The Sandhill Crane's head and cheek patches are red and white. Sandhill Cranes have long necks. Low, rattling calls, similar to the American crow, signal a swarm.

Sandhill Crane

Purple Gallinules have bright plumage. Its low, grating call sounds like a chicken, yet lakes don't have chickens. They breed year-round in Florida's south.

Purple Gallinule

Herons are large waders. Golden legs and bill turn crimson during breeding season. North American stilts enjoy shallow water. Season affects what they eat.

 Gray Heron

The American Bittern is a camouflaged wading bird. Wading birds have long legs, as illustrated in the photo. It has a characteristic call comparable to an antique wooden water pump.

 American Bittern 

Orange-red wingtips distinguish Scarlet Ibis. Black bills during breeding season, pink otherwise. They like South American mangroves and estuaries.

Scarlet Ibis

The Jabiru flies using powerful, slow wing beats, brief glides, thermals, and updrafts. Their legs make them clumsy on the ground, but they're graceful in the air and move in groups.


Typical flamingo. Pink hue from food is the bird's most recognisable trait after its angled black beak. Mass courtship displays begin nesting season.

 American Flamingo

Roseate Spoonbills inhabit Florida, Texas, and Louisiana. Spoonbills and waders migrate in tiny flocks. In shallow water, they use flat bills to sift silt while wading.

Roseate Spoonbill 

Long legs give these birds a gangly look, and they can soar 6000 feet. They'll fly 50 miles for food. They nest over water to avoid predators.

Wood Stork

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