|Everyday Birds of Alabama|
|Alabama's State Bird |
Alabama is the only state with a woodpecker for a state bird. The yellowhammer was adopted on September 6, 1927. It is more properly called the Northern Flicker. The yellow-shafted variety occurs in Alabama. According to Civil War legend, a company of new soldiers from Huntsville was spotted with bits of brilliant yellow cloth on their sleeves, collars, and coattails. This resulted in some of the older soldiers comparing their appearance to that of the bright and cheerful yellowhammer bird. In time, all Alabama soldiers became known as "Yellowhammers."