In the last few weeks we've been seeing a Rose-ringed Parakeet in our backyard here in the Netherlands. These birds are originally from tropical Africa and India but have established feral populations in a number of cities around the world, including London and some big Dutch cities. We hear them fly by our house quite often and sometimes we see them sitting high up in trees in our neighborhood. This was the best view we had of one since we saw them in India:

Backyard Rose-ringed Parakeet
Backyard Rose-ringed Parakeet
Backyard Rose-ringed Parakeet

Here’s a picture of a young one that we saw behind the Taj Mahal in Agra when we visited India in 2006. It was so small it still had to grow into its ring:

Rose-ringed Parakeet in India

The Rose-ringed Parakeet was one of the first parakeets we made into a Birdorable, because we had seen them on our holiday in India. Here's the Birdorable version of this adorable bird:

Birdorable Rose-ringed Parakeet in India

And this is us at the Taj Mahal. One of the most beautiful places I have ever visited:

Arthur and Amy at the Taj Mahal

Killdeer with Chicks

Sunday May 11th 2008 is Mother's Day and what better gift then this cute Birdorable Killdeer with Chicks design? It's available in 2, 3 and 4 chicks and on lots of different products.

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.

Hyacinth macaw
Photo by Tambako The Jaguar
Hyacinth Macaws (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus)
Photo by Donna Sullivan-Thomson

Earth Day

Today is Earth Day, so remember to put out some new peanuts and a fresh bowl of water for your backyard or balcony birds. Here's a bird's eye view of our beautiful planet:
Birdorables around 
Mariah and Kaver, the Peregrine Falcons over at the Rochester Falconcam, are currently brooding five eggs. Mariah laid the last egg on April 7th. Calculations put the eggs hatching right around Mother's Day. Last year Mariah also laid five eggs, but one egg mysteriously disappeared from the scrape sometime during incubation. Four eggs were hatched and all four eyases successfully fledged. Check out the Falconcam's blog, Imprints, to learn all about Mariah & Kaver and to read updates on chicks hatched in previous years. Some of them are stars of their own cams! And remember, a full 30% of all Birdorable Mariah & Kaver retail sales will be donated to the Rochester Falconcam.

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:

Golden-collared Macaw stamps

This is our cute Birdorable version of the Golden-collared Macaw:

Birdorable 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:

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. Check out our Birdorable version of the European Goldfinch.

22 April is Earth Day

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:

Birdorable Save the Rainforest t-shirt

Check out all our Birdorable Support a Cause designs.

Birdorable Snapshots

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.

Great Tit
Eurasian Collared Dove
Brownheaded Parrot
Herring Gull
Black-and-white Warbler and Cerulean Warbler
California Condor
Western Grebe
Sinai Rosefinches
Hooded Crow
Canada Goose
Common Kestrel
Rainbow Lorikeet
Embden Goose
Long-tailed Tit
Great-tailed Grackle
Green-cheeked Parakeet
American Oystercatcher
Great Horned Owl
Black Vulture
Turkey Vultures
Golden-collared Macaw

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: