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This Lark Sparrow was photographed at Samuel Myers Park in Racine, Wisconsin.

This Lark Sparrow was photographed at Samuel Myers Park in Racine, Wisconsin.

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One of the larger Sparrows, the Lark Sparrow has a bold chestnut-white-black striped head pattern, striped crown, dark tail, pink legs, and a mostly clear breast except for a central spot. It has a range from south Canada to northern Mexico. It has a habitat of open country with bushes, trees, and pastures, farms, and roadsides. Its diet is mostly seeds and insects.

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The African Grey Parrot was photographed at Parrot Mountain Park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

The African Grey Parrot was photographed at Parrot Mountain Park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

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The African Grey Parrot is all grey except for a black bill, and red tail and under-tail coverts. It has a range in the African Congo. Their habitat is savannas, coastal mangroves, woodland and edges of forest clearings. It feeds on fruit, nuts, leaves, bark, and flowers. They are one of the most intelligent parrots and all known for their ability to mimic speech. There numbers are declining due to the loss of habitat and capture for the pet trade.

The Orange-Winged Amazon Parrot was photographed at Parrot Mountain Park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

The Orange-Winged Amazon Parrot was photographed at Parrot Mountain Park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

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The Orange-Winged Amazon Parrot is mainly green with blue and yellow feathers on the forehead and crown, yellow-orange on the cheeks, some orange on the underside of the wings, and a gray-black beak and gray feet. They are found mostly in northern and central South America. They habitat in forests, damp woodland, mangrove swaps, and bamboo clumps. Their diets are seeds, fruit, vegetables, cheese, and chicken. They are considered to have an endangered status and tend to live for 40 to 80 years.

 

The Blue-Fronted Amazon Parrot was photographed at Parrot Mountain in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

The Blue-Fronted Amazon Parrot was photographed at Parrot Mountain Park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

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The Blue-Fronted Amazon Parrot is mainly green with blue feathers on the forehead above the beak and yellow on the face and crown and a gray-black beak and gray feet. The range is over eastern and northern Bolivia, eastern Brazil, Paraguay, and northern Argentina. It has a habitat in forests, woodland, savanna, and palm groves. Their diets are seeds, fruit, and vegetables. They are considered to have a good population status and tend to live for 40 to 80 years.

The Whimbrel was photographed at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Lake Michigan

The Whimbrel was photographed at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Lake Michigan

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The Whimbrel is a large gray-brown wader with a long decurved bill, striped head, and gray legs. It has a range of the Arctic circumpolar and can be found on the United States coasts in the winter. It has a habitat of shores, mud flats, marshes, prairies, and tundra. Its diet includes insects, crustaceans, and berries. It feeds more by picking, less by probing.

For the nesting season males become bolder and may be seen singing in the braches instead of normally scratching leaf litter under dense thickets

For the nesting season males become bolder and may be seen singing in the braches instead of normally scratching leaf litter under dense thickets

These Rufous-Sided or Eastern Towhees were photographed at Fearrington village Camden Park in Pittsboro, North Carolina

These Rufous-Sided or Eastern Towhees were photographed at Fearrington village Camden Park in Pittsboro, North Carolina

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The male Rufous-Sided Towhee has a black chest, head, and back with rufous sides and a white belly. The female is similar to the male except for being brown where the male is black. It has a white streaked pattern in the wings and tail. It is smaller and more slender than a Robin. It has a red eye. It has a range in the eastern half of the United States. It has a habitat in open woods, undergrowth, and bushy edges. It is a secretive bird that is found industrially scratching in the leaf litter under dense thickets. It feeds mostly on insects, seeds, and berries.

 

The Redhead Duck was photographed on Lake Michigan at the Bayview Park in Bayview, Wisconsin

The Redhead Duck was photographed on Lake Michigan at the Bayview Park in Bayview, Wisconsin

The female Redhead Duck photographed with other ducks while feeding in a small patch of water not frozen

The female Redhead Duck photographed with other ducks while feeding in a small patch of water not frozen

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The male Redhead Duck is gray with a black chest, a round rufous head, and a bluish bill with black tip. The female Redhead Duck is brownish with a bluish bill with a black tip, and a suffused light patch near the bill. It has a range from west Canada, and west and north central of the United States, and the Great Lakes. It has a habitat around fresh marshes, lakes, and saltwater bays. The diet is mainly leaves, stems, seeds, and roots of aquatic plants.