Nebraska State Bird

State Bird - The Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)

At a Nebraska Federation of Women's Clubs convention at Kearney on Oct. 25, 1928, the following resolution was proposed:

Whereas, the Conservation division of N.F.W.C. endorses the suggestion of the General Federation chairman of the division of Wild Life to choose for Nebraska a state bird, therefore be it Resolved, that a bird typical of the prairies and abundant in all parts of the state be chosen by this convention assembled and the result combined with the vote of the school children of the state and interested societies to be presented to the next session of the State Legislature for legal acceptance.

Once the resolution was adopted, a list of birds was submitted. The five birds receiving the highest votes were the western meadowlark, robin, bobwhite, brown thrasher and house wren.

The meadowlark, noted for its joyous song, was chosen by ballots sent to schools where children voted for their favorite bird. Also in 1928, the Ornithologist Union of Nebraska endorsed the western meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) as the state bird. At the request of the N.F.W.C., Rep. F. C. Rundle of Hamilton County introduced a joint and concurrent resolutation declaring the western meadowlark the state bird. Then-governor Adam McMullen signed the bill on March 22, 1929.