Formerly Common Peafowl, the name was changed in 2014 by the American Ornithologist Union. Medium length tail with slightly rounded tip. Structural adaptation Animals on the grasslands are exposed to their predators because of the openness of the landscape. Swift direct flight with rapid wing beats. Head appears black with white splotches surrounding the eyes, and throat is white with black streaks. Tail is dark with white edges. Legs and feet are gray. Sabine's Gull: Small gull with gray back and white nape, rump, and underparts. It flies in a straight line formation. Winter adult and juveniles have white forehead, black crown with white streaks; prominent dark bar on lesser coverts; underparts gray; black bill with red base; legs duller red to black-red. The tail is black with single, thick white band across the middle and a thin, white tip. Deep rufous-orange underwing linings are visible in flight. Harris's Hawk: Large hawk, dark brown head, neck, back, belly and rust-brown shoulders, underwing coverts and flanks. Direct flight with graceful, shallow wing beats. White, moustache-striped face has pale eyebrows joining at back of head. Pin-tailed Snipe: Large, chunky, cryptically colored shorebird. Fewer than 40 percent of the 550 million acres of historical grasslands that once stretched from Alberta to Mexico remain today. All this human encroachment into grasslands imperils these rich habitats that animals, from cheetahs to caribou to prairie chickens, call home. It mainly feeds on plant seeds, fruits, berries and insects. Sides of neck have black ruff. Flight is rapid and batlike on swept-back wings, alternates with gliding. The tail is deeply forked and white with dark edged outer feathers. Swift direct flight with rapid wing beats. Mountain Quail: Large,striking quail with long elegant black head plume, white-bordered rufous-brown face and throat, gray-brown upperparts, blue-gray breast, and rufous-brown belly and sides with distinct white bars. Unlike savannas, where there is a large diversity of animals present, temperate grasslands are generally dominated by just a few species of herbivores such as bison, rabbits, deer, antelope, gophers, prairie dogs,and antelopes. Bare, yellow feet. The sexes are similar. Temperate grasslands are located in cold, dry climate regions. Eurasian Skylark: This medium-sized lark has dark-streaked, brown upperparts and white underparts with streaks on the breast and sides, a dark edged tail, and indistinct crest on head. Short flights, alternates rapid wing beats with periods of wings pulled to sides. The meadowlarks’ best hope for the future lies in farmland and grassland conservation. Slow fluttering direct flight with shallow wing beats. Whatbird parametric search. AKA Hungarian Partridge. Tail is black. Wings have large white bars. European Golden-Plover: Largest of the golden plovers, showing black crown, throat, neck and upperparts with small bright gold spotting. White-gray on back and upper wings. Lavender Waxbill: Native to tropical West Africa, this waxbill is gray overall. Swift, graceful flight, alternates slow, deep wing beats with short or long glides. White-bordered black spots on back of head resemble a pair of eyes. Feeds mainly on small marine fish. Direct flight with rapid wing beats. Races separated by the amount and intensity of the orange-brown patches. White neck and breast have black mottling along sides. The legs and feet are pink. Eats insects, larvae, and some fruit. Blue Jay: Medium, noisy jay with bright blue upperparts, pale gray underparts, distinct head crest, and neck surrounded with a curious black necklace. White eyebrows are conspicuous. Common Redshank: Large sandpiper, scaled black and brown upperparts, dark-streaked neck and breast, white eye-ring broken in front, pale belly and sides with dark chevrons. Introduced to North America as a game bird in the early 1900s. Soars with slow flapping wing beats followed by upward glide. Dark gray wings; tail is dark gray with spotting on outer edges near base. The juvenile has rust-brown head and upper neck, and brown wash over mostly white body. Fast direct flight with rapid wing beats. Feeds at night, mostly on insects. Fluttering, uneven flight with slow, shallow wing beats. Wings are long, dark gray with white bars, nearly covering tail when folded. Black flight feathers and short tail are visible in flight. Gray Heron: Large wading bird, upperparts are pale gray to blue-gray, underparts are white. Eyebrows are white and conspicuous. Long-toed Stint: Medium sandpiper, scaled, brown, black and rufous upperparts, white-sided rump, white underparts, black-spotted sides, upper breast. Found in open meadows and marsh edges. Strong steady flight with deep wing beats. Northern birds have darker upperparts than southern birds. Dusky White-eye: Tiny, warbler-like bird with red-brown eye, brown-gray plumage above and on head, and olive-gray below. Stilt Sandpiper: This medium-sized sandpiper has gray-brown upperparts, white rump, heavily barred white underparts, dark cap, white eyebrows and brown ear patches. Bounding flight. It mostly feeds on rice; also eats small seeds and insects. Short tail. Purple Martin: Large, vocal swallow with glossy dark purple-blue body and forked tail. Other animals of this region include: deer, prairie dogs, mice, jack rabbits, skunks, coyotes, snakes, foxes, owls, badgers, blackbirds, grasshoppers, meadowlarks, sparrows, quails, and hawks. The flight is undulating. White below and on front. Sexes are similar. Dark bill is slightly decurved. Bristle-thighed Curlew: This large brown-streaked shorebird has a long decurved bill. Prefers to walk rather than fly. Eats bats, rodents, insects, frogs, small reptiles, and birds. Lark Sparrow: Medium sparrow with streaked, gray-brown upperparts and buff underparts with black breast spot. Feeds on buds, fruit, vegetables and seeds. Cackling Goose: This small to medium-sized goose has a mottled gray-brown body, black legs, tail, neck, head and face, with a white chin strap stretching from ear to ear and a white rump band. Female lacks black and is pale gray-brown overall with buff eyebrows. Swift direct flight with rapid wing beats. Pink-orange legs and feet. Long-billed Curlew: Very large sandpiper with brown mottled upperparts, buff-brown underparts with dark streaks and spots. By: AbdulRahman Al-Mana and Ebrahim Al-Muhannadi
