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Can You Guess the Official State Bird of All 50 States?

Cardinals, robins, and wrens, oh my!

Alabama5W Infographics for Reader's Digest

Alabama

Hint: This is a common species present year round in Alabama. You’ll also want to check out these hilarious bird photos.

northern flickerCourtesy Janine Martin/Birds & Blooms

Alabama

Answer: Northern Flicker

Alaska5W Infographics for Reader's Digest

Alaska

Hint: This bird is known for having feathered toes and changing from light brown in the summer months to snow white in the winter.

Alaska's state bird, the willow ptarmigan, in Denali National Park at the beginning of winter in the middle of molting from summer to winter plumageTroutnut/Shutterstock

Alaska

Answer: Willow Ptarmigan

arizona5W Infographics for Reader's Digest

Arizona

Hint: This white, brown, and black bird was officially adopted at the state bird in 1931. See if you can spot the animals camouflaged in these photos.

Courtesy Diane Barone/Birds & Blooms

Arizona

Answer: Cactus Wren

arkansas5W Infographics for Reader's Digest

Arkansas

Hint: This gray and white bird with an ear-catching tune also appears in the title of a very famous Harper Lee novel.

Northern Mockingbird, state bird of Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas, member of the Mimidae family.David Spates/Shutterstock

Arkansas

David Spates/ShutterstockAnswer: Northern Mockingbird

california5W Infographics for Reader's Digest

California

Hint: This state bird is known for being plump and small. It’s also a very prized game bird. Check out the story of why this bird was censored on Facebook.

The California quail (Callipepla californica), also known as the California valley quail or valley quail, is a small ground-dwelling bird in the New World quail family. Cezary Wojtkowski/Shutterstock

California

Answer: California Quail

colorado5W Infographics for Reader's Digest

Colorado

Hint: Colorado’s state bird is part of the sparrow family. It’s well known for its courtship dance and song.

Lark bunting on post, state bird of ColoradoDavid Spates/Shutterstock

Colorado

Answer: Lark Bunting

connecticut5W Infographics for Reader's Digest

Connecticut

Hint: This bird is one of America’s favorite songbirds. It’s also in the name of a popular burger joint.

Singing a Song. The American robin is the state bird of Connecticut, Michigan and Wisconsin.David Spates/Shutterstock

Connecticut

David Spates/ShutterstockAnswer: American Robin

delaware5W Infographics for Reader's Digest

Delaware

Hint: This state bird is actually a chicken. It’s also the mascot for the University of Delaware. These endangered baby animals are making a comeback.

Bigblue Delaware big blue hen biblue dark color on white backgroundTono Balaguer/Shutterstock

Delaware

Answer: Blue Hen Chicken

florida5W Infographics for Reader's Digest

Florida

Hint: Florida has the same state bird as Arkansas.

Courtesy Kimberly Miskiewicz/Birds & Blooms

Florida

Answer: Mockingbird

georgia5W Infographics for Reader's Digest

Georgia

Hint: The governor declared this the state bird in 1935, it wasn’t publically recognized as the state bird until 1970.

brown thrasher (Toxostoma rufum) The brown thrasher is noted for having over 1000 song types, and the largest song repertoire of birdsKarel Bock/Shutterstock

Georgia

Answer: Brown Thrasher

hawaii5W Infographics for Reader's Digest

Hawaii

Hint: Hawaii’s state bird is a land bird that is a variety of Hawaiian Goose. It’s claw-like feet and modified wing structure help it adapt to island life.

The Nene, The Hawaii's State BirdDenis Pepin/Shutterstock

Hawaii

Answer: Nene

idaho5W Infographics for Reader's Digest

Idaho

Hint: This pretty colored bird can be found in the mountains of Idaho. See if you can guess the U.S. state by its flag.

Carey Manous

Idaho

Answer: Mountain Bluebird

illinois5W Infographics for Reader's Digest

Illinois

Hint: This very popular red bird is also the state bird for six other states.

