Friday, May 30, 2008

Israel has a national bird

It may not be kosher, but the Hoopoe was chosen Thursday as Israel's national bird. The Hoopoe, or "Duchifat" in Hebrew, is listed in the Old Testament as unclean and forbidden food for Jews. President Shimon Peres declared the pink, black and white-crested bird the winner of a competition timed to coincide with Israel's 60th anniversary. It beat out rivals such as the Yellow-vented Bulbul and the Palestine Sunbird. Photo: ilarius Source: Reuters

1 comment:

Noureddine said...

The choice as Israel's national bird is sound and correct. The Hoopoe is the bird who used to tell stories to King Salomon about the Kingdom of Sheba. No wonder the Hoopoe population in Yemen is son abundant.