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In Honor of Bird Day, Here Are Cats' Favorite Birds, Ranked

Bird Day is May 4, and to mark the occasion we've assembled the definitive list of cats' favorite birds (North America only).

 |  Apr 29th 2014  |   1 Contribution


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: 

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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 

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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 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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