What is North Carolina's state bird?
North Carolina designated the northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) as official state bird in 1943. One of America's favorite backyard birds, cardinals are distinctive in appearance and song - known for their "cheer cheer cheer," "whit-chew whit-chew" and "purty purty purty" whistles.
The northern cardinal seems to be loved by people from different states more than any other bird: Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina have it as the state bird. It was also a candidate to become the state bird of Delaware, but, unfortunately, lost to the Delaware Blue Hen. But we would cheer for the northern cardinal!