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The National Mall in Northwest Washington in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

What Common Bird Species Live in DC Year-Round?

 
 
What Common Bird Species Live in DC Year-Round? Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), November 25, 2022
1. What Common Bird Species Live in DC Year-Round? Marker
Inscription.  
Brown-headed Cowbird
(Molothrus ater)

The 7-inch males are glossy black with dark brown heads. The drab brown females lay their eggs in the nests of other birds. In the past, cowbirds followed bison herds and ate the insects stirred up by their passing. Now, livestock and lawn mowers take the place of bison.

American Crow
(Corvus brachyrhynchos)

Large (17-18 inches) and entirely shiny black, crows are known for their intelligence and ability to adapt to a wide range of habitats. They are omnivorous and seem to eat almost anything, including dead, rotting animals. Yum!

House Sparrow
(Passer domesticus)
Large, chirping flocks of 6-inch house sparrows can be found throughout the urban environment foraging for seeds and small insects. During the spring breeding season, the male's black throat becomes darker and the light cheek turn from gray to white.

Common Starling
(Sturnus vulgaris)

The black feathers of this 8-inch spotted bird often have a greenish and purplish sheen. Starlings forage in open grassy areas where
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they can catch insects in mid-air or poke their breaks into the ground in search of hidden food.

More at the Smithsonian!
Discover more about resident and migratory birds in the Birds of D.C. exhibition on the ground floor of the National Museum of Natural History.
 
Erected by National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureAnimalsEnvironment.
 
Location. 38° 53.515′ N, 77° 1.65′ W. Marker is in Northwest Washington in Washington, District of Columbia. It is in The National Mall. Marker is at the intersection of Constitution Avenue Northwest (U.S. 50) and 12th Street Northwest, on the right when traveling east on Constitution Avenue Northwest. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1000 Constitution Ave NW, Washington DC 20224, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Our Tax Dollars (within shouting distance of this marker); Colossal Head 4 (replica) (within shouting distance of this marker); "Garden for Victory!" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Colossal Head 4 (replica) (about 300 feet away); We Need You! (about 300 feet
What Common Bird Species Live in DC Year-Round? Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), November 25, 2022
2. What Common Bird Species Live in DC Year-Round? Marker
away); A Log Called Home (about 300 feet away); "For Country, for Community!" (about 400 feet away); Developing Sustainable Practices (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Northwest Washington.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 30, 2023. It was originally submitted on November 25, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 70 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 25, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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