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Anna's Hummingbird named Vancouver's official City Bird

May 18 2017 Taking 42 percent of all votes cast

City of Vancouver's official City Bird, the Anna's Hummingbird.
Photograph by Liron Gertsman

After three weeks of campaigning, Anna's Hummingbird proved to resonate most with voters, taking 3,450 of the 8,259 votes cast, to become Vancouver's official City Bird.

Three other feathered hopefuls vying for the title included:

  • Northern Flicker
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Varied Thrush

Ultimately, the Hummingbird's ability to make a strong impression and connect with voters led it to victory.

Stunning endorsement from the Northwestern Crow

Early in the campaign, Anna's Hummingbird received a stunning endorsement from another familiar feathered-friend; the Northwestern Crow, acclaimed the first annual City Bird in 2014.

This endorsement may have proved to give Anna's Hummingbird momentum, flying ahead of the competition.

Election results

Final results of all ballots, both online and in-person, were tabulated and here's how the official City Bird votes broke down:

Nominee Votes Percentage of votes
Anna's Hummingbird 3,450 42%
Northern Flicker 2,653 32%
Varied Thrush 1,265 15%
Spotted Towhee 891 11%

Official City Bird duties

Anna's Hummingbird has an ambitious agenda as Vancouver's official City Bird and will have the following mandate to fulfill:

  • Symbolize the importance of birds in our eco-system
  • Continue to build awareness of the importance of birds and their needs in the city
  • Encourage implementation of the Vancouver Bird Strategy which works to create conditions for native birds to thrive and is a pioneer in identifying, monitoring, protecting, and enhancing urban ecosystem services that contribute to biodiversity
  • Helping Vancouver host the International Ornithological Congress and the first Vancouver International Bird Festival in 2018

Winner announcement

The result was announced live this evening at Vancouver Public Library - Central Branch following the conclusion of a commissioned fanfare, "The Gathering Flock," performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet.

Words for Birds

The 2017 nominees for an official permanent City Bird were generated by a public process called Words for Birds.

Over 1,300 residents contributed words that reflect qualities of the people who call our city home.  

Vancouver bird experts then matched the qualities the four local birds that took part in the election.

Learn about the City Bird election

This week, Vancouver City Council also approved recommendations in the Bird Friendly Design Guidelines report.