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North American Bird-Named Teams

Guess the Major League, NBA, NFL, and NHL teams that are named for birds.
Guess the team name, not the city.
Last updated: November 21, 2018
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NFL
Arizona Cardinals
Atlanta Falcons
Baltimore Ravens
Philadelphia Eagles
Seattle Seahawks
Major League
Baltimore Orioles
St. Louis Cardinals
Toronto Blue Jays
NBA
Atlanta Hawks
New Orleans Pelicans
NHL
Anaheim Ducks
Pittsburgh Penguins
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level ∞
May 16, 2013
Updated because the New Orleans Hornets became the Pelicans.
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level 44
May 17, 2013
Wow, I hadn't heard that. I was racking my brain to think of the other NBA teams named after a bird besides the Hawks. No wonder I couldn't figure it out.
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level 75
May 16, 2013
Why did the hornets become the pelicans? They decided that hornets were too cool and they wanted something much dumber? Did they announce this on April 1 by any chance?
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level 59
May 16, 2013
Louisiana is the pelican state. The Hornets were named for Charlotte being a "hornets' nest of rebellion" during the American Revolution. Charlotte even has a hornets' nest on its city seal.
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level 73
Jun 6, 2013
I have also heard that the Charlotte Bobcats want to be the Charlotte Hornets again, so it works out. Some of the New Orleans suggested names were hilarious. My favorite...New Olreans Rougarou, which are warewolf like creatures from old French Louisiana folklore. Sorta B.A. if you ask me.
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level 64
Jul 17, 2018
They wanted to establish an assertive, proud image of the city after Katrina, so they chose a mentally challenged animal that mills about sportfishing piers stealing bait. ...And swallows live pigeons on YouTube.
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level 48
Aug 21, 2013
Raptors? I know their logo is a dinosaur, but a raptor is actually a bird.
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level 70
Mar 16, 2014
I fully expected to see Raptors as well.
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level 30
Dec 1, 2014
Well, in the Toronto Raptors case, they are named for the dinosaur. Not the type of name used to describe a "bird of prey"
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level 66
Aug 14, 2018
Well, birds are just modern dinosaurs, after all.
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level 67
Feb 14, 2019
But that wasn't known at the time the team was named. They're explicitly named after the dinosaur, which is explicitly designed after the older, more lizard-like conception of dinosaurs.
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level 64
Jan 7, 2014
Took me forever to figure out why Thrashers wasn't working...guess I haven't watched the NHL in a while.
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level 66
Sep 2, 2016
Nobody in Atlanta has noticed yet.
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level 65
Feb 14, 2019
even if they were still playing, I don't think thrashers would work. Yes a thrasher is a bird, but the team was never associated with the bird, their logo was basically a tornado.
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level 32
Sep 15, 2014
Yeah turns out Thrashers are now Jets, forgot for a while about Pelicans and completely missed Ducks yet I live by a duck pond.
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level 63
Feb 5, 2015
Which is a man-made bird :p.
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level 64
Jul 17, 2018
Say what?
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level 65
Feb 14, 2019
jets... he means the jets
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level 17
Mar 12, 2015
i totally forgot about the pelcians and im not a hockey fan so i didnt get ducks
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level 24
Jun 6, 2015
I forgot about the ducks
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level 54
Dec 8, 2015
Nice Portlandia reference, Quizmaster...
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level 56
Dec 8, 2015
The entire reason I tried the quiz :)
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level 46
Dec 8, 2015
only missed seahawks!
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level 56
Dec 8, 2015
As someone who knows exactly zero about professional sports, I take a strange pride in missing the top three and getting the rest! (Except for the Pelicans. Ain't nobody got Pelicans.)
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level 44
Dec 15, 2015
I got the pelicans:)
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level 43
Dec 8, 2015
Seahawks should've ran the ball
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level 66
Sep 2, 2016
Ironically, yes.
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level 70
Mar 28, 2017
I believe you meant that the Seahawks should have "run" the ball, but I digress.

Marshawn Lynch, for the 2015 seaons, was 1-of-5 running the ball from the 1-yard line. There was no guarantee he was going to score, especially with the Patriots going jumbo down on the goal line.

Carroll's decision to throw on that down allowed the Seahawks 1 extra play, given their timeout situation. From a clock management stand point, throwing the ball was the right call. A better play may have been a fade to the corner of the end zone, where either only the WR can get it, or it goes out of bounds.

But that play ended up in an interception not because it was such a risky play, but because Malcom Butler was so well coached. Even with him making the correct read and breaking on the ball, if Wilson throws that ball lower and to the WR's back hip, no problem. It was simply an amazing play by a VERY well-coached rookie.
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level 71
Sep 10, 2018
I totally disagree, and I'm right, because hindsight is 20/20.
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level 59
Dec 8, 2015
Know pretty much nothing about sports teams, but thankfully I know a lot about birds!
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level 57
Dec 9, 2015
Rams and Sharks are not birds? Come on!
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level 70
Jun 16, 2016
Let's not insult their play.
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level 49
Apr 7, 2017
LETS GO O'S
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level 54
Aug 24, 2017
um... Black Hawks?
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level 67
Feb 14, 2019
Chicago's hockey team is several degrees of separation from being named after a bird. The team is named after a military unit from World War I nicknamed the "Black Hawks," who were in turn named after a Native American of the Sauk tribe of what is now Illinois, named Black Hawk, who was presumably named after the bird. A bit confusing, but I'd say the hockey team definitely does not qualify as named after a bird.
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level 39
Nov 25, 2017
As a person living in North Dakota, I am upset that the Larks aren't here
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level 75
Sep 10, 2018
I still think the Blackhawks should count. I know that the team is named after an infantry division. But that infantry division was named after a Native American man. And that Native American man was named after a bird. The mascot of the team is Tommy Hawk... an anthropomorphized bird. Not a platoon of WW1 soldiers. We all know what a hawk is. This is like that silly controversy on the quiz about cities named after saints where Santiago was taken off because Santiago, Chile was named after some other city but that city was still named after Saint James.
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level 71
Sep 10, 2018
Agreed, as I stated previously above. I say, "When in doubt, gray it out."
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level 67
Feb 14, 2019
The Blackhawks shouldn't count for the same reason the Raptors shouldn't count, because they aren't named after birds. If the quiz was looking for teams "with birds in the names" then I'd agree, but "named for birds" they are not.
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