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2. White-rumped Sandpiper: Small sandpiper, brown and black scaled upperparts, distinct white rump. Underparts white but strongly suffused with orange wash, heavily barred and streaked with dark brown. The wings have a green speculum and a pale blue shoulder patch visible in flight. Temperate grassland biome climate varies depending on the season. It feeds on insects, worms, small mollusks and crustaceans. The black mask and chin contrast with a heavy red bill. Flight is erratic with flopping wing beats. The eyes, bill and legs are orange. It has a brown crown and nape, buff to orange-brown face and cheeks and a buff throat with a thin black border. Bill is dull yellow and legs and feet are black. Northern Red Bishop: Small weaver finch with bright orange-red body and black belly. It has a swift direct flight, sometimes at great heights. Tail is gray with black edges and long black streamers. Swift direct flight with clipped wing beats. Curlew Sandpiper: This is a medium-sized sandpiper with mottled rufous, white and black upperparts. Yellow-orange eye combs. Mask is dark gray, throat is white and breast is gray. Wing and tail feathers are black edged with yellow; gray upper mandible and ivory lower mandible, pink-gray legs and feet. Upperwings are dark gray with pale gray patches. Fast flight on rapidly beating wings. Fast, direct flight. White belly and vent with black barring. Long-tailed Duck: This small duck has black upperparts, head, neck, breast and wings; brown mottled black back, white flanks, belly, under tail coverts. Yellow-brown feathered legs. Direct flight with rapid wing beats. Both sexes are similar in appearance. Sexes are similar. The bill has pale lower mandible with dark tip. Eats seeds, grains, berries, fruits, insects, caterpillars, spiders, snails, grubs and mollusks. Shiny Cowbird: Small blackbird with purple sheen on head, back, breast. Forages on ground. Eyes are bright yellow. The wings and tail are blue. Feeds on large insects, small rodents and birds. Baird's Sparrow: Small sparrow with pale-streaked, rich dark brown upperparts, white underparts, and dark streaks on upper breast and flanks. There are not many places for prey animals to hide from predators in grasslands. Legs are pink. One of the most nomadic territorial birds. Swift direct flight on rapid wing beats. Short flights low over vegetation, alternates rapid wing beats with wings pulled to sides. Rust-brown wings. Wings are black with white stripes. Rare visitor to Alaska. Black wings have two white bars and black tail coverts have bold white tips. Head and underparts are buff to cinnamon with white throat and vent. Agile fliers with an undulating flight pattern. White crescent below eye, black border to white-buff throat. Pale gray head has rufous crown divided by gray median stripe, red-brown eye-line, and black moustache stripe. Despite this unforgiving environment, there are many plants and animals that live in temperate grasslands. White-collared Seedeater: Small finch with short, thick, curved bill, yellow-gray overall with black head, wings, and round tail; the back is gray. Northern Wheatear: Small thrush (oenanthe), with gray upperparts, black wings, mask, and tail. Rufous-tailed Bush-Hen: Small to medium-sized, brown-gray rail with olive-brown back, wings, and tail, and a tan belly and vent. Formerly called Sky Lark, name was changed to Eurasian Skylark in 2016 by the American Ornithologist Union. Tail is gray with faint bars, dark terminal band, and white trailing edge. The head is richer brown and the bill is heavy and dark. Emperor Goose: This small goose has slate-gray plumage that is subtly barred in white and black. Wings are dark with conspicuous pale patches visible in flight. Java Sparrow: This largest member of the Estrildid family has gray upperparts and breast, brown-gray to pink belly, and white under tail coverts. Female has a brown cast in the black bands. Short flight, alternates several rapid wing beats with wings pulled to sides. Sexes are similar. Flight is low and fast. Mostly feeds on seeds. Sprague's Pipit: Medium pipit with streaked, brown upperparts, buff breast with dark streaks, and white throat and belly. Bill is gray. Greater Roadrunner: Large, ground-dwelling cuckoo with overall brown, white and buff streaked appearance. You may not see them, but if you listen closely you can hear many different bird calls. Tail is brown-black with white edges. Tail is pointed and white-edged. Diet consists mainly of seeds. Female very similar to male but has paler plumage. Bahama Swallow: Medium-sized swallow with dark blue-green upperparts and cap extending below eye, and steel-blue wings, white chin, throat and underparts, and deeply forked tail. Swift flight, alternates rapid wing beats with wings pulled to sides. Little Tern: Small white tern, black cap, white front. Feeds on marine invertebrates, insects, fish, fruits, seeds, carrion, refuse, eggs of seabirds. Flushes in a zigzag pattern. Feeds primarily on insects, sometimes small fish. Diet includes insects and worms. Juvenile is like female but has more scaling. Juvenile like winter adult but more black on wing and tail with black tip. Medium length bill, tail short with a square tip. Black tail with white corners. Cinnamon-brown underwings visible in flight. Often cocks tail upward. Side of neck, breast gray. It hides in dense thickets, where it forages on the ground looking for insects, spiders, and caterpillars. Rhinoceros Auklet: Medium-sized seabird with black upperparts, dark gray underparts, and white belly. Pale form has white underparts with brown breast band; intermediates between dark and light morphs occur. 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