Blog Archive: March 2011

Birdorable Brown Pelican

New Coloring Pages: Brown Pelican and Greylag Goose

We've just added two new Birdorable coloring pages. The Brown Pelican is a large waterbird that lives along American coasts from Virginia south to Peru. The Greylag Goose is a common goose across Europe and Asia. Go to Coloring Pages to download these two new PDFs. You can check our Meet the Birds page to get some color guidance.

Birdorable Coloring Page: Brown Pelican
Birdorable Coloring Page: Greylag Goose

These downloads will be available until 15 June 2011. 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!

Birdorable Common Eider

Baby Birdorable: Common Eider

March 21st, 2011 in Ducks, Baby Birds 10 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 Common Eider. Common Eiders line their nests with fine, soft down. The eggs are incubated for about 25 days and the baby ducks leave the nest within about 24 hours of hatching. The babies can dive for food on their own after about an hour in the water! Young families may form crèches consisting of several mother/chick groups together for feeding.

Common Eider nest - 2010-07-06 - Bathurst Inlet
Common Eider nest - 2010-07-06 - Bathurst Inlet by Blake Maybank
Eider_chick_1806
Eider_chick_1806 by Mikko Vihtakari
Common eider ducklings
Common eider ducklings by GZA1970
Common Eiders (Somateria mollissima)
Common Eiders (Somateria mollissima) by Frode Jacobsen
Common eider duckling
Common eider duckling by GZA1970
baby eider ducks
baby eider ducks by headharbourlight
Common Eider ducklings.
Common Eider ducklings. by birdyearken
baby eider ducks
baby eider ducks by headharbourlight
Common Eider Chick
Common Eider Chick by Eleanor Briccetti
2009 Norway / Noorwegen 090613 01
2009 Norway / Noorwegen 090613 01 by rob.bremer

Pretty cute, right? Be sure to check out our Birdorable Common Eider t-shirts and gifts!

Birdorable Orchard Oriole

Orchard Oriole Fun Facts

March 16th, 2011 in Orioles, Fun Facts 3 comments
Birdorable Orchard Oriole

1. The Orchard Oriole is the smallest species of oriole in North America. They are sometimes confused for warblers, due to their small size and bright coloration.

2. The oldest known Orchard Oriole was a captive female who lived to be nearly 17 years old. The longevity record for wild birds is 10 years, 11 months.

3. Besides insects, berries and seeds, Orchard Orioles will feed on trumpet creeper nectar. They will also visit hummingbird feeders.

4. Adult male orchard orioles are predominately chestnut in color. Females and juveniles of both sexes look very different, with olive and yellow plumage.

5. Orchard Orioles migrate at night. They are early migrants, leaving their breeding grounds as early as late July.

6. The Orchard Oriole is one of our cute Birdorable birds! The Orchard Oriole was added to Birdorable on February 19th, 2009.

Orchard Oriole
Photo by mitchmcc
Birdorable Great Crested Grebe

New Coloring Pages: Pied-billed Grebe and Great Crested Grebe

We've just added two new coloring pages with Birdorables from the grebe family. The Pied-billed Grebe is a cute little diving bird that lives across the Americas. The Great Crested Grebe is a larger grebe that can be found in Europe and Asia. Go to Coloring Pages to download these two new PDFs. You can check our Meet the Birds page to get some color guidance.

Birdorable Coloring Pages: Pied-billed Grebe and Great Crested Grebe

These downloads will be available until 15 May 2011. 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!