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Picture 5
South Carolina License Plate

Submitted by Adrian Binns

I often wondered what bird they were depicting when I first noticed the South Carolina license plate. It always struck me that it looked liked a Yellow Warbler with a supercillium. Art as we all know is always interpreted differently by everyone, so the chances are that this is the artist's 'loose' vision of a Carolina Wren, just like the name Carolina Wren is obviously a 'loose' term for its range. In keeping with this 'loose' theme, fittingly, the Carolina Wren is after all South Carolina's state bird, even though it's scientific name is ludovicianus meaning "of louisiana", where the first specimen was collected.


I was delighted to see that I was not the only one questioning the species on the license plate and that someone, much to my amusement, had corrected this confusion by putting a "real" Carolina Wren on the plate.

 

 

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