Baltimore Oriole

Once so populous that a baseball team was named after it. Beautiful nests in tall maples or elms. Feeds in trees for caterpillars, beetles and fruit. Nests throughout the U.S. and Canada. Winters from Mexico to Columbia and Venezuela. 

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

One of the world's tiniest birds, weighs about a penny. Drinks nectar from flowers, and small insects. Excellent pollinator. Lives in central and eastern U.S. in summer; winters Mexico to Costa Rica.

Scarlet Tanagers

American beauties, Scarlet Tanagers feed on insects and fruit in oak-hickory forests and large shade trees of eastern U.S. and southern Canada. They migrate to Panama, south to Bolivia, for mountain forests.

Cerulean Warbler

The Cerulean Warbler lives in tree tops, catching flying insects and nests in tall elms, maples, and basswoods near water. They nest in central and northeastern U.S. and Canada. In the winter they search for insects in the mountain forests of Columbia, Venezuela, Peru and Bolivia.

American Redstart

The American Redstart, a Warbler, lives on the forest edge, flitting among tree branches for insects. The Redstarts nest in forests in the midwest, northern U.S. and southern Canada. They winter from Mexico to the West Indies and northwestern South America.


The Bobolink is a grasslands bird, with light feathers on his head and back, and dark below, to hide from predators. He lives in northern U.S. and southern Canada in summer. Winter finds him in southern Brazil or Argentina. He travels 5,000 miles between winter and summer ranges.


Wood Thrush

The Wood Thrush is on a slippery slope, rapidly disappearing with the loss of deep woods. A song bird, Wood Thrushes eat insects and fruit from shrubs and trees. In the U.S. the Wood Thrush nests in forests of the eastern U.S. and southern Canada. It migrates in winter to Texas, Mexico, and Columbia. It is also endangered by cowbirds' predation as woods become shallower and shallower. The Wood Thrush has declined 66% since 1966.

Photographs courtesy MO Dept. of Conservation.

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