Male cardinal looking over its shoulder while perched on tree branch. State bird of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and West VirginiaDavid Spates/Shutterstock

Illinois

David Spates/ShutterstockDavid Spates/ShutterstockAnswer: Northern Cardinal

indiana5W Infographics for Reader's Digest

Indiana

Hint: Indiana’s state bird is one of the six other states that share a state bird with Illinois.

Northern CardinalWang LiQiang/Shutterstock

Indiana

Wang LiQiang/ShutterstockAnswer: Northern Cardinal

iowa5W Infographics for Reader's Digest

Iowa

Hint: The male species of this bird is very bright. They like to eat seeds from dandelions, sunflowers, ragweed, and evening primrose.

 Eastern Goldfinch on a bird feeder photographed in Waterloo, Iowa / Eastern Goldfinch Amdizdarevic/Shutterstock

Iowa

Answer: American Goldfinch

kansas5W Infographics for Reader's Digest

Kansas

Hint: The state bird of Kansas is a familiar songbird. Do you know what it is? See if you can guess the U.S. state from its nickname.

A Western Meadowlark perched on shrub, Colorado, spring time.David Spates/Shutterstock

Kansas

David Spates/ShutterstockDavid Spates/ShutterstockAnswer: Western Meadowlark

kentucky5W Infographics for Reader's Digest

Kentucky

Hint: This bird is known for its “cheer cheer cheer,” “whit-chew whit-chew” and “purdy purdy purdy” whistles.

Male cardinal looking over its shoulder while perched on tree branch. State bird of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and West VirginiaDavid Spates/Shutterstock

Kentucky

David Spates/ShutterstockDavid Spates/ShutterstockAnswer: Northern Cardinal

louisiana5W Infographics for Reader's Digest

Louisiana

Hint: If you know Louisiana’s nickname, you’ll know their state bird. It also appears on the state flag and seal.

Endangered Brown Pelican Latin name Pelecanus occidentalisPeter Etchells/Shutterstock

Louisiana

Answer: Brown Pelican

maine5W Infographics for Reader's Digest

Maine

Hint: This common backyard bird is a member of the titmouse family.

 closeup of black-capped chickadee in the forest of the randall davey audobon center and sanctuary near santa fe, new mexico Nina B/Shutterstock

Maine

Nina B/ShutterstockAnswer: Black-Capped Chickadee

maryland5W Infographics for Reader's Digest

Maryland

Hint: Think about the name of the well-known baseball team from Baltimore.

Male Baltimore Oriole perched on a dead branch.Paul Reeves Photography/Shutterstock

Maryland

Answer: Baltimore Oriole

massachussetts5W Infographics for Reader's Digest

Massachusetts

Hint: Massachusetts shares a state bird with Maine.

 closeup of black-capped chickadee in the forest of the randall davey audobon center and sanctuary near santa fe, new mexico Nina B/Shutterstock

Massachusetts

Nina B/ShutterstockAnswer: Black-Capped Chickadee

michigan5W Infographics for Reader's Digest

Michigan

Hint: These birds are often seen pulling up earthworms in your backyard. Check out these U.S. state facts that everyone gets wrong.

robinCourtesy Ozzie Vannucci/Birds & Blooms

Michigan

Answer: American Robin

minnesota5W Infographics for Reader's Digest

Minnesota

Hint: The state bird of Minnesota can be found in and around lakes. They are known for their eerie cries, wails, and yodels.

Mister Red EyeBull's-Eye Arts/Shutterstock

Minnesota

Answer: Common Loon

mississippi5W Infographics for Reader's Digest

Mississippi

Hint: This talented bird can sing up to 200 songs, some of which include the songs of other birds, and insect and amphibian sounds.

Northern Mockingbird perched on tree branch, state bird of Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas.David Spates/Shutterstock

Mississippi

Answer: Mockingbird

missouri5W Infographics for Reader's Digest

Missouri

Hint: This blue and reddish-orange bird has a short tail and chunky body.

Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) male perched on stump with green bokeh backgroundRabbitti/Shutterstock

Missouri

Answer: Eastern Bluebird

montana5W Infographics for Reader's Digest

Montana

Hint: This state bird was actually chosen by Montana’s school children. It has a yellow breast and a black spot on the throat.

Western Meadowlark bird Lidia fotografie/Shutterstock

Montana

Answer: Western Meadowlark

nebraska5W Infographics for Reader's Digest

Nebraska

Hint: Nebraska’s state bird has a black and white striped head, yellow cheeks, and a bright yellow throat.

A Western Meadowlark perched on shrub, Colorado, spring time.David Spates/Shutterstock

Nebraska

David Spates/ShutterstockDavid Spates/ShutterstockAnswer: Western Meadowlark

nevada5W Infographics for Reader's Digest

Nevada

Hint: Nevada shares a state bird with Idaho.

Male mountain bluebird sitting on a branchmoosehenderson/Shutterstock

Nevada

Answer: Mountain Bluebird

new-hampshire5W Infographics for Reader's Digest

New Hampshire

Hint: The bird of this New England state has the color “purple” in its name.

A male purple finch displays his bright breeding plumage as he perches on a barren branchRobert L Kothenbeutel/Shutterstock

New Hampshire

Answer: Purple Finch

nj5W Infographics for Reader's Digest

New Jersey

Hint: This bird is also known as a wild canary or willow goldfinch.

The American Goldfinch, also known as the Eastern Goldfinch, is a small North American bird in the finch family.elinorb/Shutterstock

New Jersey

Answer: American Goldfinch

new-mexico5W Infographics for Reader's Digest

New Mexico

Hint: New Mexico’s state bird is also a popular cartoon that runs really fast.

Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) in the New Mexico desertSteve Byland/Shutterstock

New Mexico

Answer: Greater Roadrunner

NY5W Infographics for Reader's Digest

New York

Hint: New York shares a state bird with Missouri.

Male Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) on a perch with a green backgroundSteve Byland/Shutterstock

New York

Answer: Eastern Bluebird

north-carolina5W Infographics for Reader's Digest

North Carolina

Hint: The male species of this state bird is a brilliant red color.

Red Male Northern Cardinal Isolated Against Green BackgroundMerlin Halteman/Shutterstock

North Carolina

Answer: Northern Cardinal

north-dakota5W Infographics for Reader's Digest

North Dakota

Hint: This bird can be spotted on the western side of the continent (from Wisconsin down to Texas and over to the Pacific). It’s also in the same family as blackbirds and Orioles.

A Western Meadowlark perched on shrub, Colorado, spring time.David Spates/Shutterstock

North Dakota

David Spates/ShutterstockDavid Spates/ShutterstockAnswer: Western Meadowlark

ohio5W Infographics for Reader's Digest

Ohio

Hint: Ohio shares a state bird with Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Male cardinal looking over its shoulder while perched on tree branch. State bird of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and West VirginiaDavid Spates/Shutterstock

Ohio

David Spates/ShutterstockDavid Spates/ShutterstockAnswer: Northern Cardinal

oklahoma5W Infographics for Reader's Digest

Oklahoma

Hint: This beautiful and graceful state bird is known for its scissortail. See if you can spot the difference between these nearly identical animals.

An elegant Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus forficatus) sitting on a wire.Richard G Smith/Shutterstock

Oklahoma

Answer: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

oregon5W Infographics for Reader's Digest

Oregon

Hint: You can often find this bird perched on fenceposts in grasslands.

Western meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) perched on a wooden post against a soft green backgroundJennifer Bosvert/Shutterstock

Oregon

Answer: Western Meadowlark

pennsylvania5W Infographics for Reader's Digest

Pennsylvania

Hint: This bird, sometimes called the partridge, thrives in severe winter weather.

Ruffed Grouse, Bonasa umbellus, the state bird of Pennsylvania; upland game bird huntingTom Reichner/Shutterstock

Pennsylvania

Answer: Ruffed Grouse

rhode-island5W Infographics for Reader's Digest

Rhode Island

Hint: This bird is actually pretty easy to guess because the state is in its name.

