50 Interesting Facts About US State Birds

Last updated on July 21st, 2023

Find out more about different states and their bird symbols and 50 Interesting facts about State Birds you might not know.

1. Alaska — Willow Ptarmigan

Willow Ptarmigan uses the art of camouflage to outwit their predators. Their feathers can be white, brownish-gold, or grayish, depending on the season.

Willow ptarmigan.
Willow ptarmigan. Facts about 50 US State Birds. Image via shutterstock/Vishnevskiy Vasily

2. Texas — Northern Mockingbird

Do not be fooled by the soft melody made by Northern Mockingbird. They will fight to protect their home just like true Texans.

Northern Mockingbird. Texas state bird
Northern Mockingbird in Southern Texas. Image via Dennis W Donohue

3. California — California Quail

The male California quail will compete for and mate with one female. They also live as a community where all parent birds take care of the broods.

Male California Quail. California state bird
Male California Quail. Image via shutterstock/Keneva Photography

4. Montana — Western Meadowlark

Western Meadowlark have a beautiful sound and can sing up to 100 song variations.

Western Meadowlark. Montana state bird
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) at Badlands National Park. Image via shutterstock/Natalia Kuzmina

5. New Mexico — Greater Roadrunner

Greater Roadrunners have mastered the skill of running and can run up to 1.5 miles per hour. They fly only to get away from danger.

Greater Roadrunner
The Greater Roadrunner. Facts about US State Birds. Image via shutterstock/Tom Tietz

6. Arizona — Cactus Wren

Cactus Wren is known for its loud call and the fact that they build their homes on cactus and use the spikes as their natural protection.

Cactus Wren from Arizona
Cactus Wren gathering nesting material and perched on a Saguaro Rib. Image via Evelyn D. Harrison

7. Nevada — Mountain Bluebird

There are some Native Americans that consider the feathers of these birds to be a sacred symbol due to their azure color.

Mountain Bluebird
The Mountain Bluebird. Image via shutterstock/Double Brow Imagery

8. Colorado — Lark Bunting

The birds are survivors since they can survive summer without water; they simply rely on getting moisture from insects that they feed on.

Lark bunting on post.
The Lark bunting on post. Image via shutterstock/David Spates

9. Wyoming — Western Meadowlark

One great fact about these birds is their low flute-like sound, and they also have a song with a distinct seven-note melody.

A western meadowlark
A western meadowlark alights on a fence post in Wyoming. Image via – shutterstock/M. Leonard Photography

10. Oregon — Western Meadowlark

Do not underestimate the birds due to their low flute melodies. They can use their melody to alert all the birds around them in case of an intruder.

11. Idaho — Mountain Bluebird and Peregrine Falcon

The mountain bluebirds are small migratory birds and first to return after migration. 

Adult male Mountain Bluebird. Idaho state bird
Adult male Mountain Bluebird. US state birds list. Image via shutterstock/Agami Photo Agency

The Peregrine Falcon is an intense predator and one of the largest falcons.

The Peregrine Falcon is an intense predator and one of the largest falcons.
The Peregrine Falcon is an intense predator and one of the largest falcons. Image via shutterstock/Harry Collins Photography

12. Utah — California Gull

The California Gull saved early Utah pioneers by eating crickets that decimated their crops. So, as a way to appreciate the birds, Utahans made this bird their state symbol.

Western Gull breeding adult in-flight. Monterey County, California, USA.
The Western Gull breeding adult in-flight. Monterey County, California, USA. Image via shutterstock/yhelfman

13. Kansas — Western meadowlark

Western meadowlarks have learned to live close to the ground to access insects and seeds easily.

14. Minnesota — Common Loon

Both the male and females take turns to incubate the eggs. They also live together when the eggs hatch until the young are strong enough to care for themselves.

Common Loon in Minnesota
Common Loon in Minnesota. Image via shutterstock/Agnieszka Bacal

15. Nebraska — Western Meadowlark

The birds are hunted by other larger birds and have learned to live and hide in lower grounds like grasslands to escape the prey birds.

