Dusky Flycatcher: Small flycatcher with olive-gray upperparts and white or yellow tinged underparts. Bill is moderately short, not as strongly curved as similar curlews. Parasitic Jaeger: The dark morph of this medium-sized jaeger has a brown body, darker cap and pale underwing patches near tips. Lesser Goldfinch: Small finch with dark back (black in the east, dark green in the west), black crown, bright yellow underparts. Feeds on marine worms and insects. House wrens are probably the easiest cavity nesting birds to attract to nest boxes (bird houses). Forages in upper foliage of trees, sometimes catches insects in midair. Gray Partridge: Gray-brown ground bird with rufous face and throat. Legs and feet are brown. Female has gray-brown upperparts, white underparts with brown streaks, and a light to dark salmon colored belly and vent. Black legs and feet. Legs and feet are pink. Strong direct flight with deep wing beats. Mountain Chickadee: Medium chickadee, gray upperparts, black cap and bib, white cheeks and nape, and pale gray underparts. Common Ground-Dove: Small, rounded dove with plain gray-brown back and scaled pink-gray head and breast. Alternates steady wing beats, short glides. Head has a flattened appearance; bill is long, slender, and slightly decurved. It was split into Rivoli's and Talamanca Hummingbird, the latter is found in the cloudforests of Costa Rica and western Panama. Wings are dark with two pale bars. Head has brown cap, white eyebrows, and dark eye-lines. Direct flight on rapid wing beats. Sexes are similar. Female is brown overall, dark breast, pale sides, white belly and gray bill. Bell’s Sparrow and Sagebrush Sparrow. Wings are dark gray with two rust-brown bars. Yellow crown patch is usually concealed. Feeds on nectar, insects, spiders, and sap. Tail is yellow with thick black tip and central line. Click a second time to pause the sound. Bill, legs and feet are black. Black-throated Gray Warbler: Small warbler, black-marked, slate-gray upperparts, black streaks on flanks, white underparts. Forehead is chestnut-brown and throat and rump are buff. Diamond-shaped tail has elongated, pointed central feathers. Neotropic Cormorant: Small, long-tailed cormorant. White belly, pink neck,upper breast and rump. Fast direct flight with rapid wing beats. Bouyant fluttering flight with shallow wing beats. Most common swan in North America. Wings and spectacularly long, deeply forked tail are black. Forages on ground for seeds, insects, larvae and caterpillars. Cassin's Vireo: Small vireo, olive-gray upperparts, white underparts, pale yellow flanks. White underparts with black sides and white wing patch at base of primaries. Tufted Duck: Medium-sized duck has long black crest, black back and tail, white underparts and sides, black head, neck and breast with purple sheen, black wings with dark-edged, white stripes visible in flight, yellow eyes and gray legs and feet. Connecticut Warbler: Large ground-walking warbler, olive-gray upperparts, dull yellow underparts. Bill, legs and feet are black. It forages for insects on or close to the ground. Underparts are white except for black upper breast band. Short flights, alternates rapid wing beats with brief periods of wings pulled to sides. This familiar bird is a resident in the northern half of the … To catch up, check out part 1 , part 3 , part 4 , part 5 , part 6 , part 7 , and part 8 . Bill is black. Wings have white-spotted black tips; tail is white. Strong fast direct flight, often close to the water on rapid wing beats. Tail is long and rounded. Face is gray with brown crown and a thin, dark line extending back from eye. Phainopepla: Small, flycatcher-like bird with glossy black body. Female is duller, lacks long tail, and has gray bill. Mottled Duck: Medium dabbling duck with dark brown mottled body, feathers usually show distinct multi-toned chevrons, buff-brown face and unmarked neck, darker crown and eye line. Swift direct flight, hovers when feeding. 