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A Checklist of Bird Sightings in Broward County’s Regional Parks
The vastly diverse plant communities found in South Florida provide either temporary or permanent homes for more than 250 species of birds. More than 200 species have been sighted in Broward County parks and natural area sites. Hardwood hammocks, cypress/maple wetlands, and pine flatwoods are among the habitats preserved in these parks for human recreation and wildlife habitat.

The abundance notations are in accordance with “Checklist of Southern Florida Birds,” compiled by Dr. Ira Joel Abramson and Dr. Oscar T. Owre for the Tropical Audubon Society. The symbols are:

C = common; often seen or heard in appropriate habitat.
U = uncommon; usually present but not always heard or seen.
R = rare; present in appropriate habitats only in small numbers and seldom seen or heard.
r = resident; present all year although abundance may vary seasonally.
w = winter visitor (includes spring and fall).
m = migrant; present ordinarily only in migration.
o = occasional or casual visitor.
s = summer visitor.
h = historical.

The abundance of a bird species may be determined by its need for specialized habitat. While some species may be found in all park sites, others may not occur due to lack of suitable habitat within Broward County. This information is given as a general guide. The sightings in this collection have been accumulated from 1978 to May 20, 2003, and may not be representative of current bird populations.

Regional Parks Included In This Study
BO – Boaters Park
BP – Brian Piccolo Park
CB – C.B. Smith Park
DI – Deerfield Island Park
EA – Easterlin Park
FF – Fern Forest Nature Center
HNB – Hollywood North Beach Park
MP – Markham Park
PH – Plantation Heritage Park
QW – Quiet Waters Park
SW – Secret Woods Nature Center
TW – Tradewinds Park
TT – Tree Tops Park
TY – T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park
WL – West Lake Park/Anne Kolb Nature Center

 

Abundancee

BO

BP

CB

DI

EP

FF

HNB

MP

PH

QW

SW

TW

TT

TY

WL

LOONS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common Loon

Uw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

X

Red-throated Loon

Rw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GREBES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Horned Grebe

Rw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pied-billed Grebe

Cw

 

 

 

X

X

 

 

X

X

X

 

X

X

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PELICANS AND ALLIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

American White Pelican

Rw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brown Pelican

Cr

 

 

 

X

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

Northern Gannet

Uw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Double-crested Cormorant

Cr

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

X

X

X

 

X

X

X

X

Anhinga

Cr

 

X

 

 

X

X

 

X

X

X

X

X

X

 

X

Magnificent Frigatebird

Cr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HERONS AND ALLIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great Blue Heron (Great White)

Cr

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

X

Great Blue Heron

Cr

 

 

 

X

X

X

 

X

X

X

X

X

X

 

X

Green Heron

Cr Ranches Park

 

 

 

X

X

X

 

X

X

X

X

X

X

 

X

Little Blue Heron

Cr Ranches Park

 

 

 

X

X

X

 

X

X

X

X

X

X

 

X

Cattle Egret

Cr

 

X

 

 

X

X

 

X

X

X

X

X

X

 

X

Reddish Egret

Ur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

Great Egret

Cr

 

 

X

X

X

X

 

X

X

X

 

X

X

 

X

Snowy Egret

Cr

 

 

 

 

X

X

 

X

X

 

X

X

X

 

X

Tricolored Heron

Cr

 

 

 

X

X

X

 

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Black-crowned Night-heron

Ur

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

X

Yellow-crowned Night-heron

Cr

 

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

X

 

X

 

 

X

X

Least Bittern

Ur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

X

 

 

American Bittern

Ur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wood Stork

Cr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

X

X

 

X

Glossy Ibis

Ur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

X

 

 

X

 

 

 

White Ibis

Cr

 

X

X

X

X

X

 

X

X

 

X

X

X

X

X

Scarlet Ibis

Rr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

Roseate Spoonbill

Ur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WATERFOWL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fulvous Whistling-duck

Ur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

X

American Black Duck

Ro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mallard

Rw

 

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

X

X

X

 

Mottled Duck

Cr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

X

 

 

Gadwall

Uw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northern Pintail

Cw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green-winged Teal

Cw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

Blue-winged Teal

Cw

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

X

American Wigeon

Cw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northern Shoveler

Cw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wood Duck

Ur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Redhead

Uw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ring-necked Duck

Cw

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

X

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

Canvasback

Uw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lesser Scaup

Cw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

X

Bufflehead

Rw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ruddy Duck

Uw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hooded Merganser

Rw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red-breasted Merganser

Cw

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

X

White-faced Whistling Duck

Ro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VULTURES, HAWKS, AND FALCONS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turkey Vulture

Cr

 

X

X

 

X

 

 

X

X

X

X

X

X

 

 

Black Vulture

Cr

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

X

X

X

X

X

X

 

 

Swallow-tailed Kite

Cs

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

Snail Kite

Rr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White-tailed Kite

Rr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Uw

 

 

 

X

X

X

 

X

X

X

X

X

X

 

X

Cooper's Hawk

Uw

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red-tailed Hawk

Ur

 

X

 

 

X

X

 

X

X

 

X

X

X

 

X

Red-shouldered Hawk

Cr

 

 

 

 

X

X

 

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Broad-winged Hawk

Cm

 

 

 

 

X

X

 

X

X

X

X

X

X

 

X

Swainson's Hawk

Um

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Short-tailed Hawk

Ur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bald Eagle

Ur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

X

 

X

Northern Harrier

Cw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

X

 

 

X

 X

 

 

Osprey

Cr

 

X

 

X

X

X

 

X

X

X

X

X

X

 

X

Peregrine Falcon

Uw

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

Merlin

Uw

 

 

 

X

X

 

 

X

X

X

X

 

X

 

X

American Kestrel

Cw

 

 

 

X

X

X

 

X

X

X

X

X

X

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GALLINACEOUS BIRDS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northern Bobwhite

Ur

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

X

X

 

X

X

X

 

 

Wild Turkey

Rr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CRANES, RAILS, AND ALLIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sandhill Crane

Ur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

Limpkin

Cr Ranches Park

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

X

X

X

 

X

 

 

 

King Rail

Cr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clapper Rail

Ur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

Virginia Rail

Rw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sora

Cw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

Yellow Rail

Rw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black Rail

Rw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purple Gallinule

Cr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

Common Moorhen

Cr

 

X

X

 

X

X

 

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

American Coot

Cw

 

 

 

 

X

X

 

X

X

X

 

X

X

X

X

Caribbean Coot

Ro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHOREBIRDS, GULLS, AND ALLIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

American Oystercatcher

Rw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

Semipalmated Plover

Cw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

Piping Plover

Uw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

Snowy Plover

Rr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wilson's Plover

Ur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

Killdeer

Ur

 

 

 

X

X

X

 

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Lesser Golden Plover

Rm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black-bellied Plover

Cw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

Common Snipe

Cw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

X

 

 

X

X

 

 

American Woodcock

Ro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long-billed Curlew

Rw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whimbrel

Rm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

Upland Sandpiper

Rm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spotted Sandpiper

Cw

 

 

 

X

X

X

 

X

X

X

X

X

X

 

X

Solitary Sandpiper

Um

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

Willet

Cr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

Ruddy Turnstone

Cw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

Greater Yellowlegs

Cw

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

X

 

 

X

X

 

X

Lesser Yellowlegs

Cw

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

X

X

 

X

 

 

X

Red Knot

Uw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

Purple Sandpiper

Rw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pectoral Sandpiper

Um

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

White-rumped Sandpiper

Um

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

Least Sandpiper

Cw

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

x

 

X

Dunlin

Cw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

Short-billed Dowitcher

Cw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

X

Long-billed Dowitcher

Uw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stilt Sandpiper

Um

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Cw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

Western Sandpiper

Cw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

Marbled Godwit

Um

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sanderling

Cw

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

X

American Avocet

Uw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black-necked Stilt

Cs

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

X

X

 

 

X

X

 

X

Pomarine Jaeger

Uw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great Black-backed Gull

Uw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Uw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Herring Gull

Cw

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

X

 

X

Laughing Gull

Cr

 

 

 

X

X

 

X

 

X

X

X

X

X

 

X

Bonaparte's Gull

Uw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

Ring-billed Gull

Cw

 

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

X

X

X

X

X

 

X

Gull-billed Tern

Ur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

Forster's Tern

Cw

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

Common Tern

Uw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

Least Tern

Cs

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

X

 

 

 

X

 

Roseate Tern

Us

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sooty Tern

Cs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bridled Tern

Ur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little Tern

Cs

 

 

 

X

X

X

 

 

X

X

 

X

X

 

X

Royal Tern

Cr

 

 

 

X

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

X

 

X

Sandwich Tern

Cr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

Caspian Tern

Uw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

X

Black Tern

Cm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

X

Brown Noddy

Cs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black Noddy

Rx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black Skimmer

Cr

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PIGEONS AND DOVES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White-crowned Pigeon

Cr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rock Dove

Cr Ranches Park

 

X

 

 

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

 

White-winged Dove

Rr

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

X

 

 

Key West Quail Dove

Ro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mourning Dove

Cr

 

 

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Common Ground-Dove

Cr

 

 

 

 

X

X

 

X

X

 

 

X

X

 

X

Eurasian Collared Dove

Cr

 

X

X

 

 

 

X

 

 

X

 

 

 

X

 

Inca Dove

Rr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PARROTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue-crowned Parakeet

Cr

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

Canary-winged Parakeet

Cr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

X

 

 

 

 

Monk Parakeet

Cr Ranches Park

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

X

X

 

 

X

X

 

Rose-ringed Parakeet

Rr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red-fronted Amazon

Rr

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CUCKOOS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mangrove Cuckoo

Rr

 

 

 

x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Cs

 

 

 

X

X

X

 

X

X

X

X

X

X

 

X

Black-billed Cuckoo

Um

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smooth-billed Ani

Cr

 

X

 

 

X

X

 

X

X

X

X

X

X

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OWLS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barn Owl

Cw

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

X

X

 

 

 

X

 

 

Eastern Screech-owl

Cr

 

 

 

 

X

X

 

X

X

 

X

X

X

 

 

Great Horned Owl

Ur

 

 

 

X

 

X

 

 

 

X

 

X

X

 

 

Burrowing Owl

Ur

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barred Owl

Cr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

Short-eared Owl

Rw

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GOATSUCKERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chuck-will's-widow

Cr

 

 

 

 

X

X

 

X

X

 

X

X

X

 

 

Whip-poor-will

Cw

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common Nighthawk

Cs

 

 

 

X

X

X

 

X

X

X

X

X

X

 

X

Antillean Nighthawk

Ro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SWIFTS AND HUMMINGBIRDS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chimney Swift

Us

 

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

X

 

 

X

X

 

 

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Uw

 

 

 

X

X

X

 

X

X

 

X

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KINGFISHERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Belted Kingfisher

Cw

 

 

 

X

X

X

 

X

X

X

X

X

X

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WOODPECKERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northern-flicker

Cr

 

 

 

X

X

X

 

X

X

X

X

X

X

 

X

Pileated Woodpecker

Ur

 

 

 

X

X