The Royal Canadian Geographic Society says it has chosen The Gray Jay as their choice for Canada’s national bird.
The organisation says its choice epitomizes the best of the country’s national traits. This robin-sized cousin of the raven and crow is known for its friendliness and intelligence, and spends its entire life in the Canadian woods and nowhere else on the planet. The gray jay actually came third in voting behind the loon and the snowy owl, but was chosen following a public debate and deliberations by a panel.
The federal government has not committed to naming a national bird – let alone the gray jay – but the Canadian Geographic Society argues that Canada’s 150th anniversary in the coming year offers a perfect opportunity.
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