Happy Birthday, Oregon: State Symbols

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State Bird Western Meadowlark
  • State Butterfly Oregon Swallowtail
  • State Fruit Pears
  • State Flower Oregon Grape
  • State Fish Chinook Salmon
  • State Dance Square Dance
  • State Bird Western Meadowlark
  • State Beverage Milk
State Bird Western Meadowlark
The Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) was chosen the Oregon state bird in 1927 by Oregon’s school children in a poll sponsored by the Oregon Audubon Society. Native throughout western North America, the bird has brown plumage with buff and black markings. Its underside is bright yellow with a black V-shape on the breast. The outer tail feathers are mainly white and are easily visible when it flies. The Western Meadow­lark is known for its distinctive, flute-like song.