Canada may get a national bird, but it’s not who you think

After a two-year, nation-wide search, Canada may have finally landed on a national bird: the gray jay.

The robin-sized gray jay, also known as the whiskey jack – from the name for a trickster bird in indigenous folk tales, “Wisakedjak” –  can be found in every province and territory, according to Canadian Geographic. It was chosen because it embodies the friendliness, hardiness, and intelligence of the country, the Royal Canadian Geographic Society said this week.

But the bird also represents the land itself – and Canadians’ commitment to preserving it, according to the magazine. READ MORE.

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