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Brown Thrasher

Georgia State Bird

Brown thrasher; photo by Jean on Flickr (noncommercal use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Official State Bird of Georgia

Georgia's governor first proclaimed the brown thrasher (Toxostoma rufum) as the state bird in 1935, and it was finally recognized by Georgia legislature as the official state bird in 1970 (at the request of the Garden Clubs of Georgia). An official game bird has also been adopted by the state of Georgia. All State Birds

The brown thrasher is a large bird (almost a foot in length) with a long, curved bill and a very long tail. It has two prominent white wing bars, a rich brown color on its top side, and a creamy white breast heavily streaked with brown.