If you put out a bluebird house, I might choose to nest in it. 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. If you hook a bird while fishing, very gently reel in the bird. You might have to look hard to find me in your backyard. Mornings and evenings are particularly good times to watch birds, since they are most active during those times. I clean up by eating dead animals and carrion, thereby preventing the spread of bacteria. I’m one of the birds that you’ll find on Florida’s beaches year round. You might be surprised to find me more on the ground than in a tree. Sometimes you’ll hear me fly overhead, but I don’t always land to say hello. A few places that are especially good for Florida beach birding: You might also like to try the Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail, a 2,000-mile driving tour connecting 492 great birding hot spots. I look very similar to the American Crow, but I sound different. Usually I end up eating the seed that the other birds spill. My cheeks don’t have the rosy hues of my cousin the Swainson’s Thrush, so they call me Gray-cheeked. My songs are imitations of other birds, but one way to distinguish me from the real birds is that my songs tend to repeat, six times in a row. Don’t confuse me with an Anhinga – my beak looks a lot different! I’ll flit so quickly from branch to branch that you may find it hard to take my picture. Gruiformes. I’m bigger than a Least Tern and smaller than a Royal Tern. I’m a colorful little falcon. I’m a bird of the wetlands, and a cousin of the Red-Winged Blackbirds. Black vultures are typically found roosting in forested areas in tall trees and structures such as: 1. I was introduced in New York in the early 1850s, and I quickly spread across the continent. The female is a little smaller than the male. I also have a distinctive loud call that you’ll likely hear long before you see me. Our female hummingbirds don’t have the flashy red throats of the males, but we’re still really pretty! Chances are, if you see a bird of my size that’s banded, it’s likely one of us. You can distinguish me from other terns by my beak – I’m the one with the yellow tip on my bill. I look a lot like a female Mallard, and I interbreed with them, making it challenging to identify a pure Mottled Duck. I like to get up high and then sing my heart out! Don’t confuse with with my cousin the Black-and-white Warbler. I spend my summers in Central to Northern Florida. The picture is representative of females and juveniles; our males are black with bright red tummies. I’m a small bird with bright blue feathers on my back and white feathers on my tummy. If you put out suet, I might visit your bird feeder, too! I hope you have some nice big dead trees for me! I live year-round in Central and Northern Florida. I am one of the most likely piggies, I mean, birdies, that you will see in your backyard. The content for this web site has been provided both by professional travel writers and by individual consumers. I’m one of the earlier warblers to find during spring and fall migrations. Find me along the beaches. I’m pretty much the most common gull that you’ll find on Florida’s beaches. If you see a little bird ducking into the water and emerging far away after a minute or so, it might be me. With a relatively long bill, long legs and gray body, a willet is fairly easy to pick out, especially when mingling with sanderlings and dowitchers. Additional types of birds such as pelicans, herons, gulls and terns also populate Florida beaches. Common Terns gracefully row through the sky showing off their long angular wings, and breeding season gray belly, black cap, and red bill. The following are birds that you might see in Central Florida. We feed on millet seed and appreciate extra bushes to hide in, please! Our females are brown, and we lack the ring on our neck that give the species its name. You’ll find me in year-round marshy areas. Use your binoculars to find me! I’m a rare bird in Florida. I’m one of the largest sparrows that visits Florida in the wintertime. 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. I’m a very rare migrant in Florida. You can see the blue on our wings very well in flight. The female (above) is brown where the male is black but also wears the rufous. Our call is a sharp “bark.”  