Fast Facts Study Guide
State Birds

The table below lists each state and its official state bird with its scientific binomial designation and photo.

State
Bird
Photo
Alabama
Yellowhammer
(Colaptes auratus)
Alaska
Willow Ptarmigan
(Lagopus lagopus)
Arizona
Cactus Wren
(Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus)
Arkansas
Mockingbird
(Mimus polyglottos)
California
California Quail
(Callipepla californica)
Colorado
Lark Bunting
(Calamospiza melanocorys)
Connecticut
American Robin
(Turdus migratorius)
Delaware
Blue Hen Chicken
(Gallus gallus)
Florida
Mockingbird
(Mimus polyglottos)
Georgia
Brown Thrasher
(Toxostoma rufum)
Hawaii
Nene or Hawaiian Goose
(Branta sandvicensis)
Idaho
Mountain Bluebird
(Sialia currucoides)
Illinois
Northern Cardinal
(Cardinalis cardinalis)
Indiana
Cardinal
(Cardinalis cardinalis)
Iowa
American Goldfinch
(Carduelis tristis)
Kansas
Western Meadowlark
(Sturnella neglecta)
Kentucky
Cardinal
(Cardinalis cardinalis)
Louisiana
Brown Pelican
(Pelecanus occidentalis)
Maine
Black-Capped Chickadee
(Poecile atricapilla)
Maryland
Baltimore Oriole
(Icterus galbula)
Massachusetts
Black-Capped Chickadee
(Penthestes atricapillus)
Michigan
American Robin
(Turdus migratorius)
Minnesota
Common Loon
(Gavia immer)
Mississippi
Mockingbird
(Mimus polyglottos)
Missouri
Eastern Bluebird
(Sialia sialis)
Montana
Western Meadowlark
(Sturnella neglecta)
Nebraska
Western Meadowlark
(Sturnella neglecta)
Nevada
Mountain Bluebird
(Sialia currucoides)
New Hampshire
Purple Finch
(Carpodacus purpureus)
New Jersey
Eastern Goldfinch
(Carduelis tristis)
New Mexico
Chaparral Bird or Roadrunner
(Geococcyx californianus)
New York
Eastern Bluebird
(Sialia sialis)
North Carolina
Cardinal
(Cardinalis cardinalis)
North Dakota
Western Meadowlark
(Sturnella neglecta)
Ohio
Cardinal
(Cardinalis cardinalis)
Oklahoma
Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher
(Tyrannus forficatus)
Oregon
Western Meadowlark
(Sturnella neglecta)
Pennsylvania
Ruffed Grouse
(Bonasa umbellus)
Rhode Island
Rhode Island Red
(Gallus gallus)
South Carolina
Carolina Wren
(Thryothorus ludovicianus)
South Dakota
Ring Necked Pheasant
(Phasianus colchicus)
Tennessee
Mockingbird
(Mimus polyglottos)
Texas
Mockingbird
(Mimus polyglottos)
Utah
California Gull
(Larus californicus)
Vermont
Hermit Thrush
(Catharus guttatus)
Virginia
Cardinal
(Cardinalis cardinalis)
Washington
American Goldfinch
(Carduelis tristis)
West Virginia
Cardinal
(Cardinalis cardinalis)
Wisconsin
American Robin
(Turdus migratorius)
Wyoming
Meadowlark
(Sturnella neglecta)
Binomial Nomenclature
In biology, binomial nomenclature is the formal method of naming a species. As the term "binomial" suggests, the scientific name of a species is formed by combining two terms: the genus name and the species descriptor.