You’ll only find us in Florida during spring and fall migration. These long-legged wonders are my favorites. Ask the doves to move over for me. The American white ibis is most common in Florida, where over 30,000 have been counted in a single breeding colony. The female is a little smaller than the male. I’m another one of the birds that visits Florida during the winter. Look for my yellow patches on my stomach to identify me. Don’t be surprised if it takes you a few minutes to get your camera or binoculars focused on me! I’m a darker blue than an Eastern Bluebird, and I have a dark brown bar on my wing. But what kinds of birds are those creatures squawking, soaring and diving along the beaches and shorelines of the Sunshine State? Bald Cypress 7. I only visit Florida during the wintertime. I’m one of the many warblers that passes through the Sunshine State during spring and fall migration. Look for my bluish beak with black tip, or for the white crown of my head. I’m not the most elegant flier, but I’m fun to watch when I go fishing. My calls are interspersed with little ‘mieu’ sounds. If you see me, take a picture quick, because I can be hard to find! I’m a tiny grey bird and I almost never sit still. I’m named for the green on my wings, but I’m most easily distinguished by my brown head with green stripe. You can find America’s symbol of freedom throughout Florida, especially in the wintertime. I’m a fun bird of Florida’s beaches. I arrive around the middle of November and stay till around Mother’s Day. I’m a large gull with a red dot on my beak. Upper breast, head, neck are heavily streaked. I’m a big fusser – you’ll be amazed when you realize that such a tiny little bird is making such a big racket. Look for my white eyering and black eye stripe. If you encounter a bird that appears to be injured, do not try to rescue it yourself. This bird's bright yellow feet can tell you it's a Snowy Egret, not a Great Egret. I visit Florida during the winter, and I’m considered a “good find” by birders. I live in Florida all year round, but you’re most likely to find me in the winter, when the vegetation dies back. If you only see one of us, then listen to our calls to distinguish us. We have four wrens species that are commonly found in Central Florida , and with a little bit of practice, they can easily be distinguished from each other by looking at their eye stripe and a couple other field marks. I visit Florida in the wintertime, arriving around the first of October. American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) -- State Threatened The American Oystercatcher is one of the largest and most striking birds seen along Florida’s shores, with brown and white plumage, pink legs, thick orange bill, and yellow eyes with bright orange eye-ring. a hurricane bird?) The Common Tern is the most widespread tern in North America, spending its winters as far south as Argentina and Chile. Some people say my call sounds like a squeaky wheel. I’m a common owl in Florida, best found at night when I am out hunting. Don’t mistake me for a mockingbird, who has similar coloring. I’m in Florida year-round, but I’m much easier to find in winter, when my northern buddies come to visit. I’m supposed to symbolize springtime, but I’m only in Florida during the winters. Look for me diving for fish in the ocean. So if you see a blue-and-white bird, you’ll know it’s me! You may need to push the point through the skin and cut off the barb before you can extract the hook. I’m one of the largest sparrows that visits Florida in the wintertime. I’m a brightly colored little guy who likes the tops of tall trees. I’m a wintertime visitor with a happy ‘chip’ call note (you might confuse my call with a cardinal’s). I’m a quiet little shorebird that you’ll find on the beaches. If you’re lucky, you might find me mixed in with a flock of Hooded Mergansers. Graceful and acrobatic, gulls are hardly cautious around humans. My yellow coloring is very striking and distinguishes me from other birds. The smallest tern is named, appropriately, the Least tern. I visit Florida in the wintertime. I hang out near fresh water, too, and your best bet to find me is to watch for me to fly by. I’m a small bird that arrives in Florida during the winter. Find me around lakes and marshy areas. My dark streaks are different than other wrens. Yes, it's fun, but it makes them aggressive and dependent on humans for food. I like to go fishing, and I will stalk my food for hours. There’s a tiny endangered population of the Florida subspecies of Grasshopper sparrow. It is now mainly confined to northwest Florida. If you put out a bluebird house, I might choose to nest in it. If you see me in your yard, it probably means that you have lots of songbirds. I’m a raptor who looks like a vulture, but I’m really a falcon. My bright yellow stomach and yellow “spectacles” make me easy to distinguish from other small birds that flit high over your head. Watch for me to hawk dragonflies in mid-air! They may eventually enjoy the challenge of ageing these birds, and distinguishing them from white-morph Reddish Egrets and immature Little Blue Herons. Please check out my Youtube Channel for my BIRDING VIDEOS. Treecreepers are small woodland birds, brown above and white below. I’m a very common bird of marshes and swamps. Most fishing piers have posted instructions for dealing with hooked birds. People remark that our males have pretty green patches on our wings, but