We are unusual birds because our lower beak mandible is longer than the top mandible. I like to sit at the top of a tree and sing my heart out. Look for me along the beach. The Carolina chickadee is a common resident except in South Florida; Tufted titmice live in cypress swamps, hardwood hammocks, longleaf pine sandhills and suburbs. Do not just cut the line. I hang out mostly in pine trees. I like to hide, but if you look hard, you can find me year-round. I’m big, but I’m not that big! I’ve been known to sample the bird seed at Lowe’s before you buy it. Look for my distinctive forked tail. You might mistake my calls as laughter. You might see huge flocks of us. Our females are a muted green. I’m an endangered bird, but our population is growing. When I get agitated, I will flash the red patch on the top of my head at you. I’m one of the most familiar backyard birds. I’m also fond of tall treetops! I hang out at the tops of trees. I’m one of the most common wintering ducks in Florida. I visit Florida in the wintertime. My call sounds like ‘Jay, Jay!’ and it sometimes makes little birds mistake me for a hawk. I’m one of the few birds that you can only find in Florida. Hard to confuse this little brown bird with the others here, but Carolina Wrens will happily swing by a suet feeder. You may not see me much if you live in a neighborhood without mature trees. But a few of us show up regularly in Florida, often at the same time each year. Look for my white eye rings to identify me! You might mistake me for a Great Egret, unless you see my pinkish bill or my “drunken sailor” fishing technique. My call in the wetlands is distinctive, and you’ll almost certainly hear me before you see me. We use cookies on our website to enhance your experience. I’m a year-round resident in northern to Central Florida, but I’m seen most during the winter. In the springtime, my face is accented with bright pink and purple to help me attract a mate. Don’t mistake me for a Bald Eagle. Herons and egrets gather near water anywhere in Florida. But please make sure the House Sparrows don’t take over the nesting box — they will knock my eggs out! I show up during the wintertime. I’m one of the only warblers that likes to hang out upside down, often on the trunk of your tree. A black bill, jet black eyes and speedy black legs give them away. I’m a little like a Palm Warbler with a streaked tummy. You’ll only find me in the winter in Florida. This bird is native to Africa and Asia. Many terns and other Florida shorebirds lay their eggs in the sand. My name comes from the fact that I ‘thrash’ around in the brush when I’m hunting for food. Look for me to flash my tail feathers as I hop after bugs. The Common Tern is the most widespread tern in North America, spending its winters as far south as Argentina and Chile. You might find me hunting insects in your yard, particularly if you live near a pond or lake. I’m a small hawk that may visit your backyard as I keep an eye on the birds at your feeder. I’m one of the rarest birds in Florida. Our females are brown with pretty blue patches on our wings. I’m a small bird that arrives in Florida during the winter. Don’t confuse me with a Cattle Egret – look at my beak! You might find me at your feeders, especially if you offer black-oil sunflower. More, please! My favorite hangouts are under bushes and shrubs, so you’ll likely hear me way before you see me. Look for my white eyering to distinguish me from other brown sparrows. Blue bill with black tip. I frequent marshes, and sometimes golf courses. I also breed in the northern part of Florida. As my name suggests, I’m found in snowy places…which means I’m a rare sighting in Florida! My yellow coloring is very striking and distinguishes me from other birds. Look for me high in the treetops. You’ll hear me most often at night, and sometimes during the day (I’m the owl that you’re most likely to see during the day.) I’m a cousin of the common White Ibis, but my feathers are dark and glossy. My wings beat about 100 times a second, and I really do sound like I’m humming as I zip around your yard. You can find me on the beaches when I migrate through Florida in the spring and fall. The small ring-billed gull has a black ring around its yellow bill. You can tell I’m a Sharp-shinned Hawk instead of the very similar Cooper’s Hawk by the bend in my wings when you see me in flight. I’m smaller than most ducks. My song is very cheerful and my buddies and I fuss a lot as we fight over the seed at your feeders. Sometimes I use old gopher tortoise holes. There’s a tiny endangered population of the Florida subspecies of Grasshopper sparrow. You’ll only find us in Florida during spring and fall migration. Look for me scurrying along Florida’s beaches during the winter. Like other flycatchers, I like to perch high on a treetop or powerline to look for insects. My name comes from my broad