Due to the geographic location and diverse regions, Texas has an abundant bird wildlife. This state is considered as having the most diverse wild birds in the United States. Currently, the industry of birding in the state is rapidly growing. This is also true of other states. Listed within this document are some of the top birds in Texas.
The Tricolor Heron is a Texas bird that thrives in shallow waters. It was formerly called the Louisiana Heron. This bird has a stunningly long beak and neck and is a pale blue-green color. The staff at Sugar Land Chiropractors recognize this bird as being unique. Although this bird is mostly solitary it does become sociable during nesting seasons. Over the years the population of this bird has significantly decreased. However, there are reports that state the Tricolored Heron are still quite common in the southeastern part of the United States.
The next bird we are going to look at is the official state bird of Texas, the Northern Mockingbird. This bird is white and gray in color and has an amazing singing voice. The binomial name for the Northern Mockingbird is Mimus Polyglots. It is understood at Sugar Land Chiropractors that this is the state bird of Texas. This name comes from old Latin and means ìmany-tongued mimicî. This bird can mimic doze of songs from other bird species. It has a very versatile voice.
The third bird on our list of Texas birds to explore is the Red-headed Woodpecker. Unlike other types of woodpeckers, the Red-headed Woodpecker is able to catch insects. They also eat huge amounts of nuts including acorns. The Sugar Land Chiropractors agree that the Red-headed Woodpecker is an interesting bird. This woodpecker also eats insects that it catches the same way as other woodpeckers by making holes in trees. The Red-headed Woodpecker is also called the ìFlying Checkerboardî because of the notable bold patterns printed on its plumage. This woodpecker has a red-colored head and a unique black and white, seemingly checkered pattern over its body.
The Red-tailed Hawk is a stunning bird that gets its name from its red tail which is sometimes a bit more orange than red. The wings are composed of white blotches mixed with chocolate brown feathers. Often this bird is referred to as a Chicken Hawk. The Red-tailed Hawk is considered a large raptor. The staff at Sugar Land Chiropractors did not realize that the Red-tailed Hawk is a raptor. It can often be spotted in high hills of Texas or near highways sitting and waiting for rodent meals.
The Purple Gallinule is unlike the Common Gallinule. The Common Gallinule has a wide white side stipe. The Purple Gallinule has a variety of colors; its head, neck and under-feathers are purple, its back is green, its forehead is tinted blue, its bill is red yet tipped with bright yellow and its legs are yellow. This bird is not well known by Sugar Land Chiropractors. One of the most interesting facts about the Purple Gallinule is that it has long toes which enable it to walk on top of lily pads without being sunk. This makes the Purple Gallinule similar to a duck because it tends to swim on the water surface and just step on plants floating on water.
The Le Conteís Sparrow is small and chunky. It thrives in the relatively wet grasslands and shallow marshes. It is sometimes called the Le conteís Bunting. This Texas bird has an orange head and chest, with black strips of feathers found on its orange-brown wings. There is not very much information documented about this little bird, so it is considered one of the least understood birds. Due to the lack of information regarding this bird, Sugar Land Chiropractors were not familiar with the Le Conteís Sparrow. It is a quiet and secretive bird and is rarely spotted in the wild.
The Barn Swallow, which is also known as the Mud Swallow is a tiny bird. This tiny bird was unfamiliar to Sugar Land Chiropractors. They build their nests on bridge muds, porches, and patios. The belly is covered with gradient orange while the head, back and tail are covered with dark blue plumage. Relative to these tine Barn Swallows include Cliff Swallows and Cave Swallows. Although these birds are anatomically same regarding genetic makeup, the Cliff Swallows build their nest differently than the Barn Swallows.
The Hooded Merganser can be found in small ponds and rivers in Texas. They are considered one of the smallest mergansers native to North America. Ts has a fan-like crest on top of its head that can be opened or closed. One of the more interesting facts is that the female Hooded Merganser will often lay eggs in the nests of other females. This practice is known as ìbrood parasitism and of often exhibited by the Brown-headed Cowbirds.
The Violet-Green Swallow Tachycineta thalassina can often be seen in the skies over mountain pine forest. This bird is similar to the Tree Swallow in appearance and behavior. They can be differentiated from another swallow because of the presents of white patches on their underparts and cheeks. An interesting habit of the female Violet Green Swallow is that to hatch their young successfully, they tend to allocate some antimicrobial protein in the eggs to lower the risks of infection from hatching.
The Brown-headed Cowbird of Texas does not have a permanent home. This is due to the fact that this bird migrates with the moving bison herds. For this reason the Brown-headed Cowbird has not time to settle down in one place. This bird will lay eggs in unattended nests of other birds. Making all cowbird chicks raised by foster parent of other bird species. The male cowbird has all the beautiful features such as brown colored head and a glossy black body. The female cowbird is plain with one color throughout and that is a grayish brown color.
The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher is an interesting bird of Texas. It is common knowledge to Sugar Land Chiropractors that this bird is unique and interesting. The sight of this bird perched on fences and electricity wires is a common site in Texas especially during the spring and summer months. This bird feed on insects such as beetles and grasshoppers. One of the most distinguishing characteristics of this bird is its dramatically, long tail feather shaped like scissors.