The Eurasian Collared Dove originates from temperate parts of Europe through Asia to Japan. The species has expanded across a much larger region in the 20th century and can now be found all over Europe, including the British Isles and Scandinavia.

There are also populations across North America from birds introduced in the Bahamas. Doves have been domesticated for thousands of years. The domestic Ringneck Dove is probably a descendant of the Eurasian or African Collared Dove. A mutation causes some doves to be completely white, and these are often used as release doves for formal occasions, as well as in magic shows.

This is our totally cute Birdorable version of the Eurasian Collared Dove:

Birdorable Eurasian Collared Dove

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

Today we've added the one hundredth bird species to Birdorable.com: The California Condor. This is the answer to Spot the Birdorable 9. 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. Birdorable supports the California Condor 30% of the retail price for all sales of the Save the California Condor and Return of the California Condor designs will be donated to The Ventana Wildlife Society. These include the following Save the California Condor and Return of the California Condor designs:

To see all four 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

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

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

Birdorable Chaffinch

The Chaffinch is a cute little finch that lives throughout Europe. It is a common backyard bird in western Europe where it feeds on seeds. Chicks are fed insects in the nest. The breeding male is strikingly colored with a slate-blue cap and rusty red breast and face. This is our totally cute Birdorable version of the Chaffinch.

Birdorable Chaffinch

The Blackbird is a thrush that lives in Europe, Asia and North Africa. Males are all black with yellow bills, while females and young are mostly brown. The Blackbird is a very common backyard bird in Europe and has a melodious song. This is our totally cute Birdorable version of the Blackbird.

Birdorable Blackbird

The European Goldfinch is a small finch that lives in Europe, western Asia and northern Africa. They are strikingly colored, with red faces, black and white heads, and yellow & black streaking on the wings. It eats small seeds such as thistles and teasels. It also regularly visits bird feeders in winter, like the one shown here below. This is our totally cute version of the European Goldfinch:

Birdorable European Goldfinch

The Carolina Wren is the state bird of South Carolina and lives across most of the eastern half of the United States. It is noted for its loud song, popularly rendered as tea-kettle, tea-kettle, tea-kettle, which is sung by male birds only. The songs actually vary regionally, with birds in northern areas singing slower than those in southern areas. This is our totally cute Birdorable version of the Carolina Wren:

Birdorable Carolina Wren

Cute Birdorable Carolina Wren Gifts