Birds of Massachusetts Field Guide by Stan Tekiela- Organized by color
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USA STATE BIRD: Massachusetts - Black Capped Chickadee
What was the primary COLOR of the Perching-like bird you saw in Massachusetts?
Molt is the process of feather replacement. All birds do it; they have to grow new feathers once or twice a year to stay warm, dry, and airborne, and in many cases they grow differently colored feathers at different seasons to match their surroundings or to impress others of their species. Among the small songbirds, virtually all species have a complete molt replacing all of their feathers in late summer, and in addition many species have a partial molt replacing some of the body feathers but not the wing or tail feathers in the spring. American Goldfinch follows this pattern. Beginning in September, and continuing for six to eight weeks, they molt all of their feathers, ending up with a completely new and pristine set of feathers and drab colors as they head into the winter. In the spring, as they grow new body feathers the males especially transform into bright yellow breeding plumage, but the wing and tail feathers remain from the previous fall. As these wing feathers get older the pale buff edges fade to white and disintegrate, so that by the end of the summer the wings look essentially all black.
Photo Credits 1. Is this inappropriate , spam, or offensive? Add a Flag. Guides Birds of Western Massachusetts Offline access enabled. Canada Goose 1 Branta canadensis. Mute Swan 2 Cygnus olor.
Burrowing Owl. Burrowing Owl: Small ground-dwelling owl, mostly brown with numerous white spots and no ear tufts. Eyes are yellow. White chin and throat. Tail is short, and legs are long. Bouyant, erratic flight with slow, silent wingbeats.
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This list of birds of Massachusetts includes species documented in the U. As of September , there are species included in the official list. An additional eight species are on a supplemental list of birds whose origin is uncertain. Unless otherwise noted, all species listed below are considered to occur regularly in Massachusetts as permanent residents, summer or winter visitors, or migrants. The following codes are used to denote categories of species:. The family Anatidae includes the ducks and most duck-like waterfowl, such as geese and swans. These birds are adapted to an aquatic existence with webbed feet, bills which are flattened to a greater or lesser extent, and feathers that are excellent at shedding water due to special oils.