Kansas is one of six states that call the western meadowlark their state bird, making it even more popular than the bison and cottonwood as a state symbol. The bobwhite beat the bobwhite in a vote by school children in 1925.
The mockingbird’s colors complement Kansas’ sunflower, one of the most familiar state flowers. For good measure, its colors are shared with Kansas’ state reptile and amphibian as well.
The bobwhite is Kansas’ official game bird.