With a flurry of votes outstripping the number of ballots cast in the last municipal election by a factor of almost five, Vancouverites have chosen a new bird to represent the city for 2015.
More than 700,000 online ballots were entered in the first annual city bird competition, with the black-capped chickadee winning with almost 278,000 votes — or just under 40 per cent of the popular vote.
The 2014 city bird, the northwestern crow, won its throne by acclamation but six nominees were put forward by the city for a public vote for 2015.
The four-week voting period ended at 7 p.m. PT Saturday night, and the winner was announced shortly after.
The city says the contest was designed to raise awareness about the diversity of birds in Vancouver and their importance to a healthy ecosystem.