Category: State Birds

Alabama State Bird

Yellowhammer

Alabama State Bird

Alabama State Bird

The yellowhammer, more commonly known as the northern flicker, was designated the Alabama State Bird in 1927. The large, brown woodpecker has been a symbol of Alabama since the Civil War. That’s why Alabama is often called the “Yellowhammer State.”

The northern flicker is a common species and can be seen (and heard) year-round in Alabama. Unlike most woodpeckers, northern flickers have a limited hammering ability and prefer to forage on the ground. Their slightly curved bills are well suited for digging up insects and harvesting nuts, seeds, and berries. Yellowhammers make their homes in rotten, hollowed out trees, fence posts, and nest boxes–if they’re lucky enough to find a vacant one.

Northern Flicker Facts

Name: Northern Flicker
Scientific Name: Colaptes auratus
Habitat: Open woodlands, forests, streamside woods, flooded swamps, march edges, parks with scattered trees, suburbs
Food: Insects, especially ants and beetles, berries, seeds, small fruit
Fun Facts: Alabama is the only state in the Union that has a woodpecker as its official state bird. Yellowhammers adore ants and consume more of them than any other species of bird found in the United States. Once a yellowhammer discovers an ant nest, it will use its bill to stir things up. Then the yellowhammer laps up the scrambling ants with its long tongue.

Alabama State Bird Coloring Pages

Alabama State Bird

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Yellowhammer (Northern Flicker) photograph by skeeze. This work is free for commercial use, no attribution required.

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State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch

State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch

State Bird and Flower Designs

Do you recognize the bird and flower combination shown above? The bird is the northern cardinal and the flower is the violet. These are the official state symbols of Illinois. Fifty state symbol counted counted cross stitch patterns are available. There’s a beautiful and unique bird and flower design for each state.

State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch Pattern

Here’s what you’ll receive: a multi-page full-color pattern, a DMC embroidery floss number list, and a color image of the completed design for easy reference.

Floss will need to be purchased separately. The floss usage report will indicate the number of skeins needed for each color. DMC floss is the most popular thread for counted cross stitch. It’s widely available at your local craft stores and online. You’ll have no trouble locating what you need for any of these state bird and flower projects.

State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch

Scroll down to find your own state’s bird and flower design. Then grab a needle and create a beautiful heirloom quality gift that will be enjoyed for generations to come!

Alabama State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch PatternAlabama State Bird (Yellowhammer) and Flower (Camellia) Counted Cross Stitch PatternAlaska State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch PatternAlaska State Bird (Willow Ptarmigan) and Flower (Forget-Me-Not) Counted Cross Stitch Pattern

Arizona State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch PatternArizona State Bird (Cactus Wren) and Flower (Saguaro Cactus Blossom) Counted Cross Stitch PatternArkansas State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch PatternArkansas State Bird (Northern Mockingbird) and Flower (Apple Blossom) Counted Cross Stitch Pattern

California State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch PatternCalifornia State Bird (California Quail) and Flower (California Poppy) Counted Cross Stitch PatternColorado State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch PatternColorado State Bird (Lark Bunting) and Flower (Rocky Mountain Columbine) Counted Cross Stitch Pattern

Connecticut State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch PatternConnecticut State Bird (American Robin) and Flower (Mountain Laurel) Counted Cross Stitch PatternDelaware State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch PatternDelaware State Bird and Flower Blue Hen Chicken and Peach Blossom Counted Cross Stitch Pattern

Florida State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch PatternFlorida State Bird (Northern Mockingbird) and Flower (Orange Blossom) Counted Cross Stitch PatternGeorgia State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch PatternGeorgia State Bird (Brown Thrasher) and Flower (Cherokee Rose) Counted Cross Stitch Pattern

Hawaii State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch PatternHawaii State Bird (Hawaiian Goose, Nene) and Flower (Hibiscus) Counted Cross Stitch PatternIdaho State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch PatternIdaho State Bird (Mountain Bluebird) and Flower (Mock Orange, Syringa) Counted Cross Stitch Pattern

Illinois State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch PatternIllinois State Bird (Northern Cardinal) and Flower (Violet) Counted Cross Stitch PatternIndiana State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch PatternIndiana State Bird (Northern Cardinal) and Flower (Peony) Counted Cross Stitch Pattern

Iowa State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch PatternIowa State Bird (Eastern Goldfinch) and Flower (Wild Prairie Rose) Counted Cross Stitch PatternKansas State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch PatternKansas State Bird (Western Meadowlark) and Flower (Sunflower) Counted Cross Stitch Pattern

Kentucky State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch PatternKentucky State Bird (Northern Cardinal) and Flower (Goldenrod) Counted Cross Stitch PatternLouisiana State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch PatternLouisiana State Bird (Brown Pelican) and Flower (Magnolia) Counted Cross Stitch Pattern

Maine State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch PatternMaine State Bird (Black-Capped Chickadee) and Flower (White Pine Cone and Tassel) Counted Cross Stitch PatternMaryland State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch PatternMaryland State Bird (Baltimore Oriole) and Flower (Black-Eyed Susan) Counted Cross Stitch Pattern

Massachusetts State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch PatternMassachusetts State Bird (Black-Capped Chickadee) and Flower (Mayflower) Counted Cross Stitch PatternMichigan State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch PatternMichigan State Bird (American Robin) and Flower (Apple Blossom) Counted Cross Stitch Pattern

Minnesota State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch PatternMinnesota State Bird (Common Loon) and Flower (Pink and White Lady’s Slipper) Counted Cross Stitch PatternMississippi State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch PatternMississippi State Bird (Northern Mockingbird) and Flower (Magnolia) Counted Cross Stitch Pattern

Missouri State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch PatternMissouri State Bird (Eastern Bluebird) and Flower (Hawthorn Blossom) Counted Cross Stitch PatternMontana State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch PatternnMontana State Bird (Western Meadowlark) and Flower (Bitterroot) Counted Cross Stitch Pattern

Nebraska State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch PatternNebraska State Bird (Western Meadowlark) and Flower (Goldenrod) Counted Cross Stitch PatternNevada State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch PatternNevada State Bird (Mountain Bluebird) and Flower (Sagebrush) Counted Cross Stitch Pattern

New Hampshire State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch PatternNew Hampshire State Bird (Purple Finch) and Flower (Purple Lilac) Counted Cross Stitch PatternNew Jersey State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch PatternNew Jersey State Bird (Eastern Goldfinch) and Flower (Common Meadow Violet) Counted Cross Stitch Pattern

New Mexico State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch PatternNew Mexico State Bird (Great Roadrunner) and Flower (Yucca Flower) Counted Cross Stitch PatternNew York State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch PatternNew York State Bird (Eastern Bluebird) and Flower (Rose) Counted Cross Stitch Pattern

North Carolina State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch PatternNorth Carolina State Bird (Northern Cardinal) and Flower (Flowering Dogwood) Counted Cross Stitch PatternNorth Dakota State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch PatternNorth Dakota State Bird (Western Meadowlark) and Flower (Wild Prairie Rose) Counted Cross Stitch Pattern

Ohio State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch PatternnOhio State Bird (Northern Cardinal) and Flower (Scarlet Carnation) Counted Cross Stitch PatternOklahoma State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch PatternOklahoma State Bird (Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher) and Flower (Mistletoe-until 2004) Counted Cross Stitch Pattern

Oregon State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch PatternOregon State Bird (Western Meadowlark) and Flower (Oregon Grape) Counted Cross Stitch PatternPennsylvania State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch PatternPennsylvania State Bird (Ruffed Grouse) and Flower (Mountain Laurel) Counted Cross Stitch Pattern

Rhode Island State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch PatternRhode Island State Bird (Rhode Island Red Chicken) and Flower (Common Blue Violet) Counted Cross Stitch PatternSouth Carolina State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch PatternSouth Carolina State Bird (Carolina Wren) and Flower (Yellow Jessamine) Counted Cross Stitch Pattern

