Blog Archive: Baby Birds

Birdorable Wattled Crane

Baby Birdorable: Wattled Crane for Crane Week

March 29th, 2018 in Baby Birds No comments

It's Crane Week, so how about a crane edition of our Baby Birdorable series to celebrate?

If you think our Birdorable birds are cute as adults, what about when they are babies? Wattled Cranes are found in Africa, south of the Sahara. They raise their chicks near wetlands or marsh habitat, where they may reuse a goose nest or make their own sloppy grass nest. The average clutch size for Wattled Cranes is 1.6 eggs, the smallest of all the crane species. The incubation period of 33-36 days is the longest of all the cranes. Fledging takes another 100 to 150 days, another crane extreme.

Here are some adorable baby Wattled Crane photos taken at the Jacksonville Zoo by photographer Rob Bixby, shared here via Creative Commons (CC by 2.0). Can you spot the cute little baby wattle visible in some of the photos?

Photo of baby Wattled Crane
Photo of baby Wattled Crane
Photo of baby Wattled Crane
Photo of baby Wattled Crane
Photo of baby Wattled Crane
Photo of baby Wattled Crane
Photo of baby Wattled Crane
Photo of baby Wattled Crane
Birdorable Horned Lark

Baby Birdorable: Horned Lark

February 2nd, 2018 in 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 Creative Commons) of the Horned Lark.

Female Horned Larks build the nest alone. A natural depression is found, or a cavity is dug by loosening soil and flipping it away with beak and feet. Woven plant material is formed into a nest inside the cavity, which is then lined with soft material like fur and feathers. Once the eggs are laid, incubation, performed only by the female Horned Lark, takes around 11 days. Chicks are fed a diet of mostly insects while growing in the nest.

Baby Horned Larks typically leave the nest 8-10 days after hatching. It takes another two weeks before they are able to walk and fly as well as adults.

Horned Lark Nestlings
Horned Lark Nestlings by Bureau of Land Management (CC BY 2.0)
Tundra Camouflage, Hidden Horned Lark Nest
Tundra Camouflage, Hidden Horned Lark Nest by Mike Beauregard
Horned Lark Chick
Horned Lark Chick by BLM Wyoming
Horned Lark Baby begging for food
Horned Lark Baby begging for food by Always a birder!
Birdorable Barn Swallow

Baby Birdorable: Barn Swallow

September 18th, 2015 in Baby Birds, Swallows 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 Barn Swallow. Barn Swallows build a nest of mud, often on a man-made structure. Both the male and female build the nest, which is fortified with blades of grass. The nest is then lined with softer material, like grass and feathers. The baby birds hatch after about two weeks of incubation, and fledge from the nest after another three weeks or so.

Barn Swallow nest Colorado Springs 11 July 2010
Barn swallow nest (CC BY 2.0)
Barn Swallow in the Nest
Barn swallow in the nest (CC BY 2.0)
Baby Barn Swallows
Baby barn swallos (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Pointy-haired boss
Barn swallow fledling (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Mama barn swallow feeds her little ones
Mama barn swallow feeds her little ones (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Barn Swallows
Barn swallows (CC BY-ND 2.0)
Barn-Swallow Rauchschwalbe (Hirundo rustica) I
Barn swallow nest (CC BY-ND 2.0)
Barn Swallows 1
Barn swallows (CC BY 2.0)
Baby Barn Swallows
Baby barn swallows (CC BY-ND 2.0)
Young Barn Swalllows
Young barn swallows (CC BY 2.0)
Barn Swallow
Barn swallow (CC BY 2.0)
Birdorable Black-crowned Night Heron

Baby Birdorable: Black-crowned Night-Heron

July 29th, 2015 in Baby Birds, Herons No comments

If you think our Birdorable birds are cute as adults, what about when they are babies? Below are some baby photos of the Black-crowned Night-Heron. Black-crowned Night-Herons are colonial nesters, building their nests in trees in close proximity to other herons, egrets, and ibises. Incubation takes about 25 days and the chicks leave the nest at about 30 days of age.

Black-crowned Night Heron

Photo by Andy Morffew (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Lake Martin-7636 Black crowned night heron

Photo by Michael McCarthy (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Black-crowned Night Herons feeding chicks

Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (CC BY 2.0)

Black-crowned night heron nest

Photo by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Black-crowned Night Heron Chicks

Photo by Mike's Birds (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Stately Black-crowned Night Heron chick

Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (CC BY 2.0)

Black-crowned Night Heron - Juvenile

Photo by Ingrid Taylar photography (CC BY 2.0)

Birdorable Black Stork

Baby Birdorable: Black Stork

November 7th, 2014 in Baby Birds 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) of the Black Stork. Black Storks build large nests, typically in a very tall forest trees. Clutch size is usually 3-4 eggs; incubation lasts up to 38 days.

Black Stork (Ciconia nigra), Eastern Ardennes, Belgium
Black Stork, Eastern Ardennes, Belgium by Frank.Vassen [CC BY 2.0]
Junge Schwarzstörche (Ciconia nigra), Rocherath, Ostbelgien
Junge Schwarzstörche, Ostbelgien by Frank.Vassen [CC BY 2.0]
Junge Scharzstörche im Nest, Ostbelgien
Junge Scharzstörche im Nest, Ostbelgien by Frank.Vassen [CC BY 2.0]
Junge Schwarzstörche, Ostbelgien
Junge Schwarzstörche, Ostbelgien by Frank.Vassen [CC BY 2.0]
Junge Schwarzstörche, Ostbelgien
Junge Schwarzstörche, Ostbelgien by Frank.Vassen [CC BY 2.0]

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

Birdorable Barn Owl

Baby Birdorable: Barn Owl

March 12th, 2014 in Baby Birds, Owls 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 Barn Owl. Barn Owls are cavity nesters. They use a variety of structures, including natural sites like tree cavities, cliffs, rocky outcrops, as well as a huge range of man-made structures. Barn Owls will use nest boxes, too. There are some popular nestcams set up in established Barn Owl nests, including Owl Channel, Mel & Sydney, and Audubon Starr Ranch Barn Owls. With their heart-shaped faces and their super-fluffy appearance, baby Barn Owls may look a bit goofy, but we think they are cute, too! What do you think?

Day old hatchling with peeping eggs
Day old hatchling with peeping eggs by rebonnett
Protecting angel, we all have one.
Protecting angel, we all have one. by rebonnett
Owl Hatchlings and Eggs in Attic of Abandoned House (1981)
Barn Owl Nest with Young in Abandoned House (1981) by Hunter-Desportes
Young Barn Owls in Attic of House (1981)
Young Barn Owls in Attic of House (1981) by Hunter-Desportes
Young Barn Owls in Tree Nest (1981)
Young Barn Owls in Tree Nest (1981) by Hunter-Desportes
Young Barn Owls in Tree Nest (1981)
Young Barn Owls in Tree Nest (1981) by Hunter-Desportes
Owlets
Owlets by chdwckvnstrsslhm
Barn Owl
Barn Owl by USFWS Mountain Prairie
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Barn Owl Chick by Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife
Baby Barn Owl
Baby Barn Owl by sanangeloinsurance

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