Tuesday Trivia: May 30, 2023

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Test your Oklahoma knowledge and win prizes by answering our weekly Tuesday Trivia question. Every week, we’ll choose a winner from the correct respondents to receive a prize—from an Okie sticker to a subscription to Oklahoma Today and more.

The scissor-tailed flycatcher became Oklahoma's state bird in 1951 amid a wee bit of controversy. A few holdouts were worried about naming a migratory bird that spends only part of the year in Oklahoma as an official symbol, but other factors outweighed those concerns. It does nest in the state, but it's also a voracious devourer of harmful insects—a boon to local farmers—beating out the bobwhite quail in the running for the honor.

Most notable for it's extremely long tail feathers, which are generally longer than the rest of the bird, the scissor-tailed flycatcher is a member of the kingbird genus Tyrannus. There are thirteen species of birds in the family Tyrannidae, all noted for their aggressive gumption, but only one other is known for its long tail.

What kingbird is known for its long tail besides the scissor-tailed flycatcher?

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Greg Elwell

Greg Elwell served as research editor and web editor of Oklahoma Today from 2018-2023. He also has worked for newspapers, medical research organizations, and government institutions.

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