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Official State Birds (all birds and fowl)

Official birds listed by adoption year. (List by state or year)
StateList by state Name Designated as YearList by adoption year Sharing states
Kentucky Kentucky cardinal Official state bird 1926 Illinois
Indiana
Ohio
North Carolina
Virginia
West Virginia
Alabama Yellow-hammer State bird 1927  
Florida Mockingbird State bird 1927 Arkansas
Mississippi
Tennessee
Texas
Maine Chickadee Official bird 1927 Massachusetts
Missouri Bluebird Official bird 1927 New York
Oregon Western meadowlark Official bird 1927 Kansas
Montana
Nebraska
North Dakota
Wyoming
Texas Mockingbird State bird 1927 Arkansas
Florida
Mississippi
Tennessee
Wyoming Western meadowlark State bird 1927 Kansas
Montana
Nebraska
North Dakota
Oregon
Arkansas Mocking bird State bird 1929 Florida
Mississippi
Tennessee
Texas
Illinois Cardinal Official state bird 1929 Indiana
Kentucky
Ohio
North Carolina
Virginia
West Virginia
Nebraska Western meadowlark State bird 1929 Kansas
Montana
North Dakota
Oregon
Wyoming
Arizona Coues' cactus wren State bird 1931  
California California valley quail Official bird and avifaunal emblem 1931  
Colorado Lark bunting State bird 1931  
Idaho Mountain bluebird State bird 1931  
Michigan Robin red breast Official state bird 1931 Connecticut
Winsconsin
Montana Western meadowlark Official bird 1931 Kansas
Nebraska
North Dakota
Oregon
Wyoming
Pennsylvania Ruffed grouse Official state game bird 1931  
Indiana Cardinal Official state bird 1933 Illinois
Kentucky
Ohio
North Carolina
Virginia
West Virginia
Iowa Eastern goldfinch State bird 1933 New Jersey
Ohio Cardinal Official bird 1933 Illinois
Indiana
Kentucky
North Carolina
Virginia
West Virginia
Tennessee Mockingbird Official state bird 1933 Arkansas
Florida
Mississippi
Texas
New Jersey Eastern goldfinch State bird 1935 Iowa
Kansas Western meadow lark Official bird 1937 Montana
Nebraska
North Dakota
Oregon
Wyoming
Delaware Blue hen chicken Official bird 1939  
Massachusetts Chickadee Bird or bird emblem 1941 Maine
Mississippi Mockingbird State bird 1941 Arkansas
Florida
Tennessee
Texas
Vermont Hermit thrush State bird 1941  
Connecticut American robin State bird 1943 Michigan
Wisconsin
North Carolina Cardinal Official state bird 1943 Illinois
Indiana
Kentucky
Ohio
Virginia
West Virginia
South Dakota Ring-necked pheasant Official State bird 1943  
Maryland Baltimore oriole State bird 1947  
North Dakota Western meadowlark Official bird 1947 Kansas
Montana
Nebraska
Oregon
Wyoming
South Carolina Carolina wren Official bird 1948  
New Mexico Chaparral bird Official bird 1949  
West Virginia Cardinal Official bird 1949 Illinois
Indiana
Kentucky
North Carolina
Ohio
Virginia
Wisconsin Robin State bird 1949 Connecticut
Michigan
Virginia Cardinal State bird 1950 Illinois
Indiana
Kentucky
North Carolina
Ohio
West Virginia
Oklahoma Scissor-tailed flycatcher State bird 1951  
Washington Willow goldfinch Official bird 1951  
Rhode Island Rhode Island red Official state bird 1954  
Alaska Alaska willow ptarmigan Official bird 1955  
Utah California gull State bird 1955  
Hawaii Nene Official bird 1957  
New Hampshire Purple finch Official state bird 1957  
Minnesota Common loon Official bird 1961  
Louisiana Brown pelican Official bird 1966  
Nevada Mountain bluebird Official state bird 1967  
Georgia Brown thrasher Official Georgia state bird 1970  
Georgia Bobwhite quail Official Georgia state game bird 1970 Missouri
Tennessee
New York Bluebird Official bird 1970 Missouri
Mississippi Wood duck State waterfowl 1974 South Carolina
South Carolina Wild turkey Official wild game bird 1976 Alabama
Massachusetts
Oklahoma
Alabama Wild turkey Official state game bird 1980 Massachusetts
Oklahoma
South Carolina
Tennessee Bobwhite quail Official state game bird 1988 Georgia
Missouri
Oklahoma Wild turkey State game bird 1990 Alabama
Massachusetts
South Carolina
Massachusetts Wild turkey Game bird and game bird emblem 1991 Alabama
Oklahoma
South Carolina
Idaho Peregrine falcon State raptor 2004  
Missouri Bobwhite quail Official game bird 2007 Georgia
Tennessee
South Carolina Wood duck Official state duck 2009 Mississippi
First place ribbon The Cardinal takes first place for the most popular bird of the United States. Seven states have chosen the cardinal as their state bird; Illinois; Indiana; Kentucky; North Carolina; Ohio; Virginia; West Virginia.
Second place ribbon In a close race, the Western meadowlark has captured the second place position as the second most popular state bird. Six states have decided that the Western Meadowlark will be their official state bird. Those states are Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon and Wyoming.
Third place ribbon The winner of the third place ribbon for the most popular state bird is the mockingbird. The mockingbird garnered the official state bird designation from five states; Arkansas; Florida; Mississippi; Texas; Tennessee.
State Birds & Flowers 100-pc Puzzle Each State Bird is perched upon the official State Flower in the State Birds & Flowers 1000-pc Puzzle. This great 24x30 inch, 1000 piece puzzle is fun, educational, and makes a wonderful gift. Purchase this puzzle directly from NETSTATE.COM the home of ALL the SYMBOLS.
United Tweets of America: 50 State Birds Their Stories, Their Glories
United Tweets
of America

Hudson Talbott

United Tweets of America: 50 State Birds Their Stories, Their Glories, by Hudson Talbott. 64 pages. Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (May 1, 2008) Reading level: Ages 6+.

Hilarious tribute to state birds!

Welcome to the United Tweets Pageant! This colorful parade of state birds competing to be Top Tweet will have readers of all ages laughing aloud. From Alabama’s Yellowhammer to Wyoming’s Western Meadowlark, each bird is a winner—and each bird loves to show off the state it calls home. Hudson Talbott has created an inspired introduction to states and their birds. His vibrant, detailed illustrations infuse the birds’ interactions with energy and humor, making this a great way to spark kids’ interest in United States history, geography, and, of course, wildlife!

National Geographic Guide to Birding Hot Spots of the United States
Guide to Birding
Hot Spots of
the United States

National Geographic Guide to Birding Hot Spots of the United States, by Mel White. 99 pages. Publisher: National Geographic (March 21, 2006)

Boasting more than 220 full-color illustrations and maps, this is the perfect practical companion to the National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America. A must-have for birders everywhere, it's as useful at home as on the road, pinpointing the best places to see more than 400 species of birds from coast to coast. A veritable pocket atlas of avian information, this guide will be equally useful to the novice just starting a lifelist and the advanced birder in search of an especially elusive species or a new and unique place to enjoy this enormously popular activity.

The American Bird Conservancy Guide to Bird Conservation

The American Bird Conservancy Guide to Bird Conservation, by Daniel J. Lebbin, Michael J. Parr, George H. Fenwick. 456 pages. Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (November 15, 2010)

Whether we live in cities, in the suburbs, or in the country, birds are ubiquitous features of daily life, so much so that we often take them for granted. But even the casual observer is aware that birds don’t fill our skies in the number they once did. That awareness has spawned conservation action that has led to notable successes, including the recovery of some of the nation’s most emblematic species, such as the Bald Eagle, Brown Pelican, Whooping Crane, and Peregrine Falcon. Despite this, a third of all American bird species are in trouble—in many cases, they’re in imminent danger of extinction. The most authoritative account ever published of the threats these species face, The American Bird Conservancy Guide to Bird Conservation will be the definitive book on the subject.

The Guide presents for the first time anywhere a classification system and threat analysis for bird habitats in the United States, the most thorough and scientifically credible assessment of threats to birds published to date, as well as a new list of birds of conservation concern.