Coming to comic book stores near you on Feb 13th: Uncanny X-Men #1 Deadpool 53 State Bird Variant
“Ornithology is one of America’s greatest past times,” mentioned Senior Editor Nick Lowe. “With Inauguration day and Spring just around the corner – we could think of no better way than to celebrate our history with a beaked representative from every state including Puerto Rico and then some!” - comicbookresources.com
What a great tie-in of my life-controlling hobby and geeky-love for comics! The problem is most birders will be quick to notice the outliers in this otherwise beautifully illustrated cover. Lets break it down:
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- King Vulture - first glaring error... they do look cool though
- Common Grackle - wrong, not any state's bird
- Brown Pelican - Louisiana (1)
- Hermit Thrush - Vermont (2)
- Northern Mockingbird - Arkansas (3), Florida (4), Mississippi (5), Tennessee (6), Texas (7)
- Emu - nope
- Baltimore Oriole - Maryland (8)
- California Gull - Utah (9)
- Red-capped Manakin - negative, but at least another cool bird
- Hermit Warbler - no
- American Robin - Michigan (10), Wisconsin (11)
- Brown Thrasher - Georgia (12) see also Northern Bobwhite
- Knobbed Hornbill - endemic to Indonesia
- Magnolia Warbler - noo
- Purple Finch - New Hampshire (13) & New Mexico?
- Mountain Bluebird - Idaho (14) & Nevada (15)
- Greater Roadrunner - New Mexico (16)
- Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - Oklahoma (17)
- Savannah Sparrow - probably suppose to be a Yellowhammer but I'm not remaking the graphic...
- Wild Turkey - state game bird of: Alabama, Massachusetts, and South Carolina
- Ring-necked Pheasant - South Dakota (18)
- American Goldfinch - Iowa (19), New Jersey (20), Washington (21)
- Ruby-throated Hummingbird - nope
- Wood Duck - Mississippi's 'state waterfowl'
- Chuck-will’s-widow - nice family representation but doesn't belong to a state
- Willow Ptarmigan - Alaska (22)
- Guam Rail - Guam (23)
- Greater Flamingo - included because they are recognizable?
- Western Meadowlark - Kansas (24), Montana (25), Nebraska (26), North Dakota (27), Oregon (28), Wyoming (29)
- Northern Cardinal - Illinois (30), Indiana (31), Kentucky (32), North Carolina (33), Ohio (34), Virginia (35), West Virginia (36)
- Cactus Wren - Arizona (37)
- Bridled Titmouse - not a state bird but an interesting pick
- Stellar’s Jay - nada
- Northern Flicker - Alabama (38)
- Lark Bunting - Colorado (39)
- Rainbow Lorikeet - turn it into a Mariana Fruit-dove and we could count it as a territory...
- Wood Thrush - D.C. (40)
- Puerto Rican Spindalis - Puerto Rico (41)
- Carolina Wren - South Carolina (42)
- Northern Rough-winged Swallow - nope
- Bananaquit - U.S. Virgin Islands (43)
- Common Kingfisher - couldn't have made it a Belted?
- Black-capped Chickadee - Maine (44) & Massachusetts (45)
- Barn Owl - not a state bird
- Eastern Bluebird - Missouri (46), New York (47)
- White-breasted Nuthatch - nope
- N éné - Hawaii (48)
- Northern Bobwhite - game bird of Tennessee and Georgia
- Rhode Island Red Chicken - where? (49)
- Blue Hen Chicken - Delaware (50)
- Ruffed Grouse - Pennsylvania (51)
- Common Loon - Minnesota (52)
- California Quail - California (53)
I am very impressed by this list, mostly because there are a number of birds here that are not 'state birds'. Personally, I could do without the hornbill or flamingo but it was cool to see some species that are otherwise unknown or under appreciated [to the non-birding community] prominently featured.
Would you believe that the illustrator, Stuart Immonen, is actually a birder? In an interview about the cover with comicsalliance.com he covers everything from differentiating thrushes to using eBird.org. The interview is also loaded with Immonen's photos and even some Charlie Harper-esque artwork of birds and can be found at: http://www.comicsalliance.com/2013/02/07/stuart-immonen-deadpool-birds-uncanny-x-men-variant-cover/
I'll be reserving myself a copy...