The Ruffed Grouse: Pennsylvania's Official State Bird Since 1931

Posted by Christy Caplan
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Pennsylvania state forest land includes some of the largest tracts of intact forest in the state, providing critical habitat for several bird species listed on the state's Species of Greatest Conservation Need action plan.

According to the Pennsylvania Audubon, many bird species in PA are being negatively affected by West Nile Virus (WNV), whose impact on birds is expected to grow as global temperatures rise.

With this in mind, birding is very important so we can keep track of the birds folks are seeing and which ones are migrating!

Official State Bird of Pennsylvania

The ruffed grouse was designated the official state bird of Pennsylvania in 1931.

The official Pennsylvania bird list shares the following birds:

Birds of Pennsylvania

  1. Canada Goose
  2. Mute Swan
  3. Trumpeter Swan
  4. Tundra Swan
  5. Common Shelduck
  6. Wood Duck
  7. Blue-winged Teal
  8. Cinnamon Teal
  9. Northern Shoveler
  10. Gadwall
  11. Eurasian Wigeon
  12. American Wigeon
  13. Mallard
  14. American Black Duck
  15. Ring-necked Pheasant
  16. Ruffed Grouse
  17. Greater Prairie-Chicken
  18. Wild Turkey
  19. Pied-billed Grebe
  20. Horned Grebe
  21. Red-necked Grebe
  22. Eared Grebe
  23. Western Grebe
  24. Rock Pigeon
  25. Eurasian Collared-Dove
  26. Passenger Pigeon
  27. Common Ground-Dove
  28. White-winged Dove
  29. Mourning Dove
  30. Yellow-billed Cuckoo
  31. Black-billed Cuckoo
  32. Common Nighthawk
  33. Bahama Woodstar
  34. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  35. Black-chinned Hummingbird
  36. Anna's Hummingbird
  37. Rufous Hummingbird
  38. Allen's Hummingbird
  39. Calliope Hummingbird
  40. Black-bellied Plover
  41. American Golden-Plover
  42. Killdeer
  43. Semipalmated Plover
  44. Piping Plover
  45. Wilson's Plover
  46. Snowy Plover
  47. Bonaparte's Gull
  48. Black-headed Gull
  49. Little Gull
  50. Ross's Gull
  51. Laughing Gull
  52. Franklin's Gull

Other birds of Pennsylvania?

Woodpeckers, Warblers, American Goldfinch, Nuthatch, Blue Jay, Red bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Tufted Titmouse, Dark-eyed Junco, Flycatcher, Blackbird, Thrush, House Finch, House Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Cowbird, Northern Cardinal, White-throated Sparrow, Evening Starling, Hairy Woodpecker, Scarlet Tanager, Eastern Bluebird, Swainson, Baltimore Oriole, Egrets, Red crossbill, and Wood Thrush.

Have you ever seen or heard of these wild birds? Please leave us a comment below!

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The Ruffed Grouse: Pennsylvania's Official State Bird Since 1931