Apparently what we lack is an Official, Elected, Government-approved National Bird. I agree: what could be more important?
Wikipedia suggests that we already have one,, the Robin, but he/she’s never won a popular vote or official recognition. Several of our candidates are already taken – Denmark has nicked the Mute Swan (don’t tell Her Maj), and Sweden the Blackbird. But, looking more closely, that shouldn’t be a problem – Golden Eagles are everywhere! Even in Scotland.
Which leads me to two related thoughts. One, can’t we cast the net a bit wider? Does the bird have to live here, or even exist? After all, our national animals seem to be the Lion (not particularly indigenous) and the Unicorn (not yet detected).
And secondly, shouldn't a National Bird in some way be reflective of national character? (Out of respect for my American friends, I say nothing about the Bald Eagle’s feeding habits.) Just looking at the state of the Kingdom as we near our defining General Election, I’m surprised that the Magpie and the Ring-necked Parakeet aren’t on the list.
So, here’s my considered candidate for Britain’s National Bird: