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The Arabic Eagle is used as an emblem in Arab nationalism and in the coat of arms and flags of the Arab world.
It is also the national animal of Libya.
Libya has 35 different kinds of bird of prey and an amazing collection of seabirds.

House Sparrow ~ Haussperling ~ Passer domesticus

Follow your heart? Of course! But sometimes you have to follow your EARS. Like I did in Vienna. Invisible Sparrow chirping from the ground? Sticking my head into the shrubbery, I discovered the whole flock buried to their heads in autumn leaves, all fluffed up and relaxing in rays of sunlight, chatting away, preening and dozing … :-)

Vienna, Austria

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Feral Pigeon ~ Stadttaube ~ Columba livia domestica

Feral pigeons have an incredibly hard life in Venice. Despite them never and nowhere being welcome, I have hardly seen so much unbearable bird suffering. They have injuries, they starve, they die and people just walk by ~ laughing. As if these birds were voluntarily evil and didn’t have a right to live at all. :-( I literally wondered how this beauty could still have some energy left for preening. :-( I am well aware that pigeons can become an “issue” but isn’t it our prime task as humans to solve such problems (supervised pigeonries with pigeon food which consists of GRAINS NOT BREAD, yes, they need to EAT!!; exchange of most real eggs with gypsum eggs; there ARE solutions) instead of causing more, ignoring and even indulging in the suffering of other beings?!

Venice, Italy

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