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. Upperwings are dark edged. Violet-green Swallow: Small swallow, dark, metallic green upperparts, iridescent purple rump. Feeds primarily on acorns, also eats insects, fruit, carrion and eggs and young of other birds. Diet includes aquatic invertebrates. Often seen on prairies in the summer. Steller's Jay: Large crested jay with a black head and crest and a blue body. Virginia's Warbler: Small warbler, gray upperparts, yellow rump. Underparts are buff with black-spotted flanks. Straight black bill. Broad-tailed Hummingbird: Medium hummingbird with green upperparts and flanks, iridescent red throat, and gray underparts. Tail is short with white edges. Bill, legs and feet are black. Wings are brown and lack bars. The Brown Thrasher is the most rufus-coloured thrasher among the thrasher family and the most northern thrasher. Tail is long. Cassin's Finch: Medium-sized, cheery finch with bright red crown, brown-streaked back. The underparts are yellow and the upper breast is black. Head and face are pink-red; bill is heavy and black. Sharp-shinned Hawk Sharp-shinned Hawks have a slate gray back, dark head, and red barring on the chest. The tail is long, dark, and has white edges. Sallies from perch to catch insects in air. It forages for insects on or close to the ground. The eyes, bill, and legs of all morphs are yellow. Flies low to the ground. It has slow steady wing beats and soars on thermals and updrafts. Wings are black with white patches and tail is black with white edges. Brown wings, two faint bars. Head has short crest, yellow-orange eye comb, and pink or violet neck patch exposed when displaying. Tail is black with gray or white tip. Eye-ring is white. Head is glossy green-black; neck has black-and-white rings. Weak fluttering flight with shallow wing beats. Light morph has white neck, pale yellow collar, white lower breast, mottled breast band, sides. Wings are dark with large white patches. Feeds on pine seeds, grain, fruit, berries, insects and eggs and young of other birds. One of the earliest breeding warblers. The tail is long, dark, and round-tipped. Tail is long, broad, edged with white (black near base). Brown wings, two faint bars. Long bill is gray, hooked. Rufous-crowned Sparrow: Medium sparrow with gray-brown upperparts streaked with red-brown; underparts are gray. Calliope Hummingbird: Very small hummingbird, metallic green upperparts and flanks, white underparts. Pygmy Nuthatch: Small nuthatch, blue-gray upperparts and pale yellow breast. White-winged Scoter: Medium sea duck, mostly black except for white eye patches, large white wing patches. The tail is long and squared with a black-bordered gray center and edged in white. Townsend's Warbler: Olive-green upperparts, black throat and upper breast. White morph has all-white plumage, black-tipped pink bill, and black legs. Pine Warbler: Medium warbler with plain olive-gray upperparts, yellow throat and breast, blurry-streaked sides, and white belly and undertail coverts. When its range overlaps with the Golden-winged Warrbler, it often interbreeds with or displaces it. Tail is forked; legs and feet are dark gray. Wings are dark with two white bars. The usual nesting areas are shrubs, small trees, or at times on ground level. Underparts are white, and buff-brown wash on throat. White underparts with black sides and white wing patch at base of primaries. Direct flight on deep wing beats. Legs and feet are black. Rivoli's Hummingbird is a new name for the Magnificent Hummingbird. Golden-crowned Sparrow: Large sparrow, brown-streaked upperparts and plain gray breast. Black bill, legs and feet. Solitary, or in pairs and family groups. Black Vulture: Large raptor, black overall, short, featherless neck, pale bill, short and squared tail, long, pale gray legs and feet. Brown-headed Nuthatch: Medium nuthatch, gray upperparts, brown cap, small, white nape patch, dark eye-line, white face, buff underparts. Tail is long and dark. Direct and hovering flight with very rapid wing beats. Face, sides of rump, underparts are white. Dives for food, primarily eats mollusks. Lesser Goldfinch: Small finch with dark back (black in the east, dark green in the west), black crown, bright yellow underparts. 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. Swift direct flight with steady wing beats. Garganey: This small dabbling duck has black-streaked, gray upperparts, chestnut-brown mottled face and breast, pale gray flanks, and a white stripe above the eye that runs down the neck. White eye-ring is broken and slate gray hood extends to upper breast where it darkens to black. Band-tailed Pigeon: Large dove, small, purple-gray head and broad neck with distinctive, thin white band on nape. Thick yellow bill. Upper mandible is dark gray, while lower mandible is pale pink with black tip. Bill tapers evenly to a sharp point. The wings are black with yellow shoulder patches and two white bars. Golden-crowned Sparrow: Large sparrow, brown-streaked upperparts and plain gray breast. Tail is dark green with black outer tail feathers. California Gull: This is a medium-sized gull with a white head and underparts, gray wings and black wing tips. Head has black hood and throat, sharply contrasting white eyebrow and cheek stripe, and yellow spot in front of eye. Wilson's Plover: Medium plover, gray-brown upperparts and cap. Head has black hood and throat, sharply contrasting white eyebrow and cheek stripe, and yellow spot in front of eye. First collected in Cape May, New Jersey in 1811 and not seen again in that area for over 100 years. However, when you learn that the bird is an Evening Grosbeak, you’ll know that a simple tube feeder with black-oil sunflower seeds will keep that grosbeak coming back. Groove-billed Ani: Medium-sized black bird with iridescent blue and green overtones, with a very long tail (half the length of the bird). Dark gray back and nape. Weak fluttering flight. Shows white wing patch, black belly, reddish-brown breast, neck and back. Phainopepla: Small, flycatcher-like bird with glossy black body. Black-legged Kittiwake: This is a medium-sized white gull with pale gray back and upperwings and black wing tips. Head is darker blue and has pale streaks on throat. Alternates several deep flaps with glides and fast wing beats. Bouyant fluttering flight with shallow wing beats. Bill is short, yellow. Flies in straight line formation. Body is green-black overall with silver-gray feathers appearing speckled and grizzled on upper back and forewings. Diet includes aquatic vegetation and grass. Swift flight with shallow wing beats. White head, black upperparts, white underparts, large yellow bill with red spot on lower mandible, pale-eyed with red orbital ring, pink legs, feet. Pyrrhuloxia: Large cardinal-like finch with conspicuous red-tipped gray crest, gray head, back, upperparts, red-washed face, breast, and pale gray underparts. Legs and feet are gray. Guest 02-Mar-2010 19:20: I just had a visitor right outside my small bird feeder that apparently was after the small birds. Bill, legs, feet are black. Black-throated Gray Warbler: Small warbler, black-marked, slate-gray upperparts, black streaks on flanks, white underparts. Legs are pink-brown. Yellow crown is bordered by a wide black cap; cheek and collar are black. Swift direct flight with rapid wing beats. Long tail is dark, white edged. It is an active predator of seabird nesting colonies. Strong direct flight with rapid wing beats. Weak fluttering direct flight with shallow wing beats. Feeds primarily on insects, sometimes small fish. The tail is long, dark, and has white edges. It has a swift direct flight with rapid wing beats. Crown is rust-brown. The wings are dark gray with indistinct white bars. Bird and Parrot classifieds. Head has dark gray cap and sharply contrasting white eyebrow and cheek stripe. Wings are dark with two white bars. Understanding the key field marks and appropriate range for each bird can help you easily identify and appreciate the different juncos at your feeders. Wings are dark gray with two rust-brown bars. She builds the nest. Back of head and belly have gray patches. Pacific Loon: This medium-sized loon has a black-and-white checkered back and white underparts. Mew Gull: Medium-sized gull with gray back and upperwings, and white head, neck, breast, and belly. Wings are plain olive-brown. The wings have a unique brown, black, and white pattern visible in flight. Brambling: Medium-sized finch with jet-black hood, brown-black back and orange shoulder patches, throat, and breast. Today the official Kansas birds checklist hovers around the 480 mark. Feeds on invertebrates. Wings and tail are edged with olive-yellow. Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch: Medium finch with brown body and pink on shoulders, flanks, and belly. Forages in upper foliage of trees, sometimes catches insects in midair. The eyes are dark and the bill is yellow with a red spot on the lower mandible. Bill is black, legs and feet are gray-black. Glides between perches. Listen for its rush-and-jumble song in summer and you’ll find this species zipping through shrubs and low tree branches, snatching at insects. Soars on thermals and updrafts. Bill is gray. Often soars like a raptor. Lesser Nighthawk: Medium-sized nightjar with gray and white mottled upperparts, white throat, and brown and white mottled underparts with dark belly bars. The wings are gray with white edges and spots near the tips. Fast direct flight with rapid wing beats. It has a white face, black cap, and a thick, straight, yellow bill with a black tip. Named for the wife of the army surgeon who discovered it in New Mexico. Direct and hovering flight with very rapid wing beats. Legs and feet are gray. Flammulated Owl. Often feeds on mudflats like a wader. Until the 1990s was classified as the Solitary Vireo, along with the Blue-headed and Plumbeous Vireos. 