Maine State Bird
Adoption of the Maine State Bird
The Maine state bird was adopted by the Eighty-third Legislature of Maine on April 6, 1927. Although the legislation specifies only that the "chickadee" shall be the state bird, it has been assumed that the bird intended as the state bird is, more specifically, the black-capped chickadee (Penthestes atricapillus).
The Maine Revised Statutes
The following information is excerpted from the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 1, Chapter 9, Section 209.
TITLE 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS.
The state bird shall be the chickadee.
Poecile atricapillus (Black-capped Chickadee): University of Michigan Museum of Zoology: Animal Diversity Web.
State Bird List: List of all of the state birds.
Birds of Maine Field Guide: by Stan Tekiela.
A Birder's Guide to Maine.: by Elizabeth C. Pierson, Jan Erik Pierson, Peter D. Vickery. Where to find the birds of Maine.
State Birds & Flowers 1000-pc Puzzle: Created at the request of The National Wildlife Federation this design is a beautiful and informative puzzle featuring every state bird perched on the appropriate state flower.
Bird Feeders and Accessories: Backyard Birding > Bird Feeders & Accessories from Amazon.com.
State Names, Seals, Flags, and Symbols: A Historical Guide, Third Edition - Benjamin F. Shearer and Barbara S. Shearer, Greenwood Press, 2002
State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers and Other Symbols: A Study based on historical documents giving the origin and significance of the state names, nicknames, mottoes, seals, flowers, birds, songs, and descriptive comments on the capitol buildings and on some of the leading state histories, Revised Edition - George Earlie Shankle, Ph.D., The H.W. Wilson Company, 1938 (Reprint Services Corp. 1971)
Source: Maine Revised Statutes, (http://janus.state.me.us/legis/statutes/), April 10, 2005
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