Birds of Evergreen

A guide to the avifauna of the campus core, forest, and beach



American Crow

Order: Passeriformes Family: Corvidae Genus: Corvus Species: Corvus brachyrhynchos Introduction At 17.5’ (L) x 39” (ws) and at 1 lb, (Sibley 2003), the American crow is a coomon medium to large sized corvid found throughout North America (Verbeek and Caffrey… Continue Reading →

Barrow’s Goldeneye

Order: Anseriformes Family: Anatidae Genus: Bucephala Species: Bucephala islandica Introduction                                                                                                                                       Barrow’s Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) is a medium-sized diving duck that breeds primarily on boreal lakes and winters on sheltered coastal bays and inlets. It is closely related and morphologically similar… Continue Reading →

Black-capped Chickadee

  Order: Passeriformes Family: Paridae Genus: Poecile Species: Poecile atricapillus  Introduction The  Black-capped Chickadee is a small non-migratory song bird that is mostly found in deciduous and coniferous woods, as well as open woods and suburban areas. They are very widespread, and found coast… Continue Reading →


Order: Anseriformes Family: Anatidae Genus: Bucephala Species: Bucephala albeola Introduction: The Bufflehead distinguishes itself among waterfowl. Characterized by exuberance and a minute figure of 12-16oz (Todd 1979), it remains one of the smallest diving ducks of North America, (Johnsgard 1979)…. Continue Reading →

Glaucous-winged Gull

  Originally posted by: Caitlin McIntyre 2012 Edited and enhanced by: Riley Hendron 2014 Order: Charadriiformes Family: Laridae Genus: Larus Species: Larus glaucescens   Introduction  The Glaucous-winged gull is a large gull so named because of its uniquely colored gray wingtips,… Continue Reading →

Golden-Crowned Kinglet

Order: Passeriformes Family: Regulidae Genus: Regulus Species: Regulus satrapa Introduction The Golden-crowned Kinglet is a mere 0.23 oz,, 8-11 cm songbird  (Galati et al. 2012). The distinctive coloration helps in spotting this small bird in and around the Evergreen forest; olive grey… Continue Reading →

Golden-Crowned Sparrow

Order: Passeriformes Family: Emberizidae Genus: Zonotrichia Species: Zonotrichia atricapilla Introduction The Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricalpilla) is one of the larger sparrows commonly found along the pacific coast. This beautiful bird has a defining grey-buffy coloration from its chin to under-tail coverts, and sings… Continue Reading →

Great Blue Heron

  Order: Pelecaniformes Family: Ardeidae Genus: Ardea Species: Ardea herodias Introduction The Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) is an unmistakable resident of many open areas near water. As the largest heron in North America, it measures around 46″ long, with a… Continue Reading →

House Sparrow

Order: Passeriformes, Family: Passeridae, Genus: Passer, Species: Passer domesticus.
The House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) is an Old World sparrow that was introduced to North America and took rapidly to the continent becoming known as somewhat of a pest. Although also called sparrows, Old World Sparrows belong to a different family than our native sparrows (family Emberizidae). They are seemingly similar to emberizid sparrows…


Order: Charadriiformes Family: Charadriidae Genus: Charadrius Species: Charadrius vociferus Introduction Killdeer are named after their unique and unmistakable call that reiterates it’s name. With a two foot wingspan, they are the largest species of ringed plover found in North America… Continue Reading →

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