state bird

noun

Definition of state bird 

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

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Ohio and Kentucky have their own cups, adorned with flags, logos, state birds and, strangely, a traffic light. Jordan Kellogg, Cincinnati.com, "Vote: Does Ohio or Kentucky have the best Starbucks mug?," 6 Apr. 2018 Robins, the state bird, can't dig for worms under piles of snow. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Robins, purple martins and other birds in peril from weekend snowstorm," 17 Apr. 2018 Our state bird, the willow ptarmigan, is a perfect example. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "While waiting for winter to become summer, outdoors lovers turn to beauty pageants," 23 Apr. 2018 Wisconsin's state bird and many other winged creatures are in peril from last weekend's freak snowstorm. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Robins, purple martins and other birds in peril from weekend snowstorm," 17 Apr. 2018 The essentials: Buckeyes, football, Lake Erie and a cardinal, the state bird. Jordan Kellogg, Cincinnati.com, "Vote: Does Ohio or Kentucky have the best Starbucks mug?," 6 Apr. 2018 By the way, Kansas already had a state bird (western meadowlark), state animal (American buffalo) and state amphibian (barred tiger salamander). Matt Campbell, kansascity, "Kansas finally has official rock, mineral and gem, thanks to Overland Park 4th-grader | The Kansas City Star," 5 Apr. 2018 The birding community did not get word of the bird’s presence until late in the day on Sunday, March 11, when the host posted a photo on a state birding Facebook page. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Black-headed grosbeak shows up for first time in Mecklenburg County | Charlotte Observer," 21 Mar. 2018 After the visit to the blacksmith, Runzel led the group through a craft exercise that involved coating a paper towel roll with peanut butter and then dipping it in seeds in order to feed the state bird, the cardinal. David Sharos, Naperville Sun, "Scouts visit Naper Settlement to learn about Illinois history for bicentennial," 17 Mar. 2018

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1910, in the meaning defined above

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