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Six Cars Named After Birds

Cars with bird names

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to soar through the streets in a car inspired by the birds?

Well, wonder no more because we’ve compiled a list of cars with bird names that will have you feeling like you’re flying on four wheels!

From the Ford Falcon to the Pontiac Firebird, these cars not only have unique names but also boast impressive designs and features that make them stand out from the flock. So, fasten your seatbelt and get ready to take a ride on the wild side as we explore the world of cars with bird names.


6. Buick Skylark

First appearing in 1953-54, as a special edition RoadMaster, in celebration of Buick’s 50th anniversary. The Skylark was produced as a model, in six production runs, until 1998.

1968 Buick Skylark black 2-door hardtop

Namesake Bird – the Skylark


5. Ford Falcon

The Ford Falcon was produced by Ford from 1960 to 1970 across three generations.  An early compact car from an American manufacturer.

1963 Ford Falcon

Peregrine Falcon, sharper looking than the car. Photograph © Greg Lavaty.


4. Aston Martin Cygnet

Not sure James Bond would be excited by this vehicle from Aston Martin. Looks more fitting for Austin Powers. It was produced for 2 years, 2011 to 2013.

aston martin cygnet
Cygnets - young swans

Namesake birds: Young swans or Cygnets.


3. Plymouth Roadrunner

Introduced in 1968, the Road Runner was an attempt to offer a striped-down, fast and cheap Musclecar.  Plymouth paid fifty-thousand dollars to Warner Bros.-Seven Arts for the rights to use the Road Runner cartoon characters likeness and ten-grand more to develop the “beep beep” sounding horn.

70 Plymouth Road Runner
roadrunner - bird

Namesake bird: The Roadrunner. Photograph © Greg Lavaty.


2.  Stutz Black Hawk

The Blackhawk was an automobile manufactured by the Stutz Motor Car Company in Indianapolis from 1929 to 1930.

Stutz Blackhawk

“Stutz Blackhawk” by dave_z28ca – Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Commons

The Stutz Motor Company was revived in August 1968 by New York banker James O’Donnell.  Cars were  manufactured from 1971 through 1987 and a Stutz Blackhawk was produced. Other than the name it bears no resemblance with the original Stutz Blackhawk, which has that classic look going for it.  Should have stayed with the original design.

Stutz Blackhawk

Namesake bird: The Common Black Hawk. (not so commin in the U.S.) Photograph © Greg Lavaty.


1. Pontiac Firebird

My favorite, although not named after a real bird.  It was built by Pontiac from 1967 to the 2002.
The 1977 Trans-Am Special Edition Firebird became famous after being featured in Smokey and the Bandit and was of course Kitt  in the Night Rider TV show.

The 3rd Generation of Firebirds consisted of three models: Firebird, Firebird S/E, and Firebird Trans Am.

1968 Pontiac Firebird

I owned a 1968 Firebird 400, (similar to the one pictured) – 4 on-the-floor, dual barrel carbs.  Still one of my favorite cars.


firebird by nachiii-d3g1tpj

About the Author

Sam Crowe

Sam is the founder of He has been birding for over 30 years and has a world list of over 2000 species. He has served as treasurer of the Texas Ornithological Society, Sanctuary Chair of Dallas Audubon, Editor of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's "All About Birds" web site and as a contributing editor for Birding Business magazine. Many of his photographs and videos can be found on the site.

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