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. Legs and feet are black. Dusky Flycatcher: Small flycatcher with olive-gray upperparts and white or yellow tinged underparts. Bushtit: Tiny, acrobatic bird with gray-brown upperparts and paler underparts. Legs and feet are yellow. Feeds on insects, mollusks and crustaceans. Feeds on nectar, insects, spiders, and sap. It hides in dense thickets, where it forages on the ground looking for insects, spiders, and caterpillars. Brown and red-brown mottled upperparts. Wings are black with large white patches visible in flight. Head has distinct crest and short, thin, black bill. Short flights, alternates rapid wing beats with brief periods of wings pulled to sides. Direct and hovering flight with very rapid wing beats. Underwings are dark. Snow Bunting: Medium-sized, strikingly white sparrow with black back, central tail, and wing tips. Its dark plumage sets it apart from all other North American woodpeckers. The sideways twitching of the tail is unique among vireos and is similar to gnatcatchers. Wing linings are white. The head is yellow with thin black eye line and olive-green nape. Underparts white but strongly suffused with orange wash, heavily barred and streaked with dark brown. Lazuli Bunting: Small finch, bright blue upperparts, cinnamon-brown breast and sides, white belly. It has a white eyebrow, which differentiates it from all other North American chickadees. Nape is ringed with half-black collar that does not extend to throat. Bill is black except for orange base of lower mandible. Varied Thrush: Large thrush, dark gray upperparts, rust-brown throat, breast, sides, eyebrows, black breast band, and white belly and undertail. Black bill, legs, feet. It feeds on fish, small birds, or almost anything. Hovers over water before diving for prey at the surface. Along with the Oak Titmouse, was known as the Plain Titmouse until 1996, when they were shown to be seperate species due to differences in song, habitat, and genetic makeup. Wings are brown and lack bars. Rapid bouncy flight, alternates several quick wing beats with wings pulled to sides. The tail and vent are white. Insects are typically drawn to a given area by available food supply, weather, environmental factors (pollution, etc...), water supply, mating patterns, etc... and can be territorial. Belly and rump are bright yellow. Bachman's Sparrow: Medium-sized sparrow with brown-streaked gray upperparts and buff underparts except for white belly. The big, foxy-red Brown Thrasher is a familiar bird over much of the east. The wings are dark gray with indistinct white bars. Underparts are buff with black-spotted flanks. Note: Please note that insects do not adhere to man-drawn borders on a map and as such they may be found beyond their listed 'reach' showcased on our website. Flammulated Owl: Small owl with two color morphs (gray-brown and rufous) with many intermediate forms. Head is yellow with black throat and nape. Use our quick, clickable guide for identifying backyard birds by the sounds they make! Black-eared race has black mask, ear patch. Direct, swift flight on rapidly beating wings. January-February: Wintering flocks begin to break up. Roseate Spoonbill: Large ibis, pink body, white upper back, neck. The wings show rufous primaries in flight. Orange-brown crown is marked with fine dark lines. Brant: This small goose has dark brown upperparts and brown-barred, pale gray underparts. It also catches them in flight. Connecticut Warbler: Large ground-walking warbler, olive-gray upperparts, dull yellow underparts. Legs and feet are black. Body complexly barred and streaked with red and white. Mitch Waite Group. Bobs tail and often makes short flights to hawk insects. Legs are pink-brown. Slow fluttering direct flight with shallow wing beats. Bill, legs and feet are black. The male is the only all black duck in North America. Sage Sparrow was split into two distinct species in 2014 by the American Ornithologist Union. Index of all insects found in Kansas.