Birds of America: The Rhode Island Red Hen
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.
Web version of John James Audubon's work. "The Birds of America"
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