Here are some fun facts about Adélie Penguins:
- The Adélie Penguin is the smallest species of penguin to be found in the Antarctic;
- Adélie Penguins breed and raise their young farther south than any other penguin;
- Adélie Penguins can live to be up to 20 years old;
- A colony of Adélie Penguins can be made up of 100 to 250,000 pairs of birds;
- There are about 5 million Adélie Penguins in the world living in 38 different colonies (that seems like a lot, but in the last 25 years Adélie penguin populations have dropped by 65% due to sea ice reduction and scarcity of food);
- The Adélie Penguin was named in 1840 by French explorer Jules Dumont d'Urville after his wife, Adélie;
- The penguins in the 2005 animated feature film Madagascar are presumed to be Adélie Penguins, and the main character in the 2006 film Happy Feet is an Emperor Penguin who befriends a group of Adélie Penguins with a Mexican accent.
Photo by Mark van de Wouw
We've added a few new Birdorable birds this week, the first one being this Eurasian Tree Sparrow. In eastern Asia this cute little bird is widespread in towns and cities, but in Europe, where the House Sparrow is occupying the cities, it is a bird of wooded areas and open countryside. It is not an endangered bird globally, but it is declining in western Europe due to change in farming practices and use of herbicides. There is also a small population of about 15,000 birds in the United States, around St. Louis and parts of Illinois and Iowa. These birds, believe it or not, are descendants of 12 birds taken over from Germany that were released in 1870 in an attempt to enhance the North American avifauna. The birds were set free in Lafayette Park in St. Louis by a local bird dealer. Other European birds were also released, including Goldfinches and Chaffinches, but only the Eurasian Tree Sparrow successfully established a breeding population. If you're ever in St. Louis and want to find a Eurasian Tree Sparrow you can find some good instructions here.
This week's highlighted t-shirt is this women's tank top with our funny PI-geon design featuring the Birdorable Rock Pigeon standing above the word PIgeon, part of which is made of the symbol for PI.
The famous painting known as Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci is one of the most famous paintings in the world, but it was always missing something. With the addition of some cute Birdorable Budgies, the Mona Lisa is truly a Birdorable Masterpiece.
We present to you another Birdorable Coloring Page: the Common Kestrel, also known as the European Kestrel. These birds are so cute! When we lived in Europe we often saw them hovering next to the highway. Go to Coloring Pages to download these two new PDFs. You can check our Meet the Birds page to get some color guidance.
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