The National Bird Of Israel Is The Hoopoe

In May 2008, President Shimon Peres announced the Hoopoe as Israel’s new national bird. The Hoopoe won an election held by the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel, which concluded on Thursday after months of voting. 155,000 people participated in the nationwide election. The road to choosing Israel’s national bird was long but entertaining. Last December, over 1,000 bird lovers participated in a seminar held in Tel Aviv University, during which they were asked to select 50 nominees for the title out of a long list of various candidates. That list was then narrowed down to the bulbul (Pycnonotidae), the red falcon, the goldfinch, the biblical vulture, the spur-winged plover, the honey-sucker, the warbler, the white-chested kingfisher, and the white barn owl.

The Hoopoe raked in 35% of the votes nationwide, and also won first place in the election held by Ynet with 20% of the net-surfer vote. Peres commented the election: “Today more than ever we need green scenery, fresh air, and the beautiful, multi-colored birds that flock here.” He added that “ornithology is one of the main assets of our small country”. The president also remarked that 500 million birds pass through Israel’s skies annually. “For such a small country, that’s a world record”, he concluded.

The National Bird of Israel is the Hoopoe

The National Bird of Israel is the Hoopoe

The National Bird of Israel is the Hoopoe

The National Bird of Israel is the Hoopoe

The National Bird of Israel is the Hoopoe

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