Small science | together to meet the world’s coolest twelve national bird (on)

2022-07-11 0 By

© Simmie Issenberg/TNC Photo Contest 2019 Many of us are relatively familiar with the Bald eagle, the national bird of the United States. It’s a large bird of prey, but it’s not the only “cool” national bird.In many countries, the national bird is not a raptor species. Some are local attractions, while others are of great conservation value.Here are 12 of the coolest and most fascinating national birds we think we have.In 1776, the bald eagle became part of the national emblem of the United States, although it was not officially adopted by Congress until 1782.Seven years later, the bald eagle was officially declared America’s national bird.The bald eagle was chosen in part because it was a symbol of the power of the Roman Empire.The choice is not unusual.Worldwide is famous as a national symbol of raptor including golden eagle (Austria, Albania, Mexico, kazakhstan, Scotland, Serbia and Germany), eagles in Africa, namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe), americas harpy eagle (panama), Java eagle (Indonesia), food apes carving (Philippines) and ern (Poland),Both are symbols of strength and valor.Canada: Perisoreus Canadensis © Becky Matsubara/Flickr Although the United States set the trend for national birds more than 200 years ago, Canada’s national bird is unexpectedly late.The maple leaf has been on Canadian military uniforms since the 1850s, but it wasn’t until 2017 that Canada officially declared their national bird.In the race for national bird, the canada-goose, common loon, snowy owl and black-headed tit were beaten.The common loon won the popular vote, but the final decision rests with the Royal Canadian Geographic Society.The Geographical Society decided that many other species were already provincial bird representatives, so it was best to choose a new symbol, the Noisy crow, which was distributed and attractive throughout Canada.Bermuda: Bermuda petrel (Pterodroma cahow) © N88N88 / Flickr The Bermuda Petrel, also known as the Bermuda Cahow, is an auspicious bird in the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda.For more than 300 years, it was thought to be extinct.The species has been critically endangered and under special protection since its rediscovery in the 1950s.Since 1962, Bermuda’s first conservation officer, Dr. David Wingate, has spearheaded a major ecological restoration project on Nonsuch Island, and his successor, Jeremy Madeiros, has taken over.In addition to extensive habitat restoration work, Bermuda petrels and other native birds have been reintroduced to the area.The global population of the species remains below 500.Guyana:Many countries in Central and South America have chosen the ornate bird as their national symbol,Such as the iconic Ara Macaw in Honduras and the exquisite Pharomachrus Mocinno in Guatemala.Guyana chose the musk as its national bird.The elongated feathers on its head and neck make it look a bit disheveled, and the blue skin and bright red eyes around its face give the species additional recognition.Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador: Andean Vultur Gryphus © Eric Kilby/Flickr Like Guyana, some countries have chosen unique birds as their national symbol species, but in many places some of the most iconic birds have been selected.For different reasons, the Andean condor has been named the national bird in Bolivia (symbolizing borderless pursuits), Chile (symbolizing strength), Colombia (symbolizing freedom and order) and Ecuador (symbolizing strength, grandeur and bravery).Considering its wingspan and weight, the Andean condor is believed to be the largest bird in the world.As scavengers, they feed almost exclusively on carrion.Argentina and Uruguay: Furnarius Rufus © Devan King/TNC The Andean condor was also listed as Argentina’s favorite national bird candidate in a 1928 newspaper competition for schoolchildren.But a plea from an ornithologist and a poem led the country to embrace the reddish-brown oven bird and abandon the Andean condor.”Horno” means oven in Spanish, so the name of the brown oven bird (Hornero) is a nod to the species’ oven-like mud dome nests.Birds, especially their calls, are often associated with good luck and prosperity.