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, Sailor Bar, Fair Oaks, California

American Kestrel, Sailor Bar, Fair Oaks, California

American Kestrel, Sailor Bar, Fair Oaks, California

American Kestrel, Cosumnes River Preserve, Sacramento County, California

American Kestrel, Isenberg Crane Reserve, Lodi, California

Aplomado Falcon, Peru

Aplomado Falcon, Peru

Bald Eagle, Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens, Portland, Oregon

Bald Eagle, Riego Road, Sutter County, California

Bald Eagle, Snowberry Way Parkway, Orangevale, California

Bald Eagle, Snowberry Way Parkway, Orangevale, California

Bald Eagle, Snowberry Way Parkway, Orangevale, California

Bald Eagle, Snowberry Way Parkway, Orangevale, California

Bald Eagle, Snowberry Way Parkway, Orangevale, California

Bald Eagle, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Bald Eagle, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Bald Eagle, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Bald Eagle, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Bald Eagle, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Bald Eagle, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Bald Eagle, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Bald Eagle (juvenile), Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Bald Eagle growth chart (courtesy of avianreport.com)

Cooper’s Hawk, Carmichael, California

Cooper’s Hawk, Carmichael, California

Cooper’s Hawk, Carmichael, California

Cooper’s Hawk, Carmichael, California

Cooper’s Hawk, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Mountain Caracara Hawk, Rainbow Mountains, Peru

Mountain Caracara Hawk, Rainbow Mountains, Peru

Mountain Caracara Hawk (juvenile), Rainbow Mountains, Peru

Mountain Caracara Hawk (juvenile), Rainbow Mountains, Peru

Mountain Caracara Hawk, Rainbow Mountains, Peru

Northern Harrier, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Northern Harrier, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

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

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

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

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

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

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

Osprey, Folsom Point, Folsom, California

Red Kite, the German Rotmilan, Ormesheim, Germany

Red-Shouldered Hawk, Hagan Community Park, Rancho Cordova, California

Red-Shouldered Hawk, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

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

Red-Shouldered Hawk, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Red-Shouldered Hawk, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Red-Shouldered Hawk, Effie Yeaw Nature Center

Red-Shouldered Hawk, Sacramento County, California

Red-Shouldered Hawk, Snowberry Way Parkway, Orangevale, California

Red-Shouldered Hawk, Snowberry Way Parkway, Orangevale, California

Red-Shouldered Hawk, Hagan Community Park, Rancho Cordova, California

Red-Shouldered Hawk, Hagan Community Park, Rancho Cordova, California

Red-Shouldered Hawk, Hagan Community Park, Rancho Cordova, California

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

Red-Tailed Hawk, Modoc County, California

Red-Tailed Hawk, Modoc County, California

Red-Tailed Hawk (juvenile), Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Red-Tailed Hawk, North Sacramento County, California

Red-Tailed Hawk, North Sacramento County, California

Red-Tailed Hawk, Sankey Road, Sutter County, California

Red-Tailed Hawk, Sankey Road, Sutter County, California

Red-Tailed Hawk, Powerline Road, Sutter County, California

Red-Tailed Hawk, Sankey Road, Sutter County, California

Red-Tailed Hawk, Sankey Road, Sutter County, California

Red-Tailed Hawk, Sankey & Powerline Road, Sacramento County, California

Red-Tailed Hawk, Sankey & Powerline Road, Sacramento County, California

Red-Tailed Hawk, domesticated, Sacramento County, California

Red-Tailed Hawk, domesticated, Sacramento County, California

Red-Tailed Hawk, Strawberry Moon, Modoc County, California

Red-Tailed Hawk, Modoc County, California

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

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

Saker Falcon, Dubai, UAE

Saker Falcon, Dubai, UAE

Saker Falcon, Dubai, UAE

Saker Falcon, Dubai, UAE

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

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

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

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

White-Tailed Kite, Mather Lake Recreation Area, Rancho Cordova, California

White-Tailed Kite, Mather Lake Recreation Area, Rancho Cordova, California

White-Tailed Kite, Mather Lake Recreation Area, Rancho Cordova, California

White-Tailed Kite, Mather Lake Recreation Area, Rancho Cordova, California

White-Tailed Kite, Carmichael, California

White-Tailed Kite, Carmichael, California

White-Tailed Kite, Carmichael, California

White-Tailed Kite, Carmichael, California

White-Tailed Kite, Carmichael, California

White-Tailed Kite, Mather Lake Recreation Area, Rancho Cordova, California

Blackbirds & Grackles:

Brewers Blackbird, Gibson Ranch, Sacramento County, California

Brewers Blackbird, Gibson Ranch, Sacramento County, California

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

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

Brewers Blackbird, Vic Fazio Wildlife Area, Yolo County, California

Brewers Blackbird, Vic Fazio Wildlife Area, Yolo County, California

Brewers Blackbird, Vic Fazio Wildlife Area, Yolo County, California

Brewers Blackbird, Vic Fazio Wildlife Area, Yolo County, California

Brewers Blackbird, Vic Fazio Wildlife Area, Yolo County, California

Eurasian Blackbird, Delphi, Greece

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Red-Winged Blackbird, Somerset neighborhood park, Rancho Cordova, California

