The Mute Swan is the national bird of Denmark and while the name suggests it cannot make a sound, the species is not completely mute. Mute Swans can make sounds like grunting and snorting and tend to hiss when aggressive. The species is one of the heaviest flying birds in the world.
The official national bird of Iceland, the Gyrfalcon were revered by the Vikings. This falcon species is found in very few parts of the world and thrives in severely cold climates including the Arctic region. The Gyrfalcon is a predatorial bird and can hunt prey as big as a hare.
The Lilac-breasted Roller is one of the most beautiful species of birds in the world. It is known for its beautiful, vibrant colors and long tail streamers. It is usually found in open woodlands. This species is declared to be the national bird of two countries, i.e. Kenya as well as Botswana.
Widely known as the Red-bellied Thrush, the Rufous-bellied Thrush has a bright orange-red belly and dark streaks that contrast against its white throat. This bird can be widely spotted across parts of Eastern and Southern Brazil. It is known to eat up to 28 varieties of fruit, including different types of berries.
A tiny and unique bird, the Kiwi is not only the national bird but has also become the national icon of New Zealand. The species has hair-like feathers and no tail. As it is an endangered species, the New Zealand government has taken several measures to prevent its extinction. New Zealanders are also nicknamed 'Kiwis'.
Rhinoceros Hornbills are known for their long bill and a stand-out casque on their head. These national birds are also an important symbol for several tribes in Malaysia. Unfortunately, the Rhinoceros Hornbill is feared to soon be an endangered species as it is widely hunted for food and ornamental purposes.
A small country, Swaziland is home to varied bird species out of which, the Purple-crested Turaco is named its national bird. This species belongs to the Musophagidae family and is can be easily recognized from its distinct crimson flight feathers. They are found in moist woodlands, evergreen thickets, and riparian growths.
The national bird of the Bahamas, there are a total of 6 species of Flamingos in the world. These birds contain a pigment known as a carotenoid that enables them to have the pink and orange colors on their bodies. Flamingos are characterized by long, thin necks and slim legs.
Known for its melodious voice, the Common Nightingale is a shy, elusive bird. It was formerly classified as a member of the thrush family. This bird has a small body frame with a rust-brown tail and is difficult to spot. The Common Nightingale has been adopted as the national bird of Croatia.
In the year 1990, the Lapwing was declared to be the national bird of the Republic of Ireland by the committee of Irish Wildlife Conservancy. While several species were considered suitable candidates for the position, the Lapwing stood out. The bird is characterized by its shrill cry and slow flight.
A country that is part of the United Kingdom, Scotland's national bird was declared as the Golden Eagle. The bird gets its name from the light, golden-brown plumage on its neck. It was a movement by the conservative charity RSPB Scotland that pushed this species to be recognized as the national bird of the country.
The Ceylon Junglefowl is the national bird of Sri Lanka as it is not found in any other part of the world. It is part of the family Gallus that has been recorded in Asia. This colorful, vibrant bird is also commonly depicted on the postage stamps of Sri Lanka.
A bird of prey that is widely found across paths of North America, the Bald Eagle used to also be the national animal of the United States of America. It is a sea eagle and has a 20 years lifespan when in the wild habitat. The species can be seen depicted on the seal of the country.
A beautifully vibrant colored bird, the Keel-billed Toucan is the national bird of Belize. It is also popularly known as the Rainbow-billed Toucan or Sulfur-breasted Toucan. It is mostly black in color, with the throat and chest being either white or yellow. This species can be primarily found in the tropical and sub-tropical rainforests.
The Siamese Fireback, also known as the Diard's Fireback, is Thailand's national bird. It is not endemic to that country and is also found in several countries such as Australia and China. The male birds have a bright yellow spot in the middle of the backs from where they get the name "firebacks".
A South American bird, the Andean Condor is not only the national bird of Chile, but of Bolivia, Ecuador, and Colombia too. The species holds the spot for being the largest living land birds in North America that can fly. Measures are being undertaken for conservation of the species as it is recognized as a "Near Threatened" one.
The Peacock or the Indian Peacock is given the status of the national bird of the country. The species is widely known for its vivid colors and elongated tail and can be found mentioned throughout songs, texts, and folklore part of the Indian culture. It is also admired for the grace it exudes while dancing.
Also known as Dippers or European Dippers, the White-throated Dipper is designated as the national bird of Norway. The tiny bird belongs to the class of Aves and features sharp feathers that aid in a swift flight. White-throated dippers are widely found across Europe and the Central Asian, Middle Eastern and Indian Subcontinents.
Endemic to the Japanese archipelago, the Green Pheasant is the national bird of Japan. It is also commonly referred to as the Japanese Green Pheasant. A common belief strongly held by the natives is that these birds begin to make loud sounds just a few moments before they detect an earthquake.
A bird that is found in the south-western part of Asia, from India to the Arabian peninsula, the White-cheeked Bulbul is the national bird of Bahrain. It is also referred to as an Iraqi Bulbul or White-eared Bulbul and is one of the most intelligent and smart species of birds found in the world.
The Crested Caracara is the national bird of Mexico and resembles a hawk with its hooked beak and sharp talons. It is widely honored as the national symbol of the country and was also a sacred symbol to the Aztecs. The bird even has the ability to beat a vulture that is twice its size.
The Common Raven is the national bird of Bhutan and can be found across the Northern Hemisphere. It is commonly known as 'Jarog' among the locals as it represents the power diety of the country i.e Jarog Dongchen. It is also a prominent component of the royal crown as the Bhutanese hold it in high regard.
The Eurasian Blackbird is the national bird of Sweden and is a species of true thrush. The adult male has black plumage and a bright orange-yellow beak, making it easily identifiable. As the summer nears its end, the beak begins to turn darker. This species has adapted to a variety of habitats.
Belgium's national bird is the Common Kestrel that is likely to be found in habitats such as cultivated landscapes and open regions. It is also known as the European Kestrel or Eurasian Kestrel. The bird has a small body and a dark-colored grey beak. Common Kestrels can usually be spotted flying or perched on a tree.
The Himalayan Monal or the Impeyan Pheasant is the national bird of Nepal. It is known as the Danphe among the locals. It is also the state bird of Uttarakhand, a state in the neighboring country of India. This bird belongs to the pheasant family and lays about 4 to 6 eggs at a time.
In the year 2008, the Hoopoe was declared as the national bird of the State of Israel. The decision was based on a poll that included a national survey of 155,000 Isreal citizens. The colorful bird features a 'crown' of feathers and overthrew the White-spectacled Bulbul to take the place of the national bird.
The Little Owl is the national bird of Greece. This bird is one of the most adaptable species and feeds on a diet of insects, earthworms, and small vertebrae including amphibians, reptiles, and mammals. It can be widely spotted in environments such as urban parks, meadows, and most open spaces.
The Chukar Partridge or Chukar is officially known to be the national bird of Pakistan. This bird stands out in appearance with stark black and white bars present on its flank. The Chukar shares a lot of similarities with the Rock Partridge. It is native to the Middle East and southern Asia.
The Scarlet Macaw, also known as La Guara Roja Spanish, is the national bird of Honduras. The tropical parrot features stunning shades of red, yellow and blue. While the bird is recognized as the national symbol, it is extremely rare in the country. This species is native to the evergreen forests of tropical Central and South America.
The Crimson Sunbird is the national bird of Singapore. Small in size, it features a pretty red shade and is very active. This species can be widely spotted in several reserves and botanical gardens across the country. While the males are extremely vibrant in appearance, females are dull, olive green in appearance.
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