don’t confuse us with our cousins the Green-winged Teals. The eggs must also be shaded by an adult or the sun may overheat them. I’m a secretive bird of marshy areas. I used to be known as the Common Moorhen, as I’m a small hen of swampy areas. You might find me in your own backyard if you have a pond nearby. If you have fruit trees (orange, mulberry, etc. Ground feeders, please! They can contact local bird rescue volunteers, who are trained to capture and transport injured or sick seabirds. I’m a rare visitor to Florida in the wintertime. I’m a common bird in Florida’s cow pastures. Look for me on big ponds with flocks of other ducks. But a few of us show up regularly in Florida, often at the same time each year. Our bigger birds have longer calls. I’m endangered and I love horseshoe crabs. You guessed it, they named us for our yellow legs! My favorite food is fish, and don’t be surprised when you see my do a dive-bomb to catch my dinner. My bright red head distinguishes me from other woodpeckers. But when I pass through, I might be in my non-breeding plumage, which is a drab brown. While I’m not as brightly colored as my orange male counterpart, my yellow feathers should help you easily identify me. Terns look a lot like gulls – gray above, white below – but they are a separate species. My call sounds like my name — ‘chick-a-dee-dee-dee.’. I’m yet another bird that visits Florida during the wintertime. Sycamores 2. My bright red spot is hard to mistake, even when I stay high in the trees. They all tend to intermingle. You might think I look similar to my cousins the Piping Plover and Snowy Plover. Don’t confuse with with my cousin the Black-and-white Warbler. Enjoy me while you can because I don’t stay in the state for long! My cheeks don’t have the rosy hues of my cousin the Swainson’s Thrush, so they call me Gray-cheeked. We’re pretty and petite. Look for my bright black cap and stripe by my eye. Adults are generally grey on top with a white belly. I pass through Florida during spring and fall migration. Unfortunately, natural selection is an important part of our birdie ecosystem. I run little birds away from the feeder in order to get more food for myself. We appear to be very joyful as we bob for our food! I’m a rare bird in Florida. The White-eyed Vireo is a small songbird found in the southeastern United States, including New Jersey, northern Missouri, Texas, Florida, eastern Mexico, northern Central America, Cuba and the Bahamas. Most of us are white, but some of us are bluish in color, and we’re called blue morphs. I like to hide. Don’t confuse me with an Anhinga – my beak looks a lot different! The content for this web site has been provided both by professional travel writers and by individual consumers. I also have black markings that distinguish me from the eagle. Birders consider me a “good find” during spring and fall migration. My call sounds like ‘Jay, Jay!’ and it sometimes makes little birds mistake me for a hawk. I’m a little brown shorebird with a really long beak. Bird Identification | Identify Florida Birds | Florida Hikes! I’m pretty much the most common gull that you’ll find on Florida’s beaches. We winter in Florida and we love to dive. When humans approach, shorebirds will often run away rather than take flight. Unlike a Tree Swallow, I have brown on my chin and underside. VISIT FLORIDA® is the Official Florida Tourism Industry Marketing Corporation. During the winter, you’ll see my black and white colors more than my yellow accents. I’m one of the more common white birds that you’ll see in Florida’s marshes. One of the larger Florida shorebirds is the willet. They will not hesitate to swoop down and take a potato chip right out of your hand. I’m the white-colored morph of my cousin the Reddish Egret. If you feed me, I will come! I’m a small hawk that may visit your backyard as I keep an eye on the birds at your feeder. My everyday feathers are white and boring, but in my breeding plumage, I’m much fancier. Watch me when I catch a fish. I’m a common bird of Florida’s grasslands during the summer months. Then I tend to disappear as I take care of my babies and hunt for my insects. Look for me in the treetops during spring migration. I live year-round in Central and Northern Florida. I’m easy to miss on the beach because I blend right into the sand. You might mistake me for a Great Egret, unless you see my pinkish bill or my “drunken sailor” fishing technique. If you see my flying with my tail spread, you’ll understand why they call me scissor-tailed. In Florida, many of our seabirds are migratory and can be seen in greater abundance during fall and winter migration. Don’t confuse me with a Cattle Egret – look at my beak! In fact, many beautiful and unusual birds are eager to visit feeders in the winter because of scarce food supplies. My song is very cheerful and my buddies and I fuss a lot as we fight over the seed at your feeders. You can distinguish me from other little birds because I bob my tail up and down a lot. Look for my petite beak, orange legs, and black cap (at least in the springtime, when I’m in my breeding plumage). I’m a popular bird among bird-watchers because of my bright colors. I hang around ponds and lakes. The only bird with a breeding range confined to Texas. Our nests are huge, deep enough that we can hunker down with our babies to protect them. You’ll see willets in small flocks, alone or in pairs. You can distinguish me from other