The Most Fascinating Birds Starting With U

It’s never a bad idea to learn more about the wide variety of birds that populate the planet especially since there are so many, yet we can usually find it hard to learn how to identify them and what they actually do to benefit us and the ecosystem.

Unicolored Jay

An effective way of doing this is rather than heavily researching a specific subset or family of birds.

It can be more fun to find out about a mixture of birds all at once to get some interesting facts and information about a wide range who can differ from each other quite a lot in terms of how they look, act and where they reside.

One way of learning more is compiling birds in terms of their names. We have taken this approach below where we have collected information on a wide range of birds beginning with the letter U to provide some fun facts and general information on several types all at once. 

In order to learn more about a wide range of birds all at once, below we have compiled some general information about some of the most intriguing birds beginning with the letter U so you will have some fun facts to share with friends and family when you see them next. 

Ultramarine Flycatcher

Ultramarine Flycatcher

These beautiful looking birds are instantly recognisable by their electric blue coating and snowy white underbelly.

There are slight variations in the appearance depending on the regional variation too, ‘Western’ males have a short white eyebrow while ‘Eastern’ females possess a faint rusty patch on their forehead.

They interestingly rarely let off complex whistles and chatters, instead they prefer to let out a call which is usually described as a more dry trilling chatter which can sometimes be preceded by a short whistle.

They have quite an interesting stature because while they are fairly small, being even smaller than a sparrow, they actually do have a stocky build.

They will primarily feed on insects and keep largely to low trees and bushes where they will feed among the foliage canopy, not venturing too much into the open. 

Udzungwa Partridge 

This bird was actually discovered very recently in 1991 after a man noticed a pair of peculiar looking feet in a cooking pot while in a Tanzanian forest camp.

Part of the reason they were so hard to actually find and research is because they almost exclusively reside in the forests of the Udzungwa mountains in Tanzania, however it is also because there are actually not many of them in the wild at all.

They are officially classed as endangered and considered to be facing a very high risk of extinction in the world which has made them a top priority for quite a few bird and animal conservation projects.

They are a fairly small bird being quite hard to spot at only 290mm long and have a boldly barred brown partridge with a rufous face and an olive brown crown. In addition, they also have a red bill, brown iris and yellow legs making them a small but very colorful bird.

Unicolored Jay

This unicolored deep blue jay resides mostly in highland evergreen and pine evergreen forests dotted around South America.

Rather than being lonely predators, they are more often than not found in groups and often associate with mixed-species feeding flocks that can include wood creepers and other jay species. 

These birds prefer to remain high in the canopy, only rarely coming down when it’s time to feed on the ground. They are not only very colorful with their smooth dark blue texture, the unicolored jay is also known for its very long tail, heavy bill and crestless body. 

Because of how widespread they are across the South American region, unicolored jays are actually separated into a few subspecies depending on where they like to reside.

For example the unicolored jay (concolor) is mostly found in the high mountains of Southern Mexico while the (guerrerense) is more so found in Western Mexico. 

Upland Goose

Upland Goose

The upland goose is also sometimes referred to as the Magellan Goose and is mostly found in open grasslands in South America. They are actually a member of the Anatidae family along with other ducks and geese and are actually fairly big being 700 mm long on average.

Both sexes can actually have quite different appearances, while the males have a white head and breast with a dark gray running down their backs, the females are almost completely brown with black-striped wings and yellow feet. 

The upland goose will feed in abundance on short grasslands and while it prefers short grass for grazing purposes, it does still favor quite dense growth for nesting.

They will usually lay between 5 to 8 eggs in the winter months from September to October where the chicks will leave the nest very soon after they hatch.

There is actually a very unique variant of the Upland Goose located in the Falkland Islands which scientists have analyzed is diverging in an evolutionary sense from its cousins the Magellan Goose, specifically in eating habits and appearance.

Ural Owl

Ural Owl

Smaller than the Gray Owl but much bigger than the Tawny Owl, the Ural Owl is set apart by possessing a dark brown streak on its back that also covers the back of its head and underparts.

It has a round head covered with buffish-gray facial discs, an orange yellow bill and small black beady eyes. 

They are similar to a common buzzard in the sense that their flight is very direct and purposeful rather than just gliding around for the sake of it. 

Just like other kinds of owls, the Ural Owl is mostly active at night with peaks at dusk and just before dawn. They will often roost during the day close to a tree trunk or a dense foliage.

Unlike a lot of owls they are actually not very shy and can be approached fairly easily without them taking off in an instant.

Summary

With such a wide variety of birds to learn about, it can be a great idea to categorize birds in ways such as this to  bring together a large mixture of animals from different families and groups to get as much information on as many of these wonderful creatures as possible.

Finally, checkout the entire series of birds that start with or begin with the letter: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z.

Olivia Kepner