Discover 21 Pure White Birds in Florida (2023)

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Florida has a wide range of homes for birds. You can find many white, black, green, pink, red, and orange color birds in Florida as well as in other parts of America.

Each of the White Birds in Florida that we are going be explore today has different diets, color patterns, habitats, and sizes. 

You just saw a bird with a white color but don’t know its name or your baby just drew a picture of a white bird but you can’t answer due to low knowledge?

OK, wait! In this blog post, we cover the entire section about White birds that are found in Florida.

What are the white birds in Florida?

There are so many white birds found in Florida. But we took 21 birds that have pure white feathers. Here is the list:

  • American White Ibis
  • Great Egret
  • Snowy Egret
  • Cattle Egret
  • American White Pelican
  • Snow Goose
  • Little Blue Heron
  • Whooping Crane
  • Masked Booby
  • Ross’s Goose
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • White Tail Kite
  • Forster’s tern
  • White-breasted nuthatch
  • Northern Gannet
  • Snowy Plover
  • Snowy Owl
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Bufflehead
  • Wood Stork
  • Black-crowned night heron

Let’s explore all 21 types of white birds in Florida.

1. American White Ibis

American White Ibis
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The White Ibis is a large size of white bird that is commonly found in Florida’s wetlands.

You can easily identify these birds with their football-shaped bodies, long legs, long necks, and long curved bills. 

These species of white birds are big and long but smaller than the Great Egret.

These Ibis are entirely white with black wings and beautiful pink legs and bills.

American White Ibis can grow up to 20 to 21 inches in length with a wingspan of 35 to 41 inches. Their average weight is 1 kg

White Ibi’s main diet is crayfish, which also eat aquatic insects and small fish. 

Where to find in Florida: White Ibies always prefer freshwater marshes, mangroves, flooded pastures, and swamps where they easily find food them.

2. Great Egret

Great Egret
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The Great Egret is a large wading White bird that is commonly found in Florida. This bird has a long neck, yellow bill, and long, black legs.

Great Egrets are entirely white with some black plumes on their backs and tails during the breeding season. 

Great Egrets are one of the largest egret species. They can grow up to 3.3 to 3.7 feet and weigh up to 1kg. It has a wingspan of up to 1.4 meters.

The Great Egrets always prefer wetland habitats such as swamps, ponds, marshes, lakes, and coastal areas. 

The Great Egret mostly eats fish, but they also eat amphibians, reptiles, insects, and small mammals

How to Identify: You can easily identify this bird by its all-white plumage, long neck, long legs, and pointed yellow bill.

During the breeding season, they develop long plumes on their backs and tails. 

Where to find in Florida: In Florida, Great Egrets can be found in the Everglades, Sanibel Island, and Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. If you ever visit Florida, just visit these places to see this white bird species.

3. Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret
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The Snowy Egret is a white small wading bird that is found in Florida as well as other parts of America.

The Snowy Egret has a black bill, long black legs, and yellow feet. It has white plumage.

Snowy Egrets prefer wetland habitats like other egrets such as marshes, swamps, ponds, lakes, and tidal flats, as well as coastal areas. 

Snowy Egrets are one of the smaller egret species. They can grow up to 22-26 inches in length with a wingspan of up to 38 inches. 

Diet: They mostly eat small, but they also eat insects, crustaceans, and other small animals. 

How to Identify: You can easily identify this bird by its small size, long black legs, and yellow feet. Also, During the breeding season, they develop long feathers on their back, neck, and head. 

Where to find in Florida: In Florida, snowy egrets can be found in aquatic habitats, such as marshes, swamps, and ponds, as well as in coastal and inland areas of the state, especially in winter months. 

4. Cattle Egret

Cattle Egret
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Cattle Egret is a small white heron species found in Florida. It has a shot, a thick neck, and a stout, yellow bill.

During the breeding season, cattle egrets develop bright orange-buff plumes on their head, neck, and back. 

They can grow up to 18 inches tall with a wingspan of 35 inches. 

Cattle egrets are native to Africa. But this species of white bird is found all over the world except Antarctica. 

In Florida, they can be found in open habitats, such as pastures, fields, and wetlands. 

