct flight with neck extended. Townsend's Warbler: Olive-green upperparts, black throat and upper breast. The juvenile is brown and streaked. Cinnamon Teal: This small duck has scaled dark brown upperparts, cinnamon-brown underparts, head and neck, red eyes, long dark bill and yellow-gray legs. Blue-gray legs and feet. Name changed in 2017 from Le Conte's Sparrow to LeConte's Sparrow. Brown-chested Martin: Medium-sized swallow with brown upperparts. Black breast, white belly, rufous sides. Black-headed Gull: Small, white gull with partial hood, white crescents above and below eye, and white-gray back. Wings with black tips and black bases of primaries. Short, bounding flights, alternates rapid wing beats with wings pulled to sides. It has a direct flight with steady wing beats. Blue-gray bill, legs and feet. The face, neck and breast are rust-brown with black spots. Burrowing Owl: Small ground-dwelling owl, mostly brown with numerous white spots and no ear tufts. It feeds mainly on fish and squid. Its dark plumage sets it apart from all other North American woodpeckers. Bill is long and black. Lives most of its life above timberline. Forages on shore; sometimes probes mud. Bill, legs, and feet are black. The crown, face and neck are buff with fine brown streaks. Forked tail is dark green with black outer tail feathers. Underparts are white, and buff-brown wash on throat. Eye ring is white. Eats seeds and insects. Strong direct flight with rapidly beating wings. Summer Tanager: Large tanager, dark-red overall with a large, pale gray bill. Franklin's Gull: This medium-sized gull has a gray back and white underparts. Birds with large crossed bills feed on the seeds of big pine cones. It has alternating strong rapid wing beats and glides. The large species take up to four years to attain full adult plumage, but two years is typical for small gulls. It has a short, dark, slightly upturned bill, a white tail with a black terminal band, and orange legs and feet. Black tail is notched. Eye-ring is thin and white. In 2016 the American Ornithologist Union split the Clapper Rail into three species, the Clapper Rail, Ridgway's Rail and Mangrove Rail (not in North America). Undertail coverts are white. Feeds at night, mostly on insects. Eyes are red and bill is orange-red with black tip. Ivory Gull: A pure white gull whose entire life is restricted to the edge of the floating pack ice. It has a black bill, legs and feet. Northern Wheatear: Small thrush (oenanthe), with gray upperparts, black wings, mask, and tail. Feeds on marine worms and insects. This is a list of mammals of Massachusetts. Eastern populations have seriously declined since the 1960s. Tail is long and white-edged with dark bars. Bohemian Waxwing: Large waxwing with gray upperparts, pink-gray crest, black mask and chin, and gray underparts. Head has red cap, black chin patch. Sips nectar. Legs are yellow to pale brown. Flight is direct. Black-tailed Gull: Large gull with white head, neck, breast, and underparts; light charcoal-gray wings and back; large yellow bill with black ring above red tip; pale … It eats a variety of plant species and parts, especially grasses, sedges, grain and berries. Flies in a V formation. Swallow-tailed Kite: The largest of North America kites, has black upperparts which contrast with white head and underparts. Eyes surrounded by orange and black markings; legs and feet are bright orange. Black bill is slender and long. It mainly feeds on insects and other small invertebrates. Red eyes with white eye-rings, and white patch above. Bobs tail and often makes short flights to hawk insects. Terek Sandpiper: Medium-sized sandpiper with lightly spotted gray upperparts, white underparts, and gray wash on upper breast. Black-backed Woodpecker: Small woodpecker with black back, black wings with white spots on flight feathers, barred flanks, white underparts. Orioles are colorful, vocal members of the blackbird family. As it hops, it often flicks its tail from side to side. Wades or makes shallow dives to catch food, steals, scavenges. Non-breeding adult lacks hood, black mark behind eye, and black tip on bill. The female (shown in foreground) has green upperparts, yellow-green underparts and dark wings. Tail is long and rounded. It has a black head, white eye ring, orange bill with a black spot near the tip, and red-orange legs. The tail is white-edged. Crown is black and nape is pale green. In flight it shows long pointed wings with black flight feathers and white wing linings. The only puffin nesting on the Atlantic Coast. Head has brown cap, white face, and dark eyestripe. Feeds on large flying insects. Small gull, pale gray upperparts, gray-white nape, white neck with thin black collar, and white, wedge-shaped