Blog Archive: March 2010

Birdorable African Penguin

African Penguin fame

March 29th, 2010 in New Birds, Penguins 1 comment

A new bird recently added to Birdorable is the African Penguin. The African Penguin lives on the southwest coast of Africa. The species is also called Black-footed Penguin and is the only species of penguin to breed in Africa. African Penguins have pink glands around their eyes which become darker or lighter depending on how hot the bird is feeling. Dark glands indicate the bird is hot; more blood is being routed there to be cooled. It's like a built-in air-conditioner/temperature gauge!

Birdorable African Penguin

One particular African Penguin became very famous in the late 2000's when he suffered feather loss. Pierre the penguin was living at the California Academy of Sciences at the time of his 2004 molt, which seemed might be his last. The loss of feathers threatened Pierre's life, not to mention his social standing among his fellow penguins. To help Pierre, scientists and wetsuit manufacturers devised a penguin-sized neoprene wetsuit for the bird. The wetsuit saved Pierre and eventually the lost feathers grew back. Here's a short video that chronicles Pierre's situation.

You can pick up unique Birdorable African Penguin swag in our shop. Here's a sampling of what's available.

Birdorable Great Blue Turaco

Crazily crested cutie

March 27th, 2010 in New Birds, Turacos 2 comments

One of our newest Birdorable birds is the Great Blue Turaco. This species is the largest bird in the turaco family. Like most turacos, the Great Blue has a head crest. And what a crest it is! Thick and dark, the crest, along with the striking red-dipped yellow bill, makes this bird a total knockout!!

Birdorable Great Blue Turaco

A non-threatened species across its range of central Africa, Great Blue Turacos feed on fruit, leaves and flowers. In some parts of Africa they are hunted for meat and for their beautiful feathers. These beautiful birds are rarely found in captivity. The San Diego Zoo has one in their collection, which happens to be the largest collection of bird species in the whole United States. The zoo in Antwerp also has a pair. Here is a short video from Antwerp.

Like all of our cute Birdorable birds, our Great Blue Turaco illustration is available on a wide variety of apparel options and novelty gift items. Pictured here are two t-shirt styles; visit the Great Blue Turaco product page in our shop for more gift ideas.

Birdorable Turkey Vulture

Baby Birdorable: Turkey Vulture

March 26th, 2010 in Vultures, Baby Birds 9 comments

If you think our Birdorable birds are cute as adults, what about when they are babies? Here are some baby photos (shared via Flickr & Wikipedia) of the Turkey Vulture. Yes, Turkey Vultures are amazing creatures and even cute, especially as white down-covered babies. Both Turkey Vulture parents incubate the eggs. Both also care for the chicks, which are altricial at the time of hatching, which means they are helpless and cannot care for themselves.


Turkey Vulture Chicks
Turkey Vulture Chicks by rebonnett
vulture chick 13July08
vulture chick 13July08 by whiteoakart
Bumble 03Aug08 close
Bumble 03Aug08 close by whiteoakart
vulture2 10 Aug 08
vulture2 10 Aug 08 by whiteoakart

Pretty cute, right? Be sure to check out our (adult) Birdorable Turkey Vulture gear!

Birdorable Indian Peafowl

Proud of our Peacock

March 21st, 2010 in New Birds, Grouse 7 comments
Birdorable Indian Peafowl

We are so pleased to introduce our newest Birdorable bird: the Indian Peafowl! The Peacock has been one of the most suggested birds here at Birdorable. This gorgeous species is the national bird of India, and we've added a Peafowl of India design to the shop, as well as products featuring the Peacock by itself - including cute custom shoes pictured below.

Peafowl appear countless times in Indian mythology and popular culture. During our travels in India, we often came across Peacock imagery, like at the City Palace of Jaipur:

Peacocks

We also saw several of them during our visits to natural parks, and once were even so lucky to find a male in full breeding splendor!

Peacock

Peacocks appear not only in Indian art and nature, but in advertisements too:

Peacock Brand
Peacock Brand by Meanest Indian

Peacocks are indeed striking when in full breeding plumage. They sport about 150 long display feathers, which are not tail feathers but elongated upper tail coverts. These are shed each year during their annual molt and often collected afterward due to the prized decorative value of the feathers. Here are some more photos of this gorgeous species.

Nice peacock!
Nice peacock! by Tambako the Jaguar
Peacock dancing in the wild
Peacock dancing in the wild by Tarique Sani
A peacock  #02
A peacock #02 by *higetiger