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National Bird Project - Vote for Canada's National Bird
National Bird Project - Vote for Canada's National Bird

Welcome to the National Bird Project

Help us determine Canada’s national bird!

Top 5 birds by votes
Common loon 9763
Snowy owl 7240
Gray jay / Whiskey jack 6881
Canada goose 2864
Black-capped chickadee 2603
Total votes: 37,363

There are more than 450 species of birds across Canada, but not one of them has been designated as our national bird — a title that for too long hasn’t been made official. It’s time to change that.

Welcome to Canadian Geographic’s National Bird Project, the goal of which is to help designate an official bird for Canada by 2017, the country’s sesquicentennial. And we want your help finding a species that can represent this nation of forest, prairie grassland, Arctic and sub-Arctic, maritime and wetland, agricultural and urban and many other habitats, so vote for your favourite species or contribute your own short essay today!


Scroll down through the species categories to see Canadian Geographic's top 40 national bird contenders. You may vote once.

What’s new?

Read about the Atlantic puffin by Michael Crummey
Read about the Common loon by Doug Tozer
Read about the Brown-headed Cowbird by Jay Ingram
Read about the 'underbirds' by Jody Allair
This Hour Has 22 Minutes covers The National Bird Project
Read about the Gray Jay by David M. Bird
Read about the Ruffed Grouse by John Lockerbie
Read about the Canada Goose by Will Ferguson
Read about the Great Gray Owl by Alissa York
Read about the Osprey by Charlotte Gray
Read about the Raven by Noah Richler
Read more about the National Bird Project


6881 votes

Gray jay / Whiskey jack

2603 votes

Black-capped chickadee

1441 votes

Common raven

814 votes

Blue jay

186 votes

Red-winged blackbird

176 votes

Canada warbler

127 votes

White-throated sparrow

110 votes

Cedar waxwing

93 votes

Pine grosbeak

92 votes

Dark-eyed junco

54 votes

Tree swallow

32 votes

Harris's sparrow

17 votes

Brown-headed cowbird

Upland and Game Birds

169 votes

Spruce grouse

124 votes

Rock ptarmigan

69 votes

Ruffed grouse

34 votes

Sharp-tailed grouse

Wading Birds, Gulls and Shorebirds

512 votes

Great blue heron

421 votes

Arctic tern

122 votes

Whooping crane

48 votes

Sandhill crane

Woodpeckers and Hummingbirds

328 votes

Pileated woodpecker

223 votes

Ruby-throated hummingbird

64 votes

Northern flicker

32 votes

Black-backed woodpecker

Loons, Waterfowl and Seabirds

9763 votes

Common loon

2864 votes

Canada goose

688 votes

Atlantic puffin

140 votes

Belted kingfisher

46 votes

Tundra swan

41 votes

Bufflehead (duck)

17 votes

Common murre


7240 votes

Snowy owl

489 votes

Red-tailed hawk

313 votes

Peregrine falcon

295 votes

Great gray owl

213 votes


184 votes

Golden eagle

184 votes

Northern saw-whet owl

63 votes


51 votes

Northern goshawk

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