Birds of America: The Rhode Island Red Hen

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State Bird of Rhode Island

By John James Audubon, F. R. SS. L. & E.

The Rhode Island Red Hen became Rhode Island's official state bird on May 3, 1954.

A portrait of the Rhode Island Red was presented to Governor Roberts. It had been painted in the 1920's by Arthur O. Schilling, the United States� leading poultry artist.

The Rhode Island Red, Governor Roberts said, �has become a symbol of Rhode Islanders all over the world.

The Rhode Island state bird, the Rhode Island Red, is a domestic bird (chicken) and therefore has no place in Audubon's Birds of America, which is comprised exclusively of wild birds native to North America.

Portions copyright © Richard R. Buonanno, 1995
Web version of John James Audubon's work. "The Birds of America"
Portions copyright © Creative Multimedia Corp., 1990-91, 1992
Published with permisson by Marchex, Inc

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