Birds of the Everglades National Park, Florida

A bird in Everglades

The Florida Everglades are vast with a wide variety of birds. If you are an avid birder, there is no better trip that you could plan than one to the Everglades in Florida. You will see water fowl and other birds there that you will not likely see any other place than in the Florida Everglades. Just a few of the possibilities are:

The Osprey: The Osprey can be identified by its white cap, chin, throat, breast, belly and hooked beak. The Osprey feeds on fish is shallow water. Osprey nests are usually found on channel markers, in trees, and radio towers near water. The Osprey is of the Pandioninae family.

The Purple Gallinule: The Purple Gallinule can be identified by its purple breast and head. The beak is red with yellow on the tip. The legs are long and yellow. The Purple Gallinule is sometimes found walking across lily pads. It feeds on plants, snails, insects and mollusks. You can sometimes find nests built on floating water plants. The best places to look for the Purple Gallinule is marshes, swamps and ponds. The Purple Gallinule is a member of the Rallidae family.

The Great Blue Heron: The Great Blue Heron can be identified by its long legs and neck. It has a bluish-grey color on its back, belly and wings. The neck is held in a distinct ‘S’ shape when it is in flight or at rest. The Great Blue Heron feeds on grogs, small fish, salamanders, lizards, snakes, and crawfish. It uses twigs and small branches to build nests on channel markers, in trees, and radio towers near water. The Great Blue Heron is a member of the Ardeidae Family.

The Roseate Spoonbill: The Roseate Spoonbill is a member of the Threskiornithidae Family. You can easily identify the Roseate Spoonbill. Its large body is almost completely pink with touches of red and white feathers. The beak looks like a spoon with a flat curved tip. There will be some yellow feathers in the tail and at the base of the neck but the neck is white. The Roseate Spoonbill feeds on crustaceans, insects, mollusks, amphibians, plants, small fish, shellfish, and shrimp. It uses branches, leaves and grass to build nests in trees.

The Snowy Egret: The Snowy Egret and the Little Egret are very, very similar. The Snowy Egret is identifiable by white feathers, black legs and black bill. There is a very small area between the beak and the eyes that is yellow. The Snowy Egret feeds on small fish and it builds nests in trees out of small twigs. The Snowy Egret is a member of the Ardeidae family.

The Common Moorhen: The Common Moorhen is a member of the Rallidae family. You can identify the Common Moorhen by its black head and neck. It has a red bill with yellow on the tip. In winter the bill turns brown with yellow on the tip. The Common Moorhen feeds on plants and insects. It usually nests near water and it has been spotted on lawns and golf courses.

There are many other birds that can be seen in the Florida Everglades. Check out animals of Everglades also.

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