Britain's National Bird

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India has the Peacock and USA has the Bald Eagle, but Britain currently has no official national bird. Now, the public are being asked to choose our avian representative.

The Candidates
Barn Owl, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Hen Harrier, Kingfisher, Mute Swan, Puffin, Red Kite, Robin, Wren.

What is a national bird?
A country's national bird is something that represents the country, the bird that springs to mind when you think of a certain country. In some cases, the national bird is a species endemic to the country, which would for obvious reasons represent the country, as they can be found nowhere else. Britain has a few endemic species, such as the Scottish Crossbill, but very few people have ever heard of them, let alone seen one. If a bird represents the country, it should represent the people as well. 

My Vote
This leads on to why I have voted for the bird I have voted for. I have voted for the Robin, because I feel that the Robin best represents our country. Almost everyone has heard of a Robin, and probably seen one at some point. They are the face of British Christmas cards, and Britain is probably the best place to see and get close to them. They are very charismatic birds, and I feel that they best represent our country.


The Robin got my vote

What bird will you vote for?

PS. My dad is voting for the Hen Harrier, his favourite bird. So there are different opinions among the British.

Voting closes at midnight on the 7th May 2015, and the winner will be announced a short time after, so keep posted.


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