This week's highlighted t-shirt is our I Love Ducks design featuring the Birdorable Mallard. Our cute Mallard swims over the phrase I (heart) Ducks on this Women's Fitted T-Shirt. For more designs like this see our Love & Hearts section.
Happy Earth Day to everyone on the planet! Sadly, birds are in trouble. You see pigeons, geese and sparrows everywhere, but those birds have adapted to urban habitats. A great many birds, such as meadowlarks and orioles, require natural habitats. They are in danger from habitat destruction and the ever expanding range of humans. Studies by the National Audubon Society show that over 25 percent of American bird species are in serious decline. Earth Day is a great day to contemplate how you can help save our birds. Here are 10 easy things that you can do around the house to conserve our avian friends:
For more ways on helping birds check out the book 101 Ways to Help Birds (available on Amazon) by Laura Erickson. Happy Earth Day.
This Earth Day we've added the 175th species to Birdorable: the Egyptian Vulture. This striking black-and-white bird with yellow face lives in southern Europe, northern Africa and southern Asia. Unfortunately, its numbers are in decline over large parts of its range.
In Europe and most of the Middle East it is only half as plentiful as it was about twenty years ago, and the populations in India and southwestern Africa have collapsed almost entirely. In Egypt this bird is also known as the Pharaoh's Chicken because of its relationship with Ancient Egypt's oldest deity, Nekhbet. They referred to the bird as the Mother of Mothers and it was depicted on the front of the pharaoh's crown.
The nurturing behavior of these vultures while rearing their young led to a view of them as model parents. We saw these two Egyptian Vultures from a boat on the Chambal River in Rajasthan, India:
Here's a challenge for you! Fill in the name of each Birdorable bird in the puzzle below and a sentence (the answer!) will appear in the pink boxes. Do not enter any spaces or special characters (like apostrophes). If you don't know a bird you can you look it up on the Meet the Birds page.
Tip: Download this puzzle in PDF format so you can print it out!
Here are two new Birdorable coloring pages: the Birdorable Blue Jay and Northern Cardinal, two common backyard birds in North America. Go to Coloring Pages to download these two PDFs. You can check our Meet the Birds page to get some color guidance. To see the actual colors of these birds you can visit the corresponding meet pages of the Blue Jay and the Northern Cardinal.
Have you used our coloring pages at home, in your classroom, or at an event? We'd love to hear about it! Send us photos of the pages in action, or the final result - we may showcase them on our blog!
The Magnificent Frigatebird sure lives up to its name; male birds have a magnificent red throat pouch which is inflated like a balloon in the breeding season. This is the only time of the year that they come to land, as they spend the rest of the year out at sea. These frigatebirds are widespread in the tropical Atlantic Ocean, south of Forida and the Carribean. It also breeds along the Pacific coast from Mexico to Ecuador. Although it spends most of its life over the ocean, it almost never lands on the water, taking food items in flight. They alternately climb in thermals, to altitudes as high as 1.5 miles (2500 meters) and then descend to near the water surface before rising up again. The only other bird known to spend days and nights on the wing is the Common Swift, which breeds in Europe and Asia and winters in Africa.
If you like this cute frigatebird you may also like our other Birdorable seabirds.