Blog Archive: December 2012

Birdorable African Pygmy Falcon

Extreme Cooperative Nesting

December 13th, 2012 in Birds of Prey, Falcons 2 comments

African Pygmy Falcons live in dry bush in parts of eastern and southern Africa. These little cuties measure just over seven inches long, making them the smallest bird of prey found in all of Africa.

African Pygmy Falcons, also known simply as Pygmy Falcons, have a unique way of nesting. They use empty compartments in large Sociable Weaver nest structures, or abandoned nests made by other weaver species. Pygmy Falcons are also known to nest in polyandrous groups, with more adult birds than just the breeding pair caring for nestlings and chicks. The African Pygmy Falcon was added to Birdorable on April 25, 2012. If you can't get enough of these adorable little raptors, be sure to check out our range of unique Pygmy Falcon t-shirts and gifts!

Birdorable Barred Owl

Christmas Coloring Fun!

December 11th, 2012 in Holidays, Coloring Pages 1 comment

Stuck inside on a cold or snowy day? Have some cute bird fun with our free Birdorable Coloring pages! We've got six holiday-themed pages plus thirteen other single-bird drawings ready for your creative coloring skills! Each of the single-bird coloring pages has some fun basic facts about the species - so you'll learn a bit about the birds as you color them in!

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 Black Skimmer

Baby Birdorable: Black Skimmer

December 8th, 2012 in Baby Birds, Skimmers 1 comment

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 Skimmer. Black Skimmers nest in colonies in salt marshes, on beaches, and other areas close to water. Usually four eggs are laid in a scrape-type nest depression in the sand or nesting substrate. Both parents incubate the eggs for around 23 days. Chicks are hatched in a semi-precocial state - they are covered in down and are able to walk from the nest scrape just 1-2 hours after hatching.

Black skimmer (Rynchops niger) chicks pipping in eggs
Black skimmer (Rynchops niger) chicks pipping in eggs by USFWS Pacific Southwest Region
Black skimmer chick
Black skimmer chick by USFWS/Southeast
Black Skimmer Chicks
Black Skimmer Chicks by Dan Pancamo
skimmer feeding chick
skimmer feeding chick by cordfish
skimmer feeding chick 1
skimmer feeding chick by cordfish
Two Chicks
Two Chicks by Dan Pancamo

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