Wildlife that calls wetlands home
Marsh-dwelling osprey. Hawk-like. Ospreys eat fish. It eats seabirds and fish. Ospreys dive feet-first to catch fish. Ospreys can dive 100 feet and achieve 50 mph.
Whooping crane, after its call. Largest and rarest US bird. Cranes breed in Canada and Texas. Whooping cranes' long tracheas make their bugle.
Long-necked Long-legged Sandhill Cranes. Red eyemask. Sandhill cranes inhabit wetlands. They eat muck. Sandhill cranes winter inland and summer in marshes.
Bitterns love marshes and wetlands. Bitterns are secretive grass-eaters. Covertly. Clack-and-gulp. Bitterns mix with brown-striped marsh plants.
Swamp Sparrows inhabit reeds and cattails. Swamp birds sing. The swamp sparrow has longer legs. They can hunt insects in shallow water. Many swamp sparrows.
Ibises hunt in wetlands with their bent bills. 14-day-old Ibises with curved bills. Ibises nest in trees near shorelines and wetlands and eat in shallow water in large colonies.
Spoonbills are fascinating swamp birds. Only America has roseate spoonbills. Named for its pink feathers and spoon-shaped beak. Spoonbills filter insects from muddy marsh water with their bills.
Green Herons frequent marshes. They slouch over in greenery. They seek near coastlines and shallows with their green feathers. The green heron has a long neck, legs, and bill to spear fish.
The heron is bigger than the egret. Great egrets fish in marshes. They hunt from shallow water. Nesting with coastal and wetland birds.