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June 2020

Vol. 48, No. 3

Musings from the Blind Birder: State Birds

Martha Steele


The state bird of Maine is the "chickadee."

In early March 2019, news stories highlighted a controversy in Maine about whether to change its official state bird from "chickadee" to either Boreal Chickadee or Black-capped Chickadee. Some preferred the Boreal Chickadee because Massachusetts already had the Black-capped Chickadee as its state bird and the Boreal Chickadee was more characteristic of Maine. Maine's legislature eventually chose not to propose any change in its state bird name and hence, the nonspecific chickadee remains the official state bird.

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