A national bird! Israel finally has a national bird.
Today President Peres announced the winner-- the hoopoe. In Hebrew it is a duchifat.
The duchifat won 35% of the ballots cast by over 155,000 Israelis.
Voters chose from a list of ten species on the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel website. Interestingly, some 46% of the hoopoe's votes came from Israel Defense Force soldiers.
Israel is a big crossroad for birds migrating between Europe and Africa.
Mazal tov, congratulations, pretty duchifat!
This photo is from the online Haaretz newspaper article of today.
UPDATE: To learn how the hoopoe helped King Solomon see Friday's Jerusalem Post.