A Purple Gallinule
A resident of the Big Cypress Preserve
Purple Gallinule sound created by:
Dr. Pamela C. Rasmussen
MSU Dep. of Zoology
Most bird images this page courtesy of:
"There is nothing in which the
birds differ more from Man than the way in
which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before." - Robert Lynd
Threatened or Endangered Birds of Florida
To begin: what is a Bird?
A Bird is a warm blooded,
bipedal (two legs)
vertebrate (has a backbone)
bills and wings and most can
It lays eggs to reproduce and
many theories have
it classified as a direct
descendant of Dinosaurs,
dating back to the Jurassic
Florida is a paradise for bird
over 480 different Species of Birds
Great Florida Birding Trail.
The tropical environment, the abundance
and the multitude of insects, make this a
most appealing Habitat for all Species of
But, Paradise is not without
controversy when it comes to
allowing any Species to
retain its historical or ancestral
Habitats and our beautiful
Birds are no exception.
Recent studies find troubling
declines in U.S. Birds:
Citizen Science Reports Declines
Read the U.S. Fish and
The State of the Birds
Threatened or Endangered Florida Birds on this
web site are:
Places to learn more:
Florida's Imperiled Colonial Water Birds
This picture is a kind gift
from Barb Messimer.
Although Florida cannot claim
the Painted Bunting as a permanent
resident, we can claim it as
a snow bird. For now, it is being carefully
watched and could become a
Threatened or Endangered Bird.
Below is a very limited selection of the hundreds of beautiful Birds of
Those with the * are either an Endangered or a Threatened Species.
Crowned Night Heron
Walking with the Alligators
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