Your state bird sucks

Nicholas Lund finds your lack of hawks disturbing:

I drove over a bridge from Maryland into Virginia today and on the big “Welcome to Virginia” sign was an image of the state bird, the northern cardinal — with a yellow bill. I should have scoffed, but it hardly registered. Everyone knows that state birds are a big joke. There are a million cardinals, a scattering of robins, and just a general lack of thought put into the whole thing.

Worst of the lot, perhaps, is Alaska’s:

Willow Ptarmigans are the dumbest-sounding birds on Earth, sorry. They sound like rejected Star Wars aliens, angrily standing outside the Mos Eisley Cantina because their IDs were rejected.

I dunno. To me, Willow Ptarmigan is the hippie chick who dropped (1) out of Swarthmore, or (2) a whole lot of acid.

Fortunately, Oklahoma’s own Tyrannus forficatus is more than sufficiently badass.

(Via Pop Culture Junk Mail.)


  1. Brian J. »

    22 May 2013 · 5:48 am

    Strangely enough, the Missouri state bird is not the cardinal, but the Eastern bluebird.

    I’ve seen thousands of the former in my 20-some years in-state, and finally this winter one of the latter.

    Maybe the bluebird was named the state bird because it tastes better.

  2. McGehee »

    22 May 2013 · 11:53 am

    A bluebird has got to taste better than a brown thrasher — but the willow ptarmigan beats them both from what I hear.

    Gotta love Alaska — how many states have a hunting season on their state bird?

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