Great Tit Picked as Bird Symbol of Sofia

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Bulgaria: Great Tit Picked as Bird Symbol of Sofia The Great Tit has won the vote for Bird Symbol of Sofia. Photo by

Sofianites have picked the Great Tit (Parus major) as a symbol of the capital.

The poll was conducted in the period January 28 – March 15 and attracted a total of 8600 votes for 12 options.

The Great Tit emerged as the winner with 24% of the votes, followed by the Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) with 20% of the votes and the House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) supported by 16% of the voters.

The poll was launched as part of the "See for the first time: The flying wealth of Bulgaria" project of the Bulgarian Society for Protection of Birds financed and supported by the America for Bulgaria foundation.

The winning species will be awarded with a special installation in Sofia's Southern Park.

The installation will be the starting point for bird-watching routes that are yet to be marked with directional signs and notice boards.

The project, which aims to promote Bulgaria as a destination for eco-tourism and an important ornithological site, is to be completed by early June.

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