Birds

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Birds of Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge

Birders, follow this link to download a helpful checklist of the birds of Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge:  TTINWR Birding Brochure 

  • Brown Pelican

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    Brown pelicans are a common sight throughout the Ten Thousand Islands area. These large birds can regularly be seen roosting on piers or docks where they take advantage of feeding on fish scraps. Brown pelicans are also often observed flying in low, single-file patterns over the water as they look for prey.

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  • Least Tern

    Least Tern on Egg

    The least tern is the smallest tern in North America and the smallest member of the gull and tern family. Their small size certainly does not make them difficult to see though! These bold birds are found throughout the Ten Thousand Islands area and are one of the top ten most commonly sighted species during shorebird censuses at Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge.

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  • Mangrove Cuckoo

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    The mangrove cuckoo is an elusive tropical bird that primarily inhabits mangrove forests of the South Florida coast. From its lifestyle to ecosystem needs, many characteristics of this bird have long been a mystery.

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  • Red Knot

    Red Knot

    The red knot is a type of shorebird known as a sandpiper. It is a large sandpiper at about 10 inches in length and 4.8 ounces in weight. The red knot wingspan is typically 20-22 inches. This bird has short, thick legs and a short, straight bill. The red knot is actually a drab gray color most of the year, but when in breeding plumage exhibits vibrant russet red colors.

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