Smaller Open Country Birds - Page 1
Size - 10-12 inches long
Habitat - All habitats with the exception of marshes and dense forests.
Nesting - The nest is a flimsy platform of trigs and sticks, 5 to 25 feet above the ground in a tree or on a building ledge, rarely on the ground.
Eggs - 2, white. Incubation about 15 days, by both the female and male (female by day, male by night). Young leave the nest 15 days after hatching. At least 2 broods per year.
Food - Seeds and occasional insects.
Size - 11 to 14 inches long
Habitat - Rivers, lakes, ponds, and marshes.
Nesting - Eggs are laid on bare soil at the end of a 3 to 7 foot long tunnel, in a steep riverbank.
Eggs - 5 to 8, white. Incubation about 24 days, by both the female and male. Young leave the nest 33-38 days after hatching.
Food - Mainly small fish and tadpoles; also salamanders, frogs, and insects.
Vermilion Flycatcher M
Size - 5 to 6 inches long
Habitat - Woods and thickets alongside streams.
Nesting - The nest is a cup of stems, twigs, rootlets and grass set in the fork of a tree branch, 6-20 feet above the ground alongside a stream.
Eggs - 2 to 4, white, heavily spotted with lilac and brown. Incubation 14 days, by the female. Chicks leave the nest 14-16 days after hatching.
Food - Insects captured in flight.
Size - 5 to 7 inches long
Habitat - Near riverbank and ponds.
Nesting - The nest is a cup of moss and mud pellets to a support on a sheltered ledge under a bridge or on a building.
Eggs - 3 to 8, white, occasionally spotted with brown. Incubation 14 to 17 days, by the female. Young leave the nest 15-17 days after hatching.
Food - Spiders and insects.
Size - 7 1/2-8 inches long.
Habitat - Thorny desert brush, streamside thickets, and gardens.
Nesting - The nest is a small cup of twigs, bark, and grass, 5 to 15 feet above the ground in a mesquite or thorny shrub.
Eggs - 2 to 4, whitish or greenish spotted with brown. Incubation 14 days, by female. Young leave the nest 10 days after hatching.
Food - Fruit, seeds, and insects.