Florida Senate - 2023 SB 78 By Senator Polsky 30-00010-23 202378__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to designation of the state bird; 3 creating s. 15.0352, F.S.; designating the Florida 4 scrub-jay as the official state bird; specifying that 5 the act supersedes designation of the mockingbird as 6 the state bird; providing an effective date. 7 8 WHEREAS, the Florida scrub-jay is a bird measuring from 9 9 to 11 inches in length with blue wings, head, and tail, a gray 10 back and underparts, and a whitish forehead and neck, and 11 WHEREAS, protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the 12 Florida scrub-jay is also protected as a threatened species by 13 the federal Endangered Species Act and as a federally designated 14 threatened species by the Florida Endangered and Threatened 15 Species Rule, and 16 WHEREAS, the Florida scrub-jay is the only bird species 17 endemic to the State of Florida, NOW, THEREFORE, 18 19 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 20 21 Section 1. Section 15.0352, Florida Statutes, is created to 22 read: 23 15.0352 Official state bird.—The Florida scrub-jay 24 (Aphelocoma coerulescens) is designated as the official Florida 25 state bird. 26 Section 2. This act supersedes the designation of the 27 mockingbird as the Florida state bird by Senate Concurrent 28 Resolution No. 3, adopted during the 1927 Regular Session. 29 Section 3. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.