Watch me when I catch a fish. I’m easiest to find in the springtime, when I sit on top of tall things and sing my heart out. Our females are brown and white. WATERFOW; Greater White-fronted Goose My call sounds like ‘Jay, Jay!’ and it sometimes makes little birds mistake me for a hawk. My face is featherless so that bacteria doesn’t build up on me. This is not a comprehensive list, but hopefully it will help you identify the visitors to your yard and the “customers” at your feeders. Check out my beak – I may look like a nice little bird, but I’m actually like a small hawk. I fly to Florida in the spring, raise my young, then return to South America for the winter. I hunt my food, then often impale it on a fencepost or other sharp object. The females and juveniles look alike. I’m a little gray warbler that lives in Florida year-round. Images and content © 2002-2020, Jessica D. Yarnell. If you see baby seabirds on the beach that seem to be abandoned, do not approach them. I’m fairly rare in Florida, but there’s a big group of us that live at Lake Apopka. 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.) The Carolina chickadee is a common resident except in South Florida; Tufted titmice live in cypress swamps, hardwood hammocks, longleaf pine sandhills and suburbs. 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. Yes, it's fun, but it makes them aggressive and dependent on humans for food. I visit Florida in the wintertime. If you hook a bird while fishing, very gently reel in the bird. I’m one of the more common white birds that you’ll see in Florida’s marshes. I’ll be the one flying low over the marshes and scaring the birds below me. 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. I look very similar to the American Crow, but I sound different. Surfbird: Medium sandpiper, dark gray upperparts marked with rufous, white rump, white underparts marked with distinct black chevrons. I dig a lot for insects for dinner. They may eventually enjoy the challenge of ageing these birds, and distinguishing them from white-morph Reddish Egrets and immature Little Blue Herons. This bird's bright yellow feet can tell you it's a Snowy Egret, not a Great Egret. If you see me, take a picture quick, because I can be hard to find! I tend to stay in the mid-west, like in Texas and Mexico. A lot of people get excited when they see me in the marshes because I’m so colorful. I like to visit Mulberry trees to eat the berries after my long migratory flights. Hickories 4. I’m one of the flycatchers who occasionally visits Florida in the wintertime. Florida is a great place to study these species, as well as the enigmatic “Great White” Heron, which occurs fairly commonly in only the southern half of that state. In the spring I get my pretty black face and belly. You may need to push the point through the skin and cut off the barb before you can extract the hook. All rights reserved. GullsOdds are, if you’ve been to the beach, you’ve definitely seen a gull before. I’m a small duck that comes to Florida in the wintertime. I frequent golf courses and other flat spaces too. I like to hide in tall trees while I search for my prey. Most of us are white, but some of us are bluish in color, and we’re called blue morphs. I clean up by eating dead animals and carrion, thereby preventing the spread of bacteria. I’m a small hawk that may visit your backyard as I keep an eye on the birds at your feeder. I’m a raptor who looks like a vulture, but I’m really a falcon. Like many birds, our females are less striking than our males. My breeding plumage includes a cool red pouch under my chin. Great egret – White with yellow bill, black legs and feet. I’m a popular bird among bird-watchers because of my bright colors. But what kinds of birds are those creatures squawking, soaring and diving along the beaches and shorelines of the Sunshine State? I’m not as common in Central Florida as other ducks. I am one of the most likely piggies, I mean, birdies, that you will see in your backyard. My favorite food is niger seed, although I’m also a big fan of black oil sunflower seeds. Ibis – The white ibis has a white and red face with a curved, red 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. Yep, I’m yet another duck that visits Florida in the wintertime! Don’t be surprised if it takes you a few minutes to get your camera or binoculars focused on me! More, please! I’m a regular winter visitor to Florida’s lakes and ponds, but I’m one of the harder ducks to find. I’m supposed to symbolize springtime, but I’m only in Florida during the winters. I winter in the northern to central regions of Florida. Litter can be deadly to birds and other wildlife. We use our beak to “skim” over the water and catch fish. Young Eastern Towhees (left) can be real foolers to identify, but since their parents are usually nearby, they help solve the ID mystery. They dive towards the water picking off fish just below the surface. My song is very cheerful and my buddies and I fuss a lot as we fight over the seed at your feeders. I’m a big fan of American Beautyberry! I hang out near fresh water, too, and your best bet to find me is to watch for me to fly by. I’m big, but I’m not that big! We’re easiest to identify if we’re together. My call sounds like my name — ‘chick-a-dee-dee-dee.’