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Florida Nature: Endangered Birds
Birds have the most total species in danger in the State of Florida. They have seven endangered species, nine threatened species and eighteen species of special concern, giving them a total of  thirty-four species in danger in  Florida. Each Florida bird is classified as either endangered, threatened or a species of special concern (SSC). The number after the classification refers to the reason it is classified as a species of special concern. The description of each number value can be found here. Click on the common name of the bird for a brief description and photograph of each endangered bird from the state of Florida.

Common Name Scientific Name Standing
Piping Plover Charadrius melodus Threatened
Snowy Plover Charadrius alexandrinus Threatened
American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus SSC (1,2)
Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis SSC (1)
Black Skimmer Rynchops niger SSC (1)
Least Tern Sterna antillarum Threatened
Roseate Tern Sterna dougalli Threatened
Limpkin Aramus guarauna SSC (1)
Reddish Egret Egretta rufescens SSC (1,4)
Snowy Egret Egretta thula SSC (1)
Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea SSC (1,4)
Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor SSC (1,4)
White Ibis Eudocimus albus SSC (2)
Florida Sandhill Crane Grus canadensis pratensis Threatened
Whooping Crane Grus americana SSC (5)
Wood Stork Mycteria americana Endangered
Roseate Spoonbill Platalea ajaja SSC (1,4)
Burrowing Owl Athene cunicularia SSC (1)
Crested Caracara Caracara Cheriway Threatened
Southeastern American Kestrel Falco sparverius paulus Threatened
Osprey Pandion haliaetus SSC (1,2)
Snail Kite Rostrhamus sociabilis plumbeus Endangered
Florida Scrub Jay Aphelocoma coerulescens Threatened
Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow Ammodramus maritimus mirabilis Endangered
Florida Grasshopper Sparrow Ammodramus savannarum floridanus Endangered
Scott’s Seaside Sparrow Ammodramus maritimus peninsulae SSC (1)
Wakulla Seaside Sparrow Ammodramus maritimus juncicolus SSC (1)
White-Crowned Pigeon Columba leucocephala Threatened
Kirtland’s Warbler Dendroica kirtlandii Endangered
Bachman’s Warbler Vermivora bachmanii Endangered
Ivory-Billed Woodpecker Campephilus principalis Endangered
Red-Cockaded Woodpecker Picoides borealis SSC
Marian’s Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris marianae SSC (1)
Worthington’s Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris griseus SSC (1)

Piping Plover bird, threatened in the state of FloridaPiping Plover (Charadrius melodus) Threatened- The Piping Plover is a small shorebird, a little smaller than a Robin. It looks quite round and plump when it is standing still on its orange legs. It has a black collar in summer, and a rather short beak. The legs and black collar are probably the most visible feature of this rare bird, because the feathers on its back are the color of pale dry sand, and the adult blends in with the beach so well that one might be standing very close to you without you noticing it. In winter, the black collar disappears, making the Piping Plover even harder to spot. Piping Plovers nest on Atlantic beaches and on salt flats in the center of North America. The biggest factor in the bird's decline is a single competitor - people!

snowy plover bird found on Florida coastlinesSnowy Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus) Threatened - Snowy Plover can be found along the west coast from Washington to Baja California and along the Gulf Coast from Florida to the Yucatan Peninsula. Preferred habitats include sandy coastal beaches and shallow alkaline lakes. The snowy ploveris a small bird with pale brown upper parts and white under parts. This bird has dark patches on either side of upper breast, behind eye, and on it's white forehead. The snowy plover's bill, legs, and feet are black.
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