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Do you know the National Birds of these countries?

Team StoryWeavers|December 30, 2020| 5

Do you know which is the National Bird of India? 

The answer is quite simple.

The National Bird of India is the Indian Peafowl. 

Quick Fact: 

Did you know that the term ‘peacock’ is commonly used to refer to birds of both sexes. Technically, only males are called ‘peacock’. Females are called peahens and together they are called as ‘peafowl’.

But do you know why the Indian peafowl is the national bird and not a crow or a pigeon, or any other bird? What is its significance?

National birds are more than just convenient symbols that are put on official seals, stamps, and currency or flags. They represent something notable in the country itself and are very carefully selected. While numerous myths and stories abound as to why a specific bird represents a country, there is a list of criteria that needs to be fulfilled for a bird to become a nation’s representative. For instance, a bird can be the official bird of a country if:

    1. It is religiously rich and is involved in several traditions and culture of that country.
    2. Is an endemic species and is found nowhere else. 
    3. It is a representative of qualities the nation values, such as strength, bravery, unity, and elegance.
    4. It must be widely present and well-distributed within the country.
    5. Common people must be familiar with the bird.
    6. It must lend itself to formal depiction, i.e. abstract depiction on government publications, etc.
    7. The bird is associated with several local myths and stories.
    8. Lastly, it is not confused with the national emblem of any other country.

The Indian peafowl fulfils almost all of these criteria and is a symbol of grace and beauty that identifies Indian culture. Hence, the government of India declared the peafowl as the National Bird of India in 1963.

Indian Peafowl, Pavo cristatus, is the National Bird of India since 1963.

Indian Peafowl, Pavo cristatus, is the National Bird of India since 1963. Gif source: tenor

In that case, you might be wondering, do all countries have a national bird?

The answer is No!

Not all countries have national birds. And in some countries, the national bird might even lack the official government acknowledgement of its honorary status. Not just that, the criteria for selection of a national bird differs from country to country. For example, certain countries might select their national birds for their stunning beauty or melodious voices, while others may select ritualistic generalisations of birds rather than individual species. For example, Canada, a home to at least 426 bird species, does not have any national bird of their own!

Canada, a home to at least 426 bird species, does not have any national bird of their own! 

Gif Source: Giphy

Do you want to know the national birds of other countries? Let’s look at 15 of them.

15 countries, flags and their national birdsRegardless of how these birds are chosen by their countries, these avian ambassadors are important symbols and together with the other national elements, they help their country’s pride take flight.

Did you learn something new today? Do tell us in the comments below.

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Tanaya Goswami

Books are Tanaya Goswami’s first love and cheesecakes come a close second. Talking about movies, music, calligraphy, politics, and Elon Musk will get you listed under the friends’ section of her diary. Ever since moving on from her job as an English lecturer, she spends her time at BYJU’S crafting stories filled with emotion and sprinkled with sarcasm. Outside of work, she’s either learning something new (French, most recently!) or is curled up with a book and a cup of coffee. She firmly believes that discovering what you don’t know is the key to knowledge and is constantly working towards improving herself. Drop in a line at [email protected] if you liked her stories, have something nice to say, or if you have compelling ideas to share!

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Nehal Pohane

December 31, 2020

Does africa also have a national bird?.


Swastika

January 3, 2021

मोर की बराबरी कोई नहीं कर सकता🦚
No bird can be equivalent to Indian peacock😍🦚❤️


Swastika

January 6, 2021

Hey Team StoryWeavers, it has been a long time since you posted this story
I’m eagerly waiting for your next blog🙂


Darshna pandey

January 11, 2021

It is such a pleasure for me that I am the student of byjus.!! This information helped me a lot..


Moukana

January 13, 2021

I thought all countries have a national bird! Thanks for the information.


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