Yet less than half of under 15s have seen the top 10 birds in real life
As the ballot box closes on the poll to determine which bird will be the national symbol of Britain, a Merseyside Safari asked 500 children which would be their favourite, and the Mute Swan topped the list.
Yet the poll of children at Knowsley Safari revealed that fewer than half of under 15s (46%) have seen the top 10 most popular birds in real life and that youngsters are so out of touch with our feathered friends that only a third of youngsters polled believed that the top ten finalists were even British.
Many couldn’t even recognise our favourite feathered friends in a lineup, mistaking the Puffin for a Penguin, the Kingfisher for a Woodpecker and Red Kite for a Golden Eagle.
The birds most easily named were the Mute Swan (96%), Barn Owl (95%) and the Robin (93%), however, just 19% were able to name the Hen Harrier.