Florida Birds: Because of its unique geographic location and suitable tropical climate, Florida is home to some of the most astonishing birds ever discovered. Here, we list the top ten most spectacular Florida birds.
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- Florida Birds
- 1. Florida Scrub-Yay (Aphelocoma coerulescens)
- 2. Snail Kite (Rostrhamus sociabilis)
- 3. Limpkin (Aramus guarauna)
- 4. White Crowned Pigeon (Patagioenas leucocephala)
- 5. Short-Tailed Hawk (Buteo brachyurus)
- 6. Gray Kingbird (Tyrannus dominicensis)
- 7. Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
- 8. Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinicus)
- 9. Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
- 10. Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
1. Florida Scrub-Yay (Aphelocoma coerulescens)
- It is distinguished from other members of Aphelocoma and other jays due to the absence of its head crest.
- Males and females are physically alike with an overall plumage color of blue and grey, and only differ in size. Male Florida Scrub-jays are just slightly bigger than their female counterparts.
2. Snail Kite (Rostrhamus sociabilis)
- Regarding physical appearance, this bird is sometimes confused with the Slender Bill Kite due to their overall black plumage. However, one big difference between the two is the presence of white patches in the plumage of the former.
- The Snail Kite bird is also seen mostly foraging in forested environments.
3. Limpkin (Aramus guarauna)
- In terms of physical appearance, this bird has a heron-like stature with an overall plumage color of brown with white spots.
- The breeding behavior of this Florida bird still needs to be discovered since little literature has been written about it.
4. White Crowned Pigeon (Patagioenas leucocephala)
- This bird, despite being of a shy type, can be found in wet swamps and marshes. Sometimes it can also be seen in the high treetops and electricity wires.
- Scientists strongly believe that this bird is one of the fastest in the speed of flight. Although no actual quantitative data have been shown, this Florida bird is thought to be faster than the speed of motorboats.
5. Short-Tailed Hawk (Buteo brachyurus)
- One of the most distinguishing characteristics of this bird is its presence of light and dark plumage that changes in a sympatric manner. And unlike what its name suggests, this bird has a rather long tail about its body size.
- This Florida bird is considered one of the least studied birds in the U. S.
6. Gray Kingbird (Tyrannus dominicensis)
- Aside from Florida, these birds can also be found in places like Georgia and Mississippi.
- The Gray Kingbird is characterized by having a 9-inch body length and a slightly forked tail feather. Its upper body is slightly pale gray (hence the name) and has a dark mask in the eyes. Its underside is color yellow when it is young and becomes pure white upon reaching adulthood.
7. Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
- Northern Cardinals normally inhabit edges of woods and even the backyard of houses. This activity enables them to have free food given by the people themselves.
8. Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinicus)
- Aside from Florida, which is greatly distributed, this bird can also be found in Louisiana, Alabama, Texas, South Carolina, and Georgia. It likes to live in wet places like marshes and swamps with plenty of vegetation.
- Despite being unable to fly, the purple gallinule is excellent in wading in the water and can distribute its weight evenly and walk on lily pads.
9. Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
- Even from a distance, this bird is highly distinguishable due to its white head, tail, and a brown body. The bald eagle has yellow bills and feet.
- This bird is known for its ability to soar with its flat wings during the flight instead of just flapping its wings.
- The Bald eagle primarily feeds on smaller birds and fish (sometimes large ones), rodents, and carrion.
10. Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
- The Killdeer is a good swimmer. And although known to be a shorebird, the Killdeer is a common sight in open places like backyard gardens, parking lots, and athletic fields.
- This bird is characterized by having brown color on its upper feathers and white ones in its undersides.
Do you know the names of other bird species that can be found in Florida?