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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.
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First submittedFebruary 10, 2012
Last updatedNovember 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 77
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 60
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 72
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 49
Aug 21, 2013
Raptors? I know their logo is a dinosaur, but a raptor is actually a bird.
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level 71
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 67
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 67
Sep 2, 2016
Nobody in Atlanta has noticed yet.
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level 66
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 73
May 2, 2019
Not true. Their logo was indeed a bird. Either way, the quiz title is "North American Bird-Named Teams", not "North American Bird-Logoed Teams".
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level 40
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 72
Jul 17, 2018
Say what?
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level 66
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 57
Dec 8, 2015
Nice Portlandia reference, Quizmaster...
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level 57
Dec 8, 2015
The entire reason I tried the quiz :)
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level 47
Dec 8, 2015
only missed seahawks!
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level 57
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 67
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 72
Sep 10, 2018
I totally disagree, and I'm right, because hindsight is 20/20.
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level 58
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 71
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 57
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 77
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 72
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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level 77
Apr 7, 2019
The bird is the original namesake of the Blackhawks, going back through the chain of custody I described. The raptors are different, though, technically, birds are dinosaurs.
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level 63
Apr 7, 2019
red·wing
/ˈredwiNG/
noun
noun: redwing; plural noun: redwings; noun: red-wing; plural
noun: red-wings

1. a small migratory thrush that breeds mainly in northern Europe, with red underwings showing in flight.
2. any of a number of red-winged birds, especially the American red-winged blackbird.
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level 76
Apr 7, 2019
Their logo is a winged wheel - not a bird. It's a nod to their hometown of Detroit, Motor City.
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level 61
Apr 8, 2019
The Detroit Red Wings were named in honor of the first-ever Stanley Cup winning team, the Winged Wheelers, on which the new owner (in 1932) played. They are named in honor of Detroit's auto industry and that 1893 team, not a bird.
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level 68
Apr 8, 2019
Why isn't blackhawks included?
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level 61
Apr 8, 2019
"The National Hockey League's Chicago Blackhawks was named in honor of the U.S. 86th Infantry Division, which was nicknamed the "Blackhawk Division" after Black Hawk, a Native American chief; the team's founder, Frederic McLaughlin, having served in that division." (source: Wikipedia)
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level 77
Apr 11, 2019
and this Black Hawk guy must have been named after the act of clearing phlegm from your throat. He probably drank a lot of cocoa and hawked up some nasty dark loogies. Thus, black hawk. Because if his name had something to do with a bird it wouldn't make sense to exclude the team from the quiz.
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level 44
Apr 8, 2019
Turns out you need to know the history (arcane though it may be) to answer this quiz correctly.The BlackHawk is a bird and so is the redwing. And they were birds before the teams were formed and so they were named "after" the birds. Maybe they weren't named "for" the birds, but clearly they were named after the birds were.If this sounds like nit-picking I can only say, you started it! :)
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level 26
Aug 21, 2019
Raptors should really be on here because raptors are birds too not just dinosaurs!