Planting a Refuge for Wildlife

The Cape Sable seaside sparrow is the only bird restricted entirely to the Everglades ecosystem. The 5-inch-long sparrow is dark olive-gray and brown on the back and light gray with dark olive streaks on the sides. It has small patches of yellow feathers in front of the eyes and at the bend of the wings. Because of their small size, drab appearance, and secretive habits, seaside sparrows usually are heard before they are seen. The male's song consists of a few introductory notes followed by a "buzzy" trill.

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The northern mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) is the official state bird of Florida.

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