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News to me

Inspired by the news that the hoopoe has been crowned Israel's national bird, I have gone in search of national birds for other countries, and some random bloke on the internet says that our national bird is the robin. Well, it is as good a choice as any, but how and when was this decided, I wonder?

Elsewhere, and rather unsurprisingly, the French lay claim to the cockerel, while Germany goes for the white stork and Sweden for the blackbird. Our American friends insist on having birds for all 50 states, but with the bald eagle top of the heap. Then that was about as predictable as Australia going for the emu and New Zealand the kiwi. Mauritius has the dodo, which is a bit silly, frankly.

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Anonymous nomad said... 6:11 am

I am reliably informed that the Labour Party's bird is the great tit, but that of course may just be hearsay.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 12:00 pm

Nomad - I can well believe it.  



Anonymous JuliaM said... 9:25 am

"Our American friends insist on having birds for all 50 states..."

Except for Florida, Minnesota, Maine and Alaska, where the joke is that the state bird is the mosquito... ;)  



Anonymous JuliaM said... 9:27 am

"I am reliably informed that the Labour Party's bird is the great tit.."

Come, come. Surely it'd be the masked booby, with Mr G Brown at the helm...  



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