• Birds of Prey


    Birds of prey have sharp vision, are very capable hunters and vary greatly in size.

    The most common birds of prey on Merritt Island NWR are osprey, red-shouldered hawk, bald eagle, and American kestrel.

  • Shore Birds


     Shorebirds are birds commonly found along sandy or rocky shorelines, mudflats, and shallow waters.

     Shorebirds that are seen on the refuge include killdeer, lesser yellowlegs, Wilson's snipe, and ring-billed gull. 

  • Migratory Birds

    Hooded Warbler

     A songbird is group of birds that can produce diverse and elaborate song. 

    Frequently seen on the refuge are blue jay, barn swallow, tufted titmouse, Carolina wren, American robin, pine warbler, and many more!

  • Wading Birds


     Wading birds are long-legged wading birds such as storks and herons. 

    Common wading birds seen on the refuge include little blue heron, white ibis, great egret and the great blue heron. 

  • Waterfowl


    Waterfowl are certain wildfowl of the order Anseriformes, which includes ducks, geese, and swans. 

    Wood duck, ring-necked duck and blue-winged teal are commonly found on the refuge.