Names 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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43 29
The Eagles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
Rhythm and blues, Rock music

2
33 25
Swans is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

3
33 27
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

4
28 22
The Yardbirds is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music

5
24 18
Counting Crows is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

6
20 17
A Flock of Seagulls is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

7
23 21
The Black Crowes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

8
12 17
Sheryl Crow is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

9
14 20
Them Crooked Vultures is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
Rock music, Alternative rock, Hard rock

10
13 19
The O'Jays is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
The O'Jays R&B

11
1 2
Birdy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
jacksosh added Indie pop, Pop music, Folk music

12
3 5
Atomic Rooster is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
kosycat1 added Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

13
3 5
Nick Drake is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
jacksosh added Folk music, Folk rock

14
3 5
Fuzzy Duck is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
kosycat1 added Fuzzy Duck Rock music, Progressive rock

15
3 5
Dixie Hummingbirds is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
jailbird22 added Dixie Hummingbirds

16
14 22
Dixie Chicks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

17
3 6
Robins is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
jailbird22 added Robins

18
9 16
The Goslings is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
The Goslings

19
2 6
Budgie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
kosycat1 added Budgie

20
2 6
The Penguins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
jailbird22 added Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

21
0 3
Andrew Bird is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
jacksosh added Swing music, Folk rock, Jazz

22
0 3
Bird York is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
jacksosh added

23
7 14
Old Crow Medicine Show is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
Americana, Folk music, Old-time music

24
1 5
Rare Bird is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
kosycat1 added Progressive rock

25
1 5
Orioles is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
jailbird22 added Orioles doowop, rock and roll

26
9 19
The Fabulous Thunderbirds is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
Blues-rock, Rock music, Texas blues

27
9 19
Yellow Swans is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
Electronic music, Drone music, Noise music

28
7 17
Eagle-Eye Cherry is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
Pop music, Rock music, Acoustic music

29
7 17
Chickenfoot is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
nikksco added Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

30
12 26
Owl City is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
Synthpop, New Wave, New Age

31
8 21
The Flamingos is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

32
6 19
Pelican is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
Post-metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

33
6 19
Eagles of Death Metal is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

34
5 18
The Crows is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

35
5 18
The Raveonettes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
Shoegazing, Rock music, Garage rock

36
5 18
Jayhawks is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
Alternative rock, Alternative country, Psychedelic rock

37
0 4
Birdman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
jacksosh added Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Hyphy

38
5 21
An Albatross is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
Noise rock, Nintendocore, Experimental rock

39
4 19
The Housemartins is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
Jangle pop, Pop music, Alternative rock

40
3 16
Department of Eagles is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
Psychedelic folk, Experimental rock, Folk rock

41
3 17
Jimmie's Chicken Shack is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
Rock music, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

42
2 15
The Doves is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
Rock music, Alternative rock

43
2 16
Owls is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
Owls Indie rock

44
2 16
The Mint Chicks is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
Noise rock, No wave, Power pop

45
2 16
Finch is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

46
2 17
The Wild Swans is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
Kristian King added New Wave, Post-punk

47
2 19
Blackhawk Band is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
Country

48
2 19
The Martins is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
The Martins Contemporary Christian music, Southern Gospel

49
1 16
Stone the Crows is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
Blues-rock, Blues

50
0 15
The Starlings is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Bands Named After Birds
The Starlings Alternative rock