The only animal recognized by Indiana as a state symbol is the northern cardinal. It was officially delegated as the state bird in 1933.
Male cardinals are typically deep red in color while their female counterparts are mostly brown in appearance. In the United States, six other states have designated the cardinal as their state bird, including Kentucky, Illinois, Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina and West Virginia. Other state symbols of Indiana are the peony as state flower, Wabash River as state river, English as state language, Tulip Tree as state tree and "On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away" as state song.