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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

 

State Birds

Listing of state birds with photos


 
This is a list of all 50 state birds of the United States, complete with full-color images. These state birds are beloved throughout their local regions.


Background information on the State Birds

Birds have always held a special place in the hearts of most Americans. Tales of our avian friends abound in our literature, music, and popular culture.

Throughout the ancient world, almost every civilization revered birds, even setting some of them up as gods.

In the Christian Bible, the story of "Noah And The Ark" tells how Noah sent forth both a raven and a dove to check if the water had receded from the earth after the great flood. When the dove returned without the raven, Noah waited a short while and then sent forth a dove. The dove returned with an olive branch in it's mouth, signaling the re-emergence of dry land.

There is perhaps no other creature on earth that is more loved or more enjoyable to watch than a bird!

Birds continue to feed our imagination to this day. There's nothing quite like the wonder that a small child experiences the first time she witnesses a bird in flight.

The legislature of each state has designated one bird species as the official "state bird" for that state. In most cases the bird species that was selected as the state bird is indigenous to that state, and is often recognized as being associated with that state. Examples are the Baltimore Oriole of Maryland and the Rhode Island Red of Rhode Island.

A few very common birds are the "state birds" of more than one state. For example, the Cardinal, Western Meadowlark, and Mockingbird are each recognized as the state bird of several states.

Others, like the Willow Ptarmigan of Alaska and the Hawaiian Goose of Hawaii are the state bird of a single state.

Below is a list (including photos) of the state birds for all 50 of the United States Of America.

Here are the State Birds for each of the 50 United States:

Alabama -Yellowhammer
Colaptes auratus

State Birds - Alabama

Alaska - Willow Ptarmigan
Lagopus lagopus

State Birds - Alaska


Arizona - Cactus Wren
Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus

State Birds - Arizona


Arkansas - Mockingbird
Mimus polyglottos

State Birds - Arkansas


California - California Valley Quail
Callipepla californica

State Birds - California


Colorado - Lark Bunting
Calamospiza melanocorys

State Birds - Colorado


Connecticut - Robin
Turdus migratorius

State Birds - Connecticut


Delaware - Blue Hen Chicken
domestic Gallus gallus

State Birds - Delaware


Florida - Mockingbird
Mimus polyglottos

State Birds - Florida


Georgia - Brown Thrasher
Toxostoma rufum

State Birds - Georgia


Hawaii - Hawaiian Goose (Nene)
Branta sandvicensis

State Birds - Hawaii


Idaho - Mountain Bluebird
Sialia currucoides

State Birds - Idaho


Illinois - Cardinal
Cardinalis cardinalis

State Birds - Illinois


Indiana - Cardinal
Cardinalis cardinalis

State Birds - Indiana


Iowa - Eastern Goldfinch
Carduelis tristis


Kansas - Western Meadowlark
Sturnella neglecta


Kentucky - Cardinal
Cardinalis cardinalis


Louisiana - Eastern Brown Pelican
Pelecanus occidentalis


Maine - Chickadee
Parus atricapillus


Maryland -Baltimore Oriole
Icterus galbula


Massachusetts - Chickadee
Parus atricapillus


Michigan - Robin
Turdus migratorius


Minnesota - Common Loon
Gavia immer


Mississippi - Mockingbird
Mimus polyglottos


Missouri - Bluebird
Sialia sialis


Montana - Western Meadowlark
Sturnella neglecta


Nebraska - Western Meadowlark
Sturnella neglecta


Nevada - Mountain Bluebird
Sialia currucoides


New Hampshire - Purple Finch
Carpodacus purpureus


New Jersey - Eastern Goldfinch
Carduelis tristis


New Mexico - Roadrunner
Geococcyx californianus


New York - Bluebird
Sialia sialis


North Carolina - Cardinal
Cardinalis cardinalis


North Dakota - Western Meadowlark
Sturnella neglecta


Ohio - Cardinal
Cardinalis cardinalis


Oklahoma - Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Tyrannus forficatus


Oregon - Western Meadowlark
Sturnella neglecta


Pennsylvania - Ruffed Grouse
Bonasa umbellus


Rhode Island - Rhode Island Red
domestic Gallus gallus


South Carolina - Great Carolina Wren
Thryothorus ludovicianus


South Dakota - Ring-necked Pheasant
Phasianus colchicus


Tennessee - Mockingbird
Mimus polyglottos


Texas - Mockingbird
Mimus polyglottos


Utah - California Seagull
Larus californicus


Vermont - Hermit Thrush
Catharus guttatus


Virginia - Cardinal
Cardinalis cardinalis


Washington -Willow Goldfinch
Carduelis tristis


West Virginia - Cardinal
Cardinalis cardinalis


Wisconsin - Robin
Turdus migratorius


Wyoming - Western Meadowlark
Sturnella neglecta


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