Bird Guide for Florida Beaches

Bird Basics

What makes a bird different than other animals? The first answer that pops into most peoples’ minds is that birds fly. But, not all birds fly. So, what characteristics do ALL birds share?

  • They are warm-blooded. That means birds have a near constant internal body temperature no matter what the temperature of the air is.
  • They lay eggs.
  • They are vertebrates. That means they have bones.
  • They have feathers.
  • They have wings.

Bird List:

Common Tern

Common Tern

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Royal Tern

Royal Tern

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Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican

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Sanderling

Sanderling

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Ruddy Turnstone

Ruddy Turnstone

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Semi-palmated Sandpiper

Semi-palmated Sandpiper

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Double-crested Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant

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Magnificent Frigatebird

Magnificent Frigatebird

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Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

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Great White Heron

Great White Heron

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Great Egret

Great Egret with Chicks

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White Ibis

White Ibis

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Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture

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Broad-winged Hawk

Broad-winged Hawk

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Osprey

Osprey

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American Kestrel

American Kestrel

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RIng-billed Gull

RIng-billed Gull

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Black Skimmer

Black Skimmer

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Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher

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American Oystercatcher

American Oystercatcher

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To many joyful beach experiences!

— Lisa Dworkin

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