sandpipers because of my yellow legs. Great blue heron – Large, blue-gray heron, mostly white head, yellow bill. I’m pretty easy to find at Fort De Soto park. Cover the bird's eyes with a light towel, cloth or shirt to help calm the bird, then gently remove the hook. My babies are much cuter than I am. Images and content © 2002-2020, Jessica D. Yarnell. We often like to stay out in the middle of the lakes, where we’re hardest to photograph! If you’re lucky, I will visit your backyard in the wintertime, when I migrate to Florida. Learn to discern your terns from your gulls with this helpful beach bird guide: You're sure to see an abundance of gulls on Florida's beaches. As my name suggests, I’m found in snowy places…which means I’m a rare sighting in Florida! Keep an eye out for me on telephone wires. If in doubt, alert the authorities mentioned above. I like to hop around in the shrubs, where I blend right in. I’ve been known to sample the bird seed at Lowe’s before you buy it. I’m found more readily during spring migration, but some of us do stick around for summer in Florida. Our males have bright red throats, but if you see me from the side, you’ll think my throat is black. My bright blue colors are hard to miss! It is a white bird adorned with buff plumes in the breeding season. I am one of the most likely piggies, I mean, birdies, that you will see in your backyard. You’ll often see me standing still, stalking my food. If you look at my tail, it comes to a sharp point, hence my name “pin-tail.” Our males have a distinctive brown head, and our females are mottled brown. You can see the blue on our wings very well in flight. I can be kind of a pest. If you see a flock of marsh birds or shorebirds suddenly spook and take flight, there’s a good chance I’m around. In between is the Forster's tern, which dons a black cap and orange-red bill. Click on the buttons to filter the birds by color, location, and time of year that they are in Central Florida. I’m a secretive bird of salt water marshes. Great egret – White with yellow bill, black legs and feet. I’m fairly rare in Florida, but there’s a big group of us that live at Lake Apopka. But we’re still pretty in our own right! I’m a small gray bird that hangs out in the treetops. Although if you don’t have mature trees in your area, don’t be surprised if I’m not around much. But please make sure the House Sparrows don’t take over the nesting box — they will knock my eggs out! Yep, I’m yet another duck that visits Florida in the wintertime! Juvenile birds have a white head. I like low-lying freshwater areas. Tempt me to your yard by offering mealworms and a nesting box. They scatter, leaving more food for me! I’m bigger than a Least Tern and smaller than a Royal Tern. Sanderlings, dowitchers and willets are shorebirds. Like most warblers, you’ll only find me in Florida during spring and fall migration. My elegant long neck distinguishes me from other birds. Don’t try to get too close. My name comes from the fact that I ‘thrash’ around in the brush when I’m hunting for food. Look for my bright yellow eye. I tend to stay in the mid-west, like in Texas and Mexico. Around here, winter birds include: black-capped chickadees, slate-colored juncos, white-breasted nuthatches (and the occasional red-breasted nuthatch), cedar waxwings, downy woodpeckers (and the occasional red-bellied woodpecker), blue jays, starlings, cardinals, and sometimes a … My name comes from my habit of turning over rocks and stones to find my food. A common winter birding misconception is that there are few birds to enjoy during the coldest months. But if you’ll plant some hummingbird-friendly plants in your yard (especially red flowers), then I will come and visit. Listen to our wings beat as we fly overhead – the noise is pretty impressive. Their large bill has a pouch to help them hold fish. Don’t worry, you won’t go cuckoo by spending too much time with me. If you see our cousins the Ruby-throated hummingbirds in your yard, watch them for flashes of brown and you might realize that one of us is in their flock! I’m even more secretive than my cousin the American Bittern. Look for me along the coasts during the wintertime. Blue bill with black tip. You can find me all year round. They're about 46-56 cm tall and their wingspan is about 88-96 cm. I’ll gladly eat suet and seed cakes if you’ll offer them to me. I’m not too afraid of people, but that doesn’t mean you should try to feed me. I come to roost in Florida’s marshy areas in the wintertime. Look for me at places like Viera Wetlands or Lake Apopka. Many of Florida's shorebirds, egrets and herons are even active after dark and can be seen on the beach during a full moon. Look for my red eyes high in the treetops! Listen to Dr. Hardy’s introduction. Trust me, you’ll hear me! My face is featherless so that bacteria doesn’t build up on me. It has a yellow bill, black cap and white forehead. Reproduction in whole or in part is prohibited without the written permission of the publisher. I like to get up high and then sing my heart out! I’m a tiny shorebird of Florida’s beaches. Like other flycatchers, I like to perch high on a treetop or powerline to look for insects. Others think my flying chatter sounds like ‘Look out below! My habitat is limited to Central Florida, and there aren’t very many of us. I’m a woodpecker that likes to drink sap from your tree bark. Their bills are narrow but strongly hooked. I also have a distinctive loud