Cattle Egrets feed primarily on insects, grasshoppers, and crickets, which they catch by walking. 

How to Identify: 

  • compact size, white plumage, yellow bill
  • During the breeding season, they develop orange-buff plumes. 
  • In-flight cattle egrets hold their necks tucked in. 
  • They have a habit of perching on the backs of grazing cattle. 

5. American White Pelican

American White Pelican
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The American White Pelican is a huge white bird that is found in Florida. It has a white body and black wingtips. During the breeding season, they develop orange bills and pouches on their throat. 

American White Pelicans are the largest birds in North America. They are 4 feet tall with a wingspan of up to 9 feet. 

During the breeding season, they develop orange bills and pouches. In flight, they have a distinctive, slow wing beat, and often glide low over the water. 

They always prefer freshwater habitats like lakes, wetlands, and reservoirs.

In Florida, they can be seen in the Everglades, Lake Okeechobee, and various other large lakes and marshes. 

American White Pelican’s main food is fish, which they catch by swimming in groups. 

How to identify: Easily identified by its large size, white body, and black wingtips.

6. Snow Goose

Snow Goose
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The Snow Goose is a medium to large-sized migratory bird in Florida.

You can easily find these beautiful white birds in Michigan. Snow geese can grow up to 25-33 inches in length with a wingspan of up to 53 inches.

During breeding, season snow geese can be found nesting in Canada and Alaska. In the winter they migrate to the United States. 

Snow geese primarily eat plants such as grasses, sedges, and grains, and also eat insects and mollusks. 

7. Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron
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The Little Blue Heron is a white-wading bird found in Florida as well as other parts of America. As its name, it has a blue-gray body, and wings, with a dark blue-purple head and neck. 

The Little Blue Heron can grow up to 24 inches tall with a wingspan of around 40 inches. 

They can be found in freshwater and saltwater habitats, including marshes, swamps, ponds, and mangroves.

In Florida, they can be seen on the coast and inland wetlands

Little Blue Herons feed on small fish, insects, and other small animals which they catch by wading through shallow water.

They also eat grasshoppers, lizards, and other small animals. 

8. Whooping Crane

Whooping Crane
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The Whooping Crane is a large white bird that you can’t easily find in Floria because they are the most critically endangered bird species in the world, with only about less than 900 individuals left in the wild.

Whooping Cranes can grow up to 5 feet tall with a wingspan of up to 7 feet.

They are found in wetland habitats, including marshes, swamps, and prairies.

In Florida, a non-migratory population of this bird can be seen and the migratory population of this bird can be seen in Wood Buffalo National Park in Canada.

Whooping Crane eats small aquatic animals such as clams, crabs, shrimp, insects, and plants. 

How to Identify: You can easily identify this bird with its tall white body, and distinctive red crown. In-flight Whooping Cranes have black wingtips that are visible. 

9. Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl
image: Snowy Owl

The Snowy Owl is the most beautiful white bird in Michigan. Their white plumage looks amazing. If you are a bird lover or photographer you will love this bird without any doubt. 

It has white plumage, yellow eyes, and a black bill. Snowy Owls can grow up to 2 feet in length with a wingspan of up to 5 feet.

They are the largest owl species ever found in North America. Snowy Owls mostly eat small mammals, such as lemmings, voles, and rabbits, but they may also prey on birds, fish, and insects. 

How to identify: You can easily identify this bird by its white plumage, yellow eyes, and black bill. Males are whiter than females. In-flight Snowy Owls, have broad wings, and graceful flight patterns. 

10. Ring-billed Gull

Ring-billed Gull
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The Ring-Billed Gull is a medium-sized white gull especially found in Florida and other parts of the country. They have short bills, and long, slender wings.

These birds look amazing when they are flying. Adults have white heads, bodies, and tails.

They have yellow legs and a yellow bill with a black band around them.

They can grow up to 50.2 cm long and weigh about 550 grams. Females are 46 cm long and weigh about 470 grams.

Ring-billed Gull prefers habitats like garbage dumps, parking lots, and freshly plowed fields. Also, they are found in lakes, beaches, and beside water areas.

