Robins, cardinals and other songbirds may be the most popular choices for state birds, but here are five birds of a different feather who do their states proud.
The roadrunner is the state bird of New Mexico. It can run up to fifteen miles-per-hour in its pursuit of tarantulas, scorpions and other "treats." Native Americans believed the roadrunner protected against evil spirits.
Perhaps the most beautiful of all chickens, this hearty and friendly breed is the state bird of Rhode Island. Its moniker "red" is derived from its rust-colored plumage. The breed was developed in Rhode Island and neighboring Massachusetts.
A game bird native to North America, the ruffed grouse is the state bird of Pennsylvania. Sometimes it is mistakenly called a partridge. The male ruffed grouse is known for the "drumming" sound he makes with his tail feathers. This bird thrives in cold, snowy locales.
The cactus wren is the largest of the North American wrens and is the state bird of Arizona. Cactus wrens commonly build their nests in holes in a saguaro cactus. As a desert-dwelling bird, the cactus wren gets most of its water from the insects it catches.
Louisiana claims the brown pelican as its state bird. The brown pelican is known for its ability to swoop down from the sky to catch its prey, fish, in open waters. The brown pelican with its distinctive beak and large wing span only hunts for food in the ocean and not in inland lakes or rivers.
Very informational. I love the rode runner but did not know they where a state bird.
Interesting list, didn't know of these being state birds. Thanks!
Facinating list. I learned about different birds from your well presented article.thank you.
Great educational list!
Very interesting list about State birds, :)
Wonderfully educational list! I didn't know about most of these state birds. Clever choice for a list and, as always, entertaining to read.
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