Several holidays are dedicated to birds, as any cat could tell you. Bird Day is the oldest; it was created in 1894 by Charles Babcock, the school superintendent of Oil City, Pennsylvania, and is celebrated every May 4. He created the day to advance bird conservation as a moral value.

Cats celebrate it for a different reason.

Heh heh heh.

Here are cats’ favorite birds, ranked:

1. Robin

2. Double crested cormorant

3. Speckled pigeon

4. Mallard

5. Common pigeon

6. Great blue heron

7. Great egret

8. Mute swan

9. Canada goose

10. Turkey vulture

11. Osprey

12. Bald eagle

13. Sharp-shinned hawk

14. Red-tailed hawk

15. American kestrel

16. Peregrine falcon

17. Wild turkey

18. Barn swallow

19. Sanderling

20. Laughing gull

21. Herring gull

22. Common tern

23. Rock dove

24. Purple martin

25. Great horned owl

26. Eastern screech owl

27. Downy woodpecker

28. Red-bellied woodpecker

29. Northern flicker

30. Tree swallow

31. Blue jay

32. American crow

33. Black-capped chickadee

34. Tufted titmouse

35. Eastern bluebird

36. American robin

37. Gray catbird

38. Northern mockingbird

39. Red-eyed vireo

40. Yellow-rumped warbler

41. Northern mockingbird

42. Northern cardinal

43. White-throated sparrow

44. Song sparrow

45. Dark-eyed junco

46. Red-winged blackbird

47. Common grackle

48. Eastern kingbird

49. American goldfinch

50. House sparrow

51. European starling

52. Pacific loon

53. Western grebe

54. Brown pelican

55. Eastern pewee

56. Brandt’s cormorant

57. Eastern phoebe

58. Surf scoter

59. Red-shouldered hawk

60. Red-tailed hawk

61. California quail

62. American coot

63. Killdeer

64. Black-necked stilt

65. American avocet

66. Willet

67. Marbled godwit

68. Western sandpiper

69. Least sandpiper

70. Heermann’s gull

71. California gull

72. Western gull

73. Glaucous-winged gull

74. Forster’s tern

75. Rock dove

76. Mourning dove

77. Anna’s hummingbird

78. Black phoebe

79. Western kingbird

80. Western scrub-jay

81. American crow

82. Common raven

83. Cliff swallow

84. Chestnut-backed chickadee

85. Bushtit

86. Pygmy nuthatch

87. Bewick’s wren

88. Ruby-crowned kinglet

89. American robin

90. European starling

91. Yellow warbler

92. Yellow-rumped warbler

93. Townsend’s warbler

94. Wilson’s warbler

95. Western tanager

96. California towhee

97. Song sparrow

98. White-crowned sparrow

99. Dark-eyed junco

100. Brewer’s blackbird

101. House finch

102. Lesser goldfinch

103. House sparrow

104. Red-headed woodpecker

105. Northern yellow-shafted flicker

106. Red-bellied woodpecker

107. Chimney swift

108. Common crow

109. Chipping sparrow

110. House wren

111. Brown thrasher

112. White-breasted nuthatch

113. Brown creeper

114. Cedar waxwing

115. Brown-headed cowbird

116. Eastern bluebird

117. American redstart

118. Eastern meadowlark

119. Yellow warbler

120. House (English) sparrow

121. Cardinal

122. Common yellowthroat

123. American goldfinch

124. Song sparrow

125. Wood duck

126. Indigo bunting

127. Northern (Baltimore) oriole

128. Rose-breasted grosbeak

129. Turkey vulture

130. Yellow-billed cuckoo

131. Common nighthawk

What do you think? Did we get it right? Should the American Goldfinch have been placed higher? Let us know in the comments!

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