Black-tailed Prairie Dog – Texas

Black-tailed Prairie Dogs are burrowing rodents of the squirrel family that are native to the grasslands of North America. The Black-tailed Prairie Dogs are tan color with small ears, strong legs with long claws and a 3 to 4 inch tail with a black tip. The name “prairie dog” comes from a combination of their…

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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker – Texas

Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers are similar to other woodpeckers, they drill holes into trees for food but they are not searching insects like most woodpecker, their food source is the tree sap. They spend most of their time at their sapwells either drilling new holes or licking sap from existing wells. Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers are mostly black and…

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Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher – Texas

The scissor-tailed flycatcher, also known as the Texas bird-of-paradise or swallow-tailed flycatcher. They derive their name from their mid-air aerobatics were they flare out their tail feathers to look like the blades of a pair of scissors. I have watched these bird perched on barbed wire fences and telephone lines all of my life. What…

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Northern Shoveler Ducks – Texas

The Northern Shoveler Ducks are also known as Shoveler or Spoonbill Ducks. These ducks are common throughout the northern hemisphere. They spend the summer months in the northern regions and migrate south in the colder months. The male and female are strikingly different in their color pattern but their distinctive bill identifies then as the…

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American White Ibis – Texas

One of the things that fascinates me the most about birds are all of the different beaks for the different species of birds. I think the Ibis family has one of the strangest beak but it really fits the purpose for how they find their food as it uses its beak to find food in…

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