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.