The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher is the is known for its long flowing, tropical like tail, beautiful
colorings and “sky dance”. The sky dance is performed by the males in early spring in order to
attract the attention of potential mates. Much of the year the Scissortail lives in the plains states,
however in the fall they migrate in large groups as far south as the tropics of Central America.
During the Great Depression and Dust Bowl years the bird was hunted almost to extinction. The
long tail feathers, which sold for two cents apiece, were a favorite adornment of hats, especially
in the European market. The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher became the State bird of Oklahoma in
1951 and through extensive conservation efforts has thankfully rebounded in numbers.
The poster is a DECOPOLIS exclusive created by artist William A. Franklin. Each poster comes
matted and signed with a certificate of authenticity.