Black-capped Chickadee named Vancouver's new official bird

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Black-capped Chickadee

The Black-capped Chickadee has been named the City of Vancouver’s ‘official bird’ to mark 2015 Bird Week.

Over the past four weeks, six local Vancouver birds were vying for votes in Vancouver’s first City Bird Competition: Anna’s Hummingbird, Black-capped Chickadee, Varied Thrush, Pacific Wren, Pileated Woodpecker, and Northern Flicker.

The competition was fierce and at the end, over 704,000 votes were cast in the online poll. The Black-capped Chickadee won the competition with 39 per cent support (277,924 votes), followed by the Varied Thrush at 29 per cent (202,791 votes), and Anna’s Hummingbird at 17% (116,809 votes).

The announcement was made on May 10 at the Vancouver Public Library, during the final event of Bird Week.

The lighthearted competition aimed to raise awareness about the importance of birds in Vancouver, as they are visible markers of a healthy ecosystem and an experiential link between people and local biodiversity.

Each of the six bird candidates had their own Twitter accounts to rally their support: @annathebird, @vancityblackcap, @thevariedthrush, @pacificwren, @vanwoodpecker, @northernflick.

The Black-capped Chickadee succeeds the Northwestern Crow, which was acclaimed City Bird 2014. The Black-capped Chickadee will be featured in promotional materials and buttons for Bird Week 2015.

Featured Image: Black-capped Chickadee via Shutterstock

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