Jackson’s Birds of America and the World


If you ask most anyone to name a famous ornithologist they would probably say, John James Audubon.  In fact, even those birders with the slightest interest in birds would not have any hesitation to name Mr. Audubon.  Unfortunately, there are those who would hesitate to name him as an ornithologist, instead, putting him in the category of wildlife artist, of which he was a great one.

American Bald Eagle

This post is not about Mr. Audubon, but rather about a quest to document, as much as possible, the birds of America and the World.  Of course, since the lifetime of Audubon’s quest to document the birds of America, many have disappeared, not just from their natural habitat to some other place, but in this case, to extinction.  The Carolina Paroquet, was fairly common during Audubon’s time as was the Passenger Pigeon whose great numbers blackened the skies.  Both are now extinct and many more birds are on the verge of extinction.  

So what is the cause of the decline of so many bird species?  Is it hunting?  Not really, as this is being more and more regulated, but it is also becoming less favorable as a hobby.  I recall during my hunting days, long gone in the past, when I had shot a magnificent ring-necked pheasant.  I showed a photo of the dead bird to a co-worker who was very proficient at making custom knives.  He just looked at the photo and said, “How does it feel to destroy such a beautiful bird with a high-powered shotgun?”  I was stunned, but it made me realize how right he was.  From then on, I concentrated on hunting with my camera.

Above, an Archaeopteryx fossil found in Solnhofen, Germany in the famous Solnhofen plattenkalk (limestone) formation.  It is one of the earliest feathered theropod dinosaurs.   We can say that evolution has caused the decline of many species, however, in more recent times, man has played a large part in this evolutionary process. 

The goal of this post is not to focus so much on the negativity of the ways of mankind’s adverse effect on the wildlife of the world, but rather to show the beauty and diversity of birdlife on this planet.  The mission is also to show how complex Mother Nature is, and how she can plant a Speckled Teal, above, on Lake Titicaca in Peru and have such a very similar species halfway around to the other side of the planet.

Wood Duck

Is this a complete listing of every bird species in the World?  No, of course not, but it is on-going and a goal that may never be reached.  In fact, in its present state, it is merely a personal checklist for birds that I have seen.

In this listing, I have tried to maintain the standard convention for grouping bird species, although some countries use slightly different groupings.  I have purposely omitted three items that may be standard for most bird identification guides: 1.) no scientific names, 2.) no in-depth descriptions, and 3.) no migrant or residency information.  It is felt that if the reader would like more information on a particular bird, the internet would have a wealth of that specific data.

Turkey Vulture

In this post, you might see the occasional bird in a rather unnatural setting, like on a manmade fence post, or telephone wire.  It seems that this is the new natural environment for many birds and I wonder how Audubon would have drawn his subjects were he to do it today.    

Collared Kingfisher

The listing and photographs below begin with Birds of Prey and continue alphabetically to Wrens and include nearly all bird groupings in between.

Birds of Prey:

American Kestrel, Cosumnes River Preserve, Sacramento County, California

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Aplomado Falcon, Peru

Aplomado Falcon, Peru

Bald Eagle, Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens, Portland, Oregon

Bald Eagle, Snowberry Way Parkway, Orangevale, California

Bald Eagle, Snowberry Way Parkway, Orangevale, California

Bald Eagle, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Bald Eagle (juvenile), Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

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Cooper’s Hawk, Carmichael, California

Cooper’s Hawk, Carmichael, California

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Merlin, Michigan Bar Road, Rancho Murieta, California

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Mountain Caracara Hawk, Rainbow Mountains, Peru

Mountain Caracara Hawk (juvenile), Rainbow Mountains, Peru

Northern Harrier, Mather Lake Recreation Area, Rancho Cordova, California

Northern Harrier (male), Riego Road, Sutter County, California

 

Osprey, Sankey Road, Sutter County, California

Red Kite, the German Rotmilan, Ormesheim, Germany

Red-Shouldered Hawk, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Red-Shouldered Hawk (with nictitating eye membrane), Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Red-Tailed Hawk, Woodbridge Wildlife Refuge, San Joaquin County, California

