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The city bird of Houston

Let’s tackle a serious question, shall we?

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The Houston Audubon Society seeks your nomination for the Bird of Houston, a bird you believe symbolizes the spirit of our Bayou City.

Asking you to nominate the city’s emblematic bird is part Houston Audubon’s 50th anniversary and its enduring pride in the community’s natural beauty, amazing bird life, and extraordinary people.

So many birds to choose from. In a city with habitats as varied as woodlands, bayous, creeks, ponds, marshes, urban skyscrapers, and tree-lined neighborhoods, it’s not surprising that more than 300 species of birds could be present during any season of the year.

Not to mention perhaps six or more species of birds visiting your backyard birdfeeders.

I guess “mosquito” will not be accepted as an answer. My vote is in the embedded image, but if you have a more sensible idea, go here and tell the Audubon folks. You have until July 15, so don’t delay.

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6 Comments

  1. N.M. Horwitz says:

    I have to agree with Lomax. It’s gotta be the grackle.

  2. C.L. says:

    Mourning dove… the slightly smarter pigeon of the avian world.

  3. Michael says:

    The crane?

  4. brad says:

    Definitely the heron…a graceful coastal bird.

  5. Adoile Turner III says:

    i like the heron idea

  6. Charly Hoarse says:

    I’ve been seeing the climate-shifted Caracara around Houston, perhaps we should go with this ‘Mexican Eagle.’ It’s a boss bird with a cool butch haircut.