Florida Birds: Because of its unique geographic location and suitable tropical climate, the state of Florida is home to some of the most awesome 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 member 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 terms of size. Male Florida Scrub-jays are just slightly bigger than their female counterparts.
2. Snail Kite (Rostrhamus sociabilis)
- In terms of physical appearance, this bird is sometimes confused with the Slender Bill Kite due to their overall black plumage. However, one good 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 is characterized by having a heron-like stature with an overall plumage color of brown with white spots.
- The breeding behavior of this Florida bird is still unknown since little literature has been written about it.
4. White Crowned Pigeon (Patagioenas leucocephala)
- This bird, despite being that of a shy type, can be found in wet swamps and marshes. Sometimes it can also be seen in the high treetops and even electricity wires.
- Scientists strongly believe that this bird is one of the fastest in terms of speed of flight. Although no actual quantitative data have been shown, it is thought that this Florida bird is faster than the speed of motorboats.
5. Short-Tailed Hawk (Buteo brachyurus)
- One of the most distinguishing characteristic 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 that is about the size of its body.
- This Florida bird is considered as 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 Mississipi.
- 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 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 backyard of houses. This activity enables them to have free food given by the people themselves.
8. Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinicus)
- Aside from Florida, where it is greatly distributed, this bird can also be found in Louisiana, Alabama, Texas, South Carolina, and Georgia. Basically, it likes to live in wet places like marshes and swamps that have plenty of vegetation.
- Despite being unable to fly, the purple gallinule is excellent in wading in water and has the ability to distribute evenly its weight and walk on lily pads.
9. Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
- Even from a distance, this bird is highly distinguishable due to its white head and tail, and brown body. The bald eagle has yellow bill and feet.
- This bird is known for its ability to soar with its wings laid flat during 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?
- All images are from Wikimedia under the creative commons license.
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