Shorebird migration really picks up steam as summer turns into fall. Recurvirostridae is a family of large wading birds which includes the avocets and stilts. All State Birds. Most have black as a predominant plumage color, often enlivened by yellow, orange, or red. This species was historically placed in the wood-warblers (Parulidae) but nonetheless most authorities were unsure if it belonged there. Larks are small terrestrial birds with often extravagant songs and display flights. They have long, broad wings. Order: Passeriformes Family: Bombycillidae. Order: Passeriformes Family: Icteriidae. Many of these have distinctive head patterns. Cormorants are medium-to-large aquatic birds, usually with mainly dark plumage and areas of colored skin on the face. Between when that list was published and July 2020, three additional species have been documented through eBird. There’s no need to look through dozens of photos of birds that don’t live in your area. Order: Ciconiiformes Family: Ciconiidae. The species tend towards dull grays and browns in their appearance. Tropicbirds are slender white birds of tropical oceans with exceptionally long central tail feathers. Many swifts have very long swept-back wings which resemble a crescent or boomerang. The bill is also long, curved downward in the ibises, straight and markedly flattened in the spoonbills. Corvids are above average in size among the Passeriformes and some of the larger species show high levels of intelligence. This list of birds of Alabama contains species documented in the U.S. state of Alabama, as accepted by the Bird Records Committee (BRC) of the Alabama Ornithological Society. They are very small insectivorous birds in the genus Regulus. In the Bohemian and cedar waxwings, these tips look like sealing wax and give the group its name. They have stout, longish bills and webbed feet. If you have additions or corrections please send them to email@example.com . Typical owls are small to large solitary nocturnal birds of prey. They are slender ground-feeding insectivores of open country. The storm-petrels are the smallest seabirds, relatives of the petrels, feeding on planktonic crustaceans and small fish picked from the surface, typically while hovering. Zenaida macroura. Make bird watching in Alabama even more enjoyable! Of the 449 species, 155 are considered accidental, 13 of which are further considered hypothetical. Order: Columbiformes Family: Columbidae. Unlike Old World vultures, which find carcasses by sight, New World vultures have a good sense of smell with which they locate carcasses. Order: Podicipediformes Family: Podicipedidae. SCIENTIFIC NAME: Corvus brachyrhynchos OTHER NAMES: Common crow STATUS: Breeder. Order: Psittaciformes Family: Psittacidae. A University of Alabama Center for Economic Development project. Order: Charadriiformes Family: Stercorariidae. Order: Procellariiformes Family: Oceanitidae. In general they are shy and secretive, making them difficult to observe. Order: Caprimulgiformes Family: Caprimulgidae. Head has stark black crown, face, and throat. Many are gamebirds or have been domesticated as a food source for humans. Most members of this family are insectivores.  Common and scientific names are also those of the Check-list, except that the common names of families are from the Clements taxonomy because the AOS list does not include them. Their preferred habitat is open country, and they eat insects and fruit. Ring-Necked Duck. The family Corvidae includes crows, ravens, jays, choughs, magpies, treepies, nutcrackers, and ground jays. Most have elaborate and noisy courtship displays or "dances". Order: Passeriformes Family: Troglodytidae. Order: Phaethontiformes Family: Phaethontidae. Their plumage is typically dark with a metallic sheen. Order: Charadriiformes Family: Haematopodidae. They lack the powder down that other wading birds such as herons, spoonbills and ibises use to clean off fish slime. Unlike other long-necked birds such as storks, ibises, and spoonbills, members of the Ardeidae fly with their necks pulled back into a curve. What was the primary COLOR of the Perching-like bird you saw in Alabama? Order: Passeriformes Family: Fringillidae. Their soft plumage is cryptically colored to resemble bark or leaves. Many woodpeckers have the habit of tapping noisily on tree trunks with their beaks. Most of the more than 150 species in the family are found in the New World. Loons swim well and fly adequately but, because their legs are placed towards the rear of the body, are clumsy on land. Order: Coraciiformes Family: Alcedinidae. These are arboreal birds of northern forests. The adults have colored crowns, giving rise to their name. A shrike's beak is hooked, like that of a typical bird of prey. The turkey vulture has a red head. Nuthatches have big heads, short tails, and powerful bills and feet. Order: Procellariiformes Family: Procellariidae. Most are arboreal, but some are terrestrial. The family Threskiornithidae includes the ibises and spoonbills. They are strong, acrobatic fliers. Their oddly shaped beaks are specially adapted to separate mud and silt from the food they consume and, uniquely, are used upside-down. Nuthatches are small woodland birds. Characteristic features of parrots include a strong, curved bill, an upright stance, strong legs, and clawed zygodactyl feet. Black-headed Grosbeak: Large, stocky finch, black-streaked, orange-brown back, black head, wings, tail. The waxwings are a group of birds with soft silky plumage and unique red tips to some of the wing feathers. The kinglets are a small family of birds which resemble the titmice. A tiny bird seemingly overflowing with energy, the Ruby-crowned Kinglet forages almost frantically through lower branches of shrubs and trees. The sulids comprise the gannets and boobies. Until 2018, these three species were included with the other storm-petrels in family Hydrobatidae. They are typically greenish in color and resemble wood warblers apart from their heavier bills. Cranes are large, tall birds with long legs and long necks. Order: Cathartiformes Family: Cathartidae. They are plump, soft plumaged, small to medium-sized insectivores or sometimes omnivores, often feeding on the ground. Flammulated Owl. They have long wings, short legs, and very short bills. Their relatively long necks and often stubby, broad beaks make them an easy group to recognize. Flamingos are gregarious wading birds, usually 3 to 5 feet (0.9 to 1.5 m) tall, found in both the Western and Eastern Hemispheres. They are small to medium-sized birds with compact bodies, short thick necks, and long, usually pointed, wings. Family containing the pheasants and their allies broad, relatively short wings a shrike 's beak hooked! 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