Red-Tailed Hawk, Isenberg Crane Reserve, Lodi, California

Saker Falcon, Dubai, UAE

Saker Falcon, Dubai, UAE

Saker Falcon, Dubai, UAE

Swainson’s Hawk, Mather Lake Recreation Area, Rancho Cordova, California

White-Tailed Kite, Carmichael, California

White-Tailed Kite, Carmichael, California

Blackbirds & Grackles:

Brewers Blackbird, Gibson Ranch, Sacramento County, California

Brewers Blackbird (female), Gibson Ranch, Sacramento County, California

 

Brown-Headed Cowbird (male), SNWR, Willows, California

Brown-Headed Cowbird (female), William B. Pond Park, Carmichael, California

Eurasian Blackbird, Delphi, Greece

Great-Tailed Grackle, Mather Lake Recreation Area, Rancho Cordova, California

Red-Winged Blackbird, Vic Fazio Wildlife Area, Yolo County, California

Red-Winged Blackbird, Cosumnes River Preserve, Sacramento County, California

Red-Winged Blackbird (female), Cosumnes River Preserve, Sacramento County, California

Tricolored Blackbird (female), Vic Fazio Wildlife Area, Yolo County, California

Tricolored Blackbird (male), Vic Fazio Wildlife Area, Yolo County, California

Yellow-Headed Blackbird, Vic Fazio Wildlife Refuge, Yolo County, California

 

Yellow-Headed Blackbird, Sankey Road, Sutter County, California

Bluebirds:

Western Bluebird, near William B. Pond Recreation Area, Carmichael, California

Western Bluebird, William B. Pond Recreation Area, Carmichael, California

Western Bluebird, William B. Pond Recreation Area, Carmichael, California

Bulbuls:

Philippine Bulbul, Pias, La Union, Philippines

Philippine Bulbul, Pias, La Union, Philippines

Chickadees:

Chestnut-Backed Chickadee, Angel Island, California

Mountain Chickadee, Soda Springs, California

Condors:

California Condor, Number 90, Pinnacles National Park

Coots and Moorhens:

American Coot, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Andean Moorhen, Lake Titicaca, Peru

Andean Red Fronted Coot, Lake Titicaca, Peru

Common Moorhen, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Cormorants:

Brandt’s Cormorant, Point Lobos, California

Double-Crested Cormorant, Woodbridge Ecological Reserve, San Joaquin County, California

Double-Crested Cormorant, Elkhorn Slough, California

Pelagic Cormorant, Point Lobos, California

Cranes:

Black Crowned Crane, perhaps Oakland Zoo

Sandhill Crane, Isenberg Crane Reserve, Lodi, California

Sandhill Crane, Isenberg Crane Reserve, Lodi, California

Crows and Ravens:

American Crow, Carmichael, California

Common Raven, Yellowstone National Park

Hooded Crow (hybrid), Auschwitz, Poland

Hooded Crow, Tallinn, Estonia

Cuckoos and Roadrunners:

Greater Roadrunner, near North Rim, Grand Canyon National Park

Greater Roadrunner, near North Rim, Grand Canyon National Park

Domesticated Game Fowl:

Philippine Fighting Cock, Pias, La Union, Philippines

Philippine Fighting Cock, Pias, La Union, Philippines

Doves and Pigeons:

Band-tailed Pigeon, Angel Island, California

Eurasian Collared-Dove, Bacon Island, Holt, California

Eurasian Collared-Dove, Athens, Greece

Mourning Dove, Carmichael, California

Mourning Dove, Carmichael, California

Palm Dove (Laughing Dove), Dubai, UAE

Rock Dove, Somerset neighborhood park, Rancho Cordova, California

Ducks:

