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Rocky Mountain Columbine, Colorado's state flower
Rocky Mountain Columbine

Colorado's flag
Colorado State Flag

Lark Bunting, Colorado's state bird
Lark Bunting



State Bird:  Lark Bunting

State Fish:  Greenback Cutthroat Trout

State Animal: Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep

State Insect:  Colorado Hairstreak Butterfly

State Flower:  Rocky Mountain Columbine

State Tree:  Blue Spruce

State Grass:  Blue Grama Grass

State Folk Dance:  Square Dance

State Song:  "Where the Columbines Grow" by A.J. Fynn, 1915

State Gem:  Aquamarine

State Fossil:  Stegosaurus

Motto:  Nil Sine Numine - Nothing Without the Deity

Origin of State Name:  Colorado is a Spanish word meaning "reddish colored," a reference to the sediment-rich Colorado River, which originates in the state.

Nickname for State:  The Centennial State.  Colorado was admitted to statehood during the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Nickname for residents:  Coloradans