11. Ross’s Goose:

Ross's Goose
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The Ross’s Goose is a white goose found in Florida. They have black wingtips, short necks, triangular bills, and bluish bases.

These beautiful white birds look amazing. You will love these birds.

It has a short beak, short legs, and short, and black tails. Also, they have a black color eye. They can grow up to 23 to 25 inches, and weigh between 1 to 1.5 kg with a wingspan of 44 to 46 inches.

They always prefer wetlands, wet meadows, often in patches of dwarf birch, and small lakes. Ross’s Goose diet includes plant matter and insects. They mostly eat grasses and sedges.

12. Masked Booby

Masked Booby
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The Masked Booby is a big bird that lives near the sea. It has a black mask around its eyes, a light belly, and a dark back.

It is about 2.5 feet (0.8 meters) long and has a wingspan of 4 to 5 feet (1.2 to 1.5 meters).

The Masked Booby eats fish and squid that it catches by diving into the water from high above.

It lives in warm, tropical waters and makes its home on islands and rocky cliffs.

In Florida, you can find the Masked Booby on islands in the southern part of the state, like the Dry Tortugas.

13. White Tail Kite

White Tail Kite
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The White-tailed Kite is a white bird that lives in Florida. It has a white head, body, tail, and black wings. It is about 14-17 inches in length.

White-tailed Kites live in open areas like grasslands, fields, and marshes. They eat small mammals like rodents birds, and sometimes insects.

To find White-tailed Kites in Florida, you can look for them in open areas near water, such as wetlands or coastal areas.

14. Forster’s tern

Forster's tern
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Forster’s Tern is a bird species that can be found in Florida. It is a medium-sized bird with a sleek body, long wings, and a forked tail.

It has a black cap on its head and a white body with grey wings.

Forster’s Terns prefer to live near water bodies such as estuaries, bays, and salt marshes.

They mostly eat small fish and other aquatic animals, which they catch by diving into the water.

To spot Forster’s Terns in Florida, you can look for them near the coastlines, lakes, or rivers.

They are often seen flying over water or perched on structures such as buoys or pilings.

15. White-breasted nuthatch

White-breasted nuthatch
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The White-breasted Nuthatch is a small white bird species that is commonly found in Florida.

It has a bluish-gray back and wings, with a white face and belly. The male and female birds look the same.

White-breasted Nuthatches like to spend their time in deciduous forests, as well as suburban and urban areas with trees.

They have a unique way of foraging, climbing down tree trunks and branches headfirst.

They Mostly eat insects, nuts, and seeds, which they find in crevices of tree bark.

In Florida, you can easily find them in wooded areas, parks, or even your backyard if you have trees.

They can often be heard making a nasal “yank yank” call while foraging.

16. Northern Gannet

Northern Gannet
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The Northern Gannet is a large seabird that can be found in Florida.

It has a white body with black wingtips and a pointed bill. During the breeding season, the birds have a yellowish tint to their heads.

Northern Gannets spend most of their lives at sea. They mostly eat fish and squid, which they catch by diving into the water from heights of up to 130 feet.

They nest in large colonies on rocky cliffs or islands.

To observe Northern Gannets in Florida, you can look for them offshore from the coast or from boat tours that go out to sea. They can be seen diving into the water to catch fish, often in groups.

17. Snowy Plover

Snowy Plover
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The Snowy Plover is a small white bird species that can be found in Florida. It has a pale brown back and wings, with a white belly and a black patch on its forehead.

Snowy Plovers’ habitats include sandy beaches, sandbars, and mudflats near the coast.

They mostly eat small invertebrates like insects, crustaceans, and mollusks that they find in the sand.

To observe Snowy Plovers in Florida, you can look for them on sandy beaches and mudflats along the coast.

They can often be seen running along the sand or standing still and pecking at the ground.

18. Carolina Chickadee

Carolina Chickadee
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The Carolina Chickadee is a small black-white bird species that is native to Florida.

It has a gray back and wings, a black cap, and a white face with black markings around its eyes.

Carolina Chickadees inhabit deciduous forests, mixed woodlands, and suburban areas with trees.

