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Birds of a Feather

The City of Vancouver recently ran an election to determine the City’s official bird for 2015.

The voting was conducted online with almost 700,000 ballots received. In the running were six local feathered friends: the Northern Flicker, the Pileated Woodpecker, the Pacific Wren, the Varied Thrush, the Black-capped Chickadee and Anna’s Hummingbird.

The winner, with a decisive 277,924 votes was the Black-capped Chickadee.

This curious bird is found throughout Canada and the northern states of America. The Chickadee has a large head with white cheeks, a black bib and grey wings and back. They associate in flocks and fly in a bouncy flight pattern.

In Vancouver, the Chickadee trill is often heard during the winter months.

The current official bird for the City of Vancouver is the Northwestern Crow.

Apparently, Vancouverites favours birds of a muted colour, which are widely accessible.

Coming in second, with 202,791 votes, was the Varied Thrush.

Personally, we had our support behind the Anna’s Hummingbird. Maybe next year, with a new lobbying team, we can bring the hummingbird to power.

Crazy Chickadee Facts:

-Chickadees hide seeds for the winter in secret one-item stashes. They can remember the location of thousands of stashes, even with their tiny brain.

-To make room for more information, the chickadee brain allows old neurons to die each fall.

-Chickadee flocks use a hierarchy dominance system for establishing rank.

-A chickadee trill is actually a complex, language-like form of communication. The more ‘dee’ notes, the higher the threat level. Other bird species observe and react to chickadee threats.

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