tail; underparts are variably pink. Base of dark-tipped bill and legs are bright orange. Tail is long and scissor-like, black above with white outer edges and white below with black inner edges. Male is iridescent blue-black with yellow or brown eyes. The only eastern warbler that nests in tree hollows. Feeds mostly on fish, some crustaceans and insects. Dark phase adult has a dark brown body with a large white patch at base of primaries visible in flight. Feeds on insects. Discover the birds—and bird behaviors—most commonly encountered in Massachusetts. Forages in groung, low vegetation. Alternates rapid, shallow wing beats with stiff-winged glides. Last sighted in Canada in 1982. Feeds on large insects, small rodents and birds. Find out how different species in the state are coping with human development and climate change in the latest State of the Birds … Legs are long and yellow. 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. Slow fluttering flight on shallow wing beats. Perches upright and remains still for long periods of time and is easily overlooked. Tail is long and black with white corners. Head, neck, and underparts are vibrant yellow and the undertail coverts are white. Sexes are similar. Wings and spectacularly long, deeply forked tail are black. Ross's Gull: The pink gull of the high Arctic. Feeds on mollusks, crustaceans, insects and small fish. Face is gray with yellow eyestripe and breast is yellow. Tail is gray with white spots near corners. Tail is short and brown with white corners. Fieldfare: Large, robin-like thrush with rufous back with gray head and rump. Weak fluttering flight on shallow wing beats. Long-tailed and gregarious, grackles are hard to miss whenever they are present, as their feathers shine with iridescence and their piercing voices creak and whine across suburban Massachusetts. Wings are black with white spots; rump is black; tail is black with white outer feathers. Direct flight with buoyant steady wing beats. It often flies with erratic changes of direction. Head and neck are bright rust-brown during summer. They can often be seen foraging on lawns or sitting on fences during spring and summer in suburban areas, uttering sharp chak notes or else singing their grating, rusty-hinge song. Hermit Warbler: Small warbler, gray upperparts, white underparts, black-streaked flanks. Nonbreeding adult lacks head and back plumes, has gray lores, and shows yellow on lower legs. Rapid bouncy flight, alternates several quick wing beats with wings pulled to sides. Eurasian Collared-Dove: Medium dove, pale gray overall with darker cinnamon-brown wash over back. Wings are white with black primaries and a white-bordered blue speculum. Head is black and eyes are red. Tail is green above with central blue shafts. Legs and feet are black. It was named for the state where it was first discovered, where it is an uncommon migrant. Feeds on insects, carrion, refuse, seed, nuts, berries, mice, eggs and young of other birds. Bewick's Wren: Small wren with unstreaked, gray to red-brown upperparts and plain white underparts. Feeds on crustaceans, mollusks, worms, insects, seeds and berries. Forehead is chestnut-brown and throat and rump are buff. Nape is chestnut-brown, crown is black, and throat is white. Black-headed Grosbeak: Large, stocky finch, black-streaked, orange-brown back, black head, wings, tail. Female is olive-green above, with gray back and yellow underparts. Boreal Chickadee: Large chickadee, brown upperparts, dark brown cap, small black bib, gray face and neck, white cheek, rufous sides, white underparts. White morph is white with dark spots and markings on wings, nape, and sides. Long, thin, upcurved bill. Pomarine Jaeger: The dar morph of this large jaeger is dark brown except for white patches near underwing tips and sides of under tail. Nape is ringed with half-black collar that does not extend to throat. Reddish Egret: Medium egret with blue-gray body and shaggy, pale rufous head and neck. The underparts are white; upper tail is black with white outer edges. Identify winter birds commonly seen at feeders in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Rhode Island. Swift direct flight with strong wing beats. Often flies with feet trailing and dangling below. Body is green-black overall with silver-gray feathers appearing speckled and grizzled on upper back and forewings. American Avocet: Long-legged shorebird with long, thin, upcurved bill and distinctive black-and-white back and sides. Underparts are white; upper breast is rust-brown and spotted. Tail is short, and legs are long. Mountain Plover: Medium-sized plover with pale brown upperparts, white underparts, and brown sides. Tail is rust-brown. Sexes are similar; the male is larger. It has a direct