Nebraska Birds

A fish-eating bald eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, can grow to a length of two- and-a-half feet and have a wingspread of seven-and-a-half feet.
  Stephen & Michele Vaughan

 A berry-eating cedar waxwing, Bombycilla cedrorum. Mark Dietz

All dressed up and ready for dinner, these hopeful sandhill cranes thrive on spilled grain. Mark Dietz

On their migratory journey south to Texas and Mexico, long-legged sandhill cranes rest at Rowe Sanctuary near Kearney.

Chinese Ring-neck

This is the pheasant that we are most familiar with. They did not exist in North America until they were introduced in the nineteenth century. Since then they have become well established all over the US and Canada. They are popular for hunting and are delicious eating. Cocks have beautiful plumage and there is a lot of variety in the colors of individual birds. Hens are a mottled brown.

Western Meadowlark
Sturnella neglecta

Nebraska State Bird

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