Birds of Evergreen

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

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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 →

Belted Kingfisher

Order: Coraciiformes Family: Alcedenidae Genus: Megaceryle Species: Megaceryle alcyon Introduction The Belted Kingfisher, Megaceryle alcyon, is a medium sized aquatic inhabitant, with slate blue and white coloration. They are distinct with a shaggy crest, high upper body to lower body ratio,… 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-bellied Plover

Order: Charadriiformes Family: Charadriidae Genus: Pluvialis Species: Pluvialis squatarola Introduction The Black-bellied Plover is a plump, medium sized shorebird with a lurching gait and healthy appetite for polychaete worms. It commonly haunts the intertidal mudflats ranging the globe with little discrimination among temperate or… 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 →

Brandt’s Cormorant

Order: Suliformes Family: Phalacrocoracidae Genus: Phalacrocorax Species: Phalacrocorax penicillatus

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.


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 →

Cackling Goose

Order: Anseriformes Family: Anatidae Genus: Branta Species: Branta hutchinsii Introduction The Cackling Goose, Branta hutchinsii, is a medium to large bird. Once thought to be a small subspecies of Canada Geese, in 2004 DNA sequencing resulted in them being considered… Continue Reading →

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 →

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