Answer: the cardinal. This red or brown pointy-headed bird is the state bird in Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky and Illinois.
Each of these states are probably not concerned with their individuality being compromised, because the cardinal is said to have an “accent” when it sings. It sounds strange and incredible, but it’s a commonly observed phenomenon among birds. Bird songs tend to vary from region to region among the same species of bird.
Some birdwatchers have a cult-like following to this bird. Think about it. The songs of these little fellas have probably permeated every outdoor event in sections of the United States for as long as you’ve been alive. I bet this video below sounds familiar to you.
Personally, I think they are hilarious. They remind me of crows, which many think of distastefully. The reason why they are such big bullies in the backyard is because they really are big brainiacs and know how to get what they want.
Cardinals may be birdbrained, but they have a sweet, inoffensive tweet, and the males are breathtakingly beautiful in the snow. I truly believe their winter beauty is why they are such a popular state bird. Observe in the next snow.