Birds of the Pacific Northwest (Falcon Pocket Guide) by Todd Telander

By Todd Telander

Falcon Pocket courses are full-color, visually attractive, on-the-go publications for settling on crops and animals and studying approximately nature.

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It has a black body and inner wing, with pale flight feathers and tail feathers that give it a noticeable two-toned appearance from below. The tail is longish, and the feet extend no more than halfway past the base of the tail. The head is naked, red, and small, so the bird appears almost headless in flight. The bill is strongly hooked to aid in tearing apart its favored prey, carrion. Juveniles have a dark gray head. Turkey Vultures often roost in flocks and form groups around food or at a roadkill site.

It has a habit of standing still with its neck and bill pointed straight up to imitate the surrounding reeds. Its plumage is very cryptic: Above, it is variegated brown and tan, and below, it is pale brown or whitish with thick rust-colored streaking that extends up the neck. The bill is yellowgreen and dark on the upper mandible. A dark patch extends from the lower bill to the upper neck. The legs are yellow-green and thick. American Bitterns skulk slowly through reeds and grasses to catch frogs, insects, and invertebrates.

It is superficially similar to a gull, but is distinguished by the bill shape, steep forehead, thick neck, and its tendency to fly on flat wings. The plumage can be of a light, dark, or intermediate phase. Birds in light-phase plumage are white with a mottled gray back and upper wing and a dark tail. Dark-phase plumage is uniformly gray. Northern Fulmars scavenge food from the water’s surface, often following fishing vessels, and hold their bill at a distinct downward tilt. The adult is illustrated.

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