The Virginia State Bird & Flower, the red cardinal and the flowering dogwood. (Copyright text will NOT appear on prints and products)
Virginia designated the northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) as its state bird in 1950. This striking bird is so popular it's the official bird for six other states (Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, and West Virginia) as well. It is widespread throughout most of the eastern United States, from Maine to Mexico. The flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) became the official state flower in 1918.