Heath Hen

Tympanuchus cupido cupido
A Heath Hen specimen on display in the exhibit "Birds of D.C."

DC Information

Extinct. One specimen collected in this region April 10, 1846.

Specimen Information

Date: 3/13/1885
Collected By: Alex Skinner
Locality: Custis Spring Marsh, VA Near Washington DC
Sex: Not recorded
Catalog ID: 103373
Note that the date on the label on this exhibit suggests that only one bird was collected in this area and that was in 1846.  The specimen on display actually was collected almost 40 years later, but the occurrence of this bird in this area must have been extremely rare.