flight and hovers before diving for fish. Swift flight with shallow wing beats. Low, swift flight, alternates rapid wing beats with wings pulled to sides. Hooked bill is dark, legs are pink. Gulls are typically medium to large birds, usually gray or white, often with black markings on the head or wings. The eyes are yellow and the bill is blue-gray with a black tip. Wings held downward. Wings are long and relatively pointed. Eats seeds of aquatic plants, grasses and grains, insects and small marine crustaceans. Soars on thermals and updrafts. It feeds on worms, mice, other birds and their eggs, and garbage. Light buff-yellow wash on crown of head extending down nape may be visible. Legs and feet are gray. Bouyant fluttering flight with shallow wing beats. Wood Stork: Large, odd wading bird, mostly white except for black flight feathers and tail. The sexes are similar in appearance. It has a gray crown and nape, red eyes and a slender black bill. Common Ground-Dove: Small, rounded dove with plain gray-brown back and scaled pink-gray head and breast. The gray facial disk is partially bordered by a thick, brown stripe that extends to the upper breast; lacks ear tufts. It feeds mostly on insects. Black-browed Albatross: White head, neck, underparts, and black back, tail. Brown Pelican: Large, unmistakable seabird, gray-brown body, dark brown, pale yellow head and neck, oversized bill. White chin and throat. Alternates rapid wing beats with brief periods of wings pulled to sides. Collar is white, throat is brown, and breast patch is dark brown. Oct 9, 2014 - Explore Stephanie Adamshick's board "Northeastern birds" on Pinterest. Bill is black, legs and feet are pink. Its head and neck is often stained rust-brown from ferrous minerals in marsh soils. Tail is long and white-tipped. Bill is heavy and dark. Strong flight, alternates shallow wing beats with brief periods of wings pulled to sides. Tail is black with white outer tail feathers. Eastern populations are red-brown, Northwestern birds are more brown, and Western Interior birds are gray-brown. Marbled Godwit: This large sandpiper has black-marked, dark brown upperparts, and lightly barred, chestnut-brown underparts. Black bill, legs, feet. V-shaped white rump patch and silver-gray underwing linings are visible in flight. We've done this before, with the Top Ten White Birds, and thought it would be fun to do it a second time. Wings have white-spotted black tips; tail is white. Short flights, alternates rapid wing beats with brief periods of wings pulled to sides. Soars on thermals, must flap its wings more often than a Turkey Vulture. Bill is moderately short, not as strongly curved as similar curlews. Bill, legs, and feet are black. The face and throat are rust-brown and the bill, legs and feet are black. Outermost primaries have faint black smudges. Tail deeply forked, legs are black. The female is dull brown with a white patch on the face at base of bill. Black bill is very short; legs, feet are orange-red. Dark patches on either side of upper breast (partial breast band), behind eye, and on white forehead. Diet is heavy in seeds and cultivated grains. Short flights with rapidly beating wing strokes alternating with wings pulled briefly to sides. It has a black bill, legs and feet. Dickcissel: Medium-sized, stocky, sparrow-like bird. Boreal Owl: Medium owl, white-spotted, brown upperparts and thick brown-streaked, white underparts. Kentucky Warbler: Medium, ground-dwelling warbler with bright olive-green upperparts and yellow underparts. Yellow-nosed Albatross: Pelagic albatross with pale gray head, neck, rump, black back, upperwings, white underparts and black margin around white underwings. Underparts are white except for black upper breast band. They have longish bills and webbed feet . Western Meadowlark: This short stocky, ground-dwelling bird has dark-streaked brown upperparts, bright yellow underparts, and a broad black V on the breast. Here they are in no particular order: 1. There’s no need to look through dozens of photos of birds that don’t live in your area It only eats insects, and forages for them on the ground and in trees. Wing linings are white. Iridescent throat patch can appear purple, green or black. Swift, direct, and low flight. Head has black hood, and yellow face. Follows farm tractors and plows. It is our humble opinion based on our small vault of bird knowledge that these are the top ten black birds. Sallies to take insects in air. Atlantic Puffin: Medium seabird with black upperparts, white underparts, white face, and large, parrot-like, orange and gray bill. The bill is yellow with a dark tip. Tail is square. Sabine's Gull: Small gull with gray back and white nape, rump, and underparts. Sexes are similar. Buff-breasted