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:

Today was Banding Day at the Rochester Falconcam. All five of Mariah & Kaver's eyases were removed from the scrape temporarily in order to band them and take vital statistics. The eyases were also sexed and named. This year's offspring have been named: Seneca (f); Diamante (m); Quest (f); Zephyr (m); and Susan B (f). Read all about it on the Falconcam's Banding Day 2008 page. Birdorable congratulates the team on a successful banding day!

Now this is a Birdorable story: a lost parrot in Japan was brought back to his home by reciting his name and address to strangers, exactly as the bird's owner had taught him to do. When cops brought the lost African Grey Parrot to a veterinary hospital, it began chatting after a few days. "I'm Mr. Yosuke Nakamura," the bird told the veterinarian, followed by his full home address. The Nakamura family later told police they had been teaching the bird his name and address for about two years. How cute is that?

Lost Birdorable African Grey Parrot

We've started a new series of Birdorable designs for our shop featuring state birds in the Birdorable style. So far we've done the Northern Mockingbird of Florida and Texas, Common Loon of Minnesota, Chickadee of Maine and many more. Each cute bird will have the state flag behind it. If you'd like to see your state bird on an original Birdorable product or if you have any other fun design ideas please don't hesitate to contact us.

View all our state bird designs here.

This week we've added the Emperor Penguin to the site. Did you know that Emperor Penguins are the largest of all penguins and can grow up to 48 inches in height? They are also the deepest divers of any birds, reaching depths of 1,755 feet and holding their breath for up to 18 minutes! They are most famous for the incredible journeys they make each year in order to mate and to feed their offspring. They trek 31 to 75 miles through the harsh Antarctic winter to breeding colonies with thousands of other individuals. You should really see the March of the Penguins (2005), if you haven't already. It's an incredible movie.

Birdorable Emperor Penguin

We have added the Common Loon (a.k.a. Great Northern Diver) to Birdorable, which has recently been one of the most requested birds. These amazing birds with a wingspan of up to 5 feet can dive as deep as 200 feet when hunting for fish. They breed in Canada, parts of the northern United States, Greenland and there is a small population on Iceland. It is the state bird of Minnesota and appears on the back of a Canadian one dollar coin, which is known as a "loonie".

Birdorable Common Loon

We're so happy to see that all five of Mariah and Kaver's eggs have now hatched, just in time for Mother's Day! The fifth egg hatched yesterday afternoon. This is an exciting time to watch the Rochester Falconcam - the five fluffy eyases need to grow so Mariah and Kaver will be busy feeding five hungry beaks.

The first Peregrine Falcon chicks have hatched over at the Rochester Falconcam! Parents Mariah and Kaver are going to be busy during the next weeks feeding their chicks, which will be full-grown falcons in just six weeks. Head on over to the Falconcam's blog, Imprints, to see the first photos of the eyases. (Remember, Birdorable supports the Falconcam with 30% of the sales from our Mariah & Kaver section going to the Genesee Valley Audubon Society)