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Common Black and White Birds

 

Herons – Family Ardeidae

Black-crowned Night-Heron
The Black-crowned Night-Heron is common in many parts of the United States. Compare with Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, especially juvenile birds.
 
 
 

Skimmers – Family Laridae

Black Skimmer
The bill configuration of the Black Skimmer (coastal only) makes this species an easy one to identify.

 

 

Woodpeckers – Family Picidae

Downy Woodpecker
Compare this Downy Woodpecker to the very similar but larger Hairy Woodpecker.



Flycatchers and Phoebes – Family Tyrannidae

Black Phoebe
The Black Phoebe is a western species that might be confused with some races of the Dark-eyed Junco.
 
 
 
 
Eastern Kingbird
Note the white tip on the tail of this Eastern Kingbird.
 
 

Chickadees – Family Paridae

Black-capped Chickadee
The Black-capped Chickadee and the Carolina Chickadee are very similar.
Black-capped has more white on the wings. Ranges overlap in limited area.
 
 
 
Carolina Chickadee
The Carolina Chickadee is a southern cousin to the Black-capped Chickadee, above, The Carolina Chickadee has less white on the wings.
 
 
 

Shrikes – Family Laniidae

Loggerhead Shrike
The Loggerhead Shrike is also called the butcher bird, named for its habit of impaling grasshoppers and mice onto thorns.  Compare with similar Northern Shrike.
 
 
 

Nuthatches – Family Sittidae

White-breasted Nuthatch
The White-breasted Nuthatch has an aggressive display -- a crouched posture with outstretched wings. Compare with the Brown-headed Nuthatch in the southeast.


Wood-Warblers – Family Parulidae

Black-and-white Warbler
The Black-and-white Warbler is most often observed on trunks or large branches, not in leafy areas. Compare with Blackpoll Warbler.
 
 
 
Yellow-rumped Warbler
The Yellow-rumped Warbler is one of our most common warblers.
Birds in the western United States have a yellow throat. Eastern Yellow-rumped Warblers have a white throat.
 
 

Grosbeaks – Family Cardinalidae

Rose-breasted Grosbeak
The Rose-breasted Grosbeak (male) is most often reported during migration, when it shows up at feeding stations and birdbaths. Female Rose-breasted Grosbeak and female Black-headed Grosbeak are very similar.
 

Amaze your friends

This small, well-camouflaged bird can sometimes be seen climbing up tree trunks in a spiral pattern from the bottom to the top!

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