Carolina wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus); photo by Joby Joseph on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).
Official State Bird of South Carolina
South Carolina designated the Carolina wren as the official state bird in 1948. Found throughout the state, the Carolina wren is also featured on the South Carolina quarter. All State Birds
The Carolina wren replaced the mockingbird (South Carolina's original state bird adopted in 1942). The legislation also specifies that intentionally killing either bird in the state of South Carolina is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine and jail time.
Carolina Wren Facts
The Carolina wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) is a small bird with conspicuous white stripes over the eyes. The back of its body is brownish-red and its tail is finely barred with black. The song of the Carolina wren is described as " tea-ket-tle, tea-ket-tle, tea-ket-tle" and can be heard year-round, day and night, in all kinds of weather.