The Birds in the State of Colorado Areas
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Avocet: “Long-legged shorebird with long, thin, upcurved bill and distinctive black-and-white back and sides”, They can be found in Rocky mountain areas. Preferred habitats include lakes, seashores and forests.
Bald Eagle: “Large, dark brown body and white head, tail”. Moves south from north breeding grounds during winters. Preferred habitats include open water areas that support large number of fish. Hunts for fish, eats carrion, rabbits and injured squirrels.
Black Headed Grosbeak: “Large, stocky finch, black-streaked, orange-brown back, black head, wings, tail. Female lacks black head and throat, has brown streaked. Eats insects, caterpillars, seeds, fruits and berries”. Breeds from east to western North Dakota and Nebraska, and south to the mountains. Preferred habitats include open space, woodlands near water and river, lakeshores, and swampy places.
Blue Jay: “ Medium, noisy jay with bright blue upperparts, pale gray underparts, distinct head crest, and neck surrounded with a curious black necklace”. Resident species east of the Rockies, from southern Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. Preferred habitats include evergreen forests and suburbs. Sometime can be seen in the neighhood or in the back yards.
Crested Caracara: “Large, ground-dwelling falcon, black body, finely barred tail, wing panels and upper breast”. These birds are found in extreme southern Arizona and parts of the West Indies. Preferred habitats include prairies, savannas, desert scrub, and seashores.
Junco: “Medium sparrow with rufous back and pale gray rump and head, and pale gray underparts”. It can be found in Rocky mountain or Arapaho National Recreation are unique to mountainous habitat – aspen, ponderosa pine, high elevation willow, spruce and alpine tundra.
Yellow Fronted Canary: “Native to sub-Saharan Africa, this small finch has olive-gray upperparts and bright yellow underparts and rump, a gray crown and yellow eyebrow and cheek, a dark malar strip and gray legs and feet. It feeds on seeds and insects”. Toward the end of the 1960s, this species was first introduced to the Hawaiian Islands of Oahu and Hawaii, where they maintain resident colonies. They can be found also near Colorado in the mountains. Preferred habitats include open woodlands and cultivated areas.
Steller’s Jay: “Large crested jay with a black head and a blue body”. These birds’ resident from southward from the Pacific Coast to the Rocky Mountains. Wanders further east during winters, as far as western Kansas. Preferred habitats include deciduous forests.
Western Meadowlark: “ This short stocky, ground-dwelling bird has dark-streaked brown upperparts, bright yellow underparts and a broad black V on breast” Breeds from northern Michigan, central Texas, and northern Mexico. Spends winters in much of its breeding range Utah, Arkansas and sometimes in the Rocky Mountain. Preferred habitats include meadows, plains and prairies.