They are active birds and forage for insects, seeds, and berries.

They are known for their distinctive chick-a-dee-dee-dee call, which they use to communicate with each other.

In Florida, you can look for them in wooded areas, parks, and even in your backyard if you have trees. They often travel in small groups and are very active, flitting from branch to branch as they forage for food.

19. Bufflehead

Bufflehead
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The Bufflehead is a small duck that can be found in Florida during the winter months. It has a distinctive black and white plumage, with a large white patch on the back of its head.

Buffleheads prefer freshwater lakes, rivers, and marshes.

They mostly eat small aquatic animals like insects, crustaceans, and mollusks, which they dive underwater to catch.

In Florida, you can easily find them in freshwater bodies of water like lakes and rivers. They are often seen diving underwater to catch food.

20. Wood Stork

Wood Stork
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The Wood Stork is a large white bird species that is native to Florida. It has a distinctive bald head and a long, curved bill. Its feathers are mostly white with black flight feathers and a tail.

Wood Storks always prefer wetlands, marshes, and swamps for their habitat.

They mostly eat fish, frogs, and other aquatic animals that they catch by wading through shallow water and using their bill to sense and capture prey.

In Florida, you can look for them in wetland areas such as the Everglades or other wildlife refuges. They are often seen standing still in shallow water or flying overhead.

They are listed as threatened species in the IUCN red list, so it is important to give them space and not disturb their nesting areas if you do come across them.

21. Black-crowned night heron

Black-crowned night heron
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The Black-crowned Night Heron is a medium-sized heron that can be found in Florida.

It has a distinctive black cap and back with gray wings and a white belly.

Black-crowned Night Heron habitats include wetland areas such as marshes, swamps, and lagoons.

They primarily eat fish but also eat crustaceans, insects, and other small animals.

In Florida, you can look for them in wetland areas at dusk or night, as they are primarily nocturnal feeders.

They can often be seen standing still in shallow water or perched in trees near water sources.

People Also Ask:

You can find all the questions answered regarding “white birds in Florida” that people ask on Google. Here are the questions and answers:

  • What are the white shore birds of Florida?

    Several species of white shorebirds can be found in Florida, including:

    Snowy Egret: The Snowy Egret has a black bill, long black legs, and yellow feet. It has white plumage. During the breeding season, it develops long feathers on its head, neck, and back. 

    Great Egret: The Great Egret is a large wading White bird that is commonly found in Florida. This bird has a long neck, yellow bill, and long, black legs.

    American White Pelican: American White Pelicans are the largest birds in North America. They are 4 feet tall with a wingspan of up to 9 feet. 

    White Ibis: The White Ibis is a large size of white bird that is commonly found in Florida’s wetlands. You can easily identify these birds with their football-shaped bodies, long legs, long necks, and long curved bills. 

  • What is the long white bird in Florida?

    The Great Egret is the long white bird in Florida. Great Egrets are one of the largest egret species. They can grow up to 3.3 to 3.7 feet and weigh up to 1kg. It has a wingspan of up to 1.4 meters.

  • What white bird is native to South Florida?

    The Great White Heron is native to South Florida and the Florida Keys. Great White Heron looks the same as Great Egrets. The only difference is great white herons have yellow legs instead of black.

  • What are the Florida white birds with long necks?

    Florida White birds with long necks are mostly egrets and heron species including Snowy egrets, great egrets, herons, White Ibis, Cattle Egrets, etc.

  • What Florida bird has a white head and chest?

    The Wood Stork is a Florida bird that has a white head and chest. It has a distinctive bald head and a long, curved bill. Its feathers are mostly white with black flight feathers and a tail.

  • What is a white bird with a long pointed beak in Florida?

    The white bird with a long pointed beak in Florida is called the White Ibis. It has a long, curved beak that it uses to search for food in shallow water and mud. The White Ibis has a mostly white body and a long, thin neck.

Conclusion:

In conclusion, Florida’s white bird species look amazing. Observing their behaviors, and beautiful colors and listening to their peaceful calls can be a relaxing experience. So, connect with us to explore more birds, doves, herons, hawks, and owls found all over America’s different states.

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