Red-Winged Blackbird (female), Somerset neighborhood park, Rancho Cordova, California

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

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

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

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

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

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

Red-Winged Blackbird Murmuration, Powerline Road, Sutter County, California

Red-Winged Blackbird Murmuration, Powerline Road, Sutter County, California

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

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

Bluebirds:

Western Bluebird, Carmichael, California

Western Bluebird, Carmichael, California

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

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

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

Western Bluebird, 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

Western Bluebird, 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

Western Bluebird, 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

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

Bulbuls:

Philippine Bulbul, Pias, La Union, Philippines

Philippine Bulbul, Pias, La Union, Philippines

Philippine Bulbul, Pias, La Union, Philippines

Yellow-Vented Bulbul, Pias, La Union, Philippines

Yellow-Vented Bulbul, Pias, La Union, Philippines

Yellow-Vented Bulbul, Pias, La Union, Philippines

Chickadees:

Mountain Chickadee, Soda Springs, California

Mountain Chickadee, Soda Springs, California

Mountain Chickadee, Soda Springs, California

Mountain Chickadee, Soda Springs, California

Coots and Moorhens:

American Coot, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

American Coot, Somerset neighborhood park, Rancho Cordova, California

Andean Moorhen, Lake Titicaca, Peru

Andean Moorhen, Lake Titicaca, Peru

Andean Moorhen, Lake Titicaca, Peru

Andean Red Fronted Coot, Lake Titicaca, Peru

Common Moorhen, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Common Moorhen, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Common Moorhen, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Common Moorhen, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Cormorants:

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

Double-Crested Cormorants, Bacon Island, Holt, California

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

Double-Crested Cormorant, American River, Carmichael, California

Double-Crested Cormorant, American River, Carmichael, California

Double-Crested Cormorant, William B. Pond Recreation Area, Carmichael, California 

Double-Crested Cormorant, Lodi Lake, Lodi, California

Double-Crested Cormorant, William B. Pond Recreation Area, Carmichael, California 

Double-Crested Cormorant, Gristmill Recreation Area, Sacramento County, California

Double-Crested Cormorant, Mather Lake Recreation Area, Rancho Cordova, California

Double-Crested Cormorant, Mather Lake Recreation Area, Rancho Cordova, California

Cranes:

Black Crowned Crane, perhaps Oakland Zoo

Sandhill Crane, Modoc County, California

Sandhill Crane, Modoc County, California

Sandhill Crane, Isenberg Crane Reserve, Lodi, California

Sandhill Crane, Isenberg Crane Reserve, Lodi, California

Sandhill Crane, Isenberg Crane Reserve, Lodi, California

Sandhill Crane, Isenberg Crane Reserve, Lodi, California

Sandhill Crane, Isenberg Crane Reserve, Lodi, California

Sandhill Crane, Isenberg Crane Reserve, Lodi, California

Sandhill Crane, Isenberg Crane Reserve, Lodi, California

Sandhill Crane, Isenberg Crane Reserve, Lodi, California

Sandhill Crane, Isenberg Crane Reserve, Lodi, California

Sandhill Crane, Isenberg Crane Reserve, Lodi, California

Crows and Ravens:

American Crow, Yosemite National Park

American Crow, Carmichael, California

American Crow, Carmichael, California

American Crow, American River, 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

Philippine Fighting Cock, Pias, La Union, Philippines

Philippine Fighting Cock, Pias, La Union, Philippines

Philippine Fighting Cock, Pias, La Union, Philippines

Philippine Fighting Cock, Pias, La Union, Philippines

Philippine Fighting Cock, Pias, La Union, Philippines

Philippine Fighting Cock, Pias, La Union, Philippines

Philippine Fighting Cock, Pias, La Union, Philippines

Doves and Pigeons:

Eurasian Collared-Dove, Bacon Island, Holt, California

Eurasian Collared-Dove, Bacon Island, Holt, California

Eurasian Collared-Dove, Bacon Island, Holt, California

Eurasian Collared-Dove, Athens, Greece

Eurasian Collared-Dove, Athens, Greece

Mourning Dove, Carmichael, California

Mourning Dove, Carmichael, California

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, Gibson Ranch, Sacramento County, California

Bufflehead Duck, Watt Avenue Regional Park, Sacramento, California

Bufflehead Duck (female), Watt Avenue Regional Park, Sacramento, California

Bufflehead Duck (female), Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Bufflehead Duck (male), Watt Avenue Regional Park, Sacramento, California

Cayuga Duck, Sailor Bar, Fair Oaks, California

Cayuga Duck, Sailor Bar, Fair Oaks, California

Cayuga Duck, Sailor Bar, Fair Oaks, California

Cayuga Duck, Sailor Bar, Fair Oaks, California

Cayuga Duck, Sailor Bar, Fair Oaks, California

Cayuga Duck, Clearlake, California

Common Goldeneye Duck (female), Sailor Bar, Fair Oaks, California