Birds of the Field and Forest

Victoria Crowned Pigeon

Wandering the forest floor in New Guinea, the Victoria crowned pigeon finds figs, a favorite and other fruit and seeds to eat. Although a ground-dwelling species, this bird is capable of flying into the trees if disturbed. This pigeon is a threatened species partly due to the loss of habitat from logging.

Crested Wood Partridge

This gamebird is in the pheasant family and thrives in the lowland rainforests of southeast Asia where it uses its feet to find fruit, seeds and insects to eat. What is interesting about this species is that it feeds its young beak to beak. The youngsters of other members of this family begins pecking for […]

The Common Emerald Dove

This species calls the tropical and sub-tropical areas of southeast Asia rain forests home. It eats a variety of seeds and fruit supplemented by snails and insects. They are ground dwellers except when roosting for the night or when they are nesting. Despite being trapped for the pet trade due to their iridescent green color […]

A Fruit Eating Pigeon

In the forests, mangrove swamps and scrublands of Southeast Asia and on the northern coast of Australia, the pied imperial pigeon flourishes on the fruit of  tropical trees, shrubs and vines. It builds a stick nest In which it lays a single white egg. Although there were once hunted because they were thought to be […]

One of Our Largest Woodpeckers

And my favorite woodpecker is the large pileated woodpecker, a bird of mature forests. This crow sized bird is mostly black with a bright red crest. When I lived on Long Island New York, it was extremely rare there. Yet it is a common species just across the Long Island Sound in New England and […]

The Carolina Chickadee

When I moved from New York to Florida, I was a bit homesick. I found comfort in the chickadees that came to my backyard feeder. Up north the black-capped chickadee frequented our sunflower feeders. Here in Florida the Carolina chickadee, a bird that is almost identical, comes to our backyard feeders to eat sunflower seeds […]

A Surprise and Welcome Visitor!

  I always enjoy watching wild birds come to my backyard feeders. Regal cardinals, petite black-capped chickadees and tiny chipping sparrows are just some of the many birds that come to eat sunflower seeds, millet and safflower. Today, Anne shouts to me, excitedly, “What kind of bird is that? It’s beautiful!” I dart across the […]