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This list of birds of Rhode Island is a comprehensive listing of all the bird species confirmed in the U.
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Essex You were assisting a girl with black hair in your training when I first saw you. This list of birds of Rhode Island is a comprehensive listing of all the bird species confirmed in the U. In addition, are considered vagrantssix have been introduced to North America, and two are extinct. The state's review list see below contains species. Unless otherwise noted, all species listed below are considered to occur regularly in Rhode Island as permanent residents, summer or winter visitors, or migrants. These tags are used to annotate some species:. Order : Anseriformes Family : Anatidae.
These birds are adapted to an aquatic existence with webbed feet, bills which are flattened to a greater or lesser extent, and feathers that are excellent at shedding water due to special oils. Forty-three species have been recorded in Rhode Island. Order : Galliformes Family : Odontophoridae. The New World quails are small, plump terrestrial birds only distantly related to the quails of the Old World, but named for their similar appearance and habits. One species has been recorded in Rhode Island.
Order : Galliformes Family : Phasianidae.
Phasianidae consists of the pheasants and their allies. These are terrestrial species, variable in size but generally plump with broad relatively short wings. Many species are gamebirds or have been domesticated as a food source for humans. Turkeys have a distinctive fleshy wattle that hangs from the underside of the beak and a fleshy protuberance that hangs from the top of its beak called a snood.
As with many galliform species, the female the hen is smaller than the male the tom and much less colorful. With wingspans of 1. Grouse inhabit temperate and subarctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere. In all Rhode Island species, males are polygamous and have elaborate courtship displays.
These heavily built birds have legs feathered to the toes. Most species are year-round residents and do not migrate. Three species of this family have been recorded in Rhode Island. Order : Podicipediformes Family : Podicipedidae. Grebes are small to medium-large freshwater diving birds. They have lobed toes and are excellent swimmers and divers. However, they have their feet placed far back on the body, making them quite ungainly on land.
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Five species have been recorded in Rhode Island. Order : Columbiformes Family : Columbidae. Pigeons and doves are stout-bodied birds with short necks and short slender bills with a fleshy cere. Order : Cuculiformes Family : Cuculidae. The family Cuculidae includes cuckoos, roadrunners, and anis. These birds are of variable size with slender bodies, long tails, and strong legs. The Old World cuckoos are brood parasites. Three species have been recorded in Rhode Island.
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Order : Caprimulgiformes Family : Caprimulgidae. Nightjars are medium-sized nocturnal birds that usually nest on the ground.
They have long wings, short legs, and very short bills. Most have small feet, of little use for walking, and long pointed wings. Their soft plumage is cryptically colored to resemble bark or leaves. Order : Apodiformes Family : Apodidae. The swifts are small birds which spend the majority of their lives flying.
These birds have very short legs and never settle voluntarily on the ground, perching instead only on vertical surfaces. Many swifts have long swept-back wings which resemble a crescent or boomerang. Order : Apodiformes Family : Trochilidae. Hummingbirds are small birds capable of hovering in mid-air due to the rapid flapping of their wings. They are the only birds that can fly backwards. Order : Gruiformes Family : Rallidae. Rallidae is a large family of small to medium-sized birds which includes the rails, crakes, coots, and gallinules.
The most typical family members occupy dense vegetation in damp environments near lakes, swamps, or rivers. In general they are shy and secretive birds, making them difficult to observe. Most species have strong legs and long toes which are well adapted to soft uneven surfaces. They tend to have short, rounded wings and to be weak fliers.
Ten species have been recorded in Rhode Island. Order : Gruiformes Family : Gruidae. Cranes are large, long-legged, and long-necked birds. Unlike the similar-looking but unrelated herons, cranes fly with necks outstretched, not pulled back. Most have elaborate and noisy courting displays or "dances". Order : Charadriiformes Family : Recurvirostridae. Recurvirostridae is a family of large wading birds which includes the avocets and stilts. The avocets have long legs and long up-curved bills. The stilts have extremely long legs and long, thin, straight bills.
Two species have been recorded in Rhode Island. Order : Charadriiformes Family : Haematopodidae. The oystercatchers are large, obvious and noisy plover -like birds, with strong bills used for smashing or prying open molluscs. Order : Charadriiformes Family : Charadriidae. The family Charadriidae includes the plovers, dotterels, and lapwings. They are small to medium-sized birds with compact bodies, short thick necks, and long, usually pointed, wings.
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They are found in open country worldwide, mostly in habitats near water. Nine species have been recorded in Rhode Island. Order : Charadriiformes Family : Scolopacidae. Scolopacidae is a large diverse family of small to medium-sized shorebirds including the sandpipers, curlews, godwits, shanks, tattlers, woodcocks, snipes, dowitchers, and phalaropes.
The majority of these species eat small invertebrates picked out of the mud or soil. Different lengths of legs and bills enable multiple species to feed in the same habitat, particularly on the coast, without direct competition for food. Thirty-six species have been recorded in Rhode Island. Order : Charadriiformes Family : Stercorariidae. They are in general medium to large birds, typically with gray or brown plumage, often with white markings on the wings. They have longish bills with hooked tips and webbed feet with sharp claws. They look like large dark gulls, but have a fleshy cere above the upper mandible.
They are strong, acrobatic fliers. Order : Charadriiformes Family : Alcidae. Alcids are superficially similar to penguins due to their black-and-white colors, their upright posture, and some of their habits, however they are only distantly related to the penguins and are able to fly.
Auks live on the open sea, only deliberately coming ashore to nest. Eight species have been recorded in Rhode Island.