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Robin is named as national bird

America has the bald eagle, France has the Gallic rooster and now Britain has the robin.

A nationwide ballot saw more than 200,000 people elect the robin as Britain's national bird, after it flew off with 34pc of the vote. It beat competition from the barn owl, which came second with 12pc, and the blackbird in third with 11pc, to claim the title.

People voted online, at ballot boxes in schools and even by postal vote following a campaign to name the country's national bird.