American Pekin Duck, unknown Location 

American Wigeon, Cosumnes River Preserve, Sacramento County, California

Black Wool Red Head Duck, Beijing, China

Buff Duck, Sailor Bar, Fair Oaks, California 

Bufflehead Duck (male), Colusa NWR

Bufflehead Duck, Watt Avenue Regional Park, Sacramento, California

Cayuga Duck, Sailor Bar, Fair Oaks, California

Cayuga Duck, Clearlake, California

Cinnamon Teal, Gray Lodge, California

Cinnamon Teal, Gray Lodge, California

Common Goldeneye Duck (male), Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Common Goldeneye Duck (female), Paradise Beach Recreation Area, Sacramento, California

Gadwall Duck (male), Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Gadwall Duck (female), Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Green-Winged Teal (female), Colusa NWR

Green-Winged Teal (male), Colusa NWR

Long-tailed Duck (Oldsquaw), Elkhorn Slough, California

 

Long-tailed Duck (Oldsquaw), Elkhorn Slough, California

Mallard Duck (male), Sailor Bar, Fair Oaks, California

Mallard Duck (female), Clearlake, California

Mandarin Duck, Sonoma, California

Northern Pintail, Colusa NWR

Northern Pintail, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Northern Shoveler, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Northern Shoveler, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Ogar Duck, Beijing, China

Ring-Necked Duck (male), Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Ring-Necked Duck (female), Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Ruddy Duck (female), Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Ruddy Duck (male), Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Ruddy Duck (male), Lake Titicaca, Peru

Saxony Duck, Hagan Community Park, Rancho Cordova, California

Speckled Teal, Lake Titicaca, Peru

Surf Scoter, Elkhorn Slough, California

Wood Duck, Elk Grove Park, California

Wood Duck (female), Portland, Oregon

Egrets:

Cattle Egret, Stockton, California

Cattle Egret, Pias, La Union, Philippines

Great Egret, Woodbridge Ecological Reserve, San Joaquin County, California

Great Egret, Carmichael, California

Great Egret, Isenberg Crane Reserve, Lodi, California

Great Egret, Raqchi, Peru

Snowy Egret, Watt Avenue Regional Park, Sacramento, California

Snowy Egret, near Lincoln, California

Snowy Egret, Ueno, Japan

Finches:

American Goldfinch, Carmichael, California

American Goldfinch, American River, Carmichael, California

Cassin’s Finch, Carmichael, California

Finch, Hong Kong Bird Market

House Finch, Carmichael, California

Lesser Goldfinch, Carmichael, California

Lesser Goldfinch, Carmichael, California

Pine Siskin, Carmichael, California

Flamingoes:

American Flamingo, Sacramento Zoo

American Flamingo, Sacramento Zoo

American Flamingo, Sacramento Zoo

Flamingo, Salt Pond, San Francisco Bay Tidal Flat, Newark, California

James’s Flamingo, African Safari Park, San Diego, California

Flycatchers:

Ash throated flycatcher, SNWR, Willows, California

Black Phoebe, Sailor Bar, Fair Oaks, California

Black Phoebe, William B. Pond Recreation Area, Carmichael, California

Black Redstart, Auschwitz, Poland

Black Redstart, Auschwitz, Poland

Dusky Flycatcher, Watt Avenue Regional Park, Sacramento, California

Many Colored Rush Tyrant, Lake Titicaca, Peru

Many Colored Rush Tyrant, Lake Titicaca, Peru

Phainopepla (female), Sailor Bar, Fair Oaks, California

Phainopepla, William B. Pond Recreation Area, Carmichael, California

Say’s Phoebe, Maxwell Cemetery, Maxwell, California

 

Western Kingbird, Woodland, California

Western Kingbird, New Hogan Lake, Valley Springs, California

Western Wood-Pewee, Antelope Island, Utah

Western Wood-Pewee, Sacramento County, California

Geese and Swans:

