state bird


Definition of state bird

: a bird selected (as by the legislature) as an emblem of a state of the U.S.

Examples of state bird in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But as the ancient Alaskan joke goes, the real state bird is actually the mosquito, the common and evil skeeter that haunts Alaska in hordes and leaves a plague of itchy bites in its wake. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "Whether cursing, joking or telling stories, Alaskans have always had a lot to say about our ‘state bird’: the mosquito," 6 July 2020 The cardinal is the state bird of seven states, the most of any species. René A. Guzman,, "S.A.’s Common Critters: Cardinals shine with character and symbolism in San Antonio," 7 July 2020 Every proper authority on the subject will tell you that the willow ptarmigan is the official state bird of Alaska. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "Whether cursing, joking or telling stories, Alaskans have always had a lot to say about our ‘state bird’: the mosquito," 6 July 2020 While the robin may be its official state bird, Wisconsin is decidedly bluebird country, too. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin’s Bluebird Comeback: Beautiful native bird is thriving with human help," 25 June 2020 Nearly five million people live in Alabama, which takes its state nickname from the name of its state bird, the yellowhammer. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, "Alabama: Images of the Yellowhammer State," 7 June 2020 That’s because Pennsylvania’s official state bird is getting harder to find. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "West Nile virus is still here, and it has killed millions of U.S. birds," 4 June 2020 And to send a letter back with Flat Cooper holding a state flag, state bird, state tree or any other accessory related to the state. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje,, "San Antonio boy gets ‘flattened’ to travel to all 50 states amid the coronavirus pandemic," 22 May 2020 By contrast, a few Gulf inhabitants have shown a robust recovery—among them, menhaden fish and the brown pelican, Louisiana’s state bird. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 17 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of state bird

1910, in the meaning defined above

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2 Aug 2020

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“State bird.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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