Blog Archive: April 2008
The Hyacinth Macaw is the largest flying parrot species in the world (the larger Kakapo of New Zealand is flightless) and has one of the strongest beaks relative to its size in the known bird world. Unfortunately, these beautiful South American birds are endangered due to high levels of poaching and smuggling for pet trade. They are further threatened by increased commercial sale of feather art and habitat loss from human development. The Hyacinth Macaw is the latest bird to be cutified as a Birdorable. Begun in 1990 by the biologist Neiva Guedes, the Hyacinth Macaw Project in Brazil has monitored about 3,000 individuals over an area of 400,000 hectares in the Pentanal region of Mato Grosso do Sul. The project is involved in the research, management and conservation of the species. In carrying these out, biologists, veterinarians, field workers, ranchers and university students share in activities ranging from technical studies on reproduction, behavior, and habitat to environmental education.
The Golden-collared Macaw is a small species of macaw native to central South America. Its main population occurs in the Pantanal of Brazil, northern Argentina, northern Paraguay and most of northern and eastern Bolivia. A second disjunct population occurs in far north-eastern Mato Grosso, south-eastern Pará and western Tocantins in Brazil. The bird has been featured on stamps in Bolivia and Argentina:
This is our cute Birdorable version of the Golden-collared Macaw:
Since February we've been getting new visitors to our backyard: a pair of European Goldfinches. In the beginning just one came to feed from a bag of nuts we have hung up in a tree. After a few days he brought his mate along and since then they've come by almost every day:
These birds are quite common here in the Netherlands but we never had one in our backyard before. This brings the total number of birds that have visited us here to twelve: Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Jackdaw, Black Bird, Great Tit, Blue Tit, House Sparrow, Collared Dove, Herring Gull, Magpie, Robin and Starling. European Goldfinches are named 'Putter' or 'Distelvink' in Dutch. The latter translates as 'Thistle Finch' for it likes to eat small seeds like thistle seeds. What's funny is that we have a feeder full of thistle seeds in our backyard but we've never seen our two Goldfinches eat from it; they always go straight for the nuts! After seeing the cute Goldfinches in our yard we've added the species to this website. Check out our Birdorable version of the European Goldfinch.
Two weeks from today is Earth Day. April 22 marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970, when on April 22th twenty million Americans took to the streets to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. The Earth's area covered by rainforests is rapidly shrinking as rainforests have been subjected to heavy logging and agricultural clearance throughout the 20th century. Thousands of species are being driven to extinction each year due to the removal of habitat with destruction of the rainforests. :( Show your rainforest support with this Birdorable design featuring the South American Keel-billed Toucan:
Check out all our Birdorable Support a Cause designs.
When we announce a new Birdorable on this blog we often make a fun photo with the bird in its original setting. Here's a collection of some of these Birdorable snapshots that were earlier published on this blog. Which one do you like best? There's actually a Desktop Wallpaper with some of these.
The Hooded Crow, also known as the Hoodiecrow, Scotch Crow, Danish Crow or Grey Crow, lives across Europe and Asia. They are colored grey with black heads, wings and tails. This is our totally cute Birdorable version of the Hooded Crow: