Ocean City Aves Passeriformes

Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Aves > Order: Passeriformes >

Ocean City Aves Passeriformes

The Ocean City Wildlife Project: Today and Tomorrow will document the Passeriformes in the Ocean City MD area, primarily, with a secondary focus on the Lower Shore and Southern Delaware areas.

Birds in the Order Passeriformes include more than half of all bird species.  A notable characteristic of birds that are Passeriformes is that they have 3 toes facing forward and 1 facing backwards, thus the name ‘perching birds’ is commonly used for them.

There are over 5,000 species in over 110 families, the first Passeriformes are believed to be from a time 55-60 million years ago, during the Paleogene, or the Late Paleocene eras.

Learn more about Passeriformes: Wikipedia | The Wild Classroom | All About Birds | National Geographic

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Family: Fringillidae > Genus: Haemorhous
> Species: House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)

The House Finch is a finch that is found in North America and in the state of Hawaii.  Its wingspan is 7.9 to 9.8 in (20 to 25 cm) and weigh 0.56 to 0.95 oz (16 to 27 g),  the males are mostly brown with a reddish face, neck and upper chest, whereas the females have brown upper parts and brown streaked underparts.

Photographer: Robert J Banach | Date: 06/2015 | Location: Around Ocean City, MD

House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) | Ocean City Aves Passeriformes

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Family: Fringillidae > Genus: Spinus
> Species: American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)

The American Goldfinch, a member of the finch family, is a North American bird that ranges from Canada to Mexico depending on the season.  It is the only finch in its subfamily that completely molts (sheds all of its feathers).  The male is a distinctive bright yellow during its mating season, and an olive yellow the rest of the year.  The female is a yellow brown and only brightens slightly during the summer mating season.

Photographer: Robert J Banach | Date: 06/22/2015 | Location: Gorman Park, Ocean City, MD

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) | Ocean City Aves Passeriformes

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Family: Hirundinidae > Genus: Hirundo
 > Species: Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

The Barn Swallow can be found in more parts of the world than any other bird.  They are distinctive in their blue coloring, orange neck and white underside, they have a wingspan of around 12 1/2  to 13 1/2 inches and weigh less than 1 pound.

Photographer: Robert J Banach | Date: 07/11/2015 | Location: Off 73rd St., Ocean City, MD

Barn Swallows (Hirundo rustica) | Ocean City Aves Passeriformes

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Family: Mimidae > Genus: Toxostoma >
 > Species: Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)

The Brown Thrasher, the state bird of Georgia, is predominately a North American bird, one that lives primarily east of the Rockies.  It has a brown upper body, white streaked underbody, and is a bird that is known to have over a 1,000 song types, the most of any bird.

Photographer: Robert J Banach | Date: 06/18/2015 | Location: 136th St., Ocean City, MD

Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum) | Ocean City Aves Passeriformes

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