Provincial Bird Emblems of Canada

Provincial Bird Emblems of Canada

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Each of the provinces and territories of Canada has an official bird emblem. There is no national bird of Canada.

The Official Bird Emblems of Canada

Alberta Provincial BirdGreat Horned Owl
BC Provincial BirdSteller's Jay
Manitoba Provincial BirdGreat Gray Owl
New Brunswick Provincial BirdBlack-Capped Chickadee
Newfoundland Provincial BirdAtlantic Puffin
NWT Official BirdGyrfalcon
Nova Scotia Provincial BirdOsprey
Nunavut Official BirdRock Ptarmigan
Ontario Provincial BirdCommon Loon
PEI Provincial BirdBlue Jay
Quebec Provincial BirdSnowy Owl
Saskatchewan Provincial BirdSharp-tailed Grouse
Yukon Official BirdRaven

Great Horned Owl

On May 3, 1977 Alberta adopted the Great Horned owl as it's Bird Emblem. It was the popular winner in a vote amongst Alberta's school children. This species of owl is native to North America and live in Alberta year round. It was meant to symbolize a growing concern for threatened wildlife.

Steller's Jay

The lively Steller's Jay was once voted most popular bird by the people of British Columbia. The locals like the bird so much that on December 17, 1987, it was made the provincial bird. While these birds are considered pretty to look at their bird call has been described as harsh.

Great Gray Owl

Manitoba is one of three provinces to choose an owl for its provincial bird. The great gray owl is a native of Canada but is often seen in the Manitoba region. It's known for its large head and fluffy feathers. The wing span of this bird can reach an impressive four feet.

Black-Capped Chickadee

Following a contest by the Federation of Naturalists in 1983, the black-capped chickadee was chosen as New Brunswick's provincial bird. It's one of the smallest provincial birds and, compared to others like the Gyrfalcon, is rather tame.

Atlantic Puffin

Newfoundland's adorable provincial bird is the Atlantic Puffin. It was a good choice seeing as almost 95% of North American Puffins breed along the Newfoundland coast. This is the only breed of puffin native to the Atlantic Ocean.


In 1990 the Northwest Territories chose a bird as rugged as their terrain to represent them. The Gyrfalcon is the largest falcon breed on earth. These fast birds come in a variety of colors including white, gray, brown and black.


Nova Scotia also chose a raptor for its provincial bird. After the peregrine falcon, the Osprey is one of the most widely found raptor species. This bird of prey has powerful reversible outer toes, that it uses to catch fish and small animals with.

Rock Ptarmigan

For its provincial bird, Nunavut picked a common game bird known as the Rock Ptarmigan. This quail-like bird is sometimes referred to as a "snow chicken". These birds are popular in Canada and Japan.

Common Loon

Despite its somewhat silly name, the Common Loon is the largest in the loon family. The provincial bird of Ontario belongs to a breed of bird known as divers. This is because they can be seen diving into the water attempting to catch fish.

Blue Jay

The popular North American bird known as the Blue Jay is the provincial bird of Prince Edward Islands. It was chosen by popular vote in 1977. The bird is probably most widely known for its stunning blue color.

Snowy Owl

Surviving on a steady diet of lemmings the Snowy Owl is the provincial bird of Quebec. This beautiful white owl can be seen hunting during the night and day. It was chosen as the provincial bird in 1987.

Sharp-Tailed Grouse

In 1945 the people of Saskatchewan chose the sharp-tailed grouse as it's provincial bird. This popular game bird is also called the Prarie Chicken.


In 1985 the Yukon choose the Common Raven as it's provincial bird. These highly intelligent birds can be found all over the Yukon territory. The Common Raven is the largest member of the Crow family. This bird is important to the First Nation People of the Yukon and many stories are told about them.

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