Birds of Evergreen

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



Order: Passeriformes

American Bushtit

Psaltriparus minimus Bushtits are small gray birds with a pale brown cap, pale neck and upper breast, and white wing barring. Their overall body is gray variations with some southern populations having dark masks extending to the nape from the… Continue Reading →

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 →

American Robin

Order: Passeriformes Family: Turdidae Genus: Turdus Species: Turdus migratorius   The American Robin (T. migratorius) has been called America’s best-loved bird. The robin is known as a welcome harbinger of spring’s arrival to the northern states, and its clear, liquid… Continue Reading →

Barn Swallow

Order: Passeriformes Family: Hirundinidae Genus: Hirundo Species: Hirundo rustica Photo By: Stig Nygaard   Introduction “The barn swallow (Hirundo rustica), a group of passerine birds comprised of six closely related subspecies, are well known throughout their nearly worldwide distribution, in part… Continue Reading →

Bewick’s Wren

Order: Passeriformes Family: Troglodytidae Genus: Thryomanes Species: Thryomanes bewickii Introduction In 1821, J.J. Audubon collected the first official Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii) specimen in Louisiana. The name “Bewick’s Wren” was chosen by Audubon after friend, British engraver and natural history author, Thomas… 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 →

Brown Creeper

The Brown Creeper is a small bird, dwelling in large tree forests. Its bill is used for foraging in bark and has a habit of acting like a woodpecker while climbing trees. It is one of seven species of Creeper in its family.

California Scrub-Jay

Order: Passeriformes Family: Corvidae Genus: Aphelocoma Species: Aphelocoma californica Introduction The California Scrub-Jay (A. californica) is a midsize passerine bird averaging at about 87 grams and 28-30 centimeters in length. Making this species between the size of a robin and… Continue Reading →

Cedar Waxwing

Order: Passeriformes Family: Bombycillidae Genus: Bombycilla Species: Bombycilla cedrorum The Cedar Waxwing is a medium-sized migratory passerine bird that ranges across North America. They eat primarily fruits, preferring high-sugar low-lipid fruits, in addition to airborne insects. They are known for… Continue Reading →

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Order: Passeriformes Family: Paridae Genus: Poecile Species: Poecile rufescens  

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