Strong steady wing beats with glides. Central feathers of long, rounded tail are often lowered to show keeled V-shape. Swift direct flight on rapid wing beats. Female is paler overall with brown head and buff rump. Painted Bunting: Colorful, medium-sized bunting. Orange-brown crown is marked with fine dark lines. White upertail with white-edged black tip. Some small birds that regularly have large broods of 5 to 6 eggs or more may also build larger than expected nests to accommodate the space needs of their growing hatchlings. Bristle-thighed Curlew: This large brown-streaked shorebird has a long decurved bill. Feeds higher on the beach than other plovers. Grace's Warbler: Medium flycatching warbler with gray upperparts and black streaks on back and crown. The northern goshawk has relatively short, broad wings and a long tail, typical for Accipiter species and common to raptors that require maneuverability within forest habitats. Neck and upper breast are white with brown streaks. Common Black Hawk: Large hawk, nearly all black with white patch just behind bill. The crown and nape are pale blue; distinct bill is orange-red, sweeping upward into a large, orange basal knob outlined in black. Varied Bunting: Medium bunting, mostly purple-blue with red wash on throat, breast, back. One of the most nomadic territorial birds. Difficult to distinguish from Tropical Kingbird. Legs are long and yellow. White-eyed Parakeet: Medium-sized green parakeet with red on bend and underside of wing, and yellow on underside of wing and long, pointed tail. It often shows a silvery patch on the base of the primaries of its long wings. The immature bird is paler and more olive over all. Head has black cap and prominent white cheek patch. Alternatively you can view the full list of species on this site. This species is on the Yellow Watch List for its restricted range. Bill is dark except for yellow base of lower mandible. May hover briefly. Feeds mostly on seeds, grains and insects. It only eats insects, and forages for them on the ground and in trees. Solitary Sandpiper: This medium-sized sandpiper has pale-spotted, dark brown back and rump, white underparts with streaks on neck and sides, dark head and a bold white eyering. Forages on ground and in shrubs, grasses and snowfields. Gregarious and noisy residents, long-tailed tits are most usually noticed in small, excitable flocks of about 20 birds. Eastern Phoebe: Small flycatcher with dark gray-brown upperparts and slightly darker wings and tail. Black crown, nape separated from gray-brown upperparts by whitish collar. Tail dark with white undertail coverts. I saw the extra long tail and went to get my camera – 20 megapixel and 750 mm zoom. Territorial in both its winter and summer ranges. Please share yours in the comments. Swift direct flight with rapid wing beats; long wings allow them to make long flights. Spectacles are pale yellow and iris is white. It hovers before dipping for prey. Feeds on zooplankton and crustaceans. It has a black tail with conspicuous black-and-white barred edges; olive-green bill, legs and feet. It had been banded in the same state in 2005. Follow the links below the quiz to learn more about the birds. Black bill, legs, feet. Belly has dull white center; white undertail coverts. Neotropic Cormorant: Small, long-tailed cormorant. Wingspan: 44.9-52.4 in. Dark brown streaked crown, white eyebrow, and dark line through eye. Tail is pointed and white-edged. The tail is white with dark bars and the legs and feet are dark gray. A black band separates a white throat and belly. Allen's Hummingbirds (Selasphorus sasin) - Native Breeders / Year-round residents - Historically, these birds nested in coastal California and wintered in Mexico; but more and more of them are remaining in California year-round or are traveling to the eastern United States for the winter.. It eats other small infant birds, insects, and mice. Red-tailed Tropicbird: This medium-sized tropic bird has silky white plumage and a small but conspicuous black eye stripe. This small bird can grow only to a length of 13 to 15 cm. Soars on thermals and updrafts. Legs and feet orange. The juvenile is brown and streaked. Last Friday (the 28th), my family visited the Indian Canyons south of Palm Springs. Pink legs, feet. White face with a black, fleshy horn above eye extending to top of head. Golden-cheeked Warbler: Medium warbler, black upperparts, white underparts with thick black streaks on sides. The flight is labored and slow with dangling legs. The bill is yellow with a red spot on the lower mandible. It has a very unusual way of flying because of his long tail feathers. Bill is huge, with arched ridge and narrow grooves. The tail is dark brown and pointed in flight. black bill, legs and feet. This relative of mockingbirds is an exuberant