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Extra resources for Birds of Florida: A Falcon Field Guide
In breeding plumage, it has a rufous body with a grayish back and wings. The bill is dark, about the length of the head. In flight the long, pointed wings, which are gray underneath, can be seen. It forages by probing and picking in the mud or sand for a variety of small prey. Often forms tight flocks while roosting and feeding. The illustration shows a breeding adult, below, and a nonbreeding adult, above. indd 37 11/17/11 12:18 PM Sanderling, Calidris alba SANDPIPERS Family Scolopacidae (Sandpipers) Size: 8” Season: Winter in Florida Habitat: Coastal beaches, mudflats The Sanderling is a common shorebird that runs back and forth following the incoming and outgoing surf, grabbing invertebrates exposed by the waves.
It is usually solitary or found in small groups, but may form large flocks where food is abundant. The illustration shows an adult. 5” Season: Year-round in Florida Habitat: Human-altered environments, pastures, rooftops PIGEONS, DOVES The Eurasian Collared-Dove was introduced to the United States from Europe and is gradually increasing its numbers here. It is a stocky, fairly large dove with a squarish tail. Plumage is light brown-gray overall with darker primaries, white along the outer edges of the tail, with a contrasting black streak around the nape.
The illustration shows an adult. LIMPKINS Limpkin, Aramus guarauna Family Aramidae (Limpkin) Size: 26” Season: Year-round in Florida Habitat: Shallow wetlands with vegetation Named for its slow walking gait, which resembles a limp, the Limpkin looks somewhat like a small crane. It has a long neck, long legs, and a long, decurving bill. Its plumage is dark brown with white streaking down the head and neck and onto the front half of the body. In flight it holds the neck extended below the body creating a humpbacked appearance.