Blog Archive: March 2012

Birdorable American Kestrel

North America's Smallest Falcon

March 31st, 2012 in Falcons No comments

The American Kestrel is the smallest species of falcon in North America. The plumage of male and female American Kestrels differs significantly, which is unusual among birds of prey. Kestrels like to dine on insects, small rodents, and sometimes even other birds. One method they use for hunting is to hover into the wind and look down on the ground for available prey items.

Hovering American Kestrel

We have recently updated our Birdorable American Kestrel. In addition to the perched male and hunting male, we offer a perched female American Kestrel cartoon on apparel and gifts.

Birdorable Mute Swan

City Bird: Chiyoda's Swan

March 27th, 2012 in Swans, City Birds No comments

Many countries have an official national bird. For example, the national bird of Israel is the Hoopoe, and the national bird of Mauritius is the Dodo. All U.S. states also have official birds. But did you know that there are even some cities that have their own official bird? The official city bird of Chiyoda, Japan is the Mute Swan. A popular ornamental bird, Mute Swans have been introduced to North America and New Zealand, where wild feral populations thrive. These gorgeous large white birds are native to much of Europe and Asia. Interestingly, the current population of Mute Swans in Japan, numbering about 200 birds, is also introduced! However, the bird is historically native to the country. In fact, it was revered by the Japanese in the past; it is depicted on scrolls from over a thousand years ago.


Birdorable Mute Swan with the flag of Chiyoda
Birdorable Killdeer

Which one doesn't belong #4

March 23rd, 2012 in Which one doesn't belong? 8 comments

The birds in the image below have a lot in common, but one of them doesn't really belong. Can you pick out the species that doesn't go with the others, and tell us what the others have in common? There can be more than one correct answer, so let us know what you think, and why! Visit the meet page if you need help identifying the birds and finding out which one doesn't belong.

Which One Doesn't Belong?
Birdorable Black Swan

Baby Birdorable: Black Swan

March 21st, 2012 in Baby Birds, Swans 2 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 / Creative Commons) of the Black Swan. Black Swans pair for life. During breeding, both adults care for the nest. The typical clutch size is between 4 and 8 eggs; incubation takes around 38 days. Baby swans are called cygnets; the cygnets stay with their parents for about 9 months after hatching.

Black Swan Nesting
Black Swan Nesting by me'nthedogs
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IMGP0412 by dccrowley
Black Swan and Cygnet
Black Swan and Cygnet by araqnid
black swan and cygnets
black swan and cygnets by ms.Tea
Black Swan cygnets.
Black Swan cygnets. by Alan Vernon.
black swan
black swan by Neville10

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

Birdorable Evening Grosbeak

Evening Grosbeak: The ABA Bird of the Year 2012

March 20th, 2012 in New Birds, Finches 2 comments

Today marks the official introduction of the Evening Grosbeak as the American Birding Association's Bird of the Year for 2012. It also marks the official introduction of our brand new Birdorable Evening Grosbeak!

Evening Grosbeaks in flight

American Birding Association (ABA) President Jeffrey A. Gordon calls Evening Grosbeaks "avian firecrackers" for their conspicuous nature, their colorful appearance, and their gregarious, noisy manner.

Evening Grosbeaks at the bird bath

Gordon continues, "the ABA Bird of the Year program is all about birders being more conspicuous, and drawing attention to the excitement of birding and the fellowship of birders." Birdorable is proud to support the ABA by offering Evening Grosbeak apparel and merchandise with 25% of sales going directly to the organization. All Birdorable Evening Grosbeak designs are participating in this promotion; soon we will offer more styles featuring the ABA Bird of the Year 2012!

Evening Grosbeak gifts

Be sure to visit the ABA's Bird of the Year page to learn how the Evening Grosbeak will be celebrated in several BOY events occurring throughout the year. And if you'd like some to have some Evening Grosbeak coloring fun, check out our new coloring page which features the ABA Bird of the Year 2012.

 

Evening Grosbeak coloring page

Birdorable Toco Toucan

A remarkable bill

March 19th, 2012 in Toucans, Fun Facts No comments
Birdorable Toco Toucan

With its massive orange-yellow bill, the Toco Toucan is one of the most recognized birds in the world. Here are some interesting facts about the Toco Toucan and its amazing bill.

  • The Toco Toucan is the largest species of toucan in the world. There are about 40 species of toucan in total.
  • The bill of the Toco Toucan is nearly 8 inches long. Its tongue is not much shorter - that's a long tongue!
  • A toucan's bill is largely hollow, with a boney structure similar to that of a sponge. It may look like a formidable weapon, but its use as a defensive aid is more psychological (intimidation) than physical.
  • Up to 50% of a Toco Toucan's total body surface area can be found in its bill.
  • Toco Toucans use their massive bills to skin fruit and to grab hard-to-reach food items.
  • Toucan bills may help the birds regulate heat; the large surface area of the bill radiates heat away from the bird's body in their warm tropical environment.
  • A Toco Toucan can live up to 20 years in the wild.
  • Toco Toucans are cavity nesters. Can you imagine this amazing bird using its bill to hollow out a tree cavity for its nest?

If you can't get enough of Toco Toucans, be sure to check out Birdorable's selection of Toco Toucan t-shirts and gifts!

Birdorable Toco Toucan gifts