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A bird is a warm-blooded, egg-laying, winged vertebrate that has a body covered with feathers.
Birds
American Goldfinch on a branch
The male goldfinch, easily recognized in the summer by its yellow body and black wings.
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American Kestrel, Image Credit: Joe Riederer
This small falcon is sometimes called the "sparrow hawk."
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American Tree Sparrow in budding tree
Sparrows are common winter residents of southern Wisconsin.
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White pelicans on edge of water
Believe it or not, these once-scarce pouched birds are now appearing in ever-growing numbers in Wisconsin.
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Black-capped Chickadee
Chick-a-dee-dee, chick-a-dee-dee-dee.
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Blue jay in tree
Everyone knows the blue jay and its angry "ki-ki-ki" or "j-j-j" call.
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Bobolink
This colorful bird is well suited to life in the prairie. Its tan, black and white markings hide it well in the yellow-tan grasses.
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Male and Female Wood Ducks
The wood duck is often called Wisconsin's most beautiful duck with its bright, multi-colored feathers.
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Canada Goose
Hundreds of thousands of Canada geese (not "Canadian" geese) pass through Wisconsin in their famous V-formations, honking up a storm.
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Common Redpoll
In flight and behavior these birds resemble goldfinches or siskins.
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Common Yellowthroat
Keep an eye and ear out for this black-masked yellow-throated male bird.
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Dark-eyed Junco in tree
The dark-eyed junco is sometimes known as the "snowbird."
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Downy Woodpecker
You can spot this critter as it hops along tree trunks looking for food.
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Eastern Meadowlark
Hark, it's the meadowlark, atop a fencepost, roadside pole, wire or shrub.
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Evening Grosbeak on a branch
A fairly common winter resident in Wisconsin.
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Goshawk
These hawks rely on speed and cunning to catch their prey.
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Hairy Woodpecker
The hairy woodpecker is a larger relative of the downy woodpecker.
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Birds migrating flying over water
Images of birds that migrate.
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Perched Mourning Dove
The mourning dove was named the state symbol of peace in 1971.
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Male and Female Nothern Cardinals
The scarlet male cardinal needs no introduction, but the female is less obvious.
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Osprey with carp, Image Credit: Joe Riederer
The Osprey is also known as the fish hawk.
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Ovenbird
This warbler can be found hopping on the floor of Wisconsin's mature forests.
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Peregrine Falcon
Faster Than A Speeding Bullet?
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Pileated Woodpecker
Have you ever seen oval, 3-4 inch holes bored into the trunks of standing dead trees?
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Pine Grosbeak on a branch
A rare winter resident of southern Wisconsin and uncommon in the north.
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Siskin on branch
This member of the finch family is an uncommon summer resident in northern Wisconsin.
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Purple Finch
A famous bird expert once described the male purple finch as "a sparrow dipped in raspberry juice."
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Red-headed Woodpecker
"Knock, knock, who's there?" The red-headed woodpecker.
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Red-winged Blackbird in Flight
Find any wet or moist habitat in Wisconsin and there you'll find the common red-winged blackbird.
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Ring-necked Pheasant
This ornate game bird is not native to Wisconsin, but is stocked for sport hunting.
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Robin
Wisconsin state bird.
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Sandhill Crane
What is that large stork-like bird flying over Wisconsin's marshes?
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The American Bald Eagle
We all know the bald eagle as a national symbol with its distinctive "bald" white head.
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Barn Owl
This graceful but ghostly bird can locate a mouse in the dark of night.
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Barred Owl
Whoooo is this owl with such a strange name? Let's find out.
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The Common Loon
That eerie sound you hear is not a ghost haunting a northern lake.
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Eastern Bluebird
The bluebird is one of a birdwatcher's favorite bird
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Majestic Great Blue Heron
Have you ever seen groups of huge nests made of large sticks weighing down tall tree tops?
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Ruffed Grouse
You're walking in the woods on a nice spring day, when suddenly you hear a drumming sound.
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Woodcock, AKA Timberdoodles
Coming this spring to Wisconsin's woods.
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Trumpeter Swans on ice
Snow-white trumpeter swans are a spectacular sight.
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Tundra Swan
Come spring and fall you may have the good fortune to see these large, white birds.
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Turkey Vulture
This large bird species has been around since prehistoric times.
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Upland Plover
Another name for this bird is upland sandpiper.
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Whooping Crane
2006 marked the first year that whooping cranes hatched in the wild in the Midwest in over 100 years!
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Wild Turkey
Gobble, Gobble, Gobble.
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