What is the National Bird of Italy?
Italy has no national bird! How this sad state of affairs could possibly continue is beyond the ken of this bird blogger but it is certainly disturbing that such an illustrious country with such a rich history could lack a feathered ambassador. Some places on the web claim that the national bird of Italy is the “bluebird” but this is so untrue that it does not make sense. (Europe, let alone Italy, doesn’t have bluebirds.)
The lack of a national bird is not because Italy has a paucity of birds or a lack of interest in symbols. Here, for example, is the emblem of Italy, adopted by the Italian Republic in 1948.
The only living creature given “national” status by Italy is the Italian Wolf, which is apparently their national animal. Sadly for Italy, the Italian Wolf is not considered a full species by any scientists. Many don’t even consider it a subspecies any more, but lump it in with the Eurasian Wolf, which is itself the nominate subspecies of the Gray Wolf.
A good candidate for the national bird of Italy is the Pied Avocet. It is already the namesake of the ornithological journal Avocetta which is published by the Centro Italiano Studi Ornitologici (Italian Center of Ornithological Studies). Not only that but the Pied Avocet is a striking bird with an economy of style, much like the best Italian sports cars.
Pied Avocet by Redgannet
What do you think the national bird of Italy should be? Pied Avocet or something else? Let us know in the comments…
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