List of U.S. state birds

Below is a list of U.S. state birds as designated by each state's legislature, as well as the District of Columbia's state bird. The list also contains U.S. territory birds as designated by each territory'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 after a campaign was started by the General Federation of Women's Clubs to name official state birds in the 1920s.[1][2] The last state to choose its bird was Arizona in 1973. Alaska, California, and South Dakota permit hunting of their state birds. Alabama, Georgia, Massachusetts, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Tennessee have designated an additional "state game bird" for the purpose of hunting. The northern cardinal is the state bird of seven states, followed by the western meadowlark as the state bird of six states. Several states have extinct official animals, such as state dinosaurs in addition to state insects, state butterflies, state mammals and state reptiles. The District of Columbia designated a district bird in 1938.[3] Each of the five inhabited territories of the United States has a designated territorial bird (except for American Samoa and Puerto Rico).

State birdsEdit

federal district
or territory
State bird
district bird
or territory bird
Binomial nomenclature Picture Year
Alabama Yellowhammer (Northern flicker) Colaptes auratus   1927[4]
Alaska Willow ptarmigan Lagopus lagopus   1955[5]
American Samoa None
(See List of birds of American Samoa)
Arizona Cactus wren Campylorhynchus
Arkansas Northern mockingbird Mimus polyglottos   1929[7]
California California quail Callipepla californica   1931[8]
Colorado Lark bunting Calamospiza melanocorys   1931[9]
Connecticut American robin Turdus migratorius   1943[10]
Delaware Delaware Blue Hen Gallus gallus 1939[11]
District of Columbia Wood thrush Hylocichla mustelina   1938[3]
Florida Northern mockingbird Mimus polyglottos   1927[12]
Georgia Brown thrasher Toxostoma rufum   1928[13]
Guam Guam rail (ko'ko') Gallirallus owstoni   2000[14]
Hawaii Hawaiian goose (Nēnē) Branta sandvicensis   1957[15]
Idaho Mountain bluebird Sialia currucoides   1931[16]
Illinois Northern cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis   1929[17]
Indiana Northern cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis   1933[18]
Iowa Eastern goldfinch (American goldfinch) Spinus tristis   1933[19]
Kansas Western meadowlark Sturnella neglecta   1933[20]
Kentucky Northern cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis   1926[21]
Louisiana Brown pelican Pelecanus occidentalis   1966[22]
Maine Chickadee Not specified in state law   1927[23]
Maryland Baltimore oriole Icterus galbula   1947[24]
Massachusetts Black-capped chickadee Poecile atricapilla   1941[25]
Michigan American robin Turdus migratorius   1931[26]
Minnesota Common loon Gavia immer   1961[27]
Mississippi Northern mockingbird Mimus polyglottos   1944[28]
Missouri Eastern bluebird Sialia sialis   1927[29]
Montana Western meadowlark Sturnella neglecta   1941[30]
Nebraska Western meadowlark Sturnella neglecta   1929[31]
Nevada Mountain bluebird Sialia currucoides   1967[32]
New Hampshire Purple finch Carpodacus purpureus   1957[33]
New Jersey Eastern goldfinch (American goldfinch) Spinus tristis   1935[34]
New Mexico Greater roadrunner Geococcyx californianus   1949[35]
New York Eastern bluebird Sialia sialis   1970[36]
North Carolina Northern cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis   1943[37]
North Dakota Western meadowlark Sturnella neglecta   1970[38]
Northern Mariana Islands Mariana fruit-dove Ptilinopus roseicapilla   ?
Ohio Northern cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis   1933[39]
Oklahoma Scissor-tailed flycatcher Tyrannus forficatus   1951[40]
Oregon Western meadowlark Sturnella neglecta   1927[41]
Pennsylvania Ruffed Grouse Bonasa umbellus   1931[42]
Puerto Rico None [43][44]
Rhode Island Rhode Island Red Gallus gallus   1954[45]
South Carolina Carolina wren Thryothorus ludovicianus   1948[46]
South Dakota Ring-necked pheasant Phasianus colchicus   1943[47]
Tennessee Northern mockingbird Mimus polyglottos   1933[48]
Texas Northern mockingbird Mimus polyglottos   1927[49]
Utah California gull Larus californicus   1955[50]
Vermont Hermit thrush Catharus guttatus   1941[51]
Virgin Islands (U.S.) Bananaquit Coereba flaveola   1970
Virginia Northern cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis   1950[52]
Washington Willow goldfinch (American goldfinch) Spinus tristis   1951[53]
West Virginia Northern cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis   1949[54]
Wisconsin American robin Turdus migratorius   1949[55]
Wyoming Western meadowlark Sturnella neglecta   1927[56]

Other state birdsEdit

In addition to having a state bird, some states have chosen a state game bird (or state wild game bird), a state waterfowl (or state duck), a state raptor, or a bird as their state symbol of peace.

State State bird Binomial nomenclature Photography Year
Alabama Wild turkey
(state game bird)
Meleagris gallopavo   1980[57]
Georgia Bobwhite quail
(state game bird)
Colinus virginianus   1970[58]
Idaho Peregrine falcon
(state raptor)
Falco peregrinus   2004[59]
Massachusetts Wild turkey
(state game bird)
Meleagris gallopavo   1991[60]
Mississippi Wood duck
(state waterfowl)
Aix sponsa   1974[61]
Missouri Bobwhite quail
(state game bird)
Colinus virginianus   2007[62]
Oklahoma Wild turkey
(state game bird)
Meleagris gallopavo   1990[63]
South Carolina Northern mockingbird
(former state bird)
Mimus polyglottos   1939 -
Wild turkey
(state wild game bird)
Meleagris gallopavo   1976[64]
Wood duck
(state duck)
Aix sponsa   2009[65]
Tennessee Bobwhite quail
(state wild game bird)
Colinus virginianus   1987[66]
Wisconsin Eastern mourning dove
(state symbol of peace)
Zenaida macroura carolinensis   1971[67]

States with the same state birdEdit

Some state birds are shared between multiple states. Of the 50 states, a total of 32 do not have a unique state bird.


  Northern cardinal
  Western meadowlark
  Northern mockingbird
  American robin
  American goldfinch
  Eastern bluebird
  Mountain bluebird
  Unique state bird
Bird # of states
Northern cardinal 7
Western meadowlark 6
Northern mockingbird 5[a]
Wild turkey
(state game bird or wild game bird)
American robin 3
Bobwhite quail
(state game bird or wild game bird)
American goldfinch 3[b]
Chickadee 2[c]
Chicken 2[d]
Eastern bluebird 2
Mountain bluebird 2
Wood Duck
(state waterfowl or duck)


  1. ^ and formerly South Carolina
  2. ^ 2 as "Eastern goldfinch", 1 as "Willow goldfinch"
  3. ^ 1 as "Black-capped chickadee", 1 as "Chickadee"
  4. ^ 1 as "Rhode Island Red", 1 as "Delaware Blue Hen"


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