songster, and both males and females sing from the tops of shrubs, sometimes duetting. Has distinctive black-and-white patch on neck. That also consists of birds that have actually developed particularly striking tails. Least Flycatcher: Small flycatcher with olive-gray upperparts, gray breast, and pale yellow belly. To acquire food, it plunge dives from 30 to 50 feet. Black legs and feet. Juli Bishop 29-Aug-2012 01:43: ... Can anyone identify a small black bird seen in Southern California that is a black bire similar to the black phoebe but with dark orange to red on the lower belly and with a … California coast. Field guides, illustrations, and database Copyright © 2004 - 2013. Bill is pink with dark tip. Tail has white outer feathers. The black crown has a short black crest, the white tail is deeply forked, and the legs and feet are black. To me they are actually the cutest of the California birds of prey. Northern Wheatear: Small thrush (oenanthe), with gray upperparts, black wings, mask, and tail. Legs and feet are black. Wings are dark. Northern Waterthrush: Large, ground-walking warbler with dark brown upperparts and white to pale yellow underparts with dark, heavy streaks. Undertail coverts are white. Head is bare and olive-green. It has a white head and hindneck, a dark foreneck, a short pink bill, and a white tail with black under tail coverts. Eyes are dark, legs are yellow-gray. Common Grackle: Medium-sized blackbird with metallic purple sheen on back, head, neck, and breast. Weight: 24.3-51.5 oz. White tail has black central stripe, gray edges. Wings, tail are olive-green. The Backyard Birder Orange County, Southern California, United States Jennifer J. Meyer has had a lifelong interest in birds. Feeds on nectar and insects. Last Friday (the 28th), my family visited the Indian Canyons south of Palm Springs. Long bill, gray and spatulate. Wings have black primaries. Feeds on insects and insect larvae, spiders, worms and tadpoles. Looks like a miniature mockingbird. Photos and quick identification of the most common backyard birds in California. The cap is bright yellow and moustache stripe is black. It is one of the largest warblers. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher: Medium flycatcher with pale gray upperparts and head, white underparts and throat, salmon-pink sides and flanks, and dark brown wings with white edges. Birds of Orange County, California Compiled by Peter J. Bryant, mainly from the photographs of John Avise, University of California, Irvine Click on images or names to open. White underwings contrast with dark brown body in flight. Long wings and tail… Yellow-bellied Sapsucker: Medium woodpecker, black-and-white mottled upperparts, white rump, yellow-washed white underparts. Tail is rust-brown. Nelson's Sparrow: Small sparrow with brown streaked upperparts. Wings and spectacularly long, deeply forked tail are black. Split by the American Ornithologist Union in 2014 into the White-capped Albatross, Salvin's Albatross and Chatham Albatross. Wings are dark. Tail is long and black. Feeds on a variety of insects and spiders. Larger than Red-winged Blackbird. Sexes are similar, though females are larger and longer billed. Wings have prominent white patches. Sexes are similar. Male has dark blue upperparts, black throat and mask. Feeds on aquatic plants, cultivated grains, seeds. • Eat mainly insects but also feed on seeds, berries, and fruit pulp. Juvenile like winter adult but more black on wing and tail with black tip. Blue wash on throat and breast, deep blue outer webs on flight feathers and tips of tail feathers. Feeds on insects, frogs, fruits and berries. Bouyant, silent flight with flicking wing beats. Prothonotary Warbler: Medium-sized warbler with olive-green back and blue-gray wings and tail. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher: Small, flycatcher-like perching bird, blue-gray upperparts, white underparts, prominent white eye-ring. It has pink legs and feet, yellow eyes with red orbital ring and a yellow bill with red spot near tip. Bridled Tern: Medium pelagic tern. Eats small rodents, birds. Sexes are similar. Tail is dark with white patches and undertail coverts. Tail is short and pointed. Bill, legs, and feet are black. This matches any part of the common name. Chuck-will's-widow: Large nightjar with entire body complexly mottled with brown, gray, and black. Legs, feet are pink-orange. Diet: Mostly insects, some berries, centipeds. Tail is long and dark gray. Head has a yellow-green cap, yellow face, and dark eye, cheek stripes. Tail is black with white edges. Weak fluttering flight. Name changed in 2017 from Le Conte's Sparrow to LeConte's Sparrow. Weak fluttering direct flight with shallow wing beats. Prairie Warbler: Small warbler, brown-streaked, olive-green upperparts with