Indiana’s State Bird: Get to Know the Northern Cardinal


Every state in the United States has its official symbols, including a state bird. Indiana is no exception to this rule. In this post, we’ll explore what the state bird of Indiana is and why it was chosen.

The State Bird of Indiana

The state bird of Indiana is the cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis). The male cardinal stands out with its bright red plumage while females have a reddish-brown coloration. Cardinals are found throughout North America and can often be seen perched on tree branches or feeding at backyard feeders.

Why Was the Cardinal Chosen?

In 1933, when choosing an official state bird for Indiana, legislators were looking for a species that was common in their area and easily recognizable to residents. The cardinal met both requirements since they are prevalent throughout much of Indiana and easily recognizable due to their striking coloration.

Additionally, cardinals were appealing because they don’t migrate during winter months like many other birds do; instead, they stay in their territory year-round which made them ideal candidates for representing the Hoosier State.

Fun Facts About Cardinals

-Both males and females sing but mostly during breeding season
-They mate for life
-Females are known to attack reflections in windows because they mistake them for rival birds intruding on their territory.
-The scientific name “Cardinalis” comes from Latin meaning “important” or “cardinal,” likely named after Catholic Cardinals’ distinctive red robes

Closing Thoughts

The choice of Cardinal as the official state bird of Indiana remains fitting decades later. These beautiful songbirds represent not just one of our country’s most vibrant creatures but also symbolize something essential about our own Hoosier State – steadfastness & resilience through all seasons!