Many birds earn the catch-all label "black birds." Females and immatures are streaked brown and white with a bold face pattern and enormous bill. Males have a black mustache stripe. Female is dark brown, paler beneath, with white spotted wings and red rump.
Black breast, white belly, rufous sides. Tail is long and black with white corners. Listen, too, for their distinctive voices. Feeds on insects and seeds. Bursting with black, white, and rose-red, male Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are like an exclamation mark at your bird feeder or in your binoculars. Yellow-shafted forms have tan faces and gray crowns, and a red crescent on the nape.
Bursting with black, white, and rose-red, male Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are like an exclamation mark at your bird feeder or in your binoculars.
In most places, the most common black-colored of … Head is black and eyes are red. Photo: Michele Black/Audubon Photography Awards.
Though less showy, females are also splendid, wearing soft, tawny feathers instead of the male's bright red plumage. Short, bounding flights, alternates rapid wing beats with wings pulled to sides. Red-shafted forms have a gray face, brown crown, and no nape crescent, with males showing a red mustache stripe.
The key difference is the color of the flight-feather shafts, which are either a lemon yellow or a rosy red.
Listen, too, for their distinctive voices. Look for these birds in forest edges and woodlands.
The common name is taken from the male bird's distinctive red shoulder patches, or "epaulets", which are visible when the bird is flying or displaying. Red Avadavat: This small, active finch native to South Asia is bright red overall with small white spots, brown wings, black tail with red upper tail coverts, black lores, white crescent below each eye, red bill, and pink legs and feet. Spotted Towhee: Large sparrow, white-spotted black back, black rump. Black-colored--or at least mostly black-colored--birds in the yard tend to be one of these: European Starling, Common Grackle, Red-winged Blackbird, and Brown-headed Cowbird.
Look for these birds in forest edges and woodlands. Wings are black with white spots. The female is an inconspicuous shade of … All northern flickers show a bold black chest crescent, a white rump, and bright color (salmon-red or yellow) in the shafts and much of the vanes of the flight feathers and on the underwing coverts. With its black face and crimson crest, beak, and body, the male Northern Cardinal, or “redbird” to many, is one of the most recognized and well-known birds in North America. At rest, the male shows a paler yellow wingbar against a black background. Females and immatures are streaked brown and white with a bold face pattern and enormous bill.