In the Huffington Post online newspaper, a contest has recently been held to choose the place in the world that we would have to meet before dying – and won Machu Picchu. In Birdingblogs.com is running a contest very similar to the Huffington Post. What is the bird of the world that birdwatchers die to see? In the first round, there are 4 Peruvian species. If you want to vote, you can do it here.
That made me think. What bird would we choose as the most outstanding in Peru? We could do something similar in the country by choosing “The New National Bird of Peru”. The cock of the rocks unofficially occupies this post, but there was never a national consensus. I could think of several species of birds that would be more prominent for me personally than the cock of the rocks. And surely you too. With the internet and social media, it is easy to make a popular query.
It would be very good to do a public exercise to see if we would like to have another bird that represents us (because it is unique to our country, for its exceptional beauty, for its rarity, for being a good symbol for the country, etc.), or for everything case, if we agree that it remains the same bird. The idea is also that this exercise serves as a dissemination strategy on Peruvian wild birds and startle the need for their conservation. Oh, and I do not deny it …… I would also highlight AvistarPerú. Would not it be wrong, would not it?
How far could this campaign have?
One thing must be emphasized. This initiative is not to impose something. Perhaps the cock of the rocks remains as a national bird. Can be.
We will see this simply as a popular exercise. If all Peruvians think if all the tourists who visit us say, what would be the bird they would choose? The important thing is that you start talking about birds. What birds are in the minds of Peruvians? It would be a shame not to do that. They did something similar in Taiwan in 2003 and there were more than 1 million votes.
So the exercise itself justifies removing the minds of children and teachers who preach the cock of the rocks. With social media, this can be huge.
And at the end of this campaign, we have hundreds of thousands of Peruvians who have voted, we have been able to show the world and tourists the 5 most significant birds of Peru and we will be able to say that there is one bird that is more popular than the others. The taxi driver will not only ask the tourist if he has seen Machu Picchu but also if he has seen the emblematic bird of Peru.
If a bill is brought to the Congress, if a new nation is declared in a decree, it is really of less importance. The important thing is this campaign and that it involves everyone.
10 candidates in the first round
- Inca Larosterna tendril
It is the most unique species among all the terns because of their colors and characteristics: they have spectacular white feathers similar to mustaches or earrings (from which their common name comes). The bill is red and has a yellow flesh at the base of the bill. It is distributed on the Pacific coast between Peru, Chile, and Ecuador.
- Wonderful hummingbird Lodigesia mirabilis
It is one of the rarest and most beautiful birds in the world, admired for its beauty and the majesty of its tail, which is divided into two large independent racket-like feathers that swing independently of the body. This hummingbird is endemic, it only lives in the Amazon Region, in the north of Peru.
3.Diet of the torrents Merganetta armata
It is a spectacular bird because of its way of life and beauty. It lives in the rivers of the Andean slopes, with abundant rocks, where nothing swiftly, even in rivers of torrential waters. Both sexes are easily distinguished, the male has a white head with black spots. It is distributed from Venezuela to Argentina and Chile. It would be a good symbol for the fight for rivers without pollution.
- Junin Diver Podiceps taczanowskii
It is one of the species that are in greater danger of extinction in Peru since its only habitat Lake Junín or Chinchaycocha is affected mainly by mining pollution. It is a diver that cannot fly and nests among the tutorials of the least impacted parts of the lake. It could be the symbol for conservation in the Peruvian Andes and a weapon against pollution. As a bird and national symbol, there would be more serious programs by the state to conserve it.
- Cock of the rocks Rupicola peruvianus
In Peru, all children learn that the Cock of the Rock – the Tunqui – is the national bird of Peru. Although there are no official decrees and pronunciations, it would be worth changing the national bird at this point?
A beautiful orange crest adorns the head of this beautiful bird. White and black white feathers cover the back and wings. As with most birds, the color of the female is more subtle. In the mating season, they usually do group shows of “leks”, accompanied by characteristic grunting and cackling sounds. It is distributed in the Andean mountain ranges from Venezuela to Bolivia.
- Parihuana Phoenicopterus chilensis
It is one of the three flamingos that exist in Peru and one of those that migrate commonly from the high Andes to the coastal region. This species is part of the popular legend about the creation of our flag. It is distributed in several South American countries such as Bolivia, Chile, Peru, and Argentina.
- Vultur gryphus
It is one of the largest flying birds on the planet. An adult male can weigh about 12 kilos and measure from the end of the beak to the end of the tail 1.30 meters; its wingspan in flight can reach 3.50 meters and fly about 7000 meters in height. It is distributed from Colombia to Tierra del Fuego. By the way, it is the national bird of Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Chile. The Condor is perhaps the bird that tourists from Europe and North America relate more to Peru than to neighboring countries. Can we make this bird our most significant symbol? In addition, its state of conservation is very serious in Peru.
- Chuita Phalacrocorax gaimardi
It is a cormoran easy to identify by its red legs and bright colors of the wings in flight. It is characterized by flying in solitary form or joining in small groups on the rocky islets or cliffs, where it also nests. It is distributed in the coasts of Peru and Chile.
- White-winged Guan Penelope albipennis
This endemic bird of Peru was rediscovered in 1977 after a hundred years that were believed to be extinct. Live only in the dry forests of the northwest in isolated populations. Being very threatened especially by the accelerated destruction of its habitat. Recently, the captive breeding program and the re-population of scarce or absent populations have been very successful. It would be a good symbol of a conservationist campaign
- Guanay Phalacrocorax bougainvillii
A typical bird of the Humboldt current, it has its distribution center on the islands off the coast of central Peru, where it nests by the thousands. The guanay constituted the symbol of the so-called “guano era in Peru”. The use of guano as a fertilizer went back to pre-Hispanic times, but it was only in the mid-nineteenth century that its use would be extended, becoming the main source of income for the Peruvian economy.