A list of birds from all around the globe with one thing in common can be found below, from upland sandpipers to unicolored blackbirds. The letter U is used to start each of these birds.
Let’s take a closer look at these magnificent birds!
BIRDS THAT START WITH THE LETTER U
1. UPLAND SANDPIPER
Scientific name: Bartramia longicauda
Canada, the United States, northern Argentina, and Paraguay are all home to upland sandpipers. Fence posts and small plants are common places for distinct sandpippers to perched.
The heads of these sandpipers are tiny, the necks are lengthy, the eyes are huge, and the beak is yellow with a black tip. In flight, these birds have a unusual appearance due to their long tail and fluttering wings. A peep is the name for a juvenile sandpiper.
2. UDZUNGWA PARTRIDGE
Scientific name: Xenoperdix udzungwensis
This is a rare partridge that may be found in the woodlands of Tanzania’s central highlands. The Udzungwa partridge has a black scallop on its bill and a brown barred back, with gray underparts.
The Udzungwa Mountains National Park in Tanzania is home to this bird, which was first discovered in 1991. In steep regions with bamboo, look for them.
3. ULTRAMARINE GROSBEAK
Scientific name: Cyanoloxia brissonii
Lives in: southeastern South America
The ultramarine grosbeak, a South American species, is a stunning dark blue bird. The male has a dark patch around the eyes and lighter shoulders and eyebrows. The majority of the male is deep cobalt. Rich reddish-brown females are the color of choice.
In woodlands with scrubby vegetation, near water, they are commonly found in pairs. While foraging, it likes to lurk in thickets. The color of their bodies inspired the term ultramarine.
4. UNICOLORED JAY
Scientific name: Aphelocoma unicolor
Central America and Southeastern Mexico are home to the unicolored jay. Highland evergreen and pine-evergreen woods are both home to them.
These jays are typically found in packs, and like most jays, they eat alongside woodcreepers and orioles in mixed-species feeding flocks.
Aphelocoma is a Latinized version of Ancient Greek that means “soft hair.”
5. UNIFORM TREEHUNTER
Scientific name: Thripadectes ignobilis
The uniform treehunter lives in the west Andes’ lower subtropical zone, where it can be found in Colombia and Ecuador. The bird is a simple dark brown color with streaks on the neck and a little eyebrow. Individuals and couples move in mixed-species flocks in the understory, and they are difficult to locate due to their camouflage.
6. URAL OWL
Scientific name: Strix Uralensis
The Ural Mountains in Russia inspired the name of the Ural owl. Russia, Scandinavia, Central Europe, and Eastern Europe are all home to these owls. There are at least 15 subspecies recognized. Ural Owls have a long, wedge-tipped tail and huge facial discs.
The most frequent species have grayish upper and lower bodies with white underparts, despite their colors varying. Females are bigger than males, which is a type of reverse dimorphism.
7. UPLAND GOOSE
Scientific name: Chloephaga Picta
Upland Geese are mostly found in grasslands, highland scrub, pastures, and agricultural land in South America. They are also known as the Magellan Goose. The plumage of the adults exhibits substantial sexual dimorphisms between females and males.
The bills and irises of both sexes are black, while their feet and legs differ. Hundreds of upland geese may be seen eating together.
8. ULTRAMARINE FLYCATCHER
Scientific name: Ficedula Superciliaris
The Old World Flycatcher family includes Ultramarine Flycatchers. Ultramarine Flycatchers are somewhat akin to sparrows when it comes to size. The most exquisite blue head, back, wings, and tail of the male Ultramarine Flycatchers are tinted with blue streaks towards their sides.
They have two eyebrows-like white lines. The sexes of Ultrramarine Flycatchers are different. The physical look of females, on the other hand, remains unknown.
9. UNICOLORED BLACKBIRD
Scientific name: Agelasticus Cyanopus
These birds are found in South American wetlands and grasslands, and belong to the icterid family. They are a permanent species that breeds throughout the year and is found across their breeding grounds.
Omnivores include Unicolored Blackbirds. They hunt insects and earthworms in addition to eating fruit. It constantly stays in the water and eats floating plants as well as reeds.
10. UNSPOTTED SAW-WHET OWL
Scientific name: Aegolius ridgwayi.
These birds prefer to live in open mountains within their limited range, and they are not migratory. Just a little region of Central America and southern Mexico is home to them.
The body of an Unspotted Saw-whet Owl is small and spherical, with large wings and a short tail. Adults have white wing markings and are dark brown on their heads and upper body.
A collection of owls is sometimes known as a “parliament,” which is a fun fact.
11. ULTRAMARINE LORIKEET
Scientific name: Vini Ultramarina
Parrot species Ultramarine Lorikeets On the tropical Marquesas Islands, they are limited to a few members. The green plumage of Ultramere Lorikeets is complemented by a black crown and white underparts, with the exception of their heads.
Because of the unique sound they create, Marquesas Islanders refer to them as “Pihiti” or “Pihitikua.”
12. UPLAND BUZZARD
Scientific name: Buteo Hemilasius
The Upland Buzzards are thought to be an Asian Raptor species because of their size as the biggest species in the Buteo genus. Many birdwatchers fear for the seclusion of these birds, believing their species to be in jeopardy. To maintain food stocks from depleting due to snow, Upland Buzzards migrate but only go a short distance.
They have a large habitat range, but they are seldom seen. According to the IUCN, their population is not endangered and is classified as a Least Concern species. They seem to be excellent at hiding!
13. UNICOLORED TAPACULO
Scientific name: Scytalopus Unicolor
The Unicolored Tapaculos are South American passerine birds that originated in Peru and belong to the Tapaculo family. Peru, for example.
The Blackish and the Trilling Tapaculos were formerly thought to be subspecies of these birds, according to popular belief. They are currently considered to be distinct species, though. Tapaculos are little birds that measure less than 4 inches in length.
14. UPCHER’S WARBLER
Scientific name: Hippolais Languida
Many Upcher’s Warblers were seen during the spring patch while birding, with a five-bird daily average. The scrub and bushes around spray fields are where they’re most often seen.
Upcher’s Warbler has a large, full tail that darkens towards the outer margins. The tail is fanned and moves in a sluggish swinging gesture that is frequently sideways and downwards. This species was named after Henry Morris Upcher, one of Henry Baker Tristam’s closest friends.
15. URICH’S TYRANNULET
Scientific name: Phyllomyias Urichi
The Urich’s Tyrannulet is just one of at least 438 species of tyrant flycatchers. On top, they are small birds with olive-green or brown-gray feathers, while their underbelly is lighter hues like pale light yellow and beige. Dragonflies, bees, and bigger insects are among the foods they enjoy.
Because of their ferocious nature and the ability to chase away invading birds three times their size if they come close enough to their nests, these ‘tyrant flycatchers’ are called this. Only a little population of Urich’s Tyrannulet lives in northern Venezuela, and it is endangered.