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Celebrate National Bird Day with Austin’s Most Recognizable Flying Friends

January 5th is National Bird Day so step outside and see if you can spot some of most common and unique birds which add beauty and song all around Austin and the Hill Country:

 

Red-Bellied Woodpecker

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These birds can stick their tongues out almost two inches past their beak. A barb on the end of their tongue, along with some sticky spit, allows them to catch prey in deep crevices.

 

Barn Owl

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There are 46 different types of Barn Owls in the world, and the Barn Owl found in Austin is known to be the largest.

 

White-Winged Dove

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The White-Winged Dove grew in popularity in the 80s when Stevie Nicks released her song, “Edge of Seventeen,” which topped the Billboard charts.

 

Northern Mockingbird

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The Northern Mockingbird is known for it’s lovely choruses which can be heard day and night. In fact, they are even more prone to nocturnal singing during a full moon.

 

Blue Jay

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You may see Blue Jays with an acorn wedged in their beaks. Their fancy for acorns is attributed to helping spread oak trees after the last glacial period.

 

Northern Cardinal

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While most birds molt in the winter and lose their luster, Cardinals do not molt and thus hold their beauty and can be spotted amidst the gray skies and snow.

 

Bewick’s Wren

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This bird is known for its noisy habits. It has many sounds and can be seen hopping around while constantly chirping and signing.

 

Carolina Chickadee

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These birds petite have been known to partner with the same mate for several years.

 

Monk Parakeet

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Although not native to Austin, you may spot a group of wild monk parakeets on your bird feeder or flocking between fields and electrical wires. No one is quite sure how they got here. It’s possible they were domesticated pets that escaped or were released into the wild. Their ability to adapt to new climates enabled them to spread as far north as New York and even Canada!

 

Red-Tailed Hawk

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The Red-Tailed Hawk is one of the larger birds in North America, weighing in at about 3 pounds. You may have seen them frequently perked on the light posts above Mopac, looking for their next meal.

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