Hydrocoloeus Minutus – Little Gull

The little gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus or Larus minutus) is a small gull found in northern Europe and the Palearctic. The name Hydrocoloeus is derived from the Ancient Greek words hydro (water) and colors (a type of web-footed bird). The word minutus comes from the Latin word for “little.” Quick Overview: Hydrocoloeus Minutus – Little GullBody […]

Chroicocephalus Philadelphia – Bonaparte’s Gull

The Bonaparte’s Gull, Chroicocephalus philadelphia is a gull species found primarily in northern North America. It is one of the smallest gull species. It has mostly white plumage with grey upper parts. During the breeding season, the hood of the Bonaparte’s gull turns slate-grey. The look of the sexes is comparable. Quick Overview: Chroicocephalus Philadelphia […]

Sayornis Saya – Say’s Phoebe

Say’s phoebe, Sayornis saya is a tyrant flycatcher-like passerine bird. It is a widespread bird in western North America, preferring dry, lonely regions. This bird was named after the American naturalist Thomas Say. Quick Overview: Sayornis Saya – Say’s PhoebeBody size: Around 7-8 in (18-20 cm) and a weight of 20 g (0.7 oz) Main […]

Pyrocephalus Obscurus – Vermilion Flycatcher

The vermilion flycatcher, Pyrocephalus obscurus is a tiny passerine bird found in South America and southern North America that belongs to the tyrant flycatcher family. Because of its vermilion-red coloring, it stands out among the otherwise drab Tyrannidae. Males have a vivid red crest, breast, and underparts, as well as brownish wings and tails. Females […]

Sayornis Phoebe – Eastern Phoebe

The eastern phoebe is a tiny passerine bird (Sayornis phoebe). Sayornis is derived from a portion of Charles Lucien Bonaparte’s name for Say’s phoebe, Muscicapa saya, and the Ancient Greek ornis, “bird.” Phoebe is a nickname for the Roman moon goddess Diana; nevertheless, it may have been chosen to mimic the bird’s call. Quick Overview: […]

Sayornis Nigricans – Black Phoebe

The black phoebe, Sayornis nigricans is a tyrant-flycatcher family passerine bird. It is a year-round resident throughout most of its territory and migrates less than other birds in its genus, while its northern populations are largely migratory. Six subspecies are recognized, though two are occasionally merged to form a single species, the white-winged phoebe. Quick […]

Empidonax Occidentalis – Cordilleran Flycatcher

The Cordilleran flycatcher, Empidonax occidentalis is a small insectivorous bird that lives in the Cordillera. Numerous species in this genus share a striking resemblance in appearance. The greatest methods for identifying species are by their vocalizations, breeding habitats, and ranges. This bird bears a striking resemblance to the Pacific-slope flycatcher. Previously, these two species were […]

Empidonax Difficilis – Pacific-Slope Flycatcher

The Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Empidonax difficilis is a small insect-eating bird belonging to the Tyrannidae family. It is native to western North America’s coastal regions, including the Pacific Ocean and the southern Gulf of California, as well as northern British Columbia and southern Alaska, but has been displaced by the Cordilleran Flycatcher in the inland regions. […]

Empidonax Oberholseri – Dusky Flycatcher

The American dusky flycatcher, Empidonax oberholseri, sometimes referred to as the dusky flycatcher, is a tiny insectivorous passerine member of the tyrant flycatcher family. These species are extremely similar in appearance and behavior, and are notorious for being difficult to distinguish. Quick Overview: Empidonax Oberholseri – Dusky FlycatcherBody size: Around 5.75 in (15 cm) and […]

Empidonax Wrightii – Gray Flycatcher

The American gray flycatcher or simply gray flycatcher, Empidonax wrightii is a tiny insectivorous passerine in the tyrant flycatcher family found in North America. It is prevalent in western North America’s desert regions, particularly the Great Basin. This flycatcher forages hunts insects from shrubs or low tree branches in a variety of habitats, from sagebrush […]

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