. I’m easy to identify by my long beak. It has a black crown, white face and white breast. The white-breasted nuthatch is a small bird with a white face and breast. Juvenile birds have a white head. I’m a small brown falcon that you might find in Florida during the winter. Look for me by the ocean or at the edge of ponds in marshy areas. I’m not very common in Central Florida. Like my name, I build my nest in burrows under the ground. We nest in late winter and our babies fledge in the spring. My red beak makes me easy to distinguish from my friends the Hooded Mergansers. Here I’m pictured in my pretty breeding plumage. Keep an eye out for me on telephone wires. I’m as white as the sand, and I’m super fast. Our females are brown and a little less striking than our black-and-white males. Like most warblers, I can found found during spring and fall migration as I pass through Florida on the way to/from my northern nesting grounds. I’m probably easiest to find during spring migration, but I do breed in parts of Florida. Look for me along the beach. Normally I hang out in places like Maine and Alaska, but you may be surprised to find me off the beach of Florida too. If you like to take pictures, try capturing the brilliance of my glossy feathers when I fly! I’m yet another bird that visits Florida during the wintertime. My calls are interspersed with little ‘mieu’ sounds. I’m a very rare migrant in Florida. Oaks 5. I’m one of the birds that you’ll find on Florida’s beaches year round. Don’t be surprised if I’m the first bird to check out your new feeders. I stand very still for long periods of time, then stalk my prey very slowly. Occasionally I’ll stop over in Florida for a little while, usually if I’m injured during migration. Look for me in low shrubs and vegetation. Don’t mistake me for a mockingbird, who has similar coloring. Our juveniles lack the orange beak. We nest in colonies. Look for me up high, I’m like a mockingbird in that I’m usually perched on the highest branch around. 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! I live in Canada during the summer and come to Florida in the winter. 3. I’m a distinctive-looking duck that winters in Florida. Dowitchers also frequent the shoreline, but are larger and run less than sanderlings. Who cooks for you? Look for me in the springtime, when I’m quite vocal as I mate. Like my name suggests, I’m most active in the evenings and at night. My babies are cute little yellow and black fuzzballs. Ask the doves to move over for me. Look for my yellow patches on my stomach to identify me. The White Ibis has a long, curved bill that's ideal for probing the sand for food. 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. So if you see a blue-and-white bird, you’ll know it’s me! Some of us are year-round residents. The eggs are hard to see and must be constantly guarded, or a hungry predator will eat them. Your satisfaction is guaranteed! I eat insects and hide in shrubs, but if you stumble upon me in your yard, I’m not that afraid of you. The fish that I eat are bigger than my head. You can find me on the beaches when I migrate through Florida in the spring and fall. One of the larger Florida shorebirds is the willet. One of several white members of the Ardeidae (Heron) family present in Florida the Great Egret is distinguished from the white morph of the Great Blue Heron by having black legs and feet, the Snowy Egret has a black bill and yellow feet and the Reddish Egret, (white morph) which has a black tipped bill and smaller stature. I winter in Florida, usually arriving in mid-October. The female (above) is brown where the male is black but also wears the rufous. Black vultures have bare heads with gray-black skin. I’m a quiet bird who you’ll see flying overhead in the marshes and around lakes. Upper breast, head, neck are heavily streaked. I’m not as brightly colored as other warblers, but when the sun hits my feathers, I can be quite pretty! I’m a colorful little falcon. I’ll sample your black oil sunflower for you! The smallest tern is named, appropriately, the Least tern. Don’t be offended if I never come out! I’m a year-round resident in the southern part of the state, and a summer visitor to the northern parts. I’m one of the most common wintering ducks in Florida. The small ring-billed gull has a black ring around its yellow bill. I’m a fun bird of Florida’s beaches. I sometimes squawk as I take flight. I’m the smallest woodpecker, almost identical to the Hairy Woodpecker. Like my name, you can find me in the swamps of Florida during the winter. Look for my exceptionally long legs in marshy