Birds of Florida

According to the official list of the Florida Ornithological Society Records Committee (FOSRC), there are around 540 bird species in Florida. No wonder the Sunshine State is regarded as one of the most sought-after birding destinations.

The common birds of South Florida include the lesser nighthawk, yellow-headed blackbird, and Swainson’s hawk. In north Florida, one could mostly spot the Florida scrub jay, and wood stork, whereas the American avocet and Carolina wren dwell in the central part of the state. Some of the largest birds in the state are the American white pelican, trumpeter swan, and whooping crane. On the other hand, the ruby-crowned kinglet, Carolina chickadee, and house wren are among the smallest birds in Florida.

The northern mockingbird was adopted as Florida’s state bird on the 23rd of April, 1927 due to its charming vocal skills.

Birds of Florida

  • Anhinga
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Swallow-Tailed Kite
  • Mottled Duck
  • Black-bellied Whistling Duck
  • Snail Kite
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Yellow-headed Blackbird
  • Carolina Wren
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Blue Jay
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Short-tailed Hawk
  • Caracara
  • Greater Flamingo
  • Brown Pelican
  • Black-crowned Night Heron
  • Wood Duck
  • Fulvous Whistling-Duck
  • Laughing Gull
  • Limpkin
  • Purple Gallinule
  • White-Crowned Pigeon
  • Cattle Egret
  • Wood Stork
  • Magnificent Frigatebird
  • American Wigeon
  • Florida Scrub-Jay
  • Short-Tailed Hawk
  • Painted Bunting
  • Brown Thrasher
  • Spot-Breasted Oriole
  • Reddish Egret
  • Mangrove Cuckoo
  • Burrowing Owl
  • White Ibis
  • Brown-headed Nuthatch
  • Eastern Towhee
  • Boat-Tailed Grackle
  • Black-whiskered Vireo
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Red-Cockaded Woodpecker
  • Common Myna
  • Roseate Spoonbill
  • Rufuous Hummingbird
  • Smooth-Billed Ani
  • Great Egret
  • Bald Eagle
  • Green Heron
  • Little Blue Heron
  • Lesser Nighthawk
  • Osprey
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Sandhill Crane
  • Snowy Egret
  • American Avocet
  • Glossy Ibis
  • Leach’s Storm-Petrel
  • Trumpeter Swan
  • Hooded Oriole

Backyard Birds:

All-year-round: Blue Jay, Carolina Wren, Northern Cardinal, Northern Mockingbird

In Summer: Carolina Wren, Mottled Duck, Snowy Plover

In Winter: Blue-winged Teal, Green-winged Teal, American Wigeon, Wood Duck

Birds of Prey: Red-tailed Hawk, Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle

Water Birds: Osprey, Anhinga, Brown Pelican

Birds with Long Beaks: Roseate Spoonbill, White Ibis, Great Blue Heron

Common Birds Identification by Color

White Birds

  • Great Egret
  • Snowy Egret
  • American White Ibis

Black Birds

  • Anhinga
  • Swallow-tailed Kite
  • Snail Kite

Blue Birds

  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Little Blue Heron

Green Birds

  • Budgerigar
  • Green Heron
  • Mitred Parakeet

Red Birds

  • Northern Cardinal
  • Roseate Spoonbill
  • House Finch

Pink Birds

Yellow Birds

  • American Goldfinch
  • Pine Warbler
  • Common Yellowthroat

Brown Birds

  • Limpkin
  • Brown Thrasher
  • Brown Pelican

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