"The thing that kind of disqualified or dissuaded the panel from looking at the snowy owl or the loon is that the loon is the provincial bird of Ontario and the snowy owl is actually the provincial bird of Quebec", Clarke explained. The RCGS will now ask the federal government to officially adopt the Gray Jay in time for 2017. Others have said the bird was chosen by its similar characteristics that Canadians embody: hardy, friendly and smart.
It's the grey jay - also known as the whisky jack - and it is the Royal Canadian Geographic Society's official choice for Canada's national bird. "We are honoured to recommend the gray jay as a fresh symbol of our collective passion for natural environments, and our concern for their conservation and stewardship".
The gray jay, also known as the whiskey jack, was awarded the society's official recommendation for Canada's national bird on Wednesday.
It was a long, heated selection process.
It's found in every province and territory.
The "vast majority of its range is in Canada" and none has been recorded outside North America.
"They are astonishingly good at making the most of even the coldest, darkest winter months". The selection committee also weighed the opinions of ornithologists, conservationists, cultural experts and indigenous peoples before they made their choice.
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IF we need a high-flying national symbol, may it at least inspire something beyond an affinity for northern geography.
The gray jay muscled out higher profile contenders, including the common loon, snowy owl, black-capped chickadee and Canada goose, in a contest that garnered national attention and attracted nearly 50,000 online voters.
This is the bird we hope all of Canada will rally behind.
The magazine's National Bird Project, launched in 2015, drew more than 50,000 votes from across the country, and lots of people sent in comments too - a brilliant bit of patriotic marketing for the magazine. "It's not really the right way to go about something that's so serious".
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The gray jay looks mild, but it can withstand temperatures as low as -30C.
The beaver has held on to its spot thus far.