Bird - Wildlife
Fairfax County is home to a diverse range of birds. (Bird species information)
Songbirds are a common and familiar sight throughout Fairfax County. Songbirds have a highly developed vocal structure and song pattern. Songbirds (passerines) include crows, jays, swallows, mockingbirds, thrushes, chickadees and finches.
Migratory waterfowl and other coastal birds can be seen in generally restricted wetland areas of Fairfax County. These birds include: geese, ducks, heron, bitterns and egrets.
Bird of prey can be seen throughout Fairfax County. Birds of prey (raptors) include eagles, falcons, hawks, and owls. (Bird of prey information)
Indicator species serve as an early warning to scientists and resource managers monitoring environmental concerns such as wildlife disease outbreaks, pollution or climate change. (Indicator bird species)