Birds

With hundreds of native birds throughout the Southeast, it is a birdlover's paradise! Here are just a few of the birds you might encounter:

Photo: Mark Hostetler

Sandhill crane

Grus canadensis

Photo: South Florida Water Management District.

Pileated woodpecker

Dryocopus pileatus

Photo: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Osprey

Pandion haliaetus

Photo: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Wild turkey

Meleagris gallopavo

Photo: South Florida Water Management District.

Barred owl

Strix varia

Photo: USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

Loggerhead shrike

Lanius ludovicianus

Photo: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Red-tailed hawk

Buteo jamaicensis

Photo: USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

Northern Cardinal

Cardinalis cardinalis

Photo: USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

Carolina wren

Thryothorus ludovicianus

Photo: National Park Service

Swallowtail kite

Elanoides forficatus

Photo: National Park Service

Purple martin

Progne subis

Photo: USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

Ruby-throated hummingbird

Archilochus colubris

Birdwatching in the Southeast

The Great Florida Birding Trail is 2000-mile trail that connects existing and new birdwatching sites throughout Florida.

For a complete list of birds, identification tips, photos, songs, and natural history, check out the Patuxent Bird Identification InfoCenter (USGS).

Interested in Monitoring Birds?

What types of birds are visiting your yard and neighborhood? The Florida Bird Monitoring Program, developed by the UF Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation's Extension office, lets you track which birds are occurring in your yard and neighborhood over time. Compare your survey results with other participants' and discuss suggestions about how to improve neighborhoods for birds.

DISCLAIMER NOTE: UF/IFAS WEC Extension supports the use of many resources to learn more about birds and birdwatching, and we've listed many on this page. However, we do not endorse any particular author, publisher, brand, company, or device.