Canada Goose (hybrid), William B. Pond Recreation Area, Carmichael, California

Canada Goose, Effie Yeaw Nature Center

Canada Goose, near Folsom, California

Canada Goose (hybrid), Lake Natoma State Park, California

Chinese Swan Goose, Watt Avenue Regional Park, Sacramento, California

Chinese Swan Goose, Watt Avenue Regional Park, Sacramento, California

Egyptian Goose, Cologne, Germany

Egyptian Goose, Wertheim, Germany

Emden Goose (or Embden Goose) Lodi Lake, Lodi, California

Greater White-Fronted Goose, Colusa NWR

Mute Swan, Beijing, China

Mute Swan (Adult), Mather Lake Recreation Area, Rancho Cordova, California

Mute Swan (Juvenile), Mather Lake Recreation Area, Rancho Cordova, California

Mute Swan, Mather Lake Recreation Area, Rancho Cordova, California

Mute Swan, Lyon, France

Mute Swan, Miltenberg, Germany

Mute Swan, near Nurnburg, Germany

Ross’s Goose, Colusa NWR

Snow Goose, Colusa NWR

Snow Geese (adult and juvenile), Colusa NWR

Snow Goose (juvenile), Colusa NWR

Snow Goose, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Tundra Swan, Sankey Road, Sacramento, California

Tundra Swan, Sankey Road, Sacramento, California

Tundra Swan, Sankey Road, Sacramento, California

Whooper Swan, Lathrop, California

Grebes:

 

Clark’s Grebe, SNWR, Willows, California

Pied-Billed Grebe, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Pied-Billed Grebe, American River, Carmichael, California

 

Western Grebe, SNWR, Willows, California

Grouse-like:

California Quail, American River, Carmichael, California

California Quail, Boise, Idaho

Golden Pheasant, Lima, Peru

Helmeted Guinea Fowl, Lima, Peru

Peacock, unknown California location

Ring-Necked Pheasant, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Wild Turkey, Effie Yeaw Nature Center

Wild Turkey (Smoke Morph), Carmichael, California

Turkey (domesticated), Florence, Texas

Wild Turkey, Sonora, California

Wild Turkey, Cosumnes River Preserve, Sacramento County, California

Gulls:

Black Headed Gull, Ulm, Germany

California Gull, Santa Cruz, California

California Gull, Sailor Bar, Fair Oaks, California

Heermann’s Gull, Vic Fazio Wildlife Area, Yolo County, California

Laughing Gull, Lake Titicaca, Peru

Olympic Gull (hybrid mix: Glaucous-winged gull and Western gull), Point Reyes National Seashore

Olympic Gull (hybrid mix: Glaucous-winged gull and Western gull), Point Reyes National Seashore

Ring-Billed Gull, Lodi Lake, Lodi, California

Ring-Billed Gull, Paradise Beach, Sacramento, California

Herons:

American Bittern, Mather Lake, California

American Bittern, Mather Lake, California

Black-Crowned Night-Heron, Vic Fazio Wildlife Area, Yolo County, California

Black-Crowned Night-Heron, Vic Fazio Wildlife Area, Yolo County, California

Great Blue Heron, Woodbridge Ecological Reserve, San Joaquin County, California

Great Blue Heron, Gristmill Recreation Area, Sacramento County, California

Green Heron, Mather Lake Recreation Area, Rancho Cordova, California

Green Heron, McKinley Park, Sacramento, California

Grey Heron, near Nurnburg, Germany

Grey Heron, near Nurnburg, Germany

Hummingbirds:

Allen’s Hummingbird, Monterey, California

Anna’s Hummingbird, Carmichael, California

Anna’s Hummingbird, Carmichael, California

Anna’s Hummingbird, Carmichael, California

Black-Chinned Hummingbird, Carmichael, California

Black-Chinned Hummingbird, Tracy, California

Rufous Hummingbird, Carmichael, California

Rufous Hummingbird, Carmichael, California

Ibis:

Puna Ibis, Raqchi, Peru

Puna Ibis, Rainbow Mountains, Peru

 

White-Faced Ibis, Cosumnes Wildlife Refuge

 

White-Faced Ibis, Sankey Road, Sutter County, California

White-Faced Ibis, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

White Ibis, near St. Petersburg, Florida

Jays: