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The Wood Thrush, (Hylocichla mustelina,) was adopted as the official Washington, DC bird in 1938.
The District's bird is the Wood Thrush. This songbird is found throughout the eastern United States, though its steady decline in population is causing concern among environmentalists.
The Wood Thrush is a medium-sized thrush with the posture of an American Robin but a slightly smaller body. Sexes are alike, and adults are a cinnamon-brown color on their crown and nape that fades to olive-brown on the back, wings and tail. The under-parts are white with large dark spots on the breast, sides and flanks. Overall, the head appears a much richer color than the rest of the top of the body, with the tail being the dullest in color. They have a dull white eye-ring and pinkish legs. Juveniles are similar to adults but with tawny streaks and spots on their back, neck and wing coverts.
The Wood Thrush resides in forests in the eastern United States where it is more often heard than seen.
Taxonomic Hierarchy: Wood Thrush
Kingdom: Animalia - animals
Phylum: Chordata - chordates
Subphylum: Vertebrata - vertebrates
Class: Aves - Birds
Order: Passeriformes - perching Birds
Family: Muscicapidae - old world flycatchers
Genus: Hylocichla Baird, 1864 - wood thrushes
Species: Hylocichla mustelina (J. F. Gmelin, 1789) - wood thrush, Zorzal maculado