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US 50 State Guide
US 50 States guide

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.

The selection of state birds began in 1927, and many a state bird was selected by a state before the species was "officially" named by the American Ornithologists' Union. The last state to choose its bird was Arizona in 1973. Alaska, California, South Dakota, and Pennsylvania permit hunting of their state birds, while Alabama, Georgia, Massachusetts, South Carolina, and Tennessee have designated an additional "state game bird" for hunting. Seven states have adopted the Cardinal as their state bird: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia.  followed by the western meadowlark as the state bird of six states.

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.

All 50 state birds of the United States and a photograph of each one is on this list. 

US Official State Bird Designations

State

Bird

Adopted As

With

AL Yellow-hammer Alabama State Bird
AL Wild Turkey Alabama State Game Bird Ma
Ok
Sc
AK Alaska Willow Ptarmigan Alaska State Bird
AZ Coues' Cactus Wren Arizona State Bird
AR Mockingbird Arkansas State Bird Fl
Ms
Tn
Tx
CA California Valley Quail California State Bird and Avifaunal Emblem
CO Lark Bunting Colorado State Bird
CT American Robin Connecticut State Bird Mi
Wi
DC Wood Thrush DC District Bird
DE Blue Hen Chicken Delaware State Bird
FL Mocking Bird Florida State Bird Ar
Ms
Tn
Tx
GA Brown Thrasher Georgia State Bird
GA Bobwhite Quail Georgia State Game Bird Mo
Tn
HI Nene (Hawaiian Goose) Hawaii State Bird
ID Mountain Bluebird Idaho State Bird Nv
ID Peregrine Falcon Idaho State Raptor
IL Cardinal Illinois State Bird In
Ky
Nc
Oh
Va
Wv
IN Cardinal Indiana State Bird Il
Ky
Nc
Oh
Va
Wv
IA Eastern Goldfinch Iowa State Bird Nj
Wa
KS Western Meadowlark Kansas State Bird Mt
Ne
Nd
Or
Wy
KY Cardinal Kentucky State Bird Il
In
Nc
Oh
Va
Wv
LA Brown Pelican Louisiana State Bird
ME Chickadee Maine State Bird Ma
MD Baltimore Oriole Maryland State Bird
MA Chickadee Massachusetts State Bird Me
MA Wild Turkey Massachusetts State Game Bird Al
Ok
Sc
MI American Robin Michigan State Bird Ct
Wi
MN Common Loon Minnesota State Bird
MS Mockingbird Mississippi State Bird Ar
Fl
Tn
Tx
MS Wood Duck Mississippi State Waterfowl Sc
MO Bluebird Missouri State Bird Ny
MO Bobwhite quail Missouri State Game Bird Ga
Tn
MT Western Meadowlark Montana State Bird Ks
Ne
Nd
Or
Wy
NE Western Meadowlark Nebraska State Bird Ks
Mt
Nd
Or
Wy
NV Mountain Bluebird Nevada State Bird Id
NH Purple Finch New Hampshire State Bird
NJ Eastern Goldfinch New Jersey State Bird Ia
Wa
NM Chaparral Bird (Roadrunner) New Mexico State Bird
NY Bluebird New York State Bird Mo
NC Cardinal North Carolina State Bird Il
In
Ky
Oh
Va
Wv
ND Western Meadowlark North Dakota State Bird Ks
Mt
Ne
Or

Wy

OH Cardinal Ohio State Bird Il
In
Ky
Nc
Va
Wv
OK Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Oklahoma State Bird
OK Wild Turkey Oklahoma State Game Bird Al
Ma
Sc
OR Western Meadowlark Oregon State Bird Ks
Mt
Ne
Nd
Wy
PA Ruffed Grouse Pennsylvania State Game Bird
RI Rhode Island Red Rhode Island State Bird
SC Carolina Wren South Carolina State Bird
SC Wild Turkey South Carolina State Game Bird Al
Ma
Ok
SC Wood duck South Carolina State Duck Ms
SD Ring-necked Pheasant South Dakota State Bird
TN Mockingbird Tennessee State Bird Ar
Fl
Ms
Tx
TN Bobwhite Quail Tennessee State Game Bird Ga
Mo
TX Mockingbird Texas State Bird Ar
Fl
Ms
Tn
UT California Gull Utah State Bird
VT Hermit Thrush Vermont State Bird
VA Cardinal Virginia State Bird Il
In
Ky
Nc
Oh
Wv
WA Willow Goldfinch Washington State Bird Ia
Nj
WV Cardinal West Virginia State Bird Il
In
Ky
Nc
Oh
Va
WI American Robin Wisconsin State Bird Ct
Mi
WI Mourning Dove Wisconsin State Symbol of Peace  
WY Western Meadowlark Wyoming State Bird Ks
Mt
Ne
Nd
Or
US Bald Eagle  US National Bird
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State Bird:  Bird selected (as by the legislature) as an emblem of a state of the United States.

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