Birdorable Welcomes the Golden-collared Macaw: Get to Know It

Birdorable Golden-collared Macaw

The Golden-collared Macaw is a small species of macaw found in central South America, particularly in the Pantanal region of Brazil, northern Argentina, northern Paraguay, and much of northern and eastern Bolivia. There's also a separate population in the northeastern areas of Mato Grosso, southeastern Pará, and western Tocantins in Brazil. This bird is known for its bright green plumage, distinctive golden collar, and blue-tipped wings, making it easily recognizable.

Despite its small size compared to other macaws, the Golden-collared Macaw is an important part of its ecosystem, adapting well to a variety of habitats, including wetlands, forests, and savannahs. These habitats are crucial not only for the survival of this species but also for many other forms of wildlife. Conservation efforts are important to maintain these environments and ensure the continued presence of the Golden-collared Macaw in these areas.

The bird has cultural significance as well, featured on stamps in Bolivia and Argentina, which highlights its role in national heritage and the broader effort to raise awareness about wildlife conservation. This kind of recognition can play a part in conservation strategies by fostering a connection between the public and the natural world.

Golden-collared Macaw stamps

For those interested in birdwatching or the natural sciences, the Golden-collared Macaw offers a fascinating subject of study due to its vibrant colors, behavior, and habitat preferences. Understanding more about this bird can contribute to efforts to protect it and its environment.

In summary, the Golden-collared Macaw is a notable species within its range in South America, valued both for its beauty and its role in the ecosystem. Conservation and awareness are key to ensuring its survival and the health of its habitat.

Phot of Golden-collared Macaw in Brazil

Golden-collared Macaw at Mato Grosso in Brazi, by Bernard DUPONT (CC BY-SA 2.0 DEED)

Cute Birdorable Macaw Gifts

Our Pair of European Goldfinches

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:

European Goldfinch

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. 

Cute European Goldfinch Gifts

Birdorable Welcomes the Hooded Crow: Elegance Meets Intelligence

Birdorable Hooded Crow

The Hooded Crow, with its striking grey and black plumage, is a bird that often captures the curiosity and fascination of birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts alike. This intelligent and adaptable bird is a member of the corvid family, which includes other smart birds like ravens, jays, and magpies. The Hooded Crow, scientifically known as Corvus cornix, is widespread across Europe and parts of the Middle East, thriving in a variety of habitats from urban areas to the wilder, untouched parts of its range.

One of the most notable features of the Hooded Crow is its distinctive appearance. Unlike its all-black cousin, the Carrion Crow, the Hooded Crow sports a light grey body, wings, and tail, contrasting sharply with its black head, throat, wings, and tail tips. This unique coloration not only makes it easy to identify but also adds a touch of elegance to its overall demeanor.

The Hooded Crow's diet is impressively varied, showcasing its adaptability and intelligence. These birds are omnivorous and not particularly picky eaters. Their diet includes insects, small rodents, grains, fruits, and even carrion. In urban areas, they've been known to cleverly navigate human environments to find food, showcasing their problem-solving skills and ability to coexist alongside humans.

Socially, Hooded Crows are fascinating creatures. They are often seen in pairs or small groups and exhibit complex social behaviors, including cooperation and problem-solving skills that are thought to rival those of some primates. During the breeding season, which begins in early spring, these crows are known for their monogamous relationships, with pairs often staying together for many years, if not for life. Nests are typically built in tall trees and are constructed from twigs and lined with hair and other soft materials, where the female lays between 3 to 5 eggs.

Perhaps one of the most remarkable aspects of the Hooded Crow's behavior is its ability to use tools, a trait that is relatively rare in the animal kingdom and indicative of high cognitive abilities. Studies have shown that Hooded Crows can use sticks and other objects to extract food from tight spaces, demonstrating a level of ingenuity and problem-solving ability that is truly impressive.

Hooded Crow photo

Hooded Crow by hedera.baltica (CC BY-SA 2.0 DEED)

Cute Hooded Crow Gifts

The Remarkable Range of the Eurasian Collared Dove: A Global Traveller

Birdorable Collared Dove

The Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) exemplifies adaptability and expansion. Originally native to parts of Asia, this species has undergone a remarkable range expansion over the last century, making it a familiar sight across much of Europe, the Middle East, and North America. This dove’s ability to thrive in a wide range of habitats has facilitated its success in colonizing new areas, making its range one of the most expansive among dove species.

The Eurasian Collared Dove's journey began in the Indian subcontinent, from where it spread across to the Balkans in the early 20th century. Its colonization of Europe was rapid and widespread, occurring mainly during the latter half of the 20th century. By the 1950s and 1960s, the dove had established itself in the United Kingdom and many parts of Northern Europe.

The Eurasian Collared Dove's appearance in North America is a more recent phenomenon, first noted in the 1980s. It is believed that the species arrived in the Bahamas in the 1970s, possibly from accidental or deliberate releases. From there, it spread to Florida and subsequently across much of the United States and parts of Canada. Its proliferation across the continent has been swift, showcasing the bird’s remarkable ability to adapt to new environments.

