Friday, May 24, 2013

What is the State Bird? (NC-TX)

The state bird list continues...
  • North Carolina - Northern Cardinal (male is red), Cardinalis cardinalis, was selected as the stated bird in 1943. A year-round resident of N. Carolina, it is one of the most common birds in their gardens, meadows and woodlands. The male Cardinal is red all over except for the black around its throat and eyes. Male and fmale have a crest on their crowns.
  • North Dakota - The Western Meadowlark, Sturnella neglecta, was adopted as the official state bird in 1947. 
  • Ohio - Ohio designated the Northern Cardinal (male is red), Cardinalis cardinalis, as official statebird in 1933. 
  • Oklahoma - The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Tyrannus forficatus, was officially adopted by the State Legislature in 1951 as the Oklahoma state bird. It has a very long tail and does a famous "sky dance", so that no other bird is more identifiable in Oklahoma. It folds/closes its tail when perching. It has a pearl-gray nape and a white breast, with wings that are sooty black and it has a touch of scarlet on the shoulders.
  • Oregon - The Western Meadowlark, Sturnella neglecta, was chosen by a popular vote of Oregon school children in 1927. In the same year, Governor I. L. Patterson issued a proclamation naming it the state bird of Oregon.
  • Pennsylvania - The Ruffed Grouse, Bonasa umbellus, was adopted as Pennsylvania's state bird in 1931, tthe same as the state tree. It was championed by Mrs. Harry J. Shoemaker, Chairman of birds and flowers and the officers of the State Federation of Women's Clubs. 
  • Rhode Island - The Rhode Island Red Chicken, Gallus gallus, in 1954. These hens remain excellent farm chickens and they lay between 200 to 300 eggs per bird in twelve months and can start at six mo.'s of age.
  • South Carolina - The Northern Mockingbird, Mimus polyglottos, was made the state bird in 1939; until 1944 when the Carolina Wren took its place.                                                                                                   S. Carolina chose the Wild Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo, as their game bird in 1976. These birds are hunted only during the spring on game management lands.
  • South Dakota - The Ring-necked Pheasant (male), Phasianus colchicus, was adopted as the official state bird of S. Dakota in 1943. Female is mottled sandy brown with a shorter tail.
  • Tennessee - The Northern Mockingbird, Mimus polyglottos, was selected as state bird of Tennessee in an election by Tennessee Ornithological Society. This was confirmed by the General Assembly in 1933.                                                                                                    The 'Bobwhite Quail' (Northern Bobwhite), Colinus virginianus, is the official state game bird of Tennessee. It seems to have been adopted in 1988 but it my have been in 1987.
  • Texas - The Northern Mockingbird, Mimus polyglottos, I have been told, has the prettiest song of any bird native to No. America. That is possibly the reason why the "mocker" was adopted as the state bird of Texas in 1927. 

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