City Bird competition

City Bird candidates 2014

The City Bird competition raises awareness about the importance of birds in Vancouver as birds are an excellent indicator of a healthy ecosystem. They provide a link between people and local biodiversity.

Congratulations to the Black-capped Chickadee, your official City Bird for 2015!

Six popular Vancouver birds that live here all year competed for your vote to be honoured as official City Bird.

The winning bird is the Black-capped Chickadee, with 277,924 votes!

As official City Bird, the Black-capped Chickadee will be featured in promotional materials for Bird Week in 2015.

View the final poll results

Polls closed at 7pm on Saturday, May 10th. Here are the official results.

  • Anna's Hummingbird

    Anna's Hummingbird
    116,809 votes

  • Black-Capped Chickadee

    Black-capped Chickadee
    City Bird 2015 Winner! 
    277,924 votes

  • Varied Thrush

    Varied Thrush
      202,791 votes

  • Pacific Wren

    Pacific Wren
    6,800 votes

  • Pileated Woodpecker ‏

    Pileated Woodpecker
    7,218 votes

  • Northern Flicker

    Northern Flicker
    92,466 votes

The candidates

Anna's HummingbirdAnna's Hummingbird

Anna's Hummingbird are tiny, but highly showy, Vancouver birds. They're bright and colourful, fearless around humans, and the males will swoop up 130 feet in the air and then dive to the ground to woo the ladies.

Learn more about Anna's Hummingbirds

Black-Capped ChickadeeBlack-Capped Chickadee

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.

Learn about Black-Capped Chickadees 

Varied ThrushVaried Thrush ‏

Though brightly coloured, the Varied Thrush is a shy bird whose song is often described as a "sad referee's whistle". It spends the winter at sea level, then heads up mountains to breed in spring.

Learn about Varied Thrushes 

Pacific WrenPacific Wren

In 2010, Pacific Wrens were split off as their own species from the Winter Wren family. The brown Pacific Wren is a shy and solitary bird, hiding in its forest habitat and avoiding people. However, despite its tiny size, its voice is enormously powerful.

Learn about Pacific Wrens 

Pileated WoodpeckerPileated Woodpecker ‏

The stately Pileated Woodpecker is the largest of the City Bird candidates, and lives exclusively in mature forests. The holes it pecks provide homes and nests for many other bird species.

Learn about Pileated Woodpeckers 

Northern FlickerNorthern Flicker ‏

The Northern Flicker is at home in both forest and urban environments, eating and living easily in both, and is unafraid to squawk at its human neighbours. A cousin of the Pileated Woodpecker, the Flicker also pecks holes that other species use to survive.

Learn about Northern Flickers 

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The crow: our 2014 City Bird

The Northwestern Crow has been acclaimed as the 2014 City Bird, owing to its overwhelming popularity with citizens.

The crow can be spotted on all the 2014 Bird Week buttons, available at Bird Week events.

Last modified: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 15:45:36