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Colleges with Bird Mascots

List by College Confidential
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January 5th is National Bird Day! Birds inspire and delight with their intelligence, grace, and ability to soar. It's no surprise that birds are one of the most common college mascots. One bird in particular is a popular mascot for colleges to choose. (Hint: It's not a Seagull, but close...) Read on to learn more about colleges with bird mascots.

Know of another college with a bird mascot? Email editorial@collegeconfidential.com and we'll add it.

Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins's mascot is the Blue Jay fittingly named Jay. First introduced in 1920, Jay's signature costume got a

  • Johns Hopkins University
    Baltimore, MD
  • Emory University

    Emory University's mascot is Swoop the Eagle. In additional to cheering Emory on at athletic competitions, Swoops represents the University at charity even

  • Emory University
    Atlanta, GA
  • University of Miami

    The University of Miami adopted the Ibis as it's mascot in 1926, the same year the school yearbook was called "The Ibis." The Ibis is a bird native to the Florida Everglades that is known to be the last wildlife to flee before a hurricane. The name Sebastian was introduced in 1957 for San Sebastian Hall, t

  • University of Miami
    Coral Gables, FL
  • United States Air Force Academy

    It makes sense that the U.S. Air Force Academy would have a bird mascot. USAF's mascot is a falcon, and it is one of the only institutions to have a real live animal for a mascot. In September 2020, a baby chick named Nova received the honor of being the Air Force Academy's newest mascot, after her predecessor Aurora died at the age of 23. Aurora was the longest-living live mascot in history.

  • Stevens Institute of Technology

    Attilla the Duck has been the official mascot of Stevens Institute of Technology since March 1972.

  • Bryn Mawr College

    Bryn Mawr's mascot is Predator, an Owl that symbolizes the Greek goddess Athena.

  • Bryn Mawr College
    Bryn Mawr, PA
  • University of North Florida

    University of North Florida's mascot is Ozzie, an osprey.

  • University of North Florida
    Jacksonville, FL
  • Rice University

    Rice's mascot is Sammy the Owl. Sammy got his named in 1917, when a likeness of the mascot was stolen by Texas A&M. Rice hired a private detective to recover the owl, and when he found the owl he sent a coded message back ot the University referring to the owl as "Sammy." The name has stuck ever since.

  • Rice University
    Houston, TX
  • Brandeis University

    Olly the Owl of one of Brandeis's two mascot

  • Brandeis University
    Waltham, MA
  • Texas Woman's University

    Texas Woman's University's mascot is Minerva, an old named for the Roman goddess of wisdom and war. The goddess is often depicted with an owl beside her.

  • Temple University

    Temple's mascot is a great horned owl named Stella. Stella is a live owl who can be found at the Elmwood Park Zoo, where she lives with her partner Sherlock, when not watching Temple play from the sidelines.

  • Temple University
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

    Virginia Tech's mascot is a turkey called the HokieBird. Students who dress up as HokieBird stay anonymous until graduation, when they reveal their identity by wearing the mascot's feet to graduation.

  • The University of Iowa

    University of Iowa's mascot is Herky the Hawk, a hawk dressed in a black and gold uniform.

  • The University of Iowa
    Iowa City, IA
  • State University of New York at New Paltz

    SUNY New Paltz's mascot is Hugo the Hawk.

  • Georgia Southern University

    GSU's mascot is Gus the Eagle.

  • Marquette University

    Marquette's mascot is Iggy the Golden Eagle. The University just adopted an official name for it's mascot in 2020. Iggy is named for St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit order.

  • Marquette University
    Milwaukee, WI
  • California State University, Los Angeles

    CSU Los Angeles' mascot is Eddie the Golden Eagle.

  • University of North Texas

    A green eagle named Scrappy is the mascot for the North Texas Mean Green.

  • Reed College

    Reed's official mascot is a mythical creature called a Griffin, but their unofficial mascot is The Doyle Owl. The Doyle Owl tradition began over a century ago when Reed students stole an owl statue from a neighbor and placed it on campus, and the statue soon went missing before being found again. Since then, the Doyle Owl has had all kinds of misadventures, including being encased in ice, shipped across the country, and even appeared in a Tears for Fears music video.

  • Reed College
    Portland, OR
  • University of Oregon

    The University of Oregon's mascot is a duck in a green and white clothes. If you think the Oregon Duck looks suspiciously like Donald Duck, it's because he does. In 1947, the University of Oregon's athletic director made a deal with his friend Walt Disney to use Donald's likeness as their mascot. Why a duck? Rumor has it that a duck was chosen because Oregonians used to be called "webfoots" because of the state's rainy weather and muddy landscape.

  • American University

    Is there any mascot more American than the Eagle? Clawed Z. Eagle is the official mascot of American University.

  • American University
    Washington, DC
  • Ball State University

    Charlie Cardinal has been Ball State's mascot since 1929.

  • Pitzer College

    Cecil the Sage Hen is the mascot of both Pitzer and Pomona (which share a campus in Claremont,CA). Cecil is a Sagegrouse, a type of bird known for its loyalty to specific areas.

  • Pitzer College
    Claremont, CA
  • Pomona College

    Pomona and Pitzer share a mascot: a Sage Grouse named Cecil the Sage Hen.

  • Pomona College
    Claremont, CA
  • Lamar University

    Lamar University's mascot is a red cardinal.

  • Lamar University
    Beaumont, TX
  • Florida Atlantic University

    FAU's mascots are two burrowing owls named Owlsley and Hoot.

  • Barry University

    Barry University's mascot is Bucky, a pirate parrot who cheers on the Barry Buccaneers.

  • Barry University
    Miami Shores, FL
  • State University of New York at Plattsburgh

    SUNY Plattsburgh's mascot is a cardinal

  • Creighton University

    Creighton's mascot is Billy the Bluejay.

  • Winthrop University

    Winthrop's mascot is a bald eagle named Big Stuff.

  • Winthrop University
    Rock Hill, SC
  • Boston College

    BC's mascot is Baldwin the Eagle, an anthropomorphized bald eagle.

  • Boston College
    Chestnut Hill, MA
  • University of Delaware

    University of Delaware's mascot are fantastical fighting Blue Hens named YouDee and Baby Blue.

  • The University of Kansas

    The University of Kansas' mascot is a mythical bird called a Jayhawk, which is thought to be a cross between a hawk and blue jay.

  • Florida Gulf Coast University

    Azul the Eagle is Florida Gulf Coast's mascot.

  • Tennessee Technological University

    Tennessee Tech's mascot is the awesome Eagle.

  • University of Southern Indiana

    Archibald, or Archie, the Eagle is the official of University of Southern Indiana.

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