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South Florida Aquatic Environments

Estuarine and Marine Waters



BIRDS
Roseate Spoonbill
© Gerald and Buff Corsi, California Academy of Sciences

Roseate Spoonbill


Estuarine and Marine Waters:

Native Fauna: Birds

  • Estuarine and marine habitats provide habitat and nesting areas for many birds
This habitat is home to wading and probing shorebirds, oceanic birds, and diving birds. The roseate spoonbill (Ajaia ajaja), reddish egret (Egretta refescens), double-crested cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus), and black-crowned night heron (Botaurus lentiginosus) are all known to nest within the habitats surrounding Florida Bay.

Great Blue Heron
© H. Vannoy Davis, California Academy of Sciences

Great Blue Heron

Snowy Egret
courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Snowy Egret

Other birds commonly observed include:


Black-necked Stilt
© Gerald and Buff Corsi, California Academy of Sciences

Black-necked Stilt


Shoreline birds include the willet (Catoptrophorus semipalmatus), snowy plover (Charadrius alexandrinus), Wilson's plover (Charadrius wilsonia), and the black-necked stilt (Himantopus mexicanus).