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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.
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US Official State Birds
Official State Bird Designations of the 50 US States
The legislature of each state in the United States has designated one bird species as the an official "State Bird" for that state. In most cases the symbol for the bird species that was selected is indigenous to that state and is often recognized as being associated with that state. Many a state bird was selected by a state before the species was "officially" named by the American Ornithologists' Union. Some states even have two official birds. The Official State Bird Designations of the 50 US States provides an interesting historical perspective as to events taking place during that period of a State's history. Birds are among the most popular state symbols in the United States.
Seven states have adopted the Cardinal as their state bird: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia
Official State Birds
State Bird: Bird selected (as by the legislature) as an emblem of a state of the United States.
NOTE: Many states have more than one official bird, or have designate state birds more specifically.