The Season after Pentecost 2021

23 January 2007
birds - state of the

Don't run with the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

There are 50 states, but only 31 state birds.

This is because some states are more original than others. Because, as we all know, there are plenty of birds.

But then can't some of the blame be laid at the scaly feet of the birds themselves? Don't they have the integrity to belong to one state and one state only?

  1. American Goldfinch (1)
  2. American Robin (3)
  3. Baltimore Oriole (1, not to be confused with major league baseball players)
  4. Black-capped Chickadee (2)
  5. Blue Hen Chicken (1)
  6. Bluebird (1)
  7. Brown Thrasher (1)
  8. Cactus Wren (1)
  9. California Gull (1, Fact: This really is the state bird of Utah. Probably has something to do with Mormonism.)
  10. California Quail (1, Hint: not the state bird of Utah)
  11. Cardinal (7)
  12. Carolina Wren (1)
  13. Common Loon (1, not to be confused with the current President of the United States)
  14. Eastern Bluebird (1)
  15. Eastern Brown Pelican (1)
  16. Eastern Goldfinch (2)
  17. Hermit Thrush (1)
  18. Lark Bunting (1, not to be confused with the sport of Lark Bunting which is illegal in the state for which the Lark Bunting is the state bird, but confusingly also the state sport)
  19. Mockingbird (5)
  20. Mountain Bluebird (2)
  21. Nēnē (1)
  22. Purple Finch (1)
  23. Ring-necked Pheasant (1, so named because after hearing it's annoying mating cries, South Dakotans often try to ring [sic] the neck of this bird)
  24. Roadrunner (1)
  25. Rhode Island Red Chicken (1, Fact: this bird is the origin of the "why did the chicken cross the road/(Rhode)" jokes)
  26. Ruffed Grouse (1)
  27. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (1)
  28. Western Meadowlark (6)
  29. Willow Ptarmigan (1)
  30. Wood Thrush (1, more of a "district bird" than a state bird, really)
  31. Yellowhammer (1)

Most popular polygamous birds

  1. Cardinal, 7 states: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia. Interestingly, the Cardinal occupies what politiornithologists have dubbed the "Cardinal Corridor".

  2. Western Meadowlark, 6 states: Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon and Wyoming
  3. Mockingbird, 5 states: Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas.

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I am offended by your comparison of President Bush to the common loon (Minnesota state bird).

Loons everywhere would take offense at such a comparison.
i wish they all could be california gulls.

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