Birds of Minnesota. By: Alan Thompson and Anastasia Nereson. Common Loon Gavia immer. Song: Common Food Sources: salt and fresh water fish, such as: pike, trout, bass, and herring Interesting information: -MN state bird -dive up to 200 feet underwater to fish
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By: Alan Thompson and Anastasia Nereson
Male Spruce Grouse
Male Wild Turkey
Male Prairie Chicken
Female Spruce Grouse
Female Wild Turkey
Female Prairie Chicken
Great Horned owl Bubo virginianus
Burrowing owl Athene cunicularia
Short-eared owl Asio flammeus
All three owls sing alike, with the “ooo” sounds. Female and males look alike in each species, though the females are often a bit larger.
Short-eared owls are medium-sized.
Burrowing owls are small.
Great horned owls are large owls.Owls
Boreal chickadee Peocile hudsonicus
Black-capped chickadee Poecile atricapillus
Both chickadees are small, short-billed, black birds with white cheeks. Both species hide their food for later recovery.
Black-capped chickadees songs are complex and sound very language-like.
Boreal chickadees songs are scratchy and sound like, “chick-a-dee-dee”.Chickadees
Brewer’s blackbird Euphagus asanocephalus
Red-winged blackbird Agelaius phoenuceus
Both birds are medium-sized songbirds.
Brewer’s blackbird males are iridescent black and females are smaller and a dull gray-brown.
Red-winged blackbird males are black with red shoulders and females are brown striped all over.Blackbirds
White-breasted nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
Red-breasted nuthatch Sitta canadensis
Both species have rapidly increasing population numbers.
Red-breasted nuthatches migrate South very early, and they begin in around July.
White-breasted nuthatches migrate in flocks in the winter.Nuthatches