PHOTO COURTESY JIM MORRIS STATE BIRD? — If a push from Pinellas County state Sen. Jeff Brandes is successful in the state Legislature, the scrub jay, like the one pictured above, may replace the mockingbird as Florida’s state bird.

A House Republican on Tuesday proposed designating the Florida scrub-jay as the official state bird, displacing the mockingbird, which has held the designation for nearly a century.

Rep. Sam Killebrew, R-Winter Haven, filed the proposal (HB 1) for consideration during the 2023 legislative session, which will start in March.

Killebrew proposed a similar bill for the 2022 session, but it was not heard in committees. The new bill said the mockingbird was designated the state bird during the 1927 legislative session.


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