What is the State Bird of Indiana?

INDIANA STATE - Indiana is located in the midwestern U.S. It is the 38th most populous state in the country and the 17th largest in area. Its capital and largest city is Indianapolis. It was admitted to the union as the 19th state on December 11, 1816.


What is the State Bird of Indiana?

Indiana's state bird is the Cardinal.  This red bird is found throughout the state. It is also known as the Winter Redbird. Its scientific name is Richmondena cardinals, after a naturalist named Charles Richmond. The bird is a year-round resident of Indiana.

Its habitat varies in Indiana but most commonly occurs in wooded and shrubbery areas. It is also often seen along fence rows. In cities, you can spot the state bird in city parks and state forests. Its song is distinctive, and it can be easily spotted.



While northern cardinals are largely insect-based, they also eat seeds and fruit. Because they prefer seeds, you can attract them to your garden with bird feeders. Safflower seeds, peanut pieces, and fresh berries can lure them to your feeder. The state bird of Indiana is the Northern Cardinal, designated that way in 1933 by the Indiana legislature.

The Northern Cardinal is the state bird of seven other states. It has red plumage and sings both males and females. It is an aggressive breeder and often defends its breeding territory. The bird is the only red bird to migrate in winter, which is why it is also called the Winter Redbird.