Pro sports teams named for birds

It’s Opening Day for Major League Baseball, so we’re marking the occasion with a fun gallery of photos of the birds commemorated by North American professional sports teams. It would be a pretty brief gallery if we stuck to baseball, since only three MLB teams qualify for this list. So we’re also recognizing teams from the NFL, NBA, and NHL — 11 species in all that inspired the names of 12 teams. The photos are from our Reader Galleries

Ring-necked Duck

Ring-necked Duck

The name of the NHL's Anaheim Ducks doesn't have anything to do with the Ring-necked Duck or any other actual waterfowl species. But I selected this photo because Ring-necked Ducks can be seen in southern California in winter, and this is a great shot of a male and female. The team was named the Mighty Ducks by Disney, after its movie of the same name starring Emilio Estevez. In 2005, the new owners shortened the name simply to Ducks. Photo by David Mundy

Related: The home of the Milwaukee Bucks is the world’s first bird-friendly arena

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Matt Mendenhall

Matt Mendenhall

Matt Mendenhall is the editor of BirdWatching magazine and He joined the staff of BirdWatching (formerly Birder’s World) in 2000 and has worn many hats over the years: reporter, story wrangler, photo editor, managing editor, and now editor. Originally from Omaha, he lives with his wife and two daughters in Milwaukee and holds a Bachelor’s in journalism from Marquette University. You can reach Matt at (617) 706-9098 and [email protected].

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