What is the National Bird of Latvia?

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The national bird of Latvia is the White Wagtail which, it being Latvia, they call Balta Cielava.* It was affirmed as the national bird in May of 1960 by the International Council for Bird Preservation while they were meeting in Tokyo.** I have been unable to determine why or how that organization had anything to do with the national bird of Latvia – one would not think that the Latvian people would need the affirmation of an international group for their national bird!

The 20 most common birds in Shanghai (Part 2)

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For some reason, it is also the National Bird of Latvia, though this does not give it any special status here in Shanghai. Today`s post is a continuation of last week`s – an introduction to Shanghai`s 20 most commonly seen birds. After getting to the letter C last week in a roughly alphabetical order, I will show the second 10 species today. Start with Eurasian Tree Sparrow , an unlikely high-ranked target for anybody watching birds in Shanghai.

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