When Canadian Geographic named the gray jay (a.k.a. the whisky jack) our national bird last November—beating out Canadian icons such as the snowy owl and loon—there was plenty of outcry. Despite its presence across the country, not only have many Canadians never heard of the gray jay, it was also far from the most beautiful bird on the list. While Canada may not boast the colourful parrots of the south, there’s no shortage of stunners populating our waterways, forests, and urban areas.
Here are 10 of the most beautiful birds that call Canada home.