But the Raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only, That one word, as if his soul in that one word deplorable. Nothing further then he uttered - not a feather then he fluttered - Till I scarely more than muttered 'Other friends, adorable, have flown before. On the morrow he will leave me.' Then the bird said, 'Birdorable'

Birdorable

The Harris Hawk is a bird of prey that lives from the southwestern United States to Chile and central Argentina. Unlike most raptors, who only come together for breeding and migration, Harris Hawks hunt in groups of two to six. This behavior is an adaptation to the desert climate in which they live and it allows them to take down larger prey, such as hares.

Harris Hawks are used a lot in falconry because of their easy going nature. In European towns they are used to scare Pigeons and Starlings. They are also used at airports to scare birds away from runways to reduce the risk of birdstrikes with planes.

Birdorable Harris Hawk

Today we've added five new parrots to Birdorable: the White-crowned Parrot, Blue-fronted Amazon, Spix's Macaw, Alexandrine Parakeet and Peach-fronted Parakeet.

Five new Birdorable Parrots

We continue to get a lot of new bird requests for parrots and parakeets, especially since our site was featured in the August edition of Bird Talk magazine. Of the 125 different species of birds on Birdorable today, 32 are parrots and parakeets. One of the rarest and most critically endangered parrots in the world is the Spix's Macaw. It is believed to be extinct in the wild! :( The species was feared to be extinct in the early 1980's, until it was rediscovered in 1985 when just 5 birds were located in the north of Bahia, Brazil. Sadly, by 1988 it appeared the last 5 birds had been removed by trappers. In 1990, an exhaustive survey in the area resulted in the discovered of a single wild survivor! The Brazilian Authorities located a wild caught female Spix's Macaw at a private breeding facility. In 1995 the female was released in the wild to join the last remaining one, but unfortunately shortly after she was found dead. The one remaining bird was last seen on October 5th, 2000 and is thought to have died of natural causes as he was in excess of 20 years old. Currently there are approximately 120 individual Spix's Macaws in captivity around the world. 78 of these are participating in an international breeding program managed by the Institute Chico Mendes of Biodiversity Conservation, the Natural Heritage Branch of the Brazilian Government. 50 of these are managed at Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation in the State of Qatar. Show your support for this beautiful bird with this Birdorable Save the Spix's Macaw t-shirt:

Save the Spix's Macaw White T-Shirt

We're so excited that Bird Talk Magazine has featured Birdorable in the Avian Flair section of their August issue!

Birdorable featured in Bird Talk Magazine Aug 2008
Birdorable shown in Bird Talk Magazine's Avian Flair, August 2008

Bird Talk is all about better care of pet parrots and other birds. Avian Flair is their regular style section that highlights apparel, accessories and home decor for pet bird owners. The text reads:

Sport your Birdorable today! With more than 25 parrot designs to choose from, plus many other types of birds, you can have your favorite Birdorable on shirts, bags and more. Contact: Birdorable; www.birdorable.com.

Many thanks to reader Ellon for making us aware of this article. Have you seen Birdorable in the press? Please let us know!

Birdorable in Bird Talk Magazine Aug 2008
The cover of the Aug 2008 issue of Bird Talk Magazine

The Hoopoe, a striking and unique crested bird, was named the official national bird of Israel in May 2008. The bird won a national survey to become the honored bird. Stephen Colbert had some fun making the announcement on his show last week. We couldn't miss the opportunity to further honor the beautiful Hoopoe, already a member of the Birdorable family, with a special Birdorable of Israel edition.

The design is available on t-shirts and other gifts: