Birds of Colorado: A Falcon Field Guide by Todd Telander

By Todd Telander

This informative consultant makes it effortless to spot birds in a yard, favourite parks, and natural world parts.

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By Todd Telander

This informative consultant makes it effortless to spot birds in a yard, favourite parks, and natural world parts.

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Indd 38 11/8/11 4:15 PM Western Screech Owl, Megascops kennicottii Family Strigidae (Typical Owls) Size: 8½” Season: Year-round in western Colorado Habitat: Wooded areas or parks; places where cavity-bearing trees exist Common Poorwill, NIGHTJARS, NIGHTHAWKS The Western Screech Owl is a small, eared owl with a big head, short tail, and bright yellow eyes. The highly camouflaged plumage ranges from brown to gray, depending on the region. It is darker above, streaked and barred below. The ear tufts may be drawn back to give the appearance of a rounded head, and the bill is grayish green tipped with white.

It is very common and becomes relatively tame in urban areas and parks. To feed, the coot dives for fish, but it will also dabble like a duck or pick food from the ground. The American Coot is dark gray overall, with a black head and white bill that ends with a dark narrow ring. The white trailing edge of the wings can be seen in flight. The toes are flanked with lobes that enable the coot to walk on water plants and swim efficiently. Juveniles are similar in plumage to adults, but are paler. Coots are often seen in very large flocks.

The top of the Sandhill Crane’s head is covered by red, bare skin. Plumage is gray overall, but may become spotted with rust-colored stains caused by preening with a bill stained by iron-rich mud. In flocks, the crane grazes in fields gleaning grains, insects, and small animals, then returns to roost in protected wetland areas. The voice of the Sandhill Crane is a throaty, penetrating, trumpeting sound. Unlike herons, it flies in groups with its neck extended. indd 28 11/8/11 4:15 PM Killdeer, Charadrius vociferus Family Charadriidae (Plovers) Size: 10” Season: Summer Habitat: Inland fields, farmlands, lakeshores, meadows AVOCETS, STILTS The Killdeer gets its name from its piercing Kill-Dee call, which is often heard before these well-camouflaged plovers are seen.

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