Blog Archive: July 2011

Baby Birdorable: Sandhill Crane

July 28th, 2011 in Baby Birds, Cranes 3 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 Sandhill Crane. Sandhill Cranes typically nest on or near water. The nest of primarily vegetation is constructed by both parent birds. One to two eggs are normally laid and incubation takes approximately 30 days. The adorable chicks are able to stand, walk, and leave the nest within 24 hours of hatching.

Sandhill Crane
Sandhill Crane by Marcin Chady (CC BY 2.0)
Mississippi sandhill crane chick
Mississippi sandhill crane chick by USFWS/Southeast (CC BY 2.0)
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20060513_1524b by kellyv
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Sandhill Crane and chick by nigel (CC BY 2.0)
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Sandhill Crane chick by nigel (CC BY 2.0)
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Sandhill Crane chick (three days young) by nigel (CC BY 2.0)
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Sandhill Crane chick by nigel (CC BY 2.0)
Crane and Chick
Crane and Chick by Brian Garrett (CC BY-ND 2.0)

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

Birdorable Northern Fulmar

New Coloring Page: Northern Fulmar

July 12th, 2011 in Coloring Pages 1 comment

Here is a new Birdorable coloring page for some cute coloring fun: the Northern Fulmar. Go to Coloring Pages to download the new free PDF. You can visit the Birdorable Northern Fulmar page to check the colors. This page is like getting three in one - the Northern Fulmar has three distinct color morphs!

Birdorable Northern Fulmar Coloring Page

This download will be available until 15 September 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 Brown Kiwi

Avian Extreme: Brown Kiwi

July 7th, 2011 in Kiwis, Avian Extreme 3 comments
Birdorable Brown Kiwis with egg

The Brown Kiwi is one of five species of kiwi. All kiwis, native to the islands of New Zealand, are flightless. The national symbol of New Zealand holds at least two avian records. First, these grown-dwelling birds have the largest egg in relation to their body size. The kiwi is about the size of a domestic chicken, while the egg is about the size of an emu's egg! The egg may be up to 1/5 of the body weight of the mother bird. Kiwis are also unusual in that after the egg is laid, the male takes care of incubation and nest maintenance. The other record held by the kiwi relates to unusual anatomy: it is the only bird with nostrils at the end of the bill. Unlike most other bird species, the kiwi has a good sense of smell. It uses scent to find prey. If you can't get enough of this extreme avian species, be sure to check out Birdorable's collection of cute Brown Kiwi t-shirts & gifts.

Birdorable Cattle Egret

Baby Birdorable: Cattle Egret

July 1st, 2011 in Egrets, Baby Birds No 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 Cattle Egret. Cattle Egrets nest colonially, usually in trees close to water. Sticks for the nest are gathered by the male and arranged by the female. Usually three or four eggs are laid; incubation takes about 23 days. The chicks fledge at about 30 days after hatching, though they remain with their parents for another two weeks for care.

Rebel Yell
Rebel Yell by Roger Smith
cattle egret with young
cattle egret with young by William Miller 21
Cattle Egrets Nesting
Cattle Egrets Nesting by Marc_Scott-Parkin
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_DSC4329 by mudflaps
Siblings
Siblings by Roger Smith
Can I please, Ma? Huh, can I?
Can I please, Ma? Huh, can I? by Roger Smith
Three Babes
Three Babes by ShacklefordPhotoArt
Backlit Babies
Backlit Babies by Mike_Godwin

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