Birds of Cape Coral

Cape Coral is home to a wide variety of birds thanks to its diverse habitat.  Cape Coral is surrounded by salt water, has numerous fresh water ponds and canals and has low lands and upland habitats. Below is a list of  birds that have been seen in recent years. (The list is by no means complete) Report any additional birds with the date and location using the form below.

Checked birds have been seen in Cape Coral.

GEESE, DUCKS SANDPIPERS, ALLIES CHICKADEES, TITMICE
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck x Spotted Sandpiper Carolina Chickadee
Fulvous Whistling-Duck Solitary Sandpiper Tufted Titmouse
Greater White-fronted Goose Greater Yellowlegs NUTHATCHES
Snow Goose Willet White-breasted Nuthatch
Canada Goose Lesser Yellowlegs Brown-headed Nuthatch
x Muscovy Duck Upland Sandpiper CREEPERS
Wood Duck Whimbrel Brown Creeper
Gadwall Long-billed Curlew WRENS
 X Eurasian Wigeon Marbled Godwit Carolina Wren
American Wigeon Ruddy Turnstone  x House Wren
American Black Duck Red Knot Sedge Wren
x Mallard Sanderling Marsh Wren
x Mottled Duck Semipalmated Sandpiper GNATCATCHERS
x Blue-winged Teal Western Sandpiper x Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Cinnamon Teal Least Sandpiper BULBULS
Northern Shoveler White-rumped Sandpiper Red-whiskered Bulbul
Northern Pintail Pectoral Sandpiper KINGLETS
Green-winged Teal Purple Sandpiper Golden-crowned Kinglet
Canvasback Dunlin Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Redhead Stilt Sandpiper THRUSHES, ALLIES
Ring-necked Duck Buff-breasted Sandpiper x Eastern Bluebird
Greater Scaup Ruff Veery
x Lesser Scaup Short-billed Dowitcher Gray-cheeked Thrush
Surf Scoter Long-billed Dowitcher Swainson’s Thrush
White-winged Scoter Wilson’s Snipe Hermit Thrush
Black Scoter American Woodcock Wood Thrush
Long-tailed Duck Wilson’s Phalarope x American Robin
Bufflehead Red-necked Phalarope MOCKINGBIRDS, ALLIES
Common Goldeneye GULLS, TERNS, SKIMMER x Gray Catbird
x Hooded Merganser Bonaparte’s Gull x Northern Mockingbird
x Red-breasted Merganser x Laughing Gull Bahama Mockingbird
Ruddy Duck Franklin’s Gull Brown Thrasher
 x Ring-necked Duck x Ring-billed Gull STARLINGS, MYNAS
TURKEY, QUAIL Herring Gull x European Starling
Wild Turkey Lesser Black-backed Gull Common Myna
x Northern Bobwhite Great Black-backed Gull PIPITS
LOONS Brown Noddy American Pipit
Red-throated Loon Black Noddy Sprague’s Pipit
x Common Loon Sooty Tern WAXWINGS
GREBES Bridled Tern x Cedar Waxwing
x Pied-billed Grebe Least Tern WARBLERS
Horned Grebe Gull-billed Tern Ovenbird
Eared Grebe Caspian Tern Worm-eating Warbler
FLAMINGOES Black Tern Louisiana Waterthrush
American Flamingo Roseate Tern Northern Waterthrush
SHEARWATERS Common Tern Golden-winged Warbler
Cory’s Shearwater Forster’s Tern Blue-winged Warbler
Great Shearwater x Royal Tern x Black-and-white Warbler
Audubon’s Shearwater Sandwich Tern Prothonotary Warbler
STORM-PETRELS Black Skimmer Swainsonʼs Warbler
Wilson’s Storm-Petrel JAEGERS Tennessee Warbler
WOOD STORK Pomarine Jaeger Orange-crowned Warbler
x Wood Stork Parasitic Jaeger
FRIGATEBIRDS RAZORBILL Nashville Warbler
 x Magnificent Frigatebird Razorbill Connecticut Warbler
BOOBIES, GANNETS PIGEONS, DOVES Mourning Warbler
Masked Booby Rock Pigeon Kentucky Warbler
Brown Booby White-crowned Pigeon x Common Yellowthroat
Northern Gannet x Eurasian Collared-Dove Hooded Warbler
CORMORANTS White-winged Dove American Redstart
x Double-crested Cormorant x Mourning Dove Cape May Warbler
ANHINGA x Common Ground-Dove Cerulean Warbler
x Anhinga PARAKEETS Northern Parula
PELICANS Budgerigar x Magnolia Warbler
x Brown Pelican x Monk Parakeet Bay-breasted Warbler
 x American White Pelican Nanday Parakeet Blackburnian Warbler
HERONS, EGRETS White-winged Parakeet  x Yellow-throated Warbler
American Bittern CUCKOOS, ANIS Chestnut-sided Warbler
Least Bittern  x Yellow-billed Cuckoo Blackpoll Warbler
x Great Blue Heron Mangrove Cuckoo Black-throated Blue Warbler
x Great Egret Black-billed Cuckoo x Palm Warbler
x Snowy Egret Smooth-billed Ani x Pine Warbler
x Little Blue Heron Groove-billed Ani x Yellow-rumped Warbler
 x Tricolored Heron OWLS Prairie Warbler
Reddish Egret Barn Owl Black-throated Gray Warbler
 x Cattle Egret Eastern Screech-Owl Black-throated Green Warbler
x Green Heron x Great Horned Owl Canada Warbler
 x Black-crowned Night-Heron x Burrowing Owl Wilsonʼs Warbler
x Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Barred Owl Yellow-breasted Chat
IBIS, SPOONBILLS Short-eared Owl SPINDALIS
x White Ibis NIGHTHAWKS, NIGHTJARS Western Spindalis
Scarlet Ibis Lesser Nighthawk SPARROWS
Glossy Ibis Common Nighthawk Black-faced Grassquit
Roseate Spoonbill Antillean Nighthawk  x Eastern Towhee
VULTURES Chuck-will’s-widow Bachman’s Sparrow
x Black Vulture Easterm Whip-poor-will Chipping Sparrow
x Turkey Vulture SWIFTS Clay-colored Sparrow
OSPREY Chimney Swift Field Sparrow
x Osprey HUMMINGBIRDS Vesper Sparrow
KITES, HAWKS, EAGLES x Ruby-throated Hummingbird Lark Sparrow
 x Swallow-tailed Kite Black-chinned Hummingbird Savannah Sparrow
White-tailed Kite Rufous Hummingbird Grasshopper Sparrow
Snail Kite KINGFISHERS Henslow’s Sparrow
Mississippi Kite x Belted Kingfisher Le Conte’s Sparrow
x Bald Eagle WOODPECKERS Nelson’s Sparrow
x Northern Harrier Red-headed Woodpecker Saltmarsh Sparrow
Sharp-shinned Hawk x Red-bellied Woodpecker Seaside Sparrow
x Cooper’s Hawk Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Fox Sparrow
x Red-shouldered Hawk x Downy Woodpecker Song Sparrow
Broad-winged Hawk x Hairy Woodpecker Lincoln’s Sparrow
 x Short-tailed Hawk Red-cockaded Woodpecker  x Swamp Sparrow
Swainson’s Hawk x Northern Flicker White-throated Sparrow
 x Red-tailed Hawk x Pileated Woodpecker White-crowned Sparrow
FALCONS House Sparrow
Crested Caracara FLYCATCHERS JUNCOS
x American Kestrel Eastern Wood-Pewee Dark-eyed Junco
x Merlin Acadian Flycatcher TANAGERS
 x Peregrine Falcon Alder Flycatcher Summer Tanager
RAILS, GALLINULES, COOT Willow Flycatcher Scarlet Tanager
Black Rail Least Flycatcher Western Tanager
Clapper Rail x Eastern Phoebe CARDINALS, BUNTINGS
King Rail Vermilion Flycatcher x Northern Cardinal
Virginia Rail x Great Crested Flycatcher Rose-breasted Grosbeak
x Sora Brown-crested Flycatcher Blue Grosbeak
Purple Gallinule La Sagra’s Flycatcher Lazuli Bunting
x Common Gallinule Tropical Kingbird x Indigo Bunting
 x American Coot Cassin’s Kingbird Painted Bunting
LIMPKIN Western Kingbird Dickcissel
Limpkin Eastern Kingbird BLACKBIRDS, ALLIES
CRANES Gray Kingbird Bobolink
x Sandhill Crane Loggerhead Kingbird  x Red-winged Blackbird
Whooping Crane Scissor-tailed Flycatcher x Eastern Meadowlark
PLOVERS Fork-tailed Flycatcher Yellow-headed Blackbird
x Black-bellied Plover SHRIKE Rusty Blackbird
American Golden-Plover x Loggerhead Shrike x Common Grackle
Snowy Plover VIREOS x Boat-tailed Grackle
Wilson’s Plover White-eyed Vireo Shiny Cowbird
Semipalmated Plover Bell’s Vireo Bronzed Cowbird
Piping Plover Yellow-throated Vireo Brown-headed Cowbird
x Killdeer Blue-headed Vireo Orchard Oriole
OYSTERCATCHER Philadelphia Vireo Spot-breasted Oriole
American Oystercatcher Red-eyed Vireo x Baltimore Oriole
STILTS, AVOCETS Black-whiskered Vireo FINCHES, ALLIES
Black-necked Stilt JAYS, CROWS Purple Finch
American Avocet  x Blue Jay x House Finch
x Florida Scrub-Jay Pine Siskin
x American Crow  x American Goldfinch
x Fish Crow Evening Grosbeak
MARTINS, SWALLOWS OLD-WORLD SPARROWS
x Purple Martin House Sparrow
x Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Bank Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Cave Swallow
Barn Swallow
Unusual Sightings
x  Yellow-billed Cuckoo

This list has been amended from the Florida Ornithological Society bird list.


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