tail, which distinguishes me from other grackles. I’m a menace that lives in Florida year-round. More and more of us are starting to show up in Florida. Head has black crown, forehead, nape and throat, bright yellow face, and black eye-line. It also occurs throughout the Caribbean, on both coasts of Mexico (from Baja California southwards) and Central America, and as far south as Colombia and Venezuela. Put out a nest box for me, give me some dead trees and suet, and I’ll happily spend all year in your yard. It used to be that you wouldn’t find me farther south in Florida than the Panhandle, but I’ve been expanding my range. Here I’m pictured in my pretty breeding plumage. Find me around lakes and marshy areas. The opinions expressed in the getaway ideas, Floridians' Favorites and readers' comments do not necessarily represent those of VISIT FLORIDA. They have a long, thin bill and are usually gray or light brown in color, depending on the time of year. If in doubt, alert the authorities mentioned above. I winter in the northern to central regions of Florida. Some people have the mistaken impression that there are no hummingbirds in Florida, just because we’re not very easy to find. I’m a small duck that comes to Florida in the wintertime. My cousin the Summer Tanager looks similar, but his wings are all red. I’m different because I actually like coming close to your house. Among the black and white birds in the yard, the male Eastern Towhee (top left) sports large rufous-colored patches on his sides. I’m a woodpecker that likes to drink sap from your tree bark. I visit Florida in the wintertime. I like to hop around in the shrubs, where I blend right in. When humans approach, shorebirds will often run away rather than take flight. So if you see a blue-and-white bird, you’ll know it’s me! You can find Florida’s beautiful seabirds on any beach or bay shoreline, or in and around mangrove trees, seawalls and piers. I’m a pretty black duck that winters in Florida. I’m one of the first migrant ducks to arrive, usually in early September. I’m not too afraid of people, but that doesn’t mean you should try to feed me. Look for my red eyes high in the treetops! I’m a secretive bird of salt water marshes. I migrate through Florida as I pass from my wintering grounds in South America to my breeding grounds in Canada. They dive towards the water picking off fish just below the surface. Here are some of the most common species: The brown pelican is easy to approach, especially on a fishing pier. Enjoy me while I’m here, because I won’t stay for long! Instead of eating your seed at feeders, I prefer to find my own insects, thank you very much. We nest in Florida. I’m one of the few birds that’s blue! You might see me during migration. Look for my yellow patches on my stomach to identify me. Our females are less colorful than our black-and-yellow male counterparts. I sometimes squawk as I take flight. I’m a year-round Floridian bird. I’m a summertime visitor to your Florida backyard. Some people say my call sounds like a squeaky wheel. I’m a large gull with a red dot on my beak. I like to hide. I’m a secretive little bird of the marsh. WATERFOW; Greater White-fronted Goose Treecreepers are small woodland birds, brown above and white below. Watch me for a while and you might see me catch a crab! These chatty birds can be quickly identified by the bright white lines above their eyes, a slightly curved beak, and their upright tails, which they flick about as they busily hop around. 3. Look for my petite beak, orange legs, and black cap (at least in the springtime, when I’m in my breeding plumage). Birds can get their feet tangled in a piece of monofilament line. I migrate through Florida on my long flight between southern Argentina and my Arctic breeding grounds. I visit Florida in the wintertime, arriving around the first of October. Their color is mostly white. My brown stripes on my stomach and head distinguish me from other birds. I hang out near fresh water, too, and your best bet to find me is to watch for me to fly by. Seek help if the bird seems to be in distress, but you can release it otherwise. We nest in colonies. Often you’ll find us butt-up as we dabble for fish! You’ll only find me in Florida during spring or fall migration. Reproduction in whole or in part is prohibited without the written permission of the publisher. Occasionally I’ll stop over in Florida for a little while, usually if I’m injured during migration. I’m a duck that winters in Florida. I nest in Florida and you may see several broods of little cardinals each year. Unlike a