One of the key factors behind the Eurasian Collared Dove's successful range expansion is its versatility in habitat preference. This species can thrive in a variety of settings, from rural farmlands and open country to suburban and urban areas. It is often found around human habitation, taking advantage of feeding opportunities in gardens, parks, and yards. This adaptability has been crucial in allowing the dove to integrate into existing ecosystems without the need for specialized habitat requirements.

Photo of a Eurasian Collared Dove

Today, the Eurasian Collared Dove's range covers a vast area, including:

  • Much of Europe, extending into Scandinavia and eastward into Russia.
  • The Middle East, encompassing countries such as Turkey and Iran.
  • Parts of Asia, particularly the Indian subcontinent where it is native.
  • A significant portion of North America, from the southern regions of Canada through the United States and into Mexico.

Despite its widespread presence, the Eurasian Collared Dove continues to expand its range, especially in North America, where its population numbers are still growing. Its success story highlights the impact of species adaptability on range expansion, as well as the unintended consequences of human activities on wildlife distribution.

The Eurasian Collared Dove serves as an interesting case study in rapid range expansion and adaptability. Its presence across diverse geographical locations underscores the dynamic nature of avian distribution patterns and the continuous evolution of ecosystems under the influence of both natural and anthropogenic factors.

Birdorable Collared Dove Gifts

We've added three new parrots from South America, namely the Blue-crowned Conure, Nanday Conure and Patagonian Conure. These three new Birdorable birds were requested by several customers. Conures are either large parakeets or small parrots that live in Central and South America (the extinct Carolina Parakeet was an exception). Conures are often called the clowns of the parrot world due to their constant attention seeking behavior including hanging upside-down and swaying back and forth.

Birdorable Conures on an Alpaca

Celebrating the 100th Birdorable: The Endangered California Condor

Today we've added the one hundredth bird species to The California Condor. For all 100 species see Meet the Birds.

The California Condor, a type of vulture, has the largest wingspan of any bird found in North America. The bird today is considered critically endangered. In 1987 the last wild California Condor was captured to become part of one of the most expensive conservation projects ever. At that time there were only 22 individuals! In early 2008 this number had increased to over 300 birds, with over 150 in two wild populations. 

To see all our designs see the California Condor page. Here's a photo of a Birdorable Condor perched on a branch overlooking the Grand Canyon:

Birdorable California Condor

Cute California Condor Gifts

Happy Pi Day

Today is Pi Day. Not the sweet and delicious kind, but π as in the mathematical number "3.1415926...", hence it is celebrated on March 14th, or 3/14 on the American calendar. The first Pi Day was held at the San Francisco Exploratorium in 1988 with people marching around in circles and eating fruit pies. It is a fun holiday for mathematicians and it also happens to be Albert Einstein's birthday. Here are two Birdorable Pi designs for this occasion:

The Common Kestrel is native to parts of Europe, Asia and Africa. They hunt by hovering 10 to 20 meters over the ground in search of prey. These small birds of prey are often seen hovering by highways, looking for mice, voles and other small rodents. This is our totally cute version of the Common Kestrel and our 99th Birdorable species:

Common Kestrel

Birdorable #98: The Eurasian Nuthatch

The Eurasian Nuthatch is the 98th cute bird that we're adding to Birdorable. You can find all the others on the Meet the Birds page. Just two more and we'll hit number one hundred, which will be a special bird. The Eurasian Nuthatch is a cute little Nuthatch that lives throughout Europe and Asia. It is a common backyard bird in some parts of Europe where it feeds on seeds and nuts. It has the ability, like other nuthatches, to climb down trees, unlike species such as woodpeckers which can only go upwards. This is our totally cute Birdorable version of the European Nuthatch:

Birdorable Eurasian Nuthatch

Meet the Charming Chaffinch: Europe's Feathered Friend

Birdorable Common Chaffinch on park bench

The Chaffinch is a common and delightful bird found across Europe, easily recognized by its distinctive song and vibrant colors. These birds are frequent visitors to gardens and backyards, making them familiar to many bird enthusiasts.

Male Chaffinches are particularly eye-catching during the breeding season. They boast a slate-blue cap, a rusty red breast, and a pinkish face, creating a striking appearance. Females, on the other hand, have more subdued colors, with greyish-brown plumage that provides excellent camouflage.

Chaffinches are part of the finch family and are known for their melodious song, which is a cheerful addition to any garden. Their diet primarily consists of seeds, but they also feed their chicks insects, ensuring the young birds get the protein they need for healthy growth.

Male Common Chaffinch with seed by hedera.baltica (CC BY-SA 2.0 DEED)

One interesting fact about Chaffinches is that they have different regional song dialects depending on their geographical location. This means that a Chaffinch in Spain might sound slightly different from one in Germany. Bird enthusiasts enjoy trying to distinguish these subtle differences when traveling.

Our new Birdorable Chaffinch design captures the essence of this charming bird, highlighting its cute and vibrant features. Whether you are an avid birdwatcher or just someone who enjoys the occasional visit from feathered friends in your garden, the Chaffinch is a delightful bird to observe. Check out these cute Chaffinch gifts: