Did you know that your state has selected an official state bird? A handful of states even have two! See what your home state picked as a symbol of its natural environment.

By Jenny Krane

Every state has historically selected a state bird. Some were selected because of how populous they are in that state, while others were selected for beauty and rareness. Many of the states with two have an official state bird and an official state game bird—the most common game bird is the wild turkey. A lot of states share a state bird—seven states have the Northern cardinal and six have the Western meadowlark. Read on to see which bird has been chosen by your state.


Connecticut: American robin

Delaware: Blue hen chicken

Maine: Black-capped chickadee

Maryland: Baltimore oriole

Massachusetts: Black-capped chickadee, wild turkey

New Hampshire: Purple finch

New Jersey: Eastern goldfinch

New York: Eastern bluebird

Pennsylvania: Ruffed grouse

Rhode Island: Rhode Island red chicken

Vermont: Hermit thrush

Washington, D.C.: Wood thrush


Alabama: Eastern wild turkey, Northern flicker

Arkansas: Mockingbird

Florida: Mockingbird

Georgia: Brown thrasher, Bobwhite quail

Kentucky: Northern cardinal

Louisiana: Brown pelican

Mississippi: Mockingbird, wood duck

North Carolina: Northern cardinal

South Carolina: Carolina wren, wild turkey

Tennessee: Mockingbird, Bobwhite quail

Virginia: Northern cardinal

West Virginia: Northern cardinal


Illinois: Northern cardinal

Indiana: Northern cardinal

Iowa: Eastern goldfinch

Kansas: Western meadowlark

Michigan: American robin

Minnesota: Common loon

Missouri: Eastern bluebird, Bobwhite quail

Nebraska: Western meadowlark

North Dakota: Western meadowlark

Ohio: Northern cardinal

South Dakota: Ring-necked pheasant

Wisconsin: American robin, mourning dove

Mountain West

Colorado: Lark bunting

Idaho: Mountain bluebird, Peregrine falcon

Montana: Western meadowlark

Nevada: Mountain bluebird

Utah: California gull

Wyoming: Western meadowlark

Pacific Northwest

California: California quail

Oregon: Western meadowlark

Washington: Willow goldfinch


Right: Wild Turkeys along the trail

Arizona: Cactus wren

New Mexico: Greater roadrunner

Oklahoma: Scissor-tailed flycatcher, wild turkey

Texas: Mockingbird


Alaska: Willow ptarmigan

Hawaii: Nene


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