The Commonwealth of Dominica is an eastern Caribbean island nation located between the French islands of Guadeloupe (to the north) and Martinique (to the south). It has a population around 70,000 and is 289.5 square miles. This island is home to the endemic Imperial Parrot (Amazonia imperialis), also called Sisserous Amazon and is the largest
Emu Australia’s national bird, the Emu is the world’s second-largest living member of the ratite (ra-tight) family of flightless birds. Most Ratites are now extinct; only the emu, ostrich, cassowary, kiwi and rhea are alive today. The Emu was designated in 1960 by the Australian government to be their national bird, although some sources say
Canada’s [unofficial] national bird, the Common Loon, is an enchanting bird, a symbol of the country’s rugged wilderness. Common Loons are stunning in their breeding plumage and a joy to watch if you can get close enough! Update: As our readers have pointed out, Canada doesn’t actually have a national bird but the Common Loon
A rare and wonderful find in the United States, the Clay Colored Robin is abundant in Costa Rica. Costa Ricans declared the Clay Colored Robin their national bird in 1977, whose strong, musical call marks the beginning of their rainy season. The Clay Colored Robin is in the thrush family and they are very similar
Belize’s national bird, the Keel-billed Toucan is one of the most recognized bird species in the world. This gorgeous resident of lowland rainforests draws many tourists. The Keel-billed Toucan travels in small groups and nests in tree cavities. They are big, bright and loud. Their call can be heard up to a mile away. Photo
Nestled in between China and India, the Kingdom of Bhutan is about half the size of Indiana. Where Bhutan lacks in size, it makes up for in location. The diversity of habitat largely made by the presence of the Himalayan Mountains provides a multitude of awesome birds, highlighted by Beautiful Nuthatch and Ward’s Trogon along
The Javan Hawk-Eagle is an endemic that gained much publicity when it became the official Indonesian symbol. Photo courtesy (c) LutFi Sahid Nurhakim This bird is rare and endangered due to logging and poaching, though there are conservation efforts being made. The Fauna & Flora International became involved in conserving the Javan Hawk-Eagle in 1997.
There are many symbols that can be used to represent a country. A national bird is one of the most common. Often these symbols are printed on flags, seals, money, and popular products. People then associate that bird with their country. Photo courtesy of (c) Dinali Sanchez, dinali77 Mexico’s national bird is the (Northern) Crested