The selection of state birds began in 1927, when the legislatures for Alabama, Florida, Maine, Missouri, Oregon, Texas and Wyoming selected their state birds after a campaign was started by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs to name official state birds in the 1920s. The northern cardinal is the state bird of seven states, followed by the western meadowlark as the state bird of six states (wikipedia.org)
Five states chose the northern mockingbird. We had a good look at one this morning at Humber Bay.
Ontario’s provincial bird is the common loon.
He’s gonna buy me a mockingbird
And if that mockingbird won’t sing
He’s gonna buy me a diamond ring
And if that diamond ring won’t shine
He’s gonna surely break this heart of mine. – Carly Simon and James Taylor