Florida's Frogs

Treefrogs (Family Hylidae)


Bird-voiced Treefrog
(Hyla avivoca)

Bird-voiced Treefrog

Bird-voiced Treefrog

Photo by Kevin Enge (FWC). This photo may not be used without the express written permission of the photographer.



Usually 1 to 1.75 in. (max ~ 2 in.)


Body is gray, brown, or green, and marked with irregular dark blotches. Arms and legs are marked with distinct dark bars. There is an obvious white spot under each eye, much like Cope's Gray Treefrog. The hidden surfaces of the legs are washed with greenish yellow. (The wash on Cope's Gray Treefrogs is more orange). Like all treefrogs, this species has enlarged, sticky toepads.


April through August; lays eggs in small clusters (6-15 eggs) on the bottom of the pond or submerged vegetation. Breeding call is a series of sharp, bird-like whistles - repeated about 20 times in a row. To hear frog calls, visit the USGS Frog Call Lookup and select the species you want to hear from the common name drop-down list.


Ants, beetles, other tree-dwelling insects


Found in the western panhandle of Florida, usually in trees but also in shrubs or burrowed under logs adjacent to breeding sites. Breeds in floodplain and bottomland swamps and other forested wetlands.


Bird-voiced Treefrog Range

Map by Monica E. McGarrity - may be used freely for education.


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