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Evolution of Birds:

Birds arrived late while comparing to other living organisms on earth. Even though they arrived late they had become mere pioneers in the air. No other creatures can compete with the power of flight and it has become the powerful feature of birds.

Some of the florida Birds are:



Anhinga

Anhinga
Anhingais mostly seen in freshwater, ponds, swamps, sluggish streams and sloughs. The main food of anhinga is fishes; it also feeds on small insects, and leeches.

Double-Crested Cormorant

Double-Crested cormorant
The Double-crested Cormorant is the most frequent and widespread North American cormorant. The birds are normally seen in Coast, islands, bays, lakes and rivers. It feeds mainly ion fish and also on some other aquatic animals, insects and amphibians. These are usually large and dark water bird with long neck.

Osprey

osprey
Ospreys are commonly found in lakes, rivers, and coasts and also in the clear water. They spread widely in some areas such as the Kissimmee and St. Johns River basins, the swamps of Alachua and Marion counties, and near Sebring and Lake Placid. Few of these species are found in north Florida during the winter. They feed mainly on fishes.

Flamingo

flamingo
Flamingos are most widely spread animals which are slim and rose-pink wading bird with longer neck and legs. The food of flamingo are small mollusks, Crustaceans, Blue-green algae.

Bald Eagle

bald eagle
These are very large, broad-winged and also broad tailed bird .They feed on fishes, birds and small mammals. The U.S Congress selected the bald eagle as national symbol in 1782 to signify the strength, freedom and conquest of the country. The habitats of these birds include Coasts, rivers, lakes and also mountains.

Northern Mocking Bird

northern mocking bird
This is a medium –sized song bird, long-tailed gray bird with white patches on wings and tail. These mocking birds feed on insects and fruits. The habitats of the birds include residential areas, city parks, farmlands, and desert brush.

Cattle Egret

cattle egret
The cattle egret is a white bird with orange colored legs and feet .They are commonly seen in dry or moist upland, often at the feet of the cattle. The diet consists mainly of insects, grasshoppers, and small vertebrates.

American Oystercatcher

american oystercatcher
American Oystercatcher is easily identified by its large red bill and flashy dark-and-light plumage. These are large shorebird with bright orange, long, thick bill. They feed mostly on oysters, clams, starfish, crabs, jellyfish, limpets, marine worms, and other invertebrates. American oystercatchers prefer rocky, sandy or shell beaches, salt marshes and mudflats.

Snowy Egret

snowy egret
This animal is a small white heron, which is considered to be the American counterpart to the very similar Old World Little Egret, which has established a foothold in the Bahamas. Adult birds display a slim black bill and they also have long black legs with yellow feet.

American White Pelican

american white pelican
The American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) is a very large bird. Which grows up to 50-70 inches; this is a white bird with black wing tips and a massive orange bill. They have a wingspan of approximately 3 m. their flight is considered to be graceful, moving their wings in slow controlling strokes.

Wood Stork

wood stork
The Wood Stork(Mycteria Americana) belongs to the stork family Ciconiidae. This is a large wadding bird. South America, Central America and the Caribbean serve to be its breeding land. The wood stork is a tropical species. Southern Florida, USA has a small and endangered breeding population of wood stork. The Wood Stork is the only stork that breeds in North America. The Wood Stork is sometimes also referred as the Wood Ibis, but it does not belong to the ibis family.

Spoonbill

spoonbill
Spoonbills belong to the family of large, long-legged wading birds in the family Threskiornithidae, Ibises are also included,These birds also feed through low waters; they possess large, flat, bills that look like the spatula. They search for their prey by sweeping their partly opened bill from side to side. If any small aquatic creature touches the inside of the bill—an insect, crustacean, or tiny fish, they close their bill immediately.

American Kestrel

american kestrel
The American kestrel(Falco sparverius) is a small falcon bird. Birds living in northern Canada and Alaska would migrate towards southern regions. This bird is commonly found only in North America, and very rarely only it moves to Western Europe.