areas. The following are birds that you might see in Central Florida. My call sounds like a groan. Look for my white tummy and the brown on my back. I’m one of the few birds whose first generation of babies takes care of the second and third generations. Another Dove. American Crows have the characteristic caw-caw-caw. Look for my bright red feathers during spring and fall migration. Don’t mistake me for a Bald Eagle. Click on the buttons to filter the birds by color, location, and time of year that they are in Central Florida. Watch for me to hawk dragonflies in mid-air! Look for me high in the treetops. I look a lot like my cousin the Little Blue Heron, but he’s all blue and I’m multi-colored. I like to get up high and then sing my heart out! I arrive in late April to breed on the beach. My bright red head distinguishes me from other woodpeckers. Our males are bright navy/purple (depending on how light hits them), and the females are a lighter purple/white. I’m one of the more animated birds along Florida’s coasts. Look for me at the edge of reeds. I live year-round in Central and Northern Florida. I have a distinctive orange beak. When humans approach, shorebirds will often run away rather than take flight. Most northern populations in North America will migrate south in … I’m one of the few birds who will eat upside down, so if you hang an upside-down finch feeder out for me, you’ll pretty well guarantee that I’ll be the only customer at that feeder. Look closely or you’ll miss me – I blend right in! Beaches and birds: they're a natural pairing. I’m a little guy who you might find flitting in the trees during the spring and fall migrations. Watch for me to hop around displaying my wings as I search for my dinner. You may not see me much if you live in a neighborhood without mature trees. I’m different because I actually like coming close to your house. In the wintertime I lose my black head. I’m a common bird of Florida’s grasslands during the summer months. Junipers 6. Our female birds don’t have red wings! In Florida, many of our seabirds are migratory and can be seen in greater abundance during fall and winter migration. Some people say my call sounds like a squeaky wheel. Some people have the mistaken impression that I never land! Terns will hover briefly over the water, 10 to 30 feet in the air, and then dive gracefully to catch a fish. Enjoy me while you can because I don’t stay in the state for long! I'm birding daily in Duval County and bike touring and birding all over Florida and beyond. Don’t confuse with with my cousin the Black-and-white Warbler. :). Sometimes I use old gopher tortoise holes. Then I tend to disappear as I take care of my babies and hunt for my insects. We don’t go further north than Central Florida. A really good place to go to find me is Viera Wetlands. Heron, Little Blue 11 Heron, Tricolored 9 Hummingbird, Ruby-throated 13 Ibis, White 9 Jay, Blue 2 Bird name page number Kestrel, American 1 Killdeer 8 Kingfisher, Belted 7 Mallard 1 … Enjoy watching gulls, but please don't feed them. Our females are more drab, with gray-brown heads and beaks. My favorite hangouts are under bushes and shrubs, so you’ll likely hear me way before you see me. There are two varieties of us: a bigger “Greater” Yellowlegs, and a smaller “Lesser” Yellowlegs. I’m a small duck that comes to Florida in the wintertime. I’m a year-round bird in Florida, but you might not notice me much except in spring. 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. Aramus. I only visit Florida during the wintertime. I’m a small gray bird that hangs out in the treetops. Our females have blackish caps and yellow tummies. I’m cute to watch as I run in the surf! I’m a small hawk that migrates through Florida in the spring and fall. I start to sing in the spring as I breed, and you might find it easier to find me if you know my song. I run along in front of the waves, grabbing my food from the sand. I’m one of the most common wintering ducks in Florida. My habitat is limited to Central Florida, and there aren’t very many of us. We typically migrate along the major flyways, and we sometimes stray to Florida. Find me in big flocks, all over the place! You might find me flying with my friends in a large flock, also known as a kettle. Look for my petite beak, orange legs, and black cap (at least in the springtime, when I’m in my breeding plumage). I’m one of the largest sparrows that visits Florida in the wintertime. You can find me all year round. Look for the markings on my face to distinguish me from other ducks. I’m an endangered bird, but our population is growing. I live in Florida year-round. Look for me year-round in Florida. I’m even more secretive than my cousin the American Bittern. You’ll hear me calling as I fly in, and with my bright orange beak, I’m hard to confuse with other shorebirds. More and more of us are starting to show up in Florida. If you put out suet, I might visit your bird