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  • 1. NORTHEAST REGION - UNITED STATES BIRD NAME: American Crow HABITAT: Grassland, rivers, streams, orchards, city parks, coniferous woods DIET: Seeds, garbage, mice Waste grain, earthworms, insects, carrion, garbage, seeds, amphibians, reptiles, fruit, bird eggs and nestlings FACT:A crow will stand over an anthill and allow the ants to climb onto its feathers. By: Vichea
  • 2. MIDATLANTIC REGION - UNITED STATES BIRD NAME: Eastern King Bird HABITAT: Urban such as fields, orchards, shelterbelts, and forest edges DIET: Flying insects, fruits FACT: The Eastern Kingbird perches on treetops, fences, and utility poles. When another bird flies into its territory, even one much larger than itself, it attacks fiercely, uttering a piercing cry. By: Vichea
  • 3. SOUTHEAST REGION - UNITED STATES BIRD NAME: Cedar Waxwing HABITAT: Forest open woodland, old fields, shrubs and small trees, riparian areas, farms, suburban gardens DIET: Berries, fleshy fruit and insects FACT: Waxwings spend most of the year in flocks whose movements may be quite erratic. By: Vichea
  • 4. GREAT LAKES REGION - UNITED STATES BIRD NAME: Blue Jay HABITAT: Grassland, mixed forests and woodlands DIET: Seeds and acorns, arthropods, acorns and nuts, fruits, seeds, small vertebrates. FACT: The Blue Jay frequently mimics the calls of hawks, especially the Red-shouldered Hawk. By: Vichea
  • 5. MIDWEST REGION - UNITED STATES BIRD NAME: Bald Eagle HABITAT: lakes, rivers, ponds Breeds in forested areas near large bodies of water DIET: Fishes, rodents, large birds, mammals, and carrion FACT: The main effect of DDT poisoning on birds was that it interfered with eggshell production, and the resulting shells were not strong enough to sustain incubation. By: Vichea
  • 6. MOUNTAIN REGION - UNITED STATES BIRD NAME: House Finch HABITAT: desert urban and suburban buildings, lawn, and small conifers DIET: Crops Buds, seeds, and fruits FACT: When nestling House Finches defecate, the feces are contained in a membranous sac, as in most birds. By: Vichea
  • 7. PACIFIC COAST REGION - UNITED STATES BIRD NAME: California Condor HABITAT: mountain scrubby chaparral to forested open grassland DIET: Big animals, carrion FACT: Although the condor weighs about twice as much as an eagle, the superior talons of the eagle command respect. By: Vichea
  • 8. SOUTHWEST REGION - UNITED STATES BIRD NAME: Cactus Wren HABITAT: desert arid lowland and montane thorn-scrub, suburbs. DIET: Insects and spiders, rarely reptiles and amphibians, some fruit. FACT: A pair was observed attacking a Yuma antelope squirrel so vigorously that the squirrel became impaled on the thorns of a cactus called the choler. By: Vichea
  • 9. ATLANTIC COASTAL PLAIN - MARYLAND BIRD NAME: Common Nighthawk HABITAT: Urban, Open woodlands, clearings DIET: Insects FACT: At the bottom of the dive he flexes his wings downward, and the air rushing through his wingtips makes a deep booming sound. By: Vichea
  • 10. PIEDMONT PLATEAU - MARYLAND BIRD NAME: American Robin HABITAT: Urban found in forests, woodlands, gardens, especially where short-grass areas are interspersed with shrubs and trees DIET: Beetle grubs, caterpillars, fruits, berries Invertebrates, especially earthworms FACT: It is one of the first bird species to lay eggs, beginning to breed shortly after returning to its summer range from its winter range. By: Vichea
  • 11. APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN REGION - MARYLAND BIRD NAME: Golden Eagle HABITAT: mountain generally open country, in prairies, tundra, open coniferous forest and barren areas, especially in hilly or mountainous regions, nesting on cliff ledges and in trees. DIET: Jackrabbits and large rodents but will also feed on carrion, medium size mammal FACT: In some countries Golden Eagles are trained as hunters and have been reported to prey on animals weighing up to 100 lbs. By: Vichea