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Local Birds
Birds found in Vernon Hills and their calls.

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Blackbird (click to zoom)
Blackbird
Diverse and widespread. Makes gak sounds and some high squeeks. Very common in Vernon Hills.

Cardinal (click to zoom)
Cardinal
Male Cardinal is recognized by bright red color. Sings sweeping tones. Not uncommon in Vernon Hills.

Crow (click to zoom)
Crow
Common Crow is adaptive and intelligent. Recognizable caws. Rare in Vernon Hills.

Dove (click to zoom)
Dove
Mourning dove makes a cooing sound and squeeks in flight. Somewhat common in Vernon Hills.

Duck (click to zoom)
Duck
Mallards feed in ponds and marshes. Male is more colorful. Very common in Vernon Hills.

Finch (click to zoom)
Finch
Finches are small, some species brightly colored. Complex and energetic singers. Rare in Vernon Hills.

Goose (click to zoom)
Goose
Canadian Goose is easily recognized by black head and white cheeks. Extremely common in Vernon Hills.

Gull (click to zoom)
Gull
Common Gulls break shellfish by dropping them on hard surfaces. Somewhat common in Vernon Hills.

Heron (click to zoom)
Heron
Great Blue Heron is a large wading bird. Rare in Vernon Hills.

Oriole (click to zoom)
Oriole
Complex songs with much individual variation. Some pass through Vernon Hills.

Pigeon (click to zoom)
Pigeon
More properly a rock dove, Pigeons are common urban pest. Rare in Vernon Hills.

Robin (click to zoom)
Robin
Robin (redbreast) eats earthworms and insects. Sings in three tone words. Very common in Vernon Hills.

Sparrow (click to zoom)
Sparrow
Sparrows are small, perching, dull colored, omnivorous but mostly eat ground seeds. Energetic individualized songs with warbles and trills. Very common in Vernon Hills.

Swallow (click to zoom)
Swallow
Swallows are small, insectivores, agile fliers, with distinctive tails, simple chirps, and several distinct sub-species. Common in migratory flocks in Vernon Hills.

Mockingbird (click to zoom)
Mockingbird
Slim and long tailed with white patches on wings and tail, eats insects, berries and seeds. Imitates songs of other birds. Occasionally seen in Vernon Hills.