reddish-brown streaking, bright yellow underparts with black streaks on sides. Often seen on prairies in the summer. The bird's normal range is limited to California and a corner of Baja, but within that range it is quite common in the chaparral, even coming into brushy suburbs. It has a black head, white eye ring, orange bill with a black spot near the tip, and red-orange legs. The long-tailed tit is easily recognisable with its distinctive colouring, a tail which is bigger than its body, and undulating flight. Fluttering stiff-winged direct flight with shallow wing beats. Swallow-tailed Kite: The largest of North America kites, has black upperparts which contrast with white head and underparts. Wood Thrush: Medium thrush, rust-brown upperparts, white underparts with heavy dark brown spots. Bill, legs and feet are bright orange-yellow. Wings are black with white stripes. Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher: Large flycatcher with boldly streaked olive-brown upperparts and pale yellow underparts with dark brown streaks. Where to see them: Breeds from Alaska east to South Dakota, south to southern California and Texas. Gray head, rufous cap, and white eye-ring. Her popular stories focus on attracting and protecting the various species of local backyard birds. Kentucky Warbler: Medium, ground-dwelling warbler with bright olive-green upperparts and yellow underparts. It's named for the way its dark breast and hood resemble a person in mourning. It feeds mostly on terrestrial and aquatic insects. Wings are dark with large white patches visible in flight. Black upper and lowerparts may show blue gloss. She is a contributing columnist for the Orange County Register’s Home and Garden section. A thin, white stripe extends from bill to cheek. Connecticut Warbler: Large ground-walking warbler, olive-gray upperparts, dull yellow underparts. Harriers Northern Harrier Wide spread. AKA snakebird and water turkey. Thayer's Gull, formerly its own species is now a subspecies of the Iceland Gull. Find out more Glaucous Gull: This large white gull has a pale gray back and yellow eyes. Common Greenshank: Large sandpiper with scaled gray-brown upperparts, white rump, and white underparts, streaked and spotted with brown on flanks and sides. 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. It has a fine black bill with very pronounced tubes. Chevron-shaped white forehead patch extends behind eye. Upland Sandpiper: Large bird, dark-spotted, brown upperparts, black rump. Rose-breasted Grosbeak: Large finch, black head, back, bright red breast, and white rump, sides, belly. Identifying birds is at the very heart of bird watching. Chestnut-sided Warbler: Medium warbler with black-streaked upperparts, white underparts, and chestnut-brown flanks. Strong, direct and fast flight on rapidly beating wings. Broad-winged Hawk: Medium hawk, dark brown, mottled upperparts and brown-barred, white underparts. Some migrate over hard-to-believe distances, others shift between close-together mountains and valleys. Bill is short with orange lower mandible. Eats seeds and insects. Red bill. Lists by season. The crown, face and neck are buff with fine brown streaks. Bill is triangular and massive during summer, when it is bright yellow with orange tip. Bluethroat: Small thrush with brown upperparts, striking blue bib with rust-brown central spot, black and brown-orange bands across breast, thick white eyebrow, and white underparts. French navigator Jean-François de Galaup collected the first specimen in 1786 and named the bird “promerops de la Californie septentrionale.”, The California Thrasher bears a striking resemblance to many species of birds that use similar habitats around the world, such as the scimitar-babblers of Asia and the earthcreepers of South America. Weak fluttering flight with shallow rapid wing beats. Swift direct flight with rapid wing beats. Legs, feet are pink-brown. White underparts with brown-gray streaks and marks on neck, breast, and flanks. Tail is long and scissor-like, black above with white outer edges and white below with black inner edges. Diet includes fish, crustaceans and insects. Legs and feet are pink. Black undertail coverts. Parkinson's Petrel: Medium to large seabird with overall black or dark brown plumage. Thick-billed Kingbird: Large flycatcher with gray-brown upperparts, darker head, and seldom seen yellow crown patch. These birds wait on a perch in a forested area and swoop down on prey, also sometimes flying low through clearings to surprise prey. Diet includes fish, insects and birds. Tail is dark. Similarly, “summer” is defined as birds that arrive in the spring and stay until fall. Small Booby with a black tail with white body and shaggy, pale rufous head and upperparts, eye! 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