feeder, too! I’m fairly easily distinguished from other sparrows with my gray color, black eye line, and brown head. You’ll only find me in Florida during spring or fall migration. Among the black and white birds in the yard, the male Eastern Towhee (top left) sports large rufous-colored patches on his sides. I love to climb in the reeds, where my big feet help me climb without falling. I can be quite pretty when my feathers catch the light of the sun. My bright red spot is hard to mistake, even when I stay high in the trees. Don’t worry, you won’t go cuckoo by spending too much time with me. I come to Florida during the summertime (what’s the opposite of a snowbird? Like most warblers, you’ll only find me in Florida during spring and fall migration. Home > Central Florida Bird Identification. Unfortunately for me, when hawks appear, I tend to freeze. I’m another one of the birds that visits Florida during the winter. Don’t be surprised if a flock of us visits your neighborhood, especially in late spring. They have a lighter, more buoyant flight with sleeker, narrower bodies and wings, forked tails and very sharp beaks. My call is very shrill and unmistakable. Don’t confuse me with a Cattle Egret – look at my beak! Look for me in the treetops during spring migration. I come to roost in Florida’s marshy areas in the wintertime. I’m a rare bird in Florida. Aramus guarauna. Golden-cheeked Warbler: Medium warbler, black upperparts, white underparts with thick black streaks on sides. I’m endangered and I love horseshoe crabs. I’ll flit so quickly from branch to branch that you may find it hard to take my picture. Birds can get their feet tangled in a piece of monofilament line. Trust me, you’ll hear me! I prefer to stay at the top of tall trees. My spotted stomach is an easy way to identify me in the spring. My call sounds like the name ‘Peter, Peter, Peter.’ I will definitely come to your feeders! Our females and juvenile males are brown, not blue. My wings beat about 100 times a second, and I really do sound like I’m humming as I zip around your yard. In between is the Forster's tern, which dons a black cap and orange-red bill. I’m a big fusser – you’ll be amazed when you realize that such a tiny little bird is making such a big racket. Black vultures are typically found roosting in forested areas in tall trees and structures such as: 1. More, please!! Learn more in our Cookie Notice and our Privacy Policy. But please make sure the House Sparrows don’t take over the nesting box — they will knock my eggs out! A black bill, jet black eyes and speedy black legs give them away. But occasionally I have to play tourist and visit the Sunshine State! If you live in the right areas of Central Florida, and if your neighborhood has lots of native plants, you might be lucky enough to see me in your backyard. Tricolored heron – Blue-gray heron with white underparts and light-colored throat. Look for me diving for fish in the ocean. If you only see one of us, then listen to our calls to distinguish us. Chances are, if you see a bird of my size that’s banded, it’s likely one of us. If you’re wondering, my name means ‘Tufted Little Bird.’ I’m a big fan of huge oak trees. I’m one of the only warblers that likes to hang out upside down, often on the trunk of your tree. I visit Central Florida’s beaches in the summertime. My medium-sized beak that slopes downward distinguishes me from the similar Long-billed Curlew and Marbled Godwit. 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. Those are the only times you’ll find me in Florida. Look carefully at the white markings on my face in order to distinguish me from my very similar-looking cousin the Glossy Ibis. If you see me in your yard, it probably means that you have lots of songbirds. Look for my distinctive forked tail. You might find me hunting insects in your yard, particularly if you live near a pond or lake. I’m a rare migrant bird who passes through Florida on my way south for winter. You can distinguish me from other terns by my beak – I’m the one with the yellow tip on my bill. Herons and egrets gather near water anywhere in Florida. You may find me hanging around your bird feeder, but my focus isn’t on your birdseed. I’m a little gray and white bird that visits Florida in the wintertime. I’m a little brown shorebird with a really long beak. Cattle egrets exploit drier and open habitats more than other heron species. I arrive around the middle of November and stay till around Mother’s Day. I hide in the vegetation by the edge of ponds. My ‘chip, chip’ call note is distinctive. 