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Know your DC birds

There are hundreds of thousands of birds in Washington, DC. It is virtually impossible to be outside and not see several of them. BeyondDC is hardly a nature blog, but birds are such a fact of life in cities that it’s worth being able to identify the most common ones.

So here’s a quick guide of the most frequently seen birds in DC.


Pigeons.
Everybody knows pigeons.
Photo by dragontoller.

Sparrow.
The little brown birds you see everywhere.
Photo by Mr T in DC.

Starling.
“Washington Starlings” would have been a great name for a baseball team.
Photo by Shawn McCready.

Robin.
Very common in suburbs, a little less so in the city.
Photo by Lucina M.

Mockingbird.
Unfortunately, mockingjays are not real.
Photo by Anne Davis.

Gray Catbird.
Looks like a mockingbird with a shorter tail.
Photo by goingslo.

Seagull.
Obviously most common near water.
Photo by Mr T in DC.

Duck.
They love McPherson Square for some reason.
Photo by thisisbossi.

Cardinals.
The orange beak gives away females.
Photo by Steve took it.

Grackle.
Looks like a starling without spots.
Photo by Carla Kishinami.

Hawk.
More common than you think; one may live on your roof.
Photo by Glyn Lowe.

Cockatiel.
Common inside BeyondDC’s house, not so much elsewhere.
Photo by BeyondDC.

October 25th, 2012 | Permalink | {num}Comments
Tags: environment, galleries

  • The Dude Abides

    The english sparrow shown and the starling are not native US species and displace our more desirable native species.n

  • Patchen

    So, they’re nature’s Tina Brown?



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