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Birds with Long Legs


Egrets and Herons – Family Ardeidae

great blue heron

The Great Blue Heron is the largest heron in the United States.



little blue heron

The Little Blue Heron can be confused with the Reddish Egret.


tri-colored heron

The Tricolored Heron Is primarily a coastal species, from Texas to Maryland. Found throughout Florida.


Ibises and Spoonbills – Family Threskiornithidae

glossy ibis

The Glossy Ibis is primarily a bird of the coast, from Texas to Florida, north to Maine. Range overlaps with very similar White-faced Ibis in parts of Texas.


white ibis

The White Ibis is a can't miss species, common along the Gulf Coast and Florida. Juvenile birds are brown on the back and head.


roseatte spoongbill

The Roseate Spoonbill has an orange tail. Note the flat, rounded tip to the bill. Common along the Texas, Louisiana and Florida coasts. Sometimes confused with a flamingo by inexperienced bird watchers.



Stilts and Avocets - Family Recurvirostridae

american avocet

The American Avocet nests inland in the western half of the United States. Winter plumage on the right.


black-necked stilt

The Black-necked Stilt is an easy species to identify. The brownish back indicates this is probably a female.


Sandpipers – Family Scolopacidae

greater and lesser yellowlegs

Two common long-legged shorebirds are the Greater Yellowlegs (left) and Lesser Yellowlegs.



long-billed curlew

The Long-billed Curlew is well-named, and long-legged. Compare with the Whimbrel.


Amaze your friends

This species nests in North America, but during the winter it can occur in flocks of a million or more birds in Venezuela!

Selecting a field guide

Read about the top field guides.

Choosing a pair of binoculars

Selecting the best pair of binoculars for your specific needs.