Birds with Long Legs
Egrets and Herons – Family Ardeidae
The Great Blue Heron is the largest heron in the United States.
The Little Blue Heron can be confused with the Reddish Egret.
The Tricolored Heron Is primarily a coastal species, from Texas to Maryland. Found throughout Florida.
Ibises and Spoonbills – Family Threskiornithidae
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.
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.
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
The American Avocet nests inland in the western half of the United States. Winter plumage on the right.
The Black-necked Stilt is an easy species to identify. The brownish back indicates this is probably a female.
Sandpipers – Family Scolopacidae
Two common long-legged shorebirds are the Greater Yellowlegs (left) and Lesser Yellowlegs.
The Long-billed Curlew is well-named, and long-legged. Compare with the Whimbrel.