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The Best Sports Teams Named After Birds 

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Updated October 23, 2019 600 votes 169 voters 11.3k views 12 items

List Rules Only professional teams from NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, etc.

How many sports teams named after birds can you think of? Which bird sports teams do you think are the best of all time? In the world of professional sports, the team's name and mascot may not matter much when it comes to winning, but some of these sports teams with bird names are or have been at the top of their class. Whether the team name came from the state's official bird or even from a classic 90s movie (like the Anaheim Ducks), there really aren't many teams named after birds in professional sports. Nevertheless, the teams below have all been named after birds—but which team has performed the best over the years? Better yet, could any be considered the best sport franchises of all time?

When it comes to the best bird sports teams, the St. Louis Cardinals may be the most successful franchise to have been named after animals of the avian variety. The Cardinals have dominated the MLB's National League with some of the greatest MLB players ever, and they currently hold the number two spot for most World Series wins, next to the Yankees. Then you have the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles. Considering their various championship wins, including a Super Bowl title, the strong and majestic eagle is quite fitting as their mascot. Other notable teams named after birds include the NBA's Atlanta Hawks, MLB's Baltimore Orioles, and the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins, among others.

Who's your favorite bird sports team? Check out the complete list of professional sports teams named after birds below and vote up the franchises you think are the very best, then head over and take a look at some more sports teams named after animals.

Pittsburgh Penguins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sports Teams Named After Birds
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Stanley Cups: 1990–91, 1991–92, 2008–09, 2015–16, 2016–17

Conference Championships: 1990–91, 1991–92, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2015–16, 2016–17

Division Championships: 1990–91, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1997–98, 2007–08, 2012–13, 2013–14

Sport: Ice Hockey

Location: Pittsburgh

Founded: 1967

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Baltimore Ravens is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sports Teams Named After Birds
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Super Bowl Championships: 2000 (XXXV), 2012 (XLVII)

AFC: 2000, 2012

AFC North: 2003, 2006, 2011, 2012

Sport: American football

Location: Baltimore

Founded: 1996

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Seattle Seahawks is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sports Teams Named After Birds
Photo:  Wikimedia Commons (CC-BY)

Super Bowl Championships: 2013 (XLVIII)

NFC: 2005, 2013, 2014

AFC West: 1988, 1999

NFC West: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016

Sport: American football

Location: Seattle

Founded: 1976

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Philadelphia Eagles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sports Teams Named After Birds
Photo: G Talan/Flickr

NFL Championships (pre-Super-Bowl era): 1948, 1949, 1960

Super Bowl Championships: 2017 (LII)

NFL Eastern: 1960

NFC: 1980, 2004, 2017

NFL East: 1947, 1948, 1949

NFC East: 1980, 1988, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2013, 2017

Sport: American football

Location: Philadelphia

Founded: 1931

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