By Todd Telander
This informative advisor makes it effortless to spot birds in a yard, favourite parks, and natural world parts.
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The top of the head is covered by red, bare skin. Plumage is gray overall but may become spotted with rust-colored stains by preening with a bill stained by iron-rich mud. In flocks, it grazes in fields gleaning grains, insects, and small animals, returning in the evening to roost in protected wetland areas. The voice of the Sandhill Crane is a throaty, penetrating, trumpeting sound. Unlike the heron, it flies in groups with the neck extended. The Florida population is nonmigratory and larger than northern races.
The tail is long and gradated with large white spots on the underside. The illustration shows an adult. Smooth-billed Ani, Croptophaga ani Family Cuculidae (Cuckoos) Size: 14” Season: Year-round in Florida Habitat: Open fields, grasslands, urban areas The fairly rare but social Smooth-billed Ani is a grackle-size, scruffy black bird that often appears hunched or holds its wings and tail at odd angles. Its bill is large and laterally compressed, with the top mandible being much larger that the lower, and with a thin keel at the top edge.
It also has a light superciliary stripe above a dark eye line. Marbled Godwits move about with slow, steady progress and probe in shallow water to find polychaete worms and crustaceans. Its call is a loud god-WIT. The illustration shows a nonbreeding adult. 5” Season: Predominantly winter in Florida, although may be found year-round Habitat: Wide variety of shoreline habitats, rocky intertidal to beaches and mudflats SANDPIPERS The gregarious and frenetic Ruddy Turnstone is a chunky, shortlegged shorebird with a short, wedge-shaped bill.
Birds of Florida: A Falcon Field Guide by Todd Telander