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Official Canadian Birds Quiz

Post #51 of 100 Days if Blogging

Do you know the 13 official Canadian provincial and territorial birds?

Canada is now on its way to having an official bird, the Gray jay, which was the subject of the last post. But do you know which 13 birds are Canada’s official provincial and territorial birds? Test your avian emblem IQ with the flip card quiz below and name the province or territory associated with the bird.

Test your Official Canadian Birds IQ!

#1. The Atlantic Puffin is the official bird of...?

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The Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica), also known as the common puffin is the official bird of Newfoundland and Labrador. It is a seabird in the auk family and the only puffin native to the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean. It breeds on the coasts of north west Europe, the Arctic fringes and eastern North America.

#2. The Blue jay is the official bird of...?

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The Blue jay is the provincial bird of Prince Edward Island A public vote in association with Environment Week in 1976, made the Blue jay the avian emblem of PEI. A familiar sight throughout the Atlantic region, the Blue jay is at home in both forests and urban areas.

#3. The Sharp-tailed Grouse is the Provincial bird of...?

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The Sharp-tailed Grouse (Tympanuchus phasianellus) is the provincial bird of Saskatchewan. It is a medium-sized prairie grouse. It is also known as the Sharptail, and is known as Fire grouse or Fire bird to Native Americans due to the bird's reliance on brush fires to keep its habitat open.

#4. Is the Rock ptarmigan a provincial or territorial bird?

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Both! It is the official bird of Canada's Nunavut territory and the official game bird of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. But its honours don't stop there: It is the official bird of Gifu, Nagano, and Toyama Prefectures of Japan.

#5. The Osprey is the official bird of...?

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The Osprey became the official bird of Nova Scotia after 20 years of lobbying started by the Nova Scotia Bird Society in the late 1970's. By 1989, the story captured public and media interest. After a Radio and newspaper poll,several species were recommended including the White-throated Sparrow, Common loon, Sable Island's Ipswich Sparrow, the Grey jay and the Blue jay, as well as the Osprey. The NS Museum of Natural History recommended the Osprey.

#6. The Great-grey Owl is the official bird of...?

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The Great grey Owl (Strix nebulosa) is seen more regularly in parts of Manitoba than elsewhere in Canada. It is the largest North American owl, even larger than the heavier Great Horned Owl and Snowy Owl.It is documented as the world's largest species of owl by length. It is distributed across the Northern Hemisphere, and it is the only species in the Strix (genus) found in both Eastern and Western Hemispheres.

#7. The Common Loon is the official bird of...?

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The Common Loon (Gavia immer) was made the official bird of Ontario through the Avian Emblem Act in 1994 in accordance with a contest issued by the province’s Minister of Natural Resources calling on 9-11 year olds to write in with their choice for a provincial bird.

#8. The Stellar's jay is the official bird of...?

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The Steller's jay (Cyanacitta stelleri) was voted most popular bird by the people of British Columbia and became the province's official bird on December 17, 1987. This vibrantly colored blue and black relative of the Blue jay is native to western North America and is found throughout the Province of BC. It is a talented vocal mimic and can imitate the vocalizations of many species of birds, other animals, and sounds of non-animal origin.

#9. The Snowy Owl is the official bird of...?

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The snowy owl (Bubo scandiacus) was made Quebec’s official bird in 1987. The Snowy owl hunts both day and night, surviving mainly on lemmings. The snowy owl is a large, white owl of the typical owl family. Snowy owls are native to Arctic regions in North America and Eurasia. They winter south through Canada and northern Eurasia, with irruptions occurring further south in some years.

#10. The Gyr Falcon is the official bird of...?

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The Gyrfalcon (Falco rusticolus) is the offial avian emblem of the Northwest Territories It is the largest of the falcon species and breeds on Arctic coasts and the islands of North America, Europe, and Asia. Typical prey includes the ptarmigan and waterfowl, which it may take in flight. It has also been observed feeding on fish and mammals.

#11. The Common Raven is the avian symbol of...?

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The Canadian territory of Yukon claims the Common Raven (Corvus corax) as its official avian emblem. Common ravens can thrive in varied climates and range throughout the Holarctic from Arctic and temperate habitats in North America and Eurasia to the deserts of North Africa, and to islands in the Pacific Ocean. The brains of common ravens count among the largest of any bird species.

#12. The Great-horned Owl is the offficial bird of...?

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The Great-horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) is the Provincial Bird of Alberta. It is one of the earliest nesting birds in North America, often laying eggs weeks or even months before other raptors. It is widely distributed and can be found from the sub-arctic regions of North America to parts of Central and South America.

The Black-capped Chickadee is the official bird of...?

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The Black-capped Chickadee is the official bird ofNew Brunswick It was proclaimed the official bird in 1983, following a contest conducted by the provincial Federation of Naturalists. A newspaper campaign focused on four candidates-the black-capped chickadee, grey jay, American robin, and white-throated sparrow. Out of 2,238 votes cast, the black-capped chickadee received 990 votes or 44 per cent.

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