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The Best Bands Named After Birds  

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List Rules Upvote the top bands with birds in their names.

Bands get their names in all kinds of ways. But when it comes to bands named after birds, you might be surprised at how many of them there actually are. Each of these bird bands got a little avian inspiration. As for which one is the greatest – that's up to you to decide.

Some of the best bands with birds in their name include classic groups that have carved their place in contemporary music. The Byrds, for example, most certainly count, despite the unconventional spelling. And who can forget the Eagles? Supposedly, the iconic band was inspired by Hopi mythology and took the name of an eagle. The rest, as they say, was rock and roll history. Some of these bands named after a bird evoke quaint flocks around birdhouses: The Housemartins, Finch, and The Yardbirds, to name a few. Other bands took their moniker from a more dramatic kind of bird, like The Black Crowes and The Fabulous Thunderbirds.

These are some great bird band names, so start voting for all of your favorites!

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The Eagles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
Rhythm and blues, Rock music
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The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock
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Swans is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
Noise rock, Rock music, No wave
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The Yardbirds is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music
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Wild Blue Herons is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
samp added Wild Blue Herons funk, jazz
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Counting Crows is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock
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Andrew Bird is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
jacksosh added Swing music, Folk rock, Jazz
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A Flock of Seagulls is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music
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Budgie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
kosycat1 added Budgie
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The Black Crowes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music
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Bird York is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
jacksosh added
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Them Crooked Vultures is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
Rock music, Alternative rock, Hard rock
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Nick Drake is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
jacksosh added Folk music, Folk rock
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Birdy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
jacksosh added Indie pop, Pop music, Folk music
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Sheryl Crow is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music
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The O'Jays is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
The O'Jays R&B
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Orioles is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
jailbird22 added Orioles doowop, rock and roll
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Dixie Chicks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
Country pop, Pop music, Rock music
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Robins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
jailbird22 added Robins
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The Penguins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
jailbird22 added Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues
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Atomic Rooster is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
kosycat1 added Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock
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Old Crow Medicine Show is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
Americana, Folk music, Old-time music
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Eagle-Eye Cherry is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
Pop music, Rock music, Acoustic music
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The Fabulous Thunderbirds is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
Blues-rock, Rock music, Texas blues
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Fuzzy Duck is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
kosycat1 added Fuzzy Duck Rock music, Progressive rock