ibisThis particular ibis is a medium-sized bird with an overall white plumage, bright red-orange down-curved bill and long legs, and black wing tips that are usually only visible in flight.
|colspan=“2”>American white ibis|
|colspan=“2”>Eudocimus albus (Linnaeus, 1758)|
|colspan=“2”>Year-round Non-Breeding Passage|
Description: The adult has an all white body, a long, down-curved, red bill, long red legs, and black-tipped wings. Immature birds are shaped like the adult but have a brown back, dusky neck, and orange bill. Older birds can be mottled brown and white. Males and females look the same.
The northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) is one of the most familiar red songbirds in North America, so familiar that it has been honored as the state bird of seven states. Male northern cardinals are brilliantly red all over with a contrasting black facial mask, and even the bill is red.
Ravens Don’t Have Yellow Beaks
Birds like the Alpine chough (yellow beak) and the red-billed chough (red beak) are not really “ravens and crows”, but part of the wider crow family.
Originally a coastal species, the Oystercatcher has moved further inland over the last 50 years to breed on waterways and lakes. Most UK birds still spend their winters by the sea, however, and are joined by birds from Norway and Iceland.
The red-billed chough, Cornish chough or simply chough (/ˈtʃʌf/ CHUF; Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax), is a bird in the crow family, one of only two species in the genus Pyrrhocorax.
A familiar black bird of our lakes, ponds and rivers, the Coot is widespread; look out for its large and untidy-looking nest on the water in spring. The Coot can be distinguished from the similar Moorhen by its white beak and ‘shield’, and its entirely black body.
Adult males are crisply patterned with gleaming white bodies and dark, iridescent-green heads for most of the year. The back is black and the bill red. Females and immatures are gray-bodied with a white chest and rusty-cinnamon heads.
Muscovy Ducks are large, heavy-bodied ducks with long necks that can make them look like small geese. They have a fairly long bill that slopes smoothly up to the forehead. The tail is fairly long. Males are larger than females; domesticated individuals are often larger than wild.
Coots are dark-gray to black birds with a bright-white bill and forehead. The legs are yellow-green. At close range you may see a small patch of red on the forehead. You’ll find coots eating aquatic plants on almost any body of water.
While the American coot resembles a duck, it is not actually a duck species. Coots have chicken-like beaks, legs, and feet. Both drake and hen coots are grey in color but appear black from a distance. Their beaks are white with a faint red strip near the tip.
Coots are almost entirely black in plumage, but they have a rather dirty-white bill and a neater white shield over the forehead. Moorhens have orange bills with a yellow tip. Aside from the more obvious red and yellow bill versus white, there are some other differences in plumage.
Ibis is symbolic of balance, adaptability, purity, mystery, and unity. The spirit of these birds is driven with the will to survive in the direst circumstances. They’re strong-willed, determined, and ready to adapt according to the need of the moment.
The American White Pelican winters primarily along the southern coasts of the United States, including Florida, the Gulf Coast and into Texas, as well as Southern California. They summer in the Northern Rockies and into the plains of central Canada.
Great Blue Herons appear blue-gray from a distance, with a wide black stripe over the eye. In flight, the upper side of the wing is two-toned: pale on the forewing and darker on the flight feathers. A pure white subspecies occurs in coastal southern Florida.
While bald eagles have yellow beaks, red-tailed hawks have a yellow patch on the beaks.
Many species use red signals to attract mates or deter rivals, adding the color to their beaks, feathers, or bare skin. Generally speaking, as far as many birds are concerned, redder is better.
Male cardinals are brilliant red all over, with a reddish bill and black face immediately around the bill. Females are pale brown overall with warm reddish tinges in the wings, tail, and crest. They have the same black face and red-orange bill.
Female cardinal. Photo by Cheryl Anne. Northern cardinals are medium-sized bright red birds about 8 1/2″ long with a black mask, red crown, orange beak, and black areas on wings and tail. The female also has an orange beak but is buff-brown with a tan crown + a tinge of red, red spots on the wings & tail.
American Goldfinch. The American goldfinch is a small migratory bird with a small head, long wings, and a short, notched tail. Male and female American goldfinches have a colorful carotenoid-based orange bill during the breeding season; the bill serves as an indicator of the overall health of the bird.
The largest of the white-colored wading birds in Florida, the great egret is frequently seen in wetlands areas and along waterways.
15 Species Of White Birds Commonly Found In Florida
|Common Name||Scientific Name||Lifespan|
|White Ibis||Eudocimus albus||16 years|
|Masked Booby||Sula dactylatra||20 years|
|Great Egret||Ardea alba||5 years|
|Wood Stork||Mycteria americana||18 years|
The diet of the white ibis primarily consists of crabs, crayfish, fish, snakes, frogs, and insects. Ibis breed in large colonial groups along the coast and inland between February and October, with the peak in the spring and summer.