Birds of Florida: A Falcon Field Guide by Todd Telander

By Todd Telander

This informative advisor makes it effortless to spot birds in a yard, favourite parks, and flora and fauna components.

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It waits patiently on its perch before flying down to attack a variety of small animals. It has a banded black-andwhite tail and spotted dark wings. The head and shoulder are rust-colored, while the breast is light with rust barring. Its legs are long and yellow and its bill is hooked. In flight there is a pale arc just inside the wing tips, and it flaps with quick wing beats followed by short glides. The Florida population is much paler overall than its western counterparts. The illustration shows an adult, Florida race.

In flight, it holds its wings flat with the tips bending up. To feed, it kites above the treetops and plunges to capture prey. Florida is the only state in which to find this tropical species in the United States. The illustration shows an adult dark morph. indd 25 11/17/11 12:18 PM Red-tailed Hawk, RAPTORS Buteo jamaicensis Family Accipitridae (Raptors) Size: 20” Season: Year-round in Florida Habitat: Telephone poles, posts near open country, prairies This widespread species is the most common buteo in the United States.

In flight one sees a white wing stripe on the upper wing. Sanderlings may form large foraging flocks and even larger flocks while roosting. The illustration shows a nonbreeding adult. 5” Season: Winter in Florida Habitat: Coastal beaches, mudflats The name “Dunlin” comes from the word “dun,” which means a dull, gray-brown color, and which describes the winter plumage of this bird. It is a rather small sandpiper with a long bill that droops down at the tip. In breeding plumage, there is a black belly patch and rufous tones on the back.

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