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flicker tail state

List of U.S. state birds

This is a list of U.S. state birds as designated by each state's legislature. The selection of state birds began in 1927, when the legislatures for Alabama, Florida, Maine, Missouri, Oregon, Texas and Wyoming selected their state birds. The last state to choose its bird was New York in 1970, although the Eastern Bluebird had beaten the American Robin in a statewide survey 42 years previously. People in states such as Florida, Minnesota, Maine, and Alaska sometimes jokingly declare the mosquito to be the unofficial "state bird."

State State bird Binomial
nomenclature
Image Year
Alabama

Yellowhammer
aka Northern Flicker
(state bird)
Colaptes auratus 1927
Wild Turkey
(state game bird)
Meleagris gallopavo 1980
Alaska

Willow Ptarmigan Lagopus lagopus 1955
Arizona

Cactus Wren Campylorhynchus
brunneicapillus
1973
Arkansas

Mockingbird
aka Northern Mockingbird
Mimus polyglottos 1929
California

California Quail Lophortyx californica 1931
Colorado

Lark Bunting Calamospiza melanocorys 1931
Connecticut

American Robin Turdus migratorius 1943
Delaware

Blue Hen of Delaware Gallus gallus 1939
District of Columbia

Wood Thrush Hylocichla mustelina 1938
Florida

Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos 1927
Georgia

Brown Thrasher (state bird) Toxostoma rufum 1928
Bobwhite Quail (state game bird) Colinus virginianus 1970
Hawaii

Nēnē
or Hawaiian Goose
Branta sandvicensis 1957
Idaho

Mountain Bluebird Sialia currucoides 1931
Illinois

Cardinal
aka Northern Cardinal
Cardinalis cardinalis 1928
Indiana

Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis 1933
Iowa

Eastern Goldfinch
aka American Goldfinch
Carduelis tristis 1933
Kansas

Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta 1933
Kentucky

Kentucky Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis 1942
Louisiana

Eastern Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis 1966
Maine

Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapilla 1927
Maryland

Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula 1947
Massachusetts

Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapilla 1941
Wild Turkey
(state game bird)
Meleagris gallopavo 1991
Michigan

American Robin Turdus migratorius 1931
Minnesota

Common Loon Gavia immer 1961
Mississippi

Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos 1944
Wood duck
(state waterfowl)
Aix sponsa 1974
Missouri

Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis 1927
Montana

Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta 1941
Nebraska

Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta 1929
Nevada

Mountain Bluebird Sialia currucoides 1967
New Hampshire

Purple Finch Carpodacus purpureus 1957
New Jersey

Eastern Goldfinch Carduelis tristis 1935
New Mexico

Roadrunner
aka Greater Roadrunner
Geococcyx californianus 1949
New York

Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis 1970
North Carolina

Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis 1943
North Dakota

Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta 1970
Ohio

Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis 1933
Oklahoma

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus forficatus 1951
Oregon

Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta 1927
Pennsylvania

Ruffed Grouse Bonasa umbellus 1931
Rhode Island

Rhode Island Red Chicken Gallus gallus 1954
South Carolina

Mockingbird
(former state bird)
Mimus polyglottos 1939 -
1948
Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus 1948
Wild Turkey
(state wild game bird)
Meleagris gallopavo 1976
South Dakota

Ring-necked Pheasant Phasianus colchicus 1943
Tennessee

Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos 1933
Bobwhite Quail
(state wild game bird)
Colinus virginianus 1987
Texas

Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos 1927
Utah

California Gull Larus californicus 1955
Vermont

Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus 1941
Virginia

Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis 1950
Washington

Willow Goldfinch
aka American Goldfinch
Carduelis tristis 1951
West Virginia

Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis 1949
Wisconsin

American Robin Turdus migratorius 1949
Wyoming

Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta 1927

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