Birds fly when you're having fun ... we're already at our 13th species in this year's Birdorable Bonanza. Today’s bird is the Dickcissel!
Singing Dickcissel by cyclewidow
The Dickcissel is a small grassland bird that breeds across parts of the Midwest in the United States. These migratory birds head south to Central and South America during the winter months. Male Dickcissels in breeding plumage are extremely bright and beautiful, as you can see in our Birdorable version of this species. Dickcissels are named for their song, part of which sounds like they are yelling "dick! dick! cissss cissss..."
Tomorrow's bird is a bird in the Rallidae family with an almost worldwide distribution. Can you guess what it will be?
We just added four new Birdorable coloring pages for lots of cute coloring fun! Go to Coloring Pages to download the PDFs. You can visit the meet pages for each bird to check the colors: Eastern Screech Owl, Northern Goshawk, Barn Owl and Shoebill. Which one is your favorite bird?
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Today’s bird, and the 12th species in the Birdorable Bonanza, is the Great Black-backed Gull!
Great Black Backed Gull by Hilary Chambers
Great Black-backed Gulls are the largest species of gull in the world, larger than the very common and oversized Herring Gull. Like many gull species, Great Black-backs will scavenge for much of their food. They will also take live prey, using a variety of techniques including drowning and vigorous physical attack. These large and sometimes predatory gulls have very few predators to fear themselves.
Tomorrow's bird is a small American bird that perched in an open field sings "dick dick ciss ciss ciss". Can you guess what it will be?
For 19 days we're adding a new bird species to Birdorable every day. Today’s bird is the 11th species in the Birdorable Bonanza: the Northern Bobwhite!
Northern Bobwhite #1 â™‚ by leppyone
Northern Bobwhites are small game birds that live across parts of the southeastern United States and into parts of Mexico. They are significant as both game birds and as research subjects, due in part to their successful reproductive abilities. There are a whopping 22 subspecies of Northern Bobwhite. The birds are named for their whistle-like call; they are also known as Virginia Quail or Bobwhite Quail.
Tomorrow's bird is the largest gull in the world. Can you guess what it will be?
Today’s bird, and the 10th species in the Birdorable Bonanza, is the Pink-footed Goose!
Pink Footed Goose by Hilary Chambers
The Pink-footed Goose is a migratory species of goose that breeds in parts of Greenland, Iceland, and Norway. The species population has increased dramatically over the past 50 years, mainly due to extra hunting restrictions in their winter range. The Pink-footed Goose featured prominently in the recent birder movie The Big Year. Two of the main characters missed out on seeing the rare vagrant to the United States early in the film (and early in the big birding year). The bird appears again later in the movie as well.
Tomorrow's bird is a quail that can be found in eastern United States and is named after its characteristic whistling call. Can you guess what it will be?
Today’s bird, and the 9th species in the Birdorable Bonanza, is the Northern Goshawk!
Northern Goshawk by dracobotanicus
Northern Goshawks are large Accipter birds of prey that live across parts of the northern hemisphere. They are secretive birds proficient at hunting and known for their fierce defense of nest and territory. Idaho biologist Rob Miller is studying Northern Goshawks as he persues a masters degree in Raptor Biology. Follow his blog to learn more about this fascinating species. Read his study abstract and then pay attention this coming spring for the new field season to begin!
Tomorrow bird is a goose with pink feet. Can you guess what it will be?