The red-tailed hawk has Premier Dalton McGuinty’s vote for national bird of Canada. The Canadian Raptor Conservancy has launched a petition to encourage the federal government to choose an official bird to represent the country.
“We have national products like maple syrup, we have national sports like ice hockey and lacrosse, we have animals such as the beaver, the moose, the caribou, the polar bear, the grizzly bear, the Canada goose and the Canada lynx, but we do not have a national bird. Why?” the organization’s website says.
A pair of red-tailed hawks are currently raising a little family at Queen’s Park, and can often be seen swooping over the lawns looking for a meal. McGuinty told reporters Wednesday that he’s prepared to support the nomination of the hawk as the country’s national bird.