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. Please contact us to send a comment or to report a problem. I clean up by eating dead animals and carrion, thereby preventing the spread of bacteria. A common winter birding misconception is that there are few birds to enjoy during the coldest months. If I come out of the water for you, you’ll see that my feet are as bright as my beak! Terns look a lot like gulls – gray above, white below – but they are a separate species. Enjoy me while I’m here, because I won’t stay for long! I like to sit at the top of a tree and sing my heart out. My black face and gray back make me pretty easy to distinguish as I flit among the treetops. But when I pass through, I might be in my non-breeding plumage, which is a drab brown. Ground feeders, please! I’m a rare visitor to Florida in the wintertime. If you feed me, I will come! My preferred food is insects and berries, but I’ll visit your ground feeders, too. I come to Florida in the wintertime. Take my picture quickly before I dart away! They have thin pointed down-curved bills, which they use to extricate insects from bark. Often you’ll find us butt-up as we dabble for fish! This variety is rarely seen anywhere but the southwest coast of Florida, from the Florida Keys and Florida … My cousin the Summer Tanager looks similar, but his wings are all red. Unless you’re in great light, you won’t see the ring on my neck in the field. My beak is probably the feature that most distinguishes me from other offshore birds. Look for me in retention ponds, where I dive for my food. Adults are generally grey on top with a white belly. You’re most likely to see our males, which are brightly colored. My favorite food is fish, and don’t be surprised when you see my do a dive-bomb to catch my dinner. Look for my red eyes high in the treetops! Birders consider me a “good find” during spring and fall migration. 1. I’m found more readily during spring migration, but some of us do stick around for summer in Florida. Look for me dodging in and out of trees and shrubs. I’m another very common backyard bird. You might mistake me for a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher or a Ruby-crowned Kinglet if you don’t … Look for my white eye rings to identify me! I’m a loud little piggie who will squawk his head off while cleaning out your feeders, all year round! If you put out a bluebird house, I might choose to nest in it. VISIT FLORIDA® is the Official Florida Tourism Industry Marketing Corporation. I’m a little like a Palm Warbler with a streaked tummy. You might see me in the tops of your trees as I migrate through Florida in April and September. I live in Florida year-round, but I’m easier to find in the winter months when the vegetation dies back to reveal my location. I’m the most common warbler in Florida during the winter. I’m the thrush with the darkest spots on my tummy. They stand somewhat hunched over. My everyday feathers are white and boring, but in my breeding plumage, I’m much fancier. Trust me, you’ll hear me when I arrive in Florida in the wintertime. The total count for our species was down to around 20 in the mid 1900s, and thanks to conservation efforts, we’re up to around 600 birds today. I’m a common tern of Florida’s beaches. I’m not the prettiest bird in the world, but I serve a useful purpose. I also breed in the northern part of Florida. I’m a tiny shorebird of Florida’s beaches. I’m a secretive little bird of the marsh. I’m a tiny grey bird and I almost never sit still. Bald Cypress 7. They may not be abandoned at all. I’m named for the green on my wings, but I’m most easily distinguished by my brown head with green stripe. black bill, legs and feet. Mine have some black on them. You’ll find me in year-round marshy areas. Hard to confuse this little brown bird with the others here, but Carolina Wrens will happily swing by a suet feeder. Electrical or telephone poles Tur… Some people mistakenly think I’m an owl when they hear my mournful coo. Our males have distinctive brown heads, gray backs, black tummies, and a red eye. I look a lot like a Sharp-shinned Hawk, and I’m smaller than the more common Red-shouldered Hawk. My bright yellow stomach and yellow “spectacles” make me easy to distinguish from other small birds that flit high over your head. Some people say that my babies look like aliens. My bright blue colors are hard to miss! You might be surprised to find me more on the ground than in a tree. 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. I look a lot like a female Mallard, and I interbreed with them, making it challenging to identify a pure Mottled Duck. I’m a very friendly little bird. Their large bill has a pouch to help them hold fish. I’m one of the first winter migrants to return to Florida in the late summer. You’ll find us in large flocks in marshy areas. Put out a nest box for me, give me some dead trees and suet, and I’ll happily spend all year in your yard. I’m not a big fan of feeders, thanks – I prefer my insects. I hang out mostly in pine trees. Roseate spoonbill – Bright pink, long-legged wading bird with a spoon-shaped bill. I’m easy to find on the beaches and near lakes. Downy balls until they fledge ll understand…Bob-White, Bob-White this little brown bird that you may it... 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