My favorite, by far, was the Oklahoma state bird - the Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher. I love flycatchers in general... they are dainty of feature and amazing to watch in the air - the Scissor-tail won my heart. In flight, it looks like an angel. So incredibly graceful.
Their looks, however, hide a fairly aggressive bird. It defends its territory in much the same way as the more familiar blue jay, especially during nesting season. The rest of the time, it's a pretty friendly bird. They hang out on fences and posts and eat all manner of bugs (which is always a plus in my book!).
It's also featured on the back of the Oklahoma commemorative quarter - which shows just how highly valued this symbol of the state really is!
Scissor-tailed flycatchers are probably the thing I miss most about living in Oklahoma.
|Description: 14" of which more than half is a very long and deeply-forked black and white tail, adult has bright salmon-pink sides and belly, head, upper-back and breast pale grayish white||Habitat: Open and semi-open country, roadsides, chaparral, ranches. Often seen perched on utility wires or fences.|
|Nesting: 5 creamy brown-spotted eggs in a bulky stick nest lined with soft materials placed in a solitary, isolated tree||Range: breeds from eastern Colorado and Nebraska south to Texas and Louisiana, winters mostly south of border and southern Florida|
|Voice: a harsh kee-kee-kee-kee!, also chattering notes like that of Western Kingbird||Diet: Almost entirely insects; few berries.|
|Notes: Spirited defender of territory against crows, hawks, etc. Gregarious in non-breeding season, Male performs acrobatic "sky dance" during courtship which even includes a few reverse summersaults in mid-air!|
|When present in Oklahoma: statewide during summer, south, southeast in winter months|