Blog Archive: July 2010

Birdorable Snowy Owl

Baby Birdorable: Snowy Owl

July 30th, 2010 in Owls, Baby Birds 11 comments

If you think our Birdorable birds are cute as adults, what about when they are babies? Below are some baby photos (shared via Flickr) of the Snowy Owl. Snowy Owl females work on nest construction alone. The nesting site is actually a scrape the bird scratches out of the bare ground or tundra turf. Snowy Owls lay between three and eleven eggs, and incubation lasts 31 to 33 days.

SnowyOwlChik
SnowyOwlChik by Arctic Dancer
SnowyOwlChk2
SnowyOwlChk2 by Arctic Dancer
Snowy Owl Chicks
Snowy Owl Chicks by prettylileskimo
Snowy Owl Chick
Snowy Owl Chick by Stevie-B
snowy owl chick
snowy owl chick by smdp (aka Creative-Depictions)
Snowy Owl
Snowy Owl by ahisgett
Hedwig
Hedwig by felt_tip_felon®
Birds of Prey (12)
Birds of Prey (12) by mycatesplace
Birds of Prey (6)
Birds of Prey (6) by mycatesplace

Pretty cute, right? Be sure to check out our (adult) Birdorable Snowy Owl t-shirts & gifts!

Birdorable Brown-headed Cowbird

T-Shirt Tuesday: The Cowbird

July 27th, 2010 in T-Shirt Tuesday, Cowbirds No comments

Today's highlighted t-shirt design features one of North America's least-liked birds, the Brown-headed Cowbird. Cowbirds have an unusual breeding strategy, living as brood parasites. They lay their eggs in other bird nests and may use mafia-like tactics to keep their eggs safe and ensure the foster parents will care for their chicks. In this original spoof logo design from Birdorable, The Cowbird is depicted as the king of mobster bosses.

Birdorable Secretary Bird

Bonanza Bird #18: The Secretary Bird

Birdorable Secretary Bird

For 18 days we've been adding a new Birdorable bird every day as part of our Birdorable Bonanza 2010. We saved a very special bird for the final bird of our bonanza. Today's bird is the Birdorable Secretary Bird! Secretary Birds are large birds of prey native to sub-Saharan Africa. They have atypically long legs for a bird of prey, standing a whopping four feet high. Their distinctive look also includes their long scraggly head crest, featherless red faces and extremely long tails. They are like big crested eagles standing on towering crane legs! Wow!

Secretary Birds - Masai Mara National Reserve
Secretary Birds by vanbikkel

Three boys in South Africa made the news last week in a wildlife rescue story involving a Secretary Bird. The boys were alerted that another group of youths was stoning a Secretary Bird on their block. The hero boys grabbed the bird by the feet (good idea - those talons are dangerous!) and body and brought it back home. Wildlife experts were called in to care for the rescued bird, which is expected to be released back into the wild after rehabilitation.

Birdorable Secretary Bird Kids Sweatshirt Birdorable Secretary Bird Travel Mug
Birdorable Secretary Bird
Kids Sweatshirt
Birdorable Secretary Bird
Travel Mug
Birdorable Anna's Hummingbird

Bonanza Bird #17: Anna's Hummingbird

Birdorable Anna's Hummingbird

For 18 days we're adding a new Birdorable bird every day as part of our Birdorable Bonanza 2010. The Bonanza will be wrapping up soon! Today's bird is the Anna's Hummingbird! Anna's Hummingbird is a small species of bird native to the west coast of the United States. The species was named after Anna Masséna, Duchess of Rivoli, by French naturalist René Primevère Lesson.

IMG_6382 Anna's Hummingbird
Anna's Hummingbird by loismanow
Birdorable Anna's Hummingbird Long Sleeve T-Shirt Birdorable Anna's Hummingbird Ringer Mug
Birdorable annas-hummingbird
Ladies Long Sleeve T-Shirt
Birdorable annas-hummingbird
Ringer Mug

Tomorrow's bird will be the 18th and last in the Birdorable Bonanza. Can you guess what it is?

Birdorable Bali Mynah

Bonanza Bird #16: The Bali Mynah

July 22nd, 2010 in Starlings, Birdorable Bonanza 2010 3 comments
Birdorable Bali Mynah

For 18 days we're adding a new Birdorable bird every day as part of our Birdorable Bonanza 2010. Today's bird is the beautiful Bali Mynah! The Bali Mynah is a stocky perching bird related to starlings. In fact, the species is also known as the Bali Starling. Bali Mynahs are almost completely white, with black at the tip of the tail and wings. They also have a long drooping crest and a bright blue patch of skin around the eye.

Bali Mynah
Bali Mynah by Mark McLaughlin
Birdorable Bali Mynah Kids Sweatshirt Birdorable Bali Mynah Basic Long Sleeve Raglan
Birdorable Bali Mynah
Kids Sweatshirt
Birdorable Bali Mynah
Basic Long Sleeve Raglan

Tomorrow's bird is a small North American bird with a red crown. Can you guess what it will be?

Birdorable Wood Duck

3 New Coloring Pages: Gouldian Finch, Wood Duck & Kookaburra

Here are three new Birdorable coloring pages for some cute coloring fun! They are the Gouldian Finch, Wood Duck and Laughing Kookaburra, three new birds from our Birdorable Bonanza. Go to Coloring Pages to download these two new PDFs and check the Meet the Birds page to check the colors.

Birdorable Coloring Pages: Gouldian Finch, Wood Duck and Laughing Kookaburra

These downloads will be available until 15 September 2010. Check here for more coloring pages. Subscribe to the Birdorable Blog by RSS feed or by email to get notified when new downloads like this are added.