How Well Do You Know State Birds?

western meadowlark

Question #1

You probably already know that the cardinal is the most common state bird, claimed by seven states. What is the second-most common state bird?

Answer: Western meadowlark. Six states claim the western meadowlark: Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, and Wyoming. Interestingly, the eastern meadowlark is not claimed by any states. Western and eastern meadowlarks look nearly identical and are best distinguished by their unique songs. Where their ranges overlap, they refuse to share territories and very rarely hybridize.

next question

Subscribe & Save!

ONE YEAR (6 ISSUES) of Bird Watcher's Digest magazine
GET FREE AND INSTANT ACCESS to our digital edition
SAVE 33% off newsstand prices
PAY ONE LOW PRICE of $19.99!
Scroll Up