The Big Week

Kate Dastur and Claire Hightower

Bird Count

* Our favorites

Mallard

Bird #1

Family: Anatidae

Genus: Anas

Species: platyrhunchos

Name: Anas platyrhunchos


Recognition

Color: dark, iridescent-green head, bright yellow beak

Habitat: Any wetland including lakes, ponds, and marshes

Food Source: Underwater plants


Ducks having a conversation

Common Blackbird

Bird #2

Family: Turdidae

Genus: Turdus

Species: merula

Name: Turdus merula


Recognition

Color: black, orange beak

Habitat: woodlands

*Hairy Woodpecker

Bird #3

Family: Picidae

Genus: Picoides

Species: villosus


Ring-billed Gull

Bird #4

Family: Laridae

Genus: Larus

Species: delawarensis

Name: Larus delawarensis



Lesser Black-backed Gull

Bird #5

Family: Laridae

Genus: Larus

Species: fuscus

Name: Larus fuscus

*Yellow Canary

Bird #6

Family: Fringillidae

Genus: Serinus

Species: canarius

Name: Serinus canarius


Recognition

Life Span: About 10 years

Habitat: Coastal or mountainous valley

*Males are typically all yellow whereas females have grey and brown streaks throughout their wings


Black-Bellied Whistling-Duck

Bird #7

Family: Anatidae

Genus: Dendrocygna

Species: autumnalis

Name: Dendrocygna autumnalis

Spice Finch

Bird #8

Family: Estrildidae

Genus: Lonchura

Species: puntulata

Name: Lonchura punctulata

*Diamond Dove

Bird #9

Family: Columbidae

Genus: Geopelia

Species: cuneata

Name: Geopelia cuneata


Recognition

Color: Gray body, orange circle around eye

Habitat: Native to Australia

Life Span: 10-15 years


*Zebra Finch

Bird #10

Family: Estrildidae

Genus: Taeniopygia

Species: guttata

Name: Taeniopygia guttata


Recognition

Noises: No speaking ability

Life Span: About 5 years

Habitat: Wide range of forests, usually close to water

Native Lands: Puerto Rico, Brazil, and the United States

*Blue Parakeet

Bird #11

Family: Psittaculidae

Genus: Melopsittacus

Species: undulatus

Name: Melopsittacus undulatus


Recognition

Life Span: About 10 years

Color: Blue wings, grey head

*Most commonly seen flying in flocks

*Green Cheek Conure

Bird #12

Family: Psittacidae

Genus: Pyrrhura

Species: molinae

Name: Pyrrhura molinae


Recognition

Color: Green, yellow, and blue body, red tail

Life Span: About 15 years

Noises: Speaking abilities, mimics what it hears

Avis The Talking Blue Crown Conure Talking While Taking A Bath In The Fountain! ©Karla K. Larsson

Green Parakeet

Bird #13

Family: Psittacidae

Genus: Melopsittacus

Species: undulatus

Name: Melopsittacus undulatus

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Bird #14

Family: Columbidae

Genus: Streptopelia

Species: decaocto

Name: Streptopelia decaocto

Cockatiel

Bird #15

Family: Cacatuidae

Genus: Nymphicus

Species: hollandicus

Name: Nymphicus hollandicus

Society Finch

Bird #16

Family: Estrildidae

Genus: Lonchura

Species: striata

Name: Lonchura striata