Sandpiper: This medium-sized sandpiper has a buff wash over the entire body except for the white vent. Northern Lapwing: Large, unique plover with black breast, face, crown, and long upright head plumes; back is green-tinged purple and copper. Underparts are orange-brown with strongly barred black, white flanks. Throat feathers are long, purple-red, appearing as streaks on a white background, whiskers when fluffed out, or dark, inverted V when folded. It has a blue-gray to yellow bill and yellow legs and feet. Common Ringed Plover: Plump little plover with dark gray-brown upperparts, pure white underparts, and strong black mask and chest band. Straight black bill. Soars on thermals. Brown Booby: This large seabird is mostly dark brown with white under wing coverts, belly and vent. Underparts are brown-barred white on breast and sides, and white on belly. Tail is dark brown with short, gray undertail coverts. Forages on ground and in trees and bushes. Bill is dull yellow to gray-green (eastern) or orange-yellow (western). Alternates series of powerful deep wing beats with long glides. American Oystercatcher: Large shorebird with white underparts, brown upperparts, black hood, long, bright red-orange needle-shaped bill. Mass Audubon is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization (tax identification number 04-2104702) under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Shiny Cowbird: Small blackbird with purple sheen on head, back, breast. Greater White-fronted Goose: This medium-sized goose has a dark-brown body and the underparts are barred and flecked with black. Tail is dark and yellow-tipped with cinnamon-brown undertail coverts. Yellow crown is bordered by a wide black cap; cheek and collar are black. Bill, legs, and feet are black. Sometimes called Swamp Warbler. Tail is slightly forked when folded. Black legs, feet. Webbing between toes is yellow. American White Pelican: Huge, white seabird, enormous outstretched wings show black primaries, outer secondaries in flight. White overall with black primaries and long pointed wings. The wings are short with white spotted black tips. Clapper Rail: Large, noisy marsh bird, gray or brown upperparts, vertical white-barred flanks and belly, buff or rust-brown breast. Strong direct flight with shallow wing beats. Feeds on insects and spiders. Diet includes Wings are dark with two white bars. Painted Bunting: Colorful, medium-sized bunting. Tail has white edges, dark center and tip. Brown upperparts. Wings are dark with thin,white bars. Red bill. The head and neck are black. Ross's Goose: Small, white goose with black primary feathers and stubby gray-based red-orange bill. Soars high on thermals. Violet-green Swallow: Small swallow, dark, metallic green upperparts, iridescent purple rump. The bill, legs and feet are yellow, and the eyes are medium brown. The bill, legs and feet are black. Jan 24, 2014 - Explore Mary Plante's board "Birds common to Massachusetts" on Pinterest. Inland forests and grasslands support a wide variety of nesting birds in summer, as well as Feeds on insects, caterpillars, fruits and berries. Brown Noddy: This medium-sized tern is brown except for the white forehead blending to a gray nape and a small white lower half-eye ring. Wings are gray with two white bars. Wings and back are silver-gray with black-and-white bars. Bill, legs are bright orange, upper bill develops a fibrous keel during breeding season. Direct flight is high and fluttery. Cassin's Vireo: Small vireo, olive-gray upperparts, white underparts, pale yellow flanks. Has olive-green to olive-gray upperparts, brilliant yellow throat, breast. Great Gray Owl: Large owl, dark gray body interspersed with bars and flecks of brown, pale gray, and white. Mask is black and throat is white. The sexes are similar. King Rail: Large rail with long, orange-based bill. Sexes similar. Sexes are similar. Eyes are red, bill is black. The sexes are similar; males are slightly larger. Wings are black with white patches. Common grackles are gregarious and highly vocal birds. Strong steady wing beats alternated with long to short glides. The underparts are white with a brown chest band and brown on the flanks. It has a buoyant, zigzag flight, alternating several rapid wing beats. Replenish these food and water caches throughout the winter, and you’re bound to meet some of the following birds that call New England their year-round home. In Massachusetts they are represented by two species—the Baltimore Oriole and the Orchard Oriole. Feeds on invertebrates. In fall, grackles gather into large flocks before migration at communal roosts, some of which can be impressively massive (as many as one million birds!). 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