One young brown Rhode Island Red hen chicken portrait, bird posing in fresh grass at free range yard, red comb on head. Horizontal orientation, photo taken in Poland.Ariene Studio/Shutterstock

Rhode Island

Answer: Rhode Island Red

south-carolina5W Infographics for Reader's Digest

South Carolina

Hint: The state name is also in this bird’s name. This brownish-red bird has white stripes over the eyes.

Carolina wren spotted at Lettuce Lake Park in Tampa Florida Butch Backman/Shutterstock

South Carolina

Answer: Carolina Wren

south-dakota5W Infographics for Reader's Digest

South Dakota

Hint: This beautiful state bird has iridescent feathers, a red face, and a white stripe around its neck.

Male Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus ) - Victoria BC, CanadaTim Zurowski/Shutterstock

South Dakota

Answer: Ring-Necked Pheasant

tennessee5W Infographics for Reader's Digest

Tennessee

Hint: This songbird is another popular one. Do you know what it is?

Northern Mockingbird With Insect In BeakNodari/Shutterstock

Tennessee

Answer: Mockingbird

texas5W Infographics for Reader's Digest

Texas

Hint: Texas has the same state bird as Tennessee (and a few other states).

Northern Mockingbird, state bird of Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas, member of the Mimidae family.David Spates/Shutterstock

Texas

David Spates/ShutterstockAnswer: Mockingbird

utah5W Infographics for Reader's Digest

Utah

Hint: This heroic state bird helped to control the cricket population, which was ruining the crops in 1848. In some states, it’s illegal to shoot the state bird. Check out these other strange laws in every state.

California Gull (Larus californicus) Calling. Shoreline Lake, Santa Clara County, California, USAyhelfman/Shutterstock

Utah

Answer: California Gull

vermont5W Infographics for Reader's Digest

Vermont

Hint: This small brown bird has a lovely, melancholy song.

Singing Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) in spring migrant sitting in treeMircea Costina/Shutterstock

Vermont

Answer: Hermit Thrush

virginia5W Infographics for Reader's Digest

Virginia

Hint: Virginia shares a state bird with Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, and West Virginia.

Northern CardinalWang LiQiang/Shutterstock

Virginia

Wang LiQiang/ShutterstockAnswer: Northern Cardinal

washington5W Infographics for Reader's Digest

Washington

Hint: The male species of this bird has a bright yellow body and black wings, the female species is more muted with an olive-yellow body and brown tail.

Colors of Summer: The American or Willow Goldfinch is the state bird of Washington, here perched on one of the iconic flowers of the Pacific Northwest, a rhod0dendron.Charles Bergman/Shutterstock

Washington

Answer: American goldfinch

west-virginia5W Infographics for Reader's Digest

West Virginia

Hint: West Virginia has the same state bird as Virginia and five other states.

Feeding Male Northern CardinalDavid Byron Keener/Shutterstock

West Virginia

Answer: Northern Cardinal

wisconsin5W Infographics for Reader's Digest

Wisconsin

Hint: Wisconsin shares a state bird with Connecticut and Michigan.

Singing a Song. The American robin is the state bird of Connecticut, Michigan and Wisconsin.David Spates/Shutterstock

Wisconsin

David Spates/ShutterstockAnswer: American Robin

wyoming5W Infographics for Reader's Digest

Wyoming

Hint: The state bird of Wyoming is the same as Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Oregon.

Western Meadowlark Poised in the SunshineKerry Hargrove/Shutterstock

Wyoming

Answer: Western Meadowlark Next, discover the hidden gems in every U.S. state.

Morgan Cutolo
Morgan is the Assistant Digital Managing Editor at Reader’s Digest. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2016 where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. When she’s not writing for rd.com or keeping the 650+ pieces of content our team produces every month organized, she likes watching HGTV, going on Target runs, and searching through Instagram to find new corgi accounts to follow.