Blog Archive: Baby Birds

Birdorable Whooping Crane

Baby Birdorable: Whooping Crane

November 12th, 2012 in Conservation, Baby Birds, Cranes 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 Whooping Crane. The Whooping Crane is a critically endangered species. The tallest bird in North America has a wild population of just over 430 birds as of 2011. Conservation efforts to save this species include reintroduction of birds in an eastern flyway, where juveniles are taught a migration route from Wisconsin to Florida by ultralight plane each year. These birds are bred in captivity. An experimental non-migratory population is being introduced in Louisiana; one of the below photos shows these birds being released from a pen. Whooping Cranes typically lay 1 to 3 eggs per clutch. They nest near water and both adults incubate the eggs. Hatching occurs after about 32 days of incubation. Juvenile Whooping Cranes typically stay with their parents up until the return migration the spring following their hatching.

Whooping Crane Chick and Adults
Whooping Crane Chick and Adults by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Midwest Region (CC BY 2.0)
Adult Whooping Crane and Chick
Adult Whooping Crane and Chick by USFWS Headquarters (CC BY 2.0)
Whooping Crane Chick
Whooping Crane Chick by USFWS Headquarters (CC BY 2.0)
USGS_Patuxent_Whooper
USGS_Patuxent_Whooper by USDAgov (CC BY-ND 2.0)
Sara Zimorski in Whooping Crane Costume
Sara Zimorski in Whooping Crane Costume by USFWS Headquarters (CC BY 2.0)
Whooping Crane Reintroduction
Whooping Crane Reintroduction by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (CC BY-ND 2.0)
Juvenile Whooping Cranes Forage on Wheeler NWR
Juvenile Whooping Cranes Forage on Wheeler NWR by USFWS/Southeast (CC BY 2.0)

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Birdorable American Black Vulture

Baby Birdorable: American Black Vulture

August 30th, 2012 in Vultures, Baby Birds 9 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 American Black Vulture. Black Vultures do not build nests. Eggs are usually laid in a scrape-type location, which may be an exposed tree trunk, a cave, or an abandoned building. The typical clutch size is two eggs. Both parent birds share equally in incubation duties; incubation lasts up to 39 days. The first photo below shows an adult bird sitting on a nest in an abandoned building-type habitat.

She always allows me within  her den.
She always allows me within her den. by rebonnett | Black Vulture on nest
black vulture chick
black vulture chick by dancingrabbit
black vulture chick
black vulture chick by dancingrabbit
Black Vulture Chick
Black Vulture Chick by Rich Anderson

Pretty cute, right? You can have a look at all of our cute vultures, including the American Black Vulture, on our brand new Birdorable Vultures Page!

Birdorable Greylag Goose

Baby Birdorable: Greylag Goose

July 3rd, 2012 in Geese, 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 Greylag Goose. Greylag Geese typically mate for life. Nesting occurs in loose colonies with cup nests built on or near water. Typical clutch size ranges from 4 to 6 eggs; incubation takes just about four weeks. Chicks fledge about five weeks after hatching; young birds remain with their parents through the spring migration following their hatching.

Baby goose
Baby goose by anemoneprojectors
Greylag Goose and Goslings
Greylag Goose and Goslings by Mike__Lawrence
Derick180408 046 British Birds
Derick180408 046 British Birds by Mick E. Talbot
Greylag Goose Gosling, Leighton Moss RSPB, May 2009
Greylag Goose Gosling, Leighton Moss RSPB, May 2009 by Gidzy
Gosling
Gosling by Keith Roper
P6022686
P6022686 by Hunter-Desportes
p1180220
p1180220 by shimgray
Goslings in the Daisies
Goslings in the Daisies by Keith Roper

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Birdorable Blue Jay

Baby Birdorable: Blue Jay

June 8th, 2012 in Jays, Baby Birds, Blue Jays 5 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 Blue Jay. Blue Jays build stick nests in trees and lay about 3 to 6 eggs per clutch. The female takes care of all incubation. During incubation (about 17 days) and the first week or so after the babies are hatched, her mate brings all food to her and to the chicks. Baby Blue Jays fledge about three weeks after hatching.

Baby Blue Jay
Baby Blue Jay by New Jersey Birds
3 Little Blue Jay Chicks
3 Little Blue Jay Chicks by mauricholas/ Maureen Leong-Kee
Blue Jay chicks hanging around
Blue Jay chicks hanging around by mauricholas/ Maureen Leong-Kee
Blue Jay chick is hungry!
Blue Jay chick is hungry! by mauricholas/ Maureen Leong-Kee
Baby Blue Jay
Baby Blue Jay by tquiddle
Blue Jay
Blue Jay by likeaduck
Blue Jay
Blue Jay by likeaduck
Yet another baby.
Yet another baby. by nosha

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Birdorable Great Tit

Baby Birdorable: Great Tit

May 18th, 2012 in Tits, Baby Birds 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 Great Tit. Great Tits are cavity nesters and will readily use man-made nest boxes. Females construct a soft nest inside the cavity to prepare for a brood that may contain up to 18 chicks. More typically the clutch size varies from 5 to 12. Baby Great Tits hatch after about 14 days of incubation; fledging occurs about three weeks later.

broeden !!
broeden !! by 1000zen
eitjes
eitjes by 1000zen
Young Great Tit on one of its first excursions from the nest
Young Great Tit on one of its first excursions from the nest by Dave_S.
Young Great Tit on one of its first excursions from the nest
Young