Bird Conservation Region 27

Southeastern Coastal Plain

Description: This region includes extensive riverine swamps and marsh complexes along the Atlantic Coast. Interior forest vegetation is dominated by longleaf, slash, and loblolly pine forests. Priority landbirds include the Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Painted Bunting, Bachman’s Sparrow, Swainson’s Warbler, and Swallow-Tailed Kite. Coastal intertidal habitats provide critical wintering areas for American Oystercatcher, important wintering and spring migration areas for Short-billed Dowitcher and Dunlin, and important fall staging areas for Red Knot. Sizable numbers of Brown Pelicans and various terns breed on offshore islands. Coastal areas provide important nesting and foraging habitats for large numbers of herons, egrets, ibis, terns, and other species. Coastal areas winter large numbers of Canvasback, Mallard, American Wigeon, Redhead, and the majority of the continent’s population of Tundra Swans. Managed impoundments in coastal areas are important to migrating and wintering dabbling ducks, including American Black Duck.

Bird Conservation Plans
Landbirds - South Atlantic Coastal Plain, East Gulf Coastal Plain,
Shorebirds - Southeast Coastal Plains-Caribbean
Waterbirds - Southeast U.S.
Waterfowl - South Atlantic Migratory Bird Initiative Plan, Atlantic Coast Joint Venture Waterfowl Implementation Plan
All Birds - South Atlantic Migratory Bird Initiative Plan

Joint Venture areas: Atlantic Coast (South Atlantic Migratory Bird Initiative), East Gulf Coastal Plain

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