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Field Guide for all the Birds of North America

Wading Birds


Herons, Egrets, Flamingos, Ibises, Night-Herons, Spoonbill & Stork

Ardeidae, Ciconiidae, Phoenicopteridae & Threskiornitidae

Information, images and range maps on over 1,000 birds of North America, including sub-species, vagrants, introduced birds and possibilities

wading birds

Wading birds and Florida wading birds are synonymous. This is true because all the wading birds seen in North America can be found and seen in the state of Florida, at one time or another. Wading birds like the Great Egret is once again being seen throughout the southern US states. These large white birds are now found nesting in the southern regions of Canada. The recovery of these wading birds is thanks to the protection given by the federal states and provinces, guaranteeing them places to nest and feed without threat or harm.

wading birds

These birds have a preference for marshes, swamps, mudflats and shallow bodies of water all along the lakes, rivers and coastlines throughout Florida and the warmer areas of North America.

Below you will find images and information on these waders. These birds include the herons, egrets, flamingos, ibises, night-herons, spoonbill and storks. All of these types of waders can be seen among the wetlands or close to them.

Click on bird images or names to see pictures of the Wading Birds seen in North America

References to Other Bird Sites:

Avibase - the world bird database This site provides the user with a complete list of bird species, broken down per country, or in the example of the US or Canada, per state and province. Here, bird species names are available in other languages, a great asset to be used as a translation of foreign bird names.

ABA - American Birding Association This site represents an organization that maintains official records of all birds species that have been proven to have been seen inside the perimeters of the North American Continent and the surrounding bodies of water. Regular revised versions are posted to keep the bird list current at all times. This is the list used by all serious birders over their lifetime. You may be aware of the movie called the "Big Year". It was with this list that all the competing birders used in an attempt to set a new record as to how many bird species that could be seen by an individual birder in one calendar year.

I hope you will take advantage of these suggested websites. I have used each of them, in one way or another, throughout the years in my quest to better identify and understand our fine feathered friends.

Classic Collection of North American Birds