While the traditional 12 Days of Christmas, according to the folk song, begin on Christmas Day and run through January 5th, the 12 Days of Birdorable start today! And what a grand start - our Partridge in a Pear Tree, the beautiful Red-legged Partridge, is our 300th Birdorable bird!! Although all of the gifts in the 12 Days of Christmas song are not birds, over the next 11 days we will feature another Birdorable bird for our 12 Days of Birdorable. Be sure to check back each day for this fun event! :)
The Red-legged Partridge is native to France and other parts of Europe, but introduced to the United Kingdom, where the Christmas carol first appeared. Despite being introduced, the Red-legged Partridge is thought to be the "Partridge in a Pear Tree" because this species is much more likely to be perched in a tree compared to native UK partridges.
Find our many other cute Birdorable birds on the Meet the Birds pages.
The Great Grey Owl is a winter bird for a lot of birdwatchers. What better bird to feature in a cute Birdorable Christmas design than our Great Grey Owl sporting a Santa Claus hat and perched on a festive candy cane! Get ready for the holidays in cute Birdorable style with this original Great Grey Owl holiday design.
For more festive Birdorable gifts check out our Christmas section.
The holiday season is upon us, and what better way to spend a cold December day than to cuddle up with your crayons and color in one of our Christmas-themed Birdorable coloring pages! Check out these six new downloads featuring our cute Birdorable birds wearing santa hats. Go to Coloring Pages to download these new PDFs. You can check our Meet the Birds page to get some color guidance. Do you like our Birdorable Christmas birds? Check out our many Christmas-themed t-shirts and gifts and Christmas cards! The first coloring page has three American backyard birds perched on a candy cane. They are: Black-capped Chickadee, American Goldfinch and Dark-eyed Junco.
We have a similar one for our friends across the pond, with a European Goldfinch, Chaffinch and Great Tit. The other four coloring pages have a Barred Owl, Bar-tailed Godwit, Laughing Kookaburra and Atlantic Puffin ... all dressed up and ready for the holidays.
These downloads will be available until 31 December 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. 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!
This week's highlighted t-shirt design features a trio of Birdorable Ruby-throats in flight - and all are wearing Santa Claus hats! The hummingbirds may be south for the winter, but they are still in our hearts and minds. Get ready for the holidays with these little jewels in festive Christmas style. Shown here on a kids organic t-shirt made in the USA by American Apparel. Also available on other customizable gifts.
In most North American songbirds, the males are the only ones putting on a vocal show. Males sing to attract mates and to establish territory. Female Northern Cardinals are exception to this rule. They are among the few female songbirds that sing, too. The "whisper song" in this audio clip features a pair of Northern Cardinals perched close together.
Next time you hear a Northern Cardinal singing - don't assume you're looking for a bright red male. It could be a female! To learn more about Northern Cardinals, visit Cornell's All About Birds.
This week's highlighted t-shirt features three of our cute Birdorable songbirds in festive form. Black-capped Chickadee, American Goldfinch (in non-breeding plumage, of course), and Dark-eyed Junco (slate-colored) all wear red and white Santa Claus hats in anticipation of the holidays. And they are perched on a candy cane! This cute Birdorable design is available on many apparel styles, including the ladies long sleeve t-shirt shown below, as well as holiday cards, stickers, and more. Get ready for the holidays in Birdorable style with this fun design!