Prothonotary Warbler

Protonotaria-citreaA small songbird of the New World warbler family. It is the only member of the genus Protonotaria.

It has an olive back with blue-grey wings and tail, yellow underparts, a relatively long pointed bill and black legs.

The song of this bird is a simple, loud, ringing sweet-sweet-sweet-sweet-sweet. The call is a loud, dry chip, like that of a Hooded Warbler. Its flight call is a loud seeep.

Red Knot

Calidris_canutusIt is a large member of the Calidris sandpipers. In 2003, scientists projected that the American subspecies might become extinct by 2010, but as of April 2011 the subspecies is still extant.  [S]weet!

Some say the bird’s name is onomatopoeic, based on the bird’s grunting call note.

Great Blue Heron

Great_Blue_Heron_WadingThe Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) is a large wading bird in the heron family Ardeidae, common near the shores of open water and in wetlands.

The call is a harsh croak. The heron is most vocal during the breeding season, but will call occasionally at any time of the year in territorial disputes or if disturbed.

Barred Owl

Strix-variaThe Barred Owl (Strix varia) is a large typical owl native to North America. Best known as the Hoot Owl for its distinctive call, it goes by many other names, including Eight Hooter, Rain Owl, and others.

The usual call is a series of eight accented hoots ending in oo-aw, with a downward pitch at the end.  It is noisy in most seasons. While calls are most common at night, the birds do call during the day as well.

Learn more about the wonderful creatures who play such beautiful music around us or sing those catchy melodies at the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa Bay.


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