May 10, 2014 10:44 pm

Black-Capped Chickadee voted Vancouver’s official bird

The cute Black-Capped Chickadee is a can-do bird who loves to explore and is always the first to find a feeder in the area. It's a social, popular bird who lives in the forest, hides food to eat later, and has a well-known whistled song.

Don Enright

The Black-Capped Chickadee has been named Vancouver’s official bird for 2015, beating out the flock of competitors by a landslide.

The winning bird rose to feathered fame during the city’s weeks-long competition that invited Vancouverites to vote online.

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More than 700,000 votes were cast to elect the city bird, roughly four times more than the 144,823 ballots tallied in the last actual election. However, in the city bird competition there was no limit to how many times you could vote. 

The competition ended with a grand announcement at the Vancouver Public Library Saturday night to cap off Bird Week.

The Black-Capped Chickadee captured 39 per cent of the votes, beating out the Varied Thrush, who had 29 per cent.

Anna’s Hummingbird finished in third place with 17 per cent and the Northern Flicker flew in with fourth place, capturing 13 per cent of the votes.

The Pacific Wren and the Pileated Woodpecker were the least popular with voters, garnering only one per cent of the votes each.

The competition was part of an educational campaign geared towards raising awareness about the importance of birds in our ecosystem.

Each bird tweeted its heart out during the campaign and interacted with fans on social media.

The Black-Capped Chickadee will be featured during next year’s bird week on pins and other promotional material.

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