Bermuda puts nonnative bird on new bill

HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) -- Bermuda's plan to feature a local bird on its new currency has become an ornithological faux pas.

They put the wrong bill on the bird on the $50 bill.

Bermuda plans to introduce a colorful new line of notes next year.

But one of Bermuda's most prominent naturalists says that the new $50 note features the red-billed tropicbird instead of the local White-tailed Tropicbird.

Ornithologist David Wingate says he is appalled to see a bird that does not nest in Bermuda and has rarely been spotted on the island.

Monetary officials apologized Thursday for the error. But they say the red bill of the larger bird looks better against the pale yellow background than the orange of the local bird and won't change the note.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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