The owner of an Audi A2 and Golf GTI in Worcestershire, England, thought that vandals were attacking his cars with pen knives but was shocked that the culprit was actually a cute little Chaffinch. He believes the territorial bird was attacking its own reflection. It had taken chunks out of the bodywork around the windows and mirrors of the cars. Ciaran Nelson, of the RSPB, said: "Garden birds are very protective of their territories, particularly males. Shiny cars or car windows often provoke a very aggressive response, because they think their reflections are really a rival bird. It’s just a primeval reaction." Read more about this story here and here (with pics).
Blog Archive: July 2008
The Loggerhead Shrike and Northern Shrike can both be found across North America, so how do you tell them apart? Well, there are three important differences between these two species: 1. The Northern Shrike is bigger than the Loggerhead (one to two inches longer); 2. The Loggerhead Shrike has a shorter beak; and 3. The Loggerhead's black mask extends across its forehead and above the beak, while the Northern Shrike's mask doesn't. Did you know that both the Northern as well as the Loggerhead Shrike impale their prey on thorns to hold them down while it rips them apart with its hooked bill? Pretty gross, eh? It does this with larger prey, such as lizards, mice, shrews and even birds, because it lacks the talons that birds of prey have. So if you see a lizard stuck on a thorn it's probably the handywork of your friendly neighborhood shrike.
The California Quail is being challenged for its position as State Bird of California by the Parrot for State Bird campaign. It is actually just a clever advertising campaign from a company that sells hands-free car kits, but the website is quite funny. Which bird would you prefer as your State Bird? A quail or a parrot?
(please note that Birdorable is not in any way affiliated with Parrot S.A.)
The California Quail is the latest bird to be cutified as a Birdorable. This beautiful bird, the state bird of California, lives on the west coast of North America and can be found from British Columbia southward to Baja California. The forward-drooping plume looks like a single feather, but it is actually made of six feathers. Check out our Birdorable version of this totally cute bird.
There are over 10,000 living species of birds on our planet and more than 800 (8%) of them live in the United States of America. Here are twenty-five of our American Birdorable birds. Happy 4th of July to everyone in the United States!
|1. Western Bluebird 2. American Robin 3. Dark-eyed Junco 4. Western Meadowlark 5. Black-capped Chickadee 6. Cedar Waxwing 7. Bald Eagle 8. Common Loon 9. Northern Cardinal 10. Tufted Titmouse 11. Cerulean Warbler 12. Red-tailed Hawk 13. Carolina Wren
|14. Brown Pelican 15. Red-cockaded Woodpecker 16. Killdeer 17. Osprey 18. American Goldfinch 19. Painted Bunting 20. Green Jay 21. Vermilion Flycatcher 22. Ruby-throated Hummingbird 23. Harris Hawk 24. California Quail 25. California Condor