Tree Swallow, I have brown on my chin and underside. You’ll hear me calling as I fly in, and with my bright orange beak, I’m hard to confuse with other shorebirds. I dig a lot for insects for dinner. You’ll see willets in small flocks, alone or in pairs. Unfortunately for me, when hawks appear, I tend to freeze. If you’re at the Circle B Bar Reserve at the right time of year, I might introduce you to my babies (aka poults)! I’m in Florida year-round, but I’m much easier to find in winter, when my northern buddies come to visit. I really do sound like I’m laughing when I get excited with a group of my friends! I’m a drab little bird, but look for the pretty undersides of my wings when I fly. If you let me, I will take over all your feeders and nest boxes. If you see a pink bird flying overhead, don’t assume it’s a flamingo – it’s probably me! In my breeding plumage I have a pretty line across my beak. You can see the pretty brown patch under my wing when I fly away from you! Unfortunately, natural selection is an important part of our birdie ecosystem. You might find me in the treetops as I migrate through Florida between my South American wintering grounds and my Canadian breeding grounds. Watch out – I’m addictive! Hickories 4. Herman once joked that it wouldn’t be good to watch a video of me in slow motion! Oaks 5. I’m a popular bird among bird-watchers because of my bright colors. Don’t expect me to sit still for long, because I like to move around! In the wintertime, my feathers are all white, but in the spring, I get orange streaks in my head and neck. 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 smallest tern is named, appropriately, the Least tern. I’m bigger than my cousins the Snowy and Cattle Egrets. The eggs are hard to see and must be constantly guarded, or a hungry predator will eat them. The adult male bluebird has a vibrant blue back, head and tail, chestnut colored throat and breast and white belly. You guessed it, they named us for our yellow legs! I only visit Florida during the wintertime. We typically migrate along the major flyways, and we sometimes stray to Florida. I’ll come to your backyard to visit your ground feeders. I’m a fan of insects, and if you have an aphid-covered bush in your yard, I’ll happily come to take care of it for you! Pines 3. black bill, legs and feet. You might be more likely to see me flying than perched, although I like to sit out on fenceposts, too! I’m a flycatcher, so look for me at the tops of trees where I watch for insects. I’m a big insect eater. I’m one of the few year-round resident warblers in Florida. Like many shorebirds, I come to Florida in the wintertime. Ground feeders, please! I’m even more secretive than my cousin the American Bittern. They eventually migrated to Australia and parts of Southeastern America. I live in Canada during the summer and come to Florida in the winter. I run along in front of the waves, grabbing my food from the sand. Watch me when I catch a fish. I prefer to stay at the top of tall trees. Aramus. Some people have the mistaken impression that I never land! We use our beak to “skim” over the water and catch fish. I love to sing, sometimes right through the short summer nights. You might mistake me for a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher or a Ruby-crowned Kinglet if you don’t see me up close. I’m one of the flycatchers who occasionally visits Florida in the wintertime. American Crows have the characteristic caw-caw-caw. They will not hesitate to swoop down and take a potato chip right out of your hand. I run little birds away from the feeder in order to get more food for myself. Many of Florida's shorebirds, egrets and herons are even active after dark and can be seen on the beach during a full moon. My babies are cute little yellow and black fuzzballs. I frequent golf courses and other flat spaces too. A common winter birding misconception is that there are few birds to enjoy during the coldest months. You’ll probably hear me before you see me–my call sounds like my name, ‘Phoebe, Phoebe.’ I don’t really partake of the seed offered at feeders. You'll see them, usually in groups of a dozen or fewer, scurrying on tiny legs ahead of surging waves. These long-legged wonders are my favorites. They all tend to intermingle. Find me in Florida in the wintertime, often along the coast. We’re cousins of the Red-Winged Blackbirds. ), watch for me there, because I love to drink the nectar! I start to sing in the spring as I breed, and you might find it easier to find me if you know my song. My long bill makes me easy to identify. Look for me at places like Viera Wetlands or Lake Apopka. Great blue heron – Large, blue-gray heron, mostly white head, yellow bill. Watch for me to hawk dragonflies in mid-air! My song is very cheerful and my buddies and I fuss a lot as we fight over the seed at your feeders. You’ll often see me standing still, stalking my food. I’ll gladly eat suet and seed cakes if you’ll offer them to me. I breed in central to southern Florida, so watch out for my eggs that blend into the sand. I like low-lying freshwater areas. The American white ibis is most common in Florida, where over 30,000 have been counted in a single breeding colony. My bright yellow stomach and yellow “spectacles” make me easy to distinguish from other small birds that flit high over your head. You know it’s fall in the Florida wetlands when you start to see me. Look for the yellow tint on my back to distinguish me from other warblers. If you see my flying with my tail spread, you’ll understand why they call me scissor-tailed. This bird's bright yellow feet can tell you it's a Snowy Egret, not a Great Egret. Sycamores 2. Snowy egret – White with black legs and bright yellow feet. If you think my name is strange, listen to me call, and you’ll understand…Bob-White, Bob-White! I’m one of the more common white birds that you’ll see in Florida’s marshes. I like to flit around nectaring from your flowers, then I go sit in trees to rest. You’ll find me at the edges of ponds in the marshy areas. We like to splash as we perfect the art of running on water! I'm a Duval county birder since 2009; if you have any bird ID questions, feel free to contact me I do my best to help you out. I look a lot like my cousin the Little Blue Heron, but he’s all blue and I’m multi-colored. I’m a year-round bird in Florida. I’m named for the green on my wings, but I’m most easily distinguished by my brown head with green stripe. It nests in colonies, usually near bodies of water and often with other wading birds.The nest is a platform of sticks in trees or shrubs. My babies are much cuter than I am. I’m a year-round resident in the southern part of the state, and a summer visitor to the northern parts. Look for the yellow over my eye to distinguish me from my cousin the Song Sparrow. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, A Guide to the Birds Along Florida's Shores and Beaches. I also have black markings that distinguish me from the eagle. Put a Purple Martin house in your yard, no more than 100 feet from your house, and I will gladly come and build a nest for you. Dowitchers also frequent the shoreline, but are larger and run less than sanderlings. I’m a little guy who you might find flitting in the trees during the spring and fall migrations. I migrate through Florida each spring and fall. Look for my exceptionally long legs in marshy areas. I’m a regular winter visitor to Florida’s lakes and ponds, but I’m one of the harder ducks to find. Herring gulls are much larger, with a white head. Learn more in our Cookie Notice and our Privacy Policy. 2. I winter in Florida, usually arriving in mid-October. My black face and gray back make me pretty easy to distinguish as I flit among the treetops. Head out to the marsh and look carefully in the bushes for me. I’m the whitest and rarest plover in Florida. Our juveniles lack the orange beak. Cover the bird's eyes with a light towel, cloth or shirt to help calm the bird, then gently remove the hook. I’m a secretive bird of marshy areas. If you forget to feed me, I’ll sit on your neighbor’s house and fuss at you until you remember. Look for me along the coasts during the wintertime. I tend to stay in the mid-west, like in Texas and Mexico. I’m one of the most common wintering ducks in Florida. Our territory has gradually been expanding east. A lot of people get excited when they see me in the marshes because I’m so colorful. Their large bill has a pouch to help them hold fish. J.N. I’ll swoop down from the sky to grab my prey. But we’re still pretty in our own right! I’m a big fan of wild berries. I like to go fishing, and I will stalk my food for hours. My favorite food is apple snails, and you will often see me eating them. I like to hide in tall trees while I search for my prey. Look for my bluish beak with black tip, or for the white crown of my head. I’m a brightly colored little guy who likes the tops of tall trees. I’m a fun bird of Florida’s beaches. Our adults are extremely ugly with our wrinkled faces. Look for me year-round in Florida. Don’t be surprised if a flock of us visits your neighborhood, especially in late spring. I’m best known for my “drunken sailor” dance, in which I fling my wings out and run haphazardly through the waves, throwing my shadow on the fish I’m trying to catch. Tail is white with a black triangular tip visible in flight. Find me in Florida only during the spring and fall migration. Their feeding habitats include seasonally inundated grasslands, pastures, farmlands, wetlands, and rice paddies. I’m the large and slightly obnoxious bird that you’ll see foraging around Florida. We’re brown and white streaked birds. My dark streaks are different than other wrens. Our males are the ones with black hoods. Look for the markings on my face to distinguish me from other ducks. Great egret – White with yellow bill, black legs and feet. Click on the buttons to filter the birds by color, location, and time of year that they are in Central Florida. !’ I’m a common visitor to your bird feeders, but I have a hard time landing on them. My spotted stomach is an easy way to identify me in the spring. Cattle egrets exploit drier and open habitats more than other heron species. I’m supposed to stay in the nootropics, but sometimes I stray outside of that range to the delight of birders and photographers. A gull, or rather, a … At slightly more than six inches in length, one of the smallest Florida shorebirds is the sanderling. More, please!! Most fishing piers have posted instructions for dealing with hooked birds. Note how mine is long and straight – that’s one of the ways you can distinguish me from a Long-Billed Curlew. Normally I hang out in places like Maine and Alaska, but you may be surprised to find me off the beach of Florida too. That’s right, you can find me in Florida, and not just on your Thanksgiving table. Junipers 6. VISIT FLORIDA® is the Official Florida Tourism Industry Marketing Corporation. Don’t confuse me with a Cattle Egret – I’m the one with the yellow and black beak (except in the spring, when my lores are red!). Like my name suggests, I’m most active in the evenings and at night. Who cooks for you? I’m fairly rare in Florida, but there’s a big group of us that live at Lake Apopka. Like my name, you can find me in the swamps of Florida during the winter. I used to be known as the Common Moorhen, as I’m a small hen of swampy areas. Tricolored heron – Blue-gray heron with white underparts and light-colored throat. Although if you don’t have mature trees in your area, don’t be surprised if I’m not around much. I’m a secretive duck on Florida’s lakes. I’m not as brightly colored as other warblers, but when the sun hits my feathers, I can be quite pretty! Our females are more drab, with gray-brown heads and beaks. Look for me dodging in and out of trees and shrubs. You may be surprised at how tall I am when you see me in person. Yes, it's fun, but it makes them aggressive and dependent on humans for food. We have sharp curved beaks that allow us to pull the snails out of their shells to eat. Those are the only times you’ll find me in Florida. It used to be that you wouldn’t find me farther south in Florida than the Panhandle, but I’ve been expanding my range. I hunt my food, then often impale it on a fencepost or other sharp object. A really good place to go to find me is Viera Wetlands. If you feed me, I will come! I hang out on Florida’s beaches during the winter, when my feathers are drab and brown-spotted. Mine have some black on them. I’m a year-round resident in Florida. We’re easiest to identify if we’re together. Terns will hover briefly over the water, 10 to 30 feet in the air, and then dive gracefully to catch a fish. I’m a small gray bird that hangs out in the treetops. If you’re lucky, you might find me mixed in with a flock of Hooded Mergansers. You may need to push the point through the skin and cut off the barb before you can extract the hook. https://www.birdsandblooms.com/birding/bird-species/herons-egrets I dwell in the reeds of bullrushes, using my big feet to keep my balance as I walk along the branches. When I spot one, I fly out and catch it in mid-air. I’m a very friendly little bird. I’m a quiet bird who you’ll see flying overhead in the marshes and around lakes. It is now mainly confined to northwest Florida. My breeding plumage includes a cool red pouch under my chin. You’ll find us in large flocks in marshy areas. I’m one of the first migrant ducks to arrive, usually in early September. I’m not supposed to be in Florida at all. We’re not big fans of people, though, so we’ll take off if you get too close to us. If you see me, take a picture quick, because I can be hard to find! 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