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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.
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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.
Glaucous winged gull range map


Birds who spend all or part of their time in a marine environment are often referred to as seabirds. It is a very diverse group of bird families including pelicans (Pelecanidae); gulls and terns (Laridae); and true seabirds including albatross (Dromedeidae), petrels (Procellariidae), and storm petrels (Hydrobatidae). Seabirds can be found on all seven continents and inhabit a variety of habitats from the cold Arctic and Antarctic waters to the tropics. With hundreds of miles of coastline bordering Puget Sound and the Pacific Ocean, Washington State is a year-round home to many species of seabird and a winter home to many more.
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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.
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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.
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Woodpeckers and Relatives

Picidae is a diverse family of birds found on five continents. In the United States it consists of woodpeckers, flickers and sapsuckers. They are best known for their ability to bore into wood and prefer a forested habitat, but they have adapted to living in savannas, bamboo forests, grasslands and even deserts.