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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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