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Brown Pelican

Brown pelicans are common in Biscayne National Park, though they are endangered in many places.

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The following birds have been documented at Biscayne National Park. They are sorted alphabetically by common name within their major groupings. The list is not exhaustive, and documented sightings of species not on this list are welcome. Submit new species sightings to the webmaster. Please consider participating in our new Biscayne Birding Trail certificate program!

Common Loon
Red-throated Loon

Horned Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe

Albatrosses, Petrels, and Shearwaters
Audubon's Shearwater

Wilson's Storm-Petrel

American White Pelican
Brown Booby
Brown Pelican
Double-Crested Cormorant
Magnificent Frigatebird
Northern Gannet
Red-billed Tropicbird
Red-footed Booby

Wading Birds
American Flamingo
Cattle Egret
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Glossy Ibis
Great Blue Heron / Great White Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Little Blue Heron
Reddish Egret
Roseate Spoonbill
Snowy Egret
Tricolored Heron
White Ibis
Wood Stork
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

Swans, Geese, and Ducks
American Wigeon
Black Scoter
Blue-winged Teal
Fulvous Whistling Duck
Hooded Merganser
Lesser Scaup
Mottled Duck
Muscovy Duck (non-native)
Mute Swan (non-native)
Northern Pintail
Pekin Duck (non-native)
Red-breasted Merganser
Snow Goose
White-winged Scoter

Diurnal Raptors
American Kestrel
Bald Eagle
Black Vulture
Broad-winged Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Northern Harrier
Peregrine Falcon
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Snail Kite
Short-tailed Hawk
Turkey Vulture

Upland Game Birds
Common Peafowl

American Coot
Clapper Rail
Common Gallinule

American Avocet
American Oystercatcher
Black-bellied Plover
Black-necked Stilt
Greater Yellowlegs
Least Sandpiper
Lesser Yellowlegs
Piping Plover
Purple Sandpiper
Red Knot
Red Phalarope
Red-necked Phalarope
Ruddy Turnstone
Semipalmated Plover
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Solitary Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Wilson's Plover
Wilson's Snipe

Jaegers and Skuas
Parasitic Jaeger
Pomarine Jaeger

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers
Arctic Tern
Black Skimmer
Black Tern
Bonaparte's Gull
Brown Noddy
Caspian Tern
Common Tern
Forster's Tern
Franklin's Gull
Glaucous Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Herring Gull
Laughing Gull
Least Tern
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Royal Tern
Sandwich Tern
Sooty Tern

Pigeons and Doves
Common Ground-Dove
Eurasian Collared-Dove (non-native)
Key West Quail-Dove
Mourning Dove
Rock Dove (non-native)
White-crowned Pigeon
White-winged Dove

Parrots and Their Allies
Monk Parakeet (non-native)
Orange-winged Parrot (non-native)

Cuckoos and Their Allies
Black-billed Cuckoo
Mangrove Cuckoo
Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Goatsuckers and Swifts
Common Nighthawk

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Barn Owl
Barred Owl
Eastern Screech Owl
Great Horned Owl

Belted Kingfisher

Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Tyrant Flycatchers
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Gray Kingbird
Great Crested Flycatcher
La Sagra's Flycatcher
Western Kingbird

Shrikes and Vireos
Bell's Vireo
Black-whiskered Vireo
Loggerhead Shrike
Red-eyed Vireo
White-eyed Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo

Jays, Crows, and Their Allies
American Crow
Blue Jay
Fish Crow

Barn Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow

Carolina Wren
House Wren

Old World Warblers, Thrushers, and Their Allies
American Robin
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Swainson's Thrush

Bahama Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird

Starlings and Mynas
European Starling (non-native)
Common Myna (non-native)
Hill Myna (non-native)

Wagtails and Pipits
American Pipit

Cedar Waxwing

Wood Warblers
American Redstart
Bay-breasted Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Magnolia Warbler
Northern Parula
Northern Waterthrush
Orange-crowned Warbler
Palm Warbler (Western Palm Warbler)
Prairie Warbler
Worm-eating Warbler
Yellow "Cuban" Warbler
Yellow-rumped "Myrtle" Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler

Tanagers, Cardinals, and Their Allies
Indigo Bunting
Northern Cardinal
Painted Bunting
Red-legged Honeycreeper (non-native)
Western Spindalis
Western Tanager

Emberizine Sparrows and Their Allies
Grasshopper Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow

Baltimore Oriole
Boat-tailed Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Common Grackle
Orchard Oriole
Red-winged Blackbird

Finches and Old World Sparrows
American Goldfinch
House sparrow (non-native)


For suggested birding locations, please visit our Biscayne Birding Trail Locations page.

For information on accessing segments of the Biscayne Birding trail, click here.

Need some pointers to make the most of your birding trip? Click here for birding tips and ethics.



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Mangrove Snapper

Mangrove snapper (also known as gray snapper) must be at least 10 inches long to keep. Following fishing regulations will ensure healthy fisheries in and outside of Biscayne National Park for generations to come. More...