South Dakota State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch PatternSouth Dakota State Bird (Ring-Necked Pheasant) and Flower (Pasque Flower) Counted Cross Stitch PatternTennessee State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch PatternTennessee State Bird (Northern Mockingbird) and Flower (Purple Iris) Counted Cross Stitch Pattern

Texas State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch PatternTexas State Bird (Northern Mockingbird) and Flower (Bluebonnet) Counted Cross Stitch PatternUtah State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch PatternUtah State Bird (California Gull) and Flower (Sego Lily) Counted Cross Stitch Pattern

Vermont State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch PatternVermont State Bird (Hermit Thrush) and Flower (Red Clover) Counted Cross Stitch PatternVirginia State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch PatternVirginia State Bird (Northern Cardinal) and Flower (American Dogwood) Counted Cross Stitch Pattern

Washington State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch PatternWashington State Bird (American Goldfinch) and Flower (Coast Rhododendron) Counted Cross Stitch PatternWest Virginia State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch PatternWest Virginia State Bird (Northern Cardinal) and Flower (Rhododendron) Counted Cross Stitch Pattern

Wisconsin State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch PatternWisconsin State Bird (American Robin) and Flower (Wood Violet) Counted Cross Stitch PatternWyoming State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch PatternWyoming State Bird (Western Meadowlark) and Flower (Indian Paintbrush) Counted Cross Stitch Pattern

Inspired by the Paintings of Arthur Singer

The images for the state bird and flower cross stitch designs are based on a series of very special paintings. In the early 1980s Arthur Singer was already one of America’s best known bird painters. He collaborated with his son Alan Singer on a series of 50 small (approximately 5 by 7-inch) paintings depicting each state’s bird and flower. The father and son team produced one watercolor painting per week–Arthur painted the birds and Alan painted the flowers.

State Bird and Flower Stamps

U.S. Postal Service officials fell in love with the high-quality paintings. Arthur Singer was readily commissioned to create a series of stamps. Did you notice the postage rate? A first class stamp cost just twenty cents when the series was issued in April 1982!

The series was the first of its size to feature original artwork for each stamp, one for each state. Although some states share a symbol (cardinals and violets are both popular), every bird and flower was individually created in painstaking detail. The Singer team’s hard work was rewarded–more than 500 million sets were sold.

Here’s another fun fact. The Oklahoma painting features a scissor-tailed flycatcher perched atop mistletoe. The mistletoe tradition dates back to the 1890s, when Oklahoma was still a territory.

Oklahoma was welcomed as the 46th state in 1907. Three years later the State Legislature approved mistletoe as the official floral emblem. Not everyone was pleased with the choice. Garden club members wanted a state flower they could grow in their own backyards. In 2004 a new flower was adopted. The Oklahoma Rose (a hybrid tea rose developed at Oklahoma State University) is now the official state flower. Hardy mistletoe continues to be recognized as a floral emblem, a tribute to Oklahoma’s rugged early settlers.

State Birds

Illustrations by Arthur Singer and Alan Singer
Text by Virginia Buckley

You’ll love this slim paperback, published in 1986. Each illustration is truly stunning, right down to the meticulously detailed feathers. Author Virginia Buckley provides a wealth of information about the state birds. For example, did you know the California gull is the state bird of Utah? The large gull is credited with saving the lives of Mormon settlers during a near famine in the late-1840s. Migrating gulls devoured locusts that were destroying vital crops. The grateful settlers erected a statue to the gulls to express their appreciation. For more interesting state bird facts, be sure to grab this book when it’s available.

State Birds by Arthur Singer and Alan SingerState Birds by Arthur Singer and Alan Singer

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Arthur Singer and Alan Singer Official Website singerarts.com

Embroidery floss photograph by bluemorphos. This work is free for commercial use, no attribution required.

State Symbol Coloring Pages

State Symbol Counted Cross Stitch

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