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This Day in Georgia History

April 06, 1935

Brown Thrasher Official State Bird

Gov. Eugene Talmadge issued an executive proclamation naming the Brown Thrasher as the state bird of Georgia. However, in 1969, the question arose whether the governor legally could designate state symbols. On Aug. 11, 1969, Georgia’s attorney general issued an official opinion stating that designating official state symbols was exclusively a legislative function. Subsequently, on March 20, 1970, Gov. Lester Maddox signed a joint resolution of the Georgia General Assembly designating the Brown Thrasher as the official state bird of Georgia.