The sunshine state is well-known for its variety of birds due to its landscape and warm temperatures. But... how much is too much??
Between waterfowl, birds of prey, and even a select number of flamingos, Florida's got it all when it comes to feathered friends.
Heck, even humans become "Snow Birds," as many flock to Florida for the winter months ! ! !
Are we feeling overwhelmed? Well, not really. Its pretty freaking cool.
It feels like everyday we notice a new bird species. Here's a quick glimpse at some of our favorites we've identified with a fun fact about each:
"American White Ibis" Eudocimus albus
These cuties roam around everywhere here in FL, foraging for food with their large distinctively-shaped bills. "Native American folklore held that the bird was the last to seek shelter before a hurricane, and the first to emerge afterwards. The bird was thus a symbol for danger and optimism [wiki]."
"Egyptian Goose" Alopochen aegyptiaca
"Great Blue Heron" Ardea herodias
These large birds have only a few predators including the Bald Eagle, and occasionally alligators; but, Great Blue Herons use their dagger-like bill to fend off these large threats.
"Osprey" Pandion haliaetus
"Common Moorhen" Gallinula chloropus
Based on my scientific observation, if you have eyes and are in Florida, there is a 100% chance you'll see this bird. BUT you won't get bored of them because there is actually at least 5 different subspecies to learn to identify [wiki]!
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