Birds – Great Horned Owl

(Bubo virginianus) Called also: HOOT OWL; CAT OWL Length—Male 19 to 23 inches; female 21 to 26 inches. Male and Female—Long ear tufts; upper parts variegated brown, tawny, pale buff, and white; facial disk buff; eyes yellow; throat white; under parts buff or whitish, finely barred with black; legs and feet feathered. Range—Eastern North America, […]

Birds – Snowy Owl

(Nyctea nyctea) Length—About 2 feet. Male and Female—White, more or less barred or spotted with dusky; some specimens almost entirely white, the female usually the more heavily barred; the face, throat, and feet being in all birds the whitest parts; legs and feet thickly feathered; iris yellow; bill and claws black; no ear tufts. Range—” […]

Birds – Barred Owl

(Syrnium nebulosum) Called also: HOOT OWL ; WOOD OWL Length—18 to 20 inches ; female the larger. Male and Female—Upper parts grayish brown, each feather with two or three white or buff bars ; facial disk gray, finely barred or mottled with dusky; eyes bluish black, and bill yellow; under parts white washed with buff; […]

Birds – Saw Whet Owl

(Nyctala acadia) Called also: ACADIAN OWL Length-7.50 to 8 inches; smallest of the eastern owls. Male and Female—Upper parts dark reddish brown, the head streaked, the back and wings spotted with light brown and white; under parts white, heavily streaked with dark rusty brown; tail with three or four broken white bars; facial disk almost […]

Birds – Screech Owl

(Megascops asio) Called also: MOTTLED OWL; RED OWL; LITTLE HORNED OWL Length-8.50 to 9.50 inches. Male and Female—Brownish red phase: Upper parts rusty red, finely streaked with blackish brown and mottled with light brown; under parts whitish or buff, the feathers centrally streaked with black and with irregular rusty bars. Eyes yellow; legs and feet […]

Birds – Short Eared Owl

Called also: MARSH OWL ; MEADOW OWL ; PRAIRIE OWL Length—14 to 17 inches ; female the larger. Male and Female—Ear tufts inconspicuous ; face disk white, or nearly so, minutely speckled with blackish, and with large black eye patches and yellow eyes; upper parts dusky brown, the feathers margined with yellow; under parts whitish […]

Birds – American Goshawk

(Accipiter atricapillus) Called also: BLUE HEN HAWK; PARTRIDGE HAWK. Length—Male 22 inches; female 24 inches. Male and Female—Upper parts bluish slate, darkest or blackish on head ; white line over and behind eye; tail like back and banded with blackish bars, the last one the broadest, and the tip whitish. Entire under parts evenly marked […]

Birds – Ruffed Grouse

(‘Bonasa umbellus) Called also: PARTRIDGE ; PHEASANT ; BIRCH PARTRIDGE Length—16 to 18 inches. Male and Female—Upper parts chestnut varied with grayish and yellowish brown, white, and black ; head slightly crested ; yellow line over eye ; sides of neck of male with large tufts of glossy greenish black feathers tipped with light brown, […]

Birds – Red Tailed Hawk

(Buteo borealis) Called also: HEN HAWK; CHICKEN HAWK; RED-TAILED BUZZARD; RED HAWK Length—Male 20 inches; female 23 inches. Male and Female—Upper parts dark grayish brown; the feathers edged with rufous, white, gray, and tawny ; the wing coverts lack the rufous shade ; tail rusty red, tipped with white and with a narrow black band […]

Birds – Prairie Chicken

(Tympanuchus americanus) Called also: PINNATED GROUSE; PRAIRIE HEN Length—About 16 to 18 inches. Male and Female—Upper parts brown, barred with black, chest-nut, ochre, and whitish, the latter chiefly on wings; sides of the neck tufted with ten or more narrow, stiff feathers, rounded at end, which may be erected like conventional Cupid’s wings above the […]