226 voters

The Best Sports Teams Named After Birds

Updated October 23, 2019 1.0k votes 226 voters 14.5k views12 items

List RulesOnly 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.

  • 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
    Does this team soar?
  • 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
    Does this team soar?
  • Super Bowl Championships: 2000 (XXXV), 2012 (XLVII)

    AFC: 2000, 2012

    AFC North: 2003, 2006, 2011, 2012

    • Sport: American football
    • Location: Baltimore
    • Founded: 1996
    Does this team soar?
  • Photo: Wikimedia Commons

    World Series Titles: 1992, 1993

    AL Pennants: 1992, 1993

    East Division Titles: 1985, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2015

    • Sport: Baseball
    • Location: Toronto
    • Founded: 1977
    Does this team soar?