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How do you find identification information for birds in Florida?

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There are several online resources that provide guides for bird identification both across the United States, such as Cornell Lab of Ornithology's All About Birds, as well as for specific regions, such as FloridaNature.com. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology also provides an introduction on how to identify various bird species.

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How do you find identification information for birds in Florida?
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FloridaNature.com lists several Florida species along with physical and behavioral descriptions, habitat details, and migration habits, when applicable. Several photos accompany each species' entry.

Although not limited to Florida, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's All About the Birds guide is far more comprehensive. By either searching for a particular species through the website's search engine or browsing common species by name, shape or taxonomy, users can identify common birds in Florida. Detailed entries list species classification, conservation status and a summary description. A more detailed description includes an identification tab that covers size and shape, color pattern, behavior and habitat. As birds are sometimes more vocal than visible, sound clips of their calls and songs within each entry provide further identification tools.

A color-coded range map of the United States accompanies each entry, enabling users to verify whether a species lives in Florida. The map also shows wintering ranges, including birds that winter in Florida, such as the cedar waxwing.

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