WL Crow 01


Crows are among the world's most adaptable and intelligent birds. For example, crows are able to recognize individual human faces, solve simple problems and use simple tools. Watch this example[]. They have evolved a varied language, and are capable of mimicking sounds they hear, including other animals. They also learn to associate noises with specific events, especially with food distribution.
WL Seabird Gull 02


Gulls, often referred to as "seagulls," are a group of birds belonging to the family Laridae. According to Seattle Audubon's BirdWeb, "The family Laridae is made up of birds closely associated with water. Distributed throughout the world, representatives of this family nest on every continent, including Antarctica.
house sparrow

Pigeons, Starlings & Sparrows

The most common roosting birds in cities and suburbs are pigeons, European Starlings and House Sparrows. All are highly adaptable, and very capable of finding shelter and roosting sites on and in buildings. They eat food from garbage cans and bird feeders, and in parks where people offer them handouts.
WL Seabird CommonMurre 01


Birds who spend all or part of their time in saltwater are often referred to as seabirds. With hundreds of miles of coastline bordering Puget Sound and the Pacific Ocean, Washington State is a year-round home to many species of seabirds, and a winter home to many more. With the sheer number of birds present along our coast, it is no surprise that seabirds are regular patients at the PAWS Wildlife Center[about-wildlife-center.html].
WL Songbird SpottedTowhee 01


As their name implies, songbirds represent a diverse group of birds known for their singing abilities. Common families of songbirds include finches, tanagers, thrushes, sparrows and wrens. Most often the songbird males sing the "primary song" that defines the species. They sing during spring and summer and for courtship and territory definition.
272 mallard range map


Waterfowl (Anatidae) is a very diverse family of birds that includes swans, geese and ducks. They can be found on every continent except Antarctica and inhabit a variety of habitats including the high Arctic, the tropics and even the ocean.
WL Woodpecker NorthernFlicker 01


Woodpeckers have four strong toes, two pointing forward and two back, with sharp claws that enable them to cling upright to the bark of tree trunks and branches. Their stiff tail feathers also prop them up vertically.