16. South Dakota — Ring-necked Pheasant

The birds do not migrate or hibernate even during the winter. Instead, they thrive by staying active.

A Ring-necked or Common Pheasant
A Ring-necked or common Pheasant in the garden. Image via shutterstock/BernadetteB

17. North Dakota — Western Meadowlark

It is the second most popular state bird because though it is small, it has strong survival instincts despite being hunted by the larger bird species.

A Western Meadowlark perched on shrub
A Western Meadowlark perched on shrub. Image via shutterstock/David Spates

18. Missouri — Eastern Bluebird

It is one of the few bird species not afraid of humans. As a result, you are likely to find them in backyards and birdhouses.

Female Eastern Bluebird feeding a hungry baby
Female Eastern Bluebird feeding a hungry baby on a deer antler. Image via shutterstock/Steve Byland

19. Oklahoma — Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher

When these birds are around, they give farmers peace of mind since they feed on insects that can be destructive to farms, like grasshoppers, wasps, and beetles.

US state bird facts: the scissor tailed flycatcher. Oklahoma state bird
The scissor tailed flycatcher (Tyrannus forficatus) in flight. Image via shutterstock/Natalia Kuzmina

20. Washington — American Goldfinch

It is a bird that is easy to spot since it is bright yellow. But it is not easy to catch it as the American Goldfinches can fly high through the sky.

American Goldfinch (male)
American Goldfinch (male). Image via shutterstock/vagabond54

21. Georgia — Brown Thrasher

It is a funny bird that mimics other bird species. But they do not joke about protecting their young. They are fiercely aggressive.

Brown Thrasher. Georgia state bird
The Brown Thrasher looks around the garden. Image via shutterstock/Tony Quinn

22. Michigan — American Robin

The male American Robin has the most beautiful tunes, and they enjoy showing it off. He is often the last bird heard when the sun sets.

American robin perched on a branch
The American robin perched on a branch. Image via shutterstock/Janet M Kessler

23. Iowa — American Goldfinch

Though small in size, they are expert fliers. The bids will fly through the sky, searching for seeds.

American Goldfinch female
The American goldfinch female. Image via shutterstock/Rabbitti

24. Illinois — Northern Cardinal

These birds are easily recognizable, and they enjoy living around humans. So you are likely to spot them in backyards.

Northern cardinal, cardinalis feeding babies chicks.
Northern cardinal, cardinalis feeding babies chicks. Image via shutterstock/Agnieszka Bacal

25. Wisconsin — American Robin

The birds enjoy getting tipsy occasionally. You will find them flocking to fermented berries. When drunk, they can even fall over when walking.

An adult American robin. US state birds list. Wisconsin state bird
An adult American robin arrives at its nest with a mouthful of food to feed four hungry chicks on a spring day. Image via shutterstock/Tony Campbell

26. Florida — Northern Mockingbird

The bird’s last name is Mimus polyglottos which translates to Many-tough Mimic.

Northern Mockingbird. facts about state birds. Florida state bird
Northern Mockingbird. Image via shutterstock/Joe McDonald

27. Arkansas — Northern Mockingbird

A single male can produce over 200 different songs.

28. Alabama — Northern Flicker

The birds are also known as Yellowhammers, a nickname given to Alabama soldiers during the Civil War.

Male Northern Flicker. Alabama State Bird
Male Northern Flicker sitting on a pole. Image via shutterstock/Birdiegal

29. North Carolina — Northern Cardinal

Unlike other birds, the Northern Cardinal sings all year round. Moreover, their females sing even when brooding.

30. New York — Eastern Bluebird

The birds are harbingers of spring since they are the first bird species to return after winter. Thus, they symbolize the start of warmer days.

Pair of Eastern Bluebird on a log. Facts About 50 US State Birds
A pair of Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) on a log with nesting material. Image via shutterstock/Steve Byland

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