call that you’ll likely hear long before you see me. Try to photograph me with a fish in my mouth! I visit Florida in the wintertime. My breeding plumage includes a cool red pouch under my chin. You can find me along the beaches and some of Florida’s lakes during the summer. They have a long, thin bill and are usually gray or light brown in color, depending on the time of year. My name is very fitting for me – I use my spoon-shaped beak to fish for my food in the water. I’m a year-round Florida resident, although you might notice me more in the wintertime, when my northern friends are visiting the Sunshine State. My head is actually more brown than red, but if the sun shines on me, you’ll understand my name. My favorite food is wild berries. I’m very similar to my cousin the Greater Scaup, who prefers the ocean water and lacks the small bump on the back of my head. Laughing gulls, so named because their call sounds like a laugh, are easily identified by their black head and red bill. I run along in front of the waves, grabbing my food from the sand. I show up during the wintertime. If you’re lucky, you’ll see me more in the Publix parking lot than in your backyard. I nest high in the treetops and my babies look like cute downy balls until they fledge. Instead of eating your seed at feeders, I prefer to find my own insects, thank you very much. Don’t expect me to sit still for long, because I like to move around! Don’t confuse me with my brother, the Turkey Vulture, who has a red face. Tail is white with a black triangular tip visible in flight. I live in Canada during the summer and come to Florida in the winter. Learn more in our Cookie Notice and our Privacy Policy. If you find me in late summer or early spring, you might find that my head and neck are pink, which is my breeding plumage. I’m a secretive little bird who comes to Florida in the wintertime. Watch me for a while and you might see me catch a crab! My black and white head is distinctive – it’s hard to miss me! !’ I’m a common visitor to your bird feeders, but I have a hard time landing on them. Often you’ll scare me away before you see me. In Central Florida I’m not as common as the Mourning Doves. I’m as white as the sand, and I’m super fast. They eventually migrated to Australia and parts of Southeastern America. I’m the thrush with the darkest spots on my tummy. Look for me along the beach. Look for me in retention ponds, where I dive for my food. You’ll find me sunning myself on the water. I’m a menace that lives in Florida year-round. I fly to Florida in the spring, raise my young, then return to South America for the winter. I live in Florida year-round. Some people mistakenly think I’m an owl when they hear my mournful coo. Look for my distinctive forked tail. Beaches and birds: they're a natural pairing. I dwell in the reeds of bullrushes, using my big feet to keep my balance as I walk along the branches. Look for my well-known red tummy. I’m similar in size to an American Kestrel. Take my picture quickly before I dart away! I’m the large and slightly obnoxious bird that you’ll see foraging around Florida. I’m a little gray and white bird that visits Florida in the wintertime. Head has black crown, forehead, nape and throat, bright yellow face, and black eye-line. Mornings and evenings are particularly good times to watch birds, since they are most active during those times. Herring gulls are much larger, with a white head. I’m one of the many ducks that visit Florida in the wintertime. I come to Florida during the wintertime. Golden-cheeked Warbler: Medium warbler, black upperparts, white underparts with thick black streaks on sides. Our females are less colorful than our black-and-yellow male counterparts. I’m fun to watch as I throw my head back and swallow my fish whole. (Do not dial 911.). They have a lighter, more buoyant flight with sleeker, narrower bodies and wings, forked tails and very sharp beaks. Plovers, including the aforementioned Snowy Plover are the most common types of shorebirds. I’m a common tern of Florida’s beaches. I’m lighter and less spotted than my other thrush cousins. More and more of us are starting to show up in Florida. I’m an endangered bird, but our population is growing. Their color is mostly white. My black face and gray back make me pretty easy to distinguish as I flit among the treetops. Like my name suggests, I’m most active in the evenings and at night. I migrate through Florida each spring and fall. The nape and crown are black while the upper body is a blue-gray color. Our females have dark heads and a distinct white stripe. At home in the deciduous and mixed forests of the East, this gray little bird is the only one of its size with a spiky crest, setting it apart from the other birds at feeders. Little blue heron – Small, bluish heron with reddish neck and head. You may find me hanging around your bird feeder, but my focus isn’t on your birdseed. I have a distinctive strike across my beak, but my name comes from the ring on my neck. Our females are more drab, with gray-brown heads and beaks. We feed on millet seed and appreciate extra bushes to hide in, please! You’ll find me hopping around in the grass and in bushes. I’m easy to identify by my long beak. Your satisfaction is guaranteed! I’m a year-round bird in Florida. I’m not as brightly colored as other warblers, but when the sun hits my feathers, I can be quite pretty! 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