Striking and graceful, Oklahoma’s state bird – the scissor-tailed flycatcher – is a great ambassador for our state. Only a handful of states host this Neotropical migrant and Oklahoma is the center of this flycatcher’s nesting range.
Champion scissor-tailed flycatchers this summer with three suggestions from the Wildlife Diversity Program:
You’ll not only show your passion for our state bird, but also help fund conservation efforts. More than half of the goes straight to the Wildlife Diversity Program! Order forms available from the Oklahoma Tax Commission.
Watch for scissor-tailed flycatchers perched on electric wires in towns and along barbed wire fences in more rural areas. Challenge your road trip friends to a flycatcher counting contest or look for large evening roosts of migrating birds later this fall.
Appreciation is a first step in conservation and one way to appreciate scissortails is to appreciate their habitat. Look for our state bird and other songbirds as they hunt insects in open or scrubby prairie areas in your favorite park.