Learning the state birds of the US can appear intimidating, but at least this information is more interesting than the state capitals, as it gives some insight into the state’s natural habitat. In all, there are thirty state birds for the fifty states, so there is a bit of repetition as well. Let’s look.
First, two states have chosen domesticated fowl as state birds: Rhode Island with the Rhode Island red and Delaware with the blue hen chicken. Apparently they have some doubts about their natural habitats, or really love their chickens. Other edible birds on the state bird list include: the willow ptarmigan of Alaska, the ruffed grouse of Pennsylvania, the ring-necked pheasant of South Dakota, and the Hawaiian goose, which is now protected.
Next are the birds using place names as part of theirs: the California quail for California, and Carolina wren, state bird of South Carolina. California appears in the California gull, state bird of Utah (there’s a historical incident behind this choice). The Baltimore oriole is the state birds of Maryland, and the American goldfinch has a state on each ocean, Washington and New Jersey.
Most noticeable birds as state birds include the brown pelican of Louisiana, the roadrunner of New Mexico, the scissor-tailed flycatcher of Oklahoma. If you spend any time traveling alons the coast or wild places of these states, you are bound to see these birds. On the same level is the common loon of Minnesota, which is heard on all the lakes these during the summer, the only time you want to be on the Minnesota lakes.
Now, the tiny birds: the black-capped Chickadee for Massachusetts, the regular chickadee of Maine, the eastern goldfinch of Iowa, the eastern bluebird of Missouri and New York, and the mountain bluebird for Idaho and Nevada. Names including other colors are the yellowhammer of Alabama, the brown thrasher of Georgia, and the most common selection, the cardinal state bird. It has been chosen by seven states: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia (IlInKy NCOhVWV)
Three singular state birds remain; the cactus wren of Arizona, the hermit thrush of Vermont and the lark bunting of Colorado.
Leaving the other most popular state birds, with three, five and six states choosing the same bird as representatives. The robin, favorite early spring bird of the eastern and middle states, is the state bird of Connecticut, Michigan and Wisconsin (CMiWi). The mockingbird is the representative of five states: Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas (ArFlMsTT). Finally, the hardest set to remember, the six states with the western meadowlark as their state bird: Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, Wyoming (KsMoNeNdOrWy).
Think you can remember them all? Maybe not, but as you travel, the
state birds of the United States show up on souvenirs and other American collectibles. So learn them and amaze your friends and family.