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Robin flies above eagle in poll
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The robin won a poll to be named Scotland's favourite bird
The garden robin has soared above the golden eagle and been named Scotland's favourite bird.

The red-breasted bird also beat the blue tit and puffin in the poll by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).

The RSPB is currently campaigning for the golden eagle, which came fourth, to be named the country's national bird.

The award was announced at a ceremony in Glasgow marking the centenary of the RSPB's work north of the border.

Curiously, the bald eagle, emu, penguin, brown kiwi, parrot, pelican and vulture, none of which are native to Scotland, were among the other nominations by nearly 3,000 visitors to RSPB reserves.

A recent poll of Scots revealed the golden eagle was the favourite to become a national icon.

The bird of prey was voted into first place by more than 2,000 bird-lovers, beating the red grouse, the capercaillie and the osprey.

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