Waterbirds of the Everglades

Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga)* Year-round resident of the Everglades * Eats mainly fish but will also take amphibians, reptiles, crustaceans and insects * Nest is a platform of sticks and leaves * Lays 3-5 eggs, incubates them for ~25 days, chicks fledge at 6 weeks old * Not globally threatened

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Black-crowned Night-heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) * Year-round resident of the Everglades * Opportunistic feeder that will eat almost any creature that crosses its path, including other birds * Nest made of sticks, reeds and kelp * Lays 3-5 eggs, incubates them for ~23 days, chicks fledge at 6.5 weeks old * Not globally threatened

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Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) * Breeds in the Everglades * Eats aquatic invertebrates * Nests on the ground among grasses; nest often contains seashell fragments * Lays 4 eggs, incubates them for ~24 days, chicks fledge on the same day that they hatch * Not globally threatened

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Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) * Winter visitor to the Everglades * Eats insects, mostly beetles and flies * Nests in a shallow scrape over stony, sparsely vegetated ground * Lays 4 eggs, incubates them for ~26 days, chicks fledge at 1 month old * Not globally threatened

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Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) * Winter visitor to the Everglades * Eats cranefly larvae, beetles, snails and spiders * Nests in a scrape at the base of a tree; lines nest with dry grass, decayed leaves, spruce needles, moss and twigs * Lays 4 eggs, incubates them for ~23 days, chicks fledge at a little over 3 weeks old * Not globally threatened

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