central florida birds

Scroll down to view birds commonly seen in Central Florida. The birds above are Sandhill Cranes.

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For more info on each bird, go to

 www.allaboutbirds.org

cattle egret

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The Cattle Egret is white with peach-colored smudges on the top of its head and on its back. It has an orange bill and is about 24" tall.

snowy egret

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The Snowy Egret is white with a black bill, black legs and bright yellow feet. It stands about 24" tall.

young little blue heron

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The Little Blue Heron starts out white and gradually turns dark blue as it matures. It has pale green legs and a grey bill with a black tip. It is about 24" tall and is easily mistaken for a Snowy Egret.

white ibis

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The White Ibis appears all white, but it has black wing tips which are visible when it flies. It is about 25" tall and has orange legs and feet and a distinctive orange bill that curves downward.

great egret

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The Great Egret is an all-white bird with a long yellow bill, long black legs and black feet. It stands about 38" tall. 

Osprey

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The Osprey is often mistaken for an Eagle because it is dark brown and white, but the Osprey has a white belly and breast. It is about 24" tall and has a dark streak through the eyes. Female Ospreys have a brown "necklace" across the chest.

Bald Eagle

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The adult Bald Eagle is dark brown with a white head and white tail. Its bill and feet are bright yellow. It is about 36" tall and has a wingspan of 6 to 7 feet. Young Bald Eagles are brown.

Limpkin

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The Limpkin is brown with white markings. It stands about 26" tall. It has a long, slightly down-curving bill and feeds mainly on freshwater shellfish.

Sandhill Crane

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The Sandhill Crane is a tall grey bird with a bright red eye mask. Its feathers are often stained with a brownish color. It has long legs and a long pointed bill. It is about 42" to 48" tall. Above is an adult and a 7 week old baby.

Great Blue Heron

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The Great Blue Heron is actually a tall grey bird with a white face and black eyebrows that extend back to form a black cap. It has long legs and a long yellow bill. It stands about 48" tall.