Our Top 10 Favorite Sports Team Bird Mascots

Cheer for these professional football, baseball, basketball and hockey teams with bird mascots!

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If you love Northern cardinals, you’re in luck. Two professional sports teams, the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL and the St. Louis Cardinals in the MLB, feature these beloved red birds as their mascot. Check out 6 proven ways to attract cardinals.

blue jay
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Blue Jays

Toronto’s professional baseball team is named the Blue Jays. These bold and colorful backyard birds love to eat peanuts. Blue jays are also one of the smartest bird species in America.

what birds eat grape jelly
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Baltimore Orioles

It seems fitting that Baltimore’s professional baseball team is named for Baltimore orioles. These vibrant orange birds flock to feeders in spring to eat oranges and grape jelly. Learn how to attract orioles.

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Baltimore’s professional football team is called the Ravens. Notably, writer Edgar Allen Poe once lived (and died) in Baltimore. Learn 8 surprising facts about ravens.

American white pelican
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If you’re a basketball fan, root for the New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA. Louisiana is nicknamed “The Pelican State.” Can you guess the official state bird of all 50 states?

American kestrel
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If you like professional football and birds of prey, the Atlanta Falcons are the team for you. One fascinating fact is that peregrine falcons are the fastest birds on Earth.

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It makes perfect sense that our national bird lends its name to Philadelphia’s football team. The city is full of historic sites where you can learn about our Founding Fathers, such as Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Meet Bald Eagles and Golden Eagles, the two eagles of North America.

Cooper's hawk
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Atlanta’s professional basketball team is the Hawks, though we’re not sure if fans prefer Cooper’s hawks or sharp-shinned hawks. Discover top hawk watching tips and hotspots.

mallard duck
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Support the Anaheim Ducks, a bird-themed hockey team based in California, if you’re a birdwatcher who loves waterfowl. Check out 7 types of ducks you should know.

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Though penguins are most certainly not backyard birds, we adore them anyway. So we had to add the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team to this list. Discover 12 birds you can only see in one place on Earth.

Lori Vanover
Lori has 20 years of experience writing and editing home, garden, birding and lifestyle content for several publishers. As Birds & Blooms senior digital editor, she leads a team of writers and editors sharing birding tips and expert gardening advice. Since joining Trusted Media Brands 13 years ago, she has held roles in digital and print, editing magazines and books, curating special interest publications, managing social media accounts, creating digital content and newsletters, and working with the Field Editors—Birds & Blooms network of more than 50 backyard birders. Passionate about animals and nature, Lori has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural and Environmental Communications from the University of Illinois. In 2023, she became certified as a Wisconsin Extension Master Gardener, and she is a member of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology and sits on the organization's Publications Advisory Committee. She frequently checks on her bird feeders while working from home and tests new varieties of perennials, herbs and vegetable plants in her ever-growing backyard gardens.