Rhode Island State Bird
Rhode Island state bird:
Rhode Island Red
Gallus gallus domesticus
The Rhode Island Red is a domestic bird. It was
established as the state bird of Rhode Island on May 3, 1954. A state
wide contest was held in 1954 where five birds were offered as
candidates. The Bobwhite Quail, the Osprey, the Towhee, the
Ruby-throated Hummingbird and a breed of chicken called the "Rhode
The Rhode Island Red was favored from the beginning. First
because of the name and second because the breed was developed in Little
Compton, Rhode Island in 1854. For commercial reasons, it also had
the backing of the Rhode Island Department of Agriculture and
Conservation, the entire poultry industry and the American Legion.
The Rhode Island Red was approved by both Houses of the
Legislature. On May 3, 1954, Governor Dennis Roberts signed the
legislation making the Rhode Island Red chicken the official bird of
the State of Rhode Island.
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