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Species Accounts & Distribution Maps

The species accounts provide information of general status, habitat, and status of breeding species in Florida. The accounts were written by various participants and were often sponsored.

Each account includes a map that displays quads with Possible, Probable or Confirmed breeding status. For more details view our map information.

Please Note: The following contains records of volunteers from 1986-91. The intensity of the survey varied from person to person, and from quad to quad, and some species are easier to detect than others. The nesting status of any given species may have changed since 1991. For these reasons, users of these maps are cautioned that the absence of a record for a given county, quad, or block, does not necessarily mean no nesting is now occurring. This service is not an adequate substitute for a specific on-the-ground survey.

The illustrations of the birds were created by artist Diane Pierce.  All images are copyrighted by the artist and permission is needed to use them for other purposes.

ORDER: Podicipediformes
FAMILY: Podicipedidae - Grebes
Pied-billed Grebe
ORDER: Pelecaniformes
FAMILY: Sulidae - Boobies
Masked Booby
FAMILY: Pelecanidae - Pelicans
Brown Pelican
FAMILY: Phalacrocoracidae - Cormorants
Double-crested Cormorant
FAMILY: Anhingidae- Anhingas
FAMILY: Fregatidae- Frigatebirds
Magnificent Frigatebird
ORDER: Ciconiiformes
FAMILY: Ardeidae - Herons/Bitterns
American Bittern
Least Bittern
Great Blue Heron
Great White Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
Reddish Egret
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
FAMILY: Threskiornithidae- Ibis/Spoonbills
White Ibis
Glossy Ibis
Roseate Spoonbill
FAMILY: Ciconiidae- Storks
Wood Stork
FAMILY: Cathartidae - New World Vultures
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
ORDER: Anseriformes
FAMILY: Anatidae - Ducks/Geese/Swans
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
Fulvous Whistling-Duck
Swan Goose
Graylag Goose
Canada Goose
Egyptian Goose
Mute Swan
Black Swan
Muscovy Duck
Wood Duck
Mandarin Duck
Mottled Duck
Blue-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Hooded Merganser
Ruddy Duck
ORDER: Falconiformes
FAMILY: Accipitridae - Hawks/Kites/Eagles/Allies
Swallow-tailed Kite
White-tailed Kite
Snail Kite
Mississippi Kite
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Short-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
FAMILY: Falconidae - Caracaras/Falcons
Crested Caracara
American Kestrel
ORDER: Galliformes
FAMILY: Phasianidae - Pheasants/Turkey
Ring-necked Pheasant
Common Peafowl
Wild Turkey
FAMILY: Odontophoridae - Quail
Northern Bobwhite
ORDER: Gruiformes
FAMILY: Rallidae - Rails/Gallinules/Coots
Black Rail
Clapper Rail
King Rail
Purple Gallinule
Common Moorhen
American Coot
FAMILY: Aramidae- Limpkin
FAMILY: Gruidae - Cranes
Sandhill Crane


ORDER: Charadriiformes
FAMILY: Charadriidae - Plovers
Snowy Plover
Wilson's Plover
FAMILY: Haematopodidae- Oystercatchers
American Oystercatcher
FAMILY: Recurvirostridae - Stilts/Avocets
Black-necked Stilt
FAMILY: Scolopacidae - Sandpipers/Allies
American Woodcock
FAMILY: Laridae - Skuas/Gulls/Terns/Skimmers
Laughing Gull
Gull-billed Tern
Caspian Tern
Royal Tern
Sandwich Tern
Roseate Tern
Least Tern
Bridled Tern
Sooty Tern
Brown Noddy
Black Skimmer
ORDER: Columbiformes
FAMILY: Columbidae - Pigeons/Doves
Rock Dove
White-crowned Pigeon
Ringed Turtle-Dove
Eurasian Collared-Dove
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Common Ground-Dove
ORDER: Psittaciformes
FAMILY: Psittacidae- Parakeets/Parrots
Rose-ringed Parakeet
Green-cheeked Parakeet
Monk Parakeet
Blue-crowned Parakeet
Mitred Parakeet
Red-masked Parakeet
Dusky-headed Parakeet
Orange-fronted Parakeet
Chestnut-fronted Macaw
Blue-and-yellow Macaw
Black-hooded Parakeet
Canary-winged Parakeet
White-fronted Parrot
Hispaniolan Parrot
Red-crowned Parrot
Red-lored Parrot
Blue-fronted Parrot
Yellow-headed Parrot
Yellow-naped Parrot
Yellow-crowned Parrot
Orange-winged Parrot
ORDER: Cuculiformes
FAMILY: Cuculidae - Cuckoos/Anis
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Mangrove Cuckoo
Smooth-billed Ani
ORDER: Strigiformes
FAMILY: Tytonidae - Barn Owls
Barn Owl
FAMILY: Strigidae - Typical Owls
Eastern Screech-Owl
Great Horned Owl
Burrowing Owl
Barred Owl
ORDER: Caprimulgiformes
FAMILY: Caprimulgidae - Goatsuckers
Common Nighthawk
Antillean Nighthawk
ORDER: Apodiformes
FAMILY: Apodidae - Swifts
Chimney Swift
FAMILY: Trochilidae - Hummingbirds
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
ORDER: Coraciiformes
FAMILY: Alcedinidae - Kingfishers
Belted Kingfisher
ORDER: Piciformes
FAMILY: Picidae - Woodpeckers
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Red-cockaded Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
ORDER: Passeriformes
FAMILY: Tyrannidae - Tyrant Flycatchers
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Acadian Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Gray Kingbird
FAMILY: Laniidae - Shrikes
Loggerhead Shrike
FAMILY: Vireonidae - Vireos
White-eyed Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Black-whiskered Vireo
FAMILY: Corvidae - Jays/Crows
Blue Jay
Florida Scrub-Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
FAMILY: Hirundinidae - Swallows
Purple Martin
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Cave Swallow
Barn Swallow
FAMILY: Paridae - Chickadees/Titmice
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
FAMILY: Sittidae - Nuthatches
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
FAMILY: Troglodytidae - Wrens
Carolina Wren
Marsh Wren
FAMILY: Pycnonotidae- Bulbuls
Red-whiskered Bulbul
FAMILY: Muscicapidae- Gnatcatchers
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
FAMILY: Turdidae- Thrushes/Allies
Eastern Bluebird
Wood Thrush
American Robin
FAMILY: Mimidae - Mockingbirds/Thrashers
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Bahama Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
FAMILY: Sturnidae - Starlings
European Starling
Common Myna
Crested Myna
Hill Myna
FAMILY: Parulidae - Wood-Warblers
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Pine Warbler
Prairie Warbler
American Redstart
Prothonotary Warbler
Worm-eating Warbler
Swainson's Warbler
Louisiana Waterthrush
Kentucky Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat
FAMILY: Thraupidae- Tanagers
Summer Tanager
FAMILY: Emberizidae- Sparrows
Eastern Towhee
Bachman's Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Seaside Sparrow
FAMILY: Cardinalidae:  Grosbeaks/Buntings
Northern Cardinal
Red-crested Cardinal
Blue Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Painted Bunting
FAMILY: Icteridae - Blackbirds
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
Boat-tailed Grackle
Shiny Cowbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
Spot-breasted Oriole
FAMILY: Fringillidae - Finches
House Finch
American Goldfinch
Yellow-fronted Canary
FAMILY: Passeridae - Old World Sparrows
House Sparrow