• Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

    Mississippi

    National River & Recreation Area Minnesota

What Bird Was That?

A Key to Finding Out
 

This table does not contain an exhaustive list of birds found in the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, but represents some of the more common or notable birds.

Use the guide by moving down the lefthand column to a category that most closely matches the bird you found. Then work across the columns to discover the name of the bird. Click on the link to find a photograph, listen to its call, and learn some fascinating facts about the bird.

 

Color

Size*

Likely Species

White/Very Light

Very Large

Great Egret

Large

Herring Gull

Black

Very Large

Bald Eagle
Turkey Vulture
Double-crested Cormorant

Large

American Crow
American Coot

Medium

Red-winged Blackbird
Baltimore Oriole
Common Grackle

Small

Starling

Black/White

Small

Hairy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Yellow

Small

American Goldfinch
Yellow Warbler

Blue (or bluish)

Very Large

Great Blue Heron

Medium

Blue Jay
Belted Kingfisher

Small

Bluebird
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow

Orange/Black

Medium

Baltimore Oriole
American Robin

Red (or with some red)

Large

Ring-necked Pheasant

Medium

Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Red-winged Blackbird
Bluebird
American Robin

Small

House Finch
Barn Swallow

Brown or Brown/White

Very Large

Bald Eagle
Canada Goose

Large

Ring-necked Pheasant

Medium

Spotted Sandpiper
Killdeer
Pied-billed Grebe
Northern Flicker
Brown Thrasher
Mourning Dove

Small

House Finch
House Sparrow
Bank Swallow

Green or iridescent (head only)

Large

Mallard
Wood Duck

Gray (or mostly gray)

Very Large

Great Blue Heron

Large

Mallard

Medium

Rock Dove (Pigeon)

Small

Black-capped Chickadee


*Size
Very Large: eagle/hawk
Large: Duck
Medium: Robin/Blue Jay
Small: Sparrow

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