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What is Russia's national bird?

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The national bird of Russia is the double-headed eagle. The double-headed eagle first appeared as an emblem of the country in the 15th century. It was reestablished on Russia's coat of arms in 1992.

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On the coat of arms, the double-headed eagle is a golden eagle set onto a red background. In its talons it holds a sceptor and an orb, which represent authority and sovereign power. The crowns on its heads represent unity. One common belief is that the two heads of the eagle represent the East and West, which symbolizes Russia's location in the world. Historically, the double-headed eagle also represented the monarchy of Russia.

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