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50 State Birds of the United States

Updated on May 10, 2015

The 50 State Birds, Part One

In the U. S., each state legislature is responsible for selecting its state bird. 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. Many states are represented by same bird, so although there are 50 states in the U. S., there are just 29 different state birds. The following list is arranged by popularity, that is, the number of times each bird has been selected for state representation, along with the bird's year of selection. This is page one of a three-part series.

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The United States National Bird

Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle

The majestic Bald Eagle was named the national bird of the United States in 1782.

Creative Commons photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons/AngMoKio


State Birds of the United States

Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal
Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal (Seven States)

The Northern Cardinal is the State bird of: Illinois (1928), Indiana (1933), Kentucky (1942), North Carolina (1943), Ohio (1933), Virginia (1950), and West Virginia (1949).

Public domain photo courtesy Wikimedia/Ken Thomas


Western Meadowlark

Western Meadowlark
Western Meadowlark

Western Meadowlark (Six States)

The Western Meadowlark is the state bird of: Kansas (1933), Montana (1941), Nebraska (1929) North Dakota (1970), Oregon (1927), and Wyoming (1927).


Mockingbird

Mockingbird
Mockingbird

Mockingbird (Five States)

The Mockingbird is the state bird of: Arkansas (1929), Florida (1927), Mississippi (1944), Tennessee (1933), and Texas (1927).


Robin

Robin
Robin

Robin (Three States)

The Robin is the state bird of: Connecticut (1943), Michigan (1931), and Wisconsin (1949).


Bluebird

Bluebird
Bluebird

Bluebird (Two States)

The Bluebird is the state bird of Missouri (1927) and New York (1970).


Chickadee

Chickadee
Chickadee

Chickadee (Two States)

The Chickadee is the state bird of Maine (1927) and Massachusetts (1941).


Eastern Goldfinch

Eastern Goldfinch
Eastern Goldfinch

Eastern Goldfinch (Two States)

The Eastern Goldfinch is the state bird of Iowa (1933) and New Jersey (1935).


Mountain Bluebird

Mountain Bluebird
Mountain Bluebird

Mountain Bluebird

The Mountain Bluebird is the state bird of Idaho (1931) and Nevada 1967).


Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole
Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

The Baltimore Oriole is the state bird of Maryland (1947).


Blue Hen Chicken

Blue Hen Chicken
Blue Hen Chicken

Blue Hen Chicken

The Blue Hen Chicken is the state bird of Delaware (1939).


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