Birds of the Everglades
When you take a trip to the historic Florida Everglades, you can be sure to spot some of the most unique and exotic wildlife in the world. Everglades National Park is home to a variety of species that include mammals, the Florida Panther, birds, and alligators to name a few, and this ecosystem is the only place that both crocodiles and alligators coexist. Everglades Holiday Park, our gator park located in sunny Fort Lauderdale, provides truly the best sightseeing in Florida. Below, we take a deeper look at the unique birds of the Everglades. A day trip will consist of outdoor adventure gliding through the wetlands on an airboat tour and you will be amazed by all the inhabitants that will cross your path.
There have been over 300 different species of birds spotted throughout the Everglades, and these birds can be grouped into wading birds and land birds. Some of the birds are year-long residents in the Everglades, while others make their way down for the winter months and continue their journey elsewhere. For thousands of years, abundant bird life has filled the Everglades, and many diverse groups call the wetlands home.
Wading Birds of the Everglades
Spending the day in the Everglades, you can be sure to find wading birds, which include egrets, wood storks, and roseate spoonbills, to name a few. This group of birds all have long legs in order to wade in the water and catch their prey. Their diets consists of small fish, reptiles, and mammals. Egrets are long-legged birds with long necks and slender bodies like bills. They are mostly white or buff colored, and they often hold their long necks in an “S” shape, even in flight. The large wood stork was once on the endangered species list, but is now on the threatened list. This bird is known for snatching its food very quickly.
Land Birds of the Everglades
Many of the land birds that live in the Everglades are migratory and they travel to the wetlands when the climate and food options are the best for this species. These birds include woodpeckers, bobwhites, and meadowlarks, and you can spot them in trees and other dry areas in the park. Land birds are known for their vibrant colors and loud chirping.
The Everglades is one of the best destinations to spot some of the most diverse groups of birds. With so many species inhabiting the wetlands, you will be amazed at the beauty and uniqueness. You can enjoy birdwatching year-round at Everglades Holiday Park. Our outdoor excursions will be filled with exciting wildlife for everyone to enjoy! Bring the kids and head on over to our gator park, where you will experience fun-in-the-sun and a thrilling airboat ride through the famous Florida Everglades. You never know what species you will encounter during your journey, and the abundant wildlife will make everyone want to plan their next trip to Everglades Holiday Park!