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E. Good, D. F. Whigham, & R. L. Simpson, pp. –. New York: Academic Press. Zieman, J. C. & Zieman, R. T. (). The ecology of the seagrass meadows of the west coast of Florida: a community proﬁle. ). Washington, DC: US Fish & Wildlife Service. Wetlands: what, where, and why 3 Major groups of birds that use wetlands Many books have been written about the taxonomic groups of birds that frequent shallow water or the water’s edge, and readers who do not know these birds should use a ﬁeld guide in conjunction with this text.
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Many other orders and families have few obligate wetland bird species, most often reﬂected in nestsites or food specializations. In the Americas, many blackbirds (family Icteridae) build nests in or near wetlands and rear their young there. Some species are obligate (Yellow-headed Blackbird) and others range from the very wet areas to the dry upland (Red-winged Blackbird) (facultative); one Distribution and adaptations typically nests in the uplands near a wetland but feeds its young mainly on aquatic insects (Brewer’s Blackbird).