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Oklahoma State Bird

 Scissor-tailed flycatcher- click to see all state birds
Photo by S. Maslowski / U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
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Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Scissor-tailed flycatcher video

Oklahoma designated the scissor-tailed flycatcher (Muscivora forficata) as official state bird in 1951. Protected by law, the scissor-tailed flycatcher is of great economic value (its diet consists almost entirely of non-useful and harmful insect species such as grasshoppers, crickets, and beetles).

This songbird's unique scissor-like tail can be twice as long as its body. It catches most prey by aerial hawking, but will also grab insects off vegetation (see photo of scissor-tailed flycatcher in flight on the state children's song page).

Oklahoma is the center of the nesting range of the scissor-tailed flycatcher, a strikingly beautiful and graceful bird (sometimes called swallowtailed flycatcher). In late summer large flocks of up to 1,000 birds form prior to migration to their winter range in southern Mexico and Central America (with some in southern Florida).

The scissor-tailed flycatcher uses many human produced materials in its nest (such as string, cloth, paper, carpet fuzz, and cigarette filters). One study of nests found that artificial materials accounted for 30% of the weight of nests. The overall population seems stable, but it is declining in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma state quarter - click to see all state quarters
Oklahoma became the 46th state in 1907 (see STATEHOOD ORDER).
Oklahoma's state quarter features a scissor-tailed flycatcher
(state bird) and Indian blankets (state wildflower).
Public domain image on Wikipedia - see all 50 state quarters
Source:
OKLAHOMA STATE ICONS: OK.gov
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher: Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Links:
All State Birds - National Bird


    

 

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butterfly
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fossil -crystal
rock - soil
tree - grass

flag - seal - quarter
name - nickname
motto - poem
tartan - colors
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theater - cartoon
instrument 1 - 2
songs: 1-2-3-4-5-6
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vegetable - fruit
 

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