The brown pelican is Louisiana's official bird. Pelicans are
famous for their large bill, the lower portion of which has
a pouch that can be greatly extended.
The state tree is the bald cypress. Its shape, which varies from
columnar to conical (bottle-shaped), depends greatly on the
amount and duration of flooding in the area. The bark is reddish-brown,
fibrous, thin, and divided into small, flat ridges and shallow
furrows. Leaves of the cypress tree spread in flat planes
in the feathery pattern on its branches.
Catahoula Leopard Dog is the official state dog. It is a cross
of the domestic dog the Indians of the Catahoula Lake region
raised and the Spanish "war dog" that came through the area
in the early 1500s. The Catahoula has unusual glassy eyes,
webbed feet, a spotted coat, and is gentle with children.
large, creamy-white bloom of the magnolia tree was designated
the state flower in 1900 because of its abundance throughout
the state. The magnolia is an evergreen and the flower is
state seal was adopted in 1902 and features a pelican tearing
flesh from its own breast to feed its young. The pelican and
its three young are surrounded by the Louisiana motto, "Union,
The Louisiana flag contains a crest centered on a blue field. The crest consists of a nest bearing three chicks, a mother pelican vulning herself with her head turned to the viewer's right and displaying three drops of blood on her breast. Beneath the nest a white banner bears the state motto "Union Justice Confidence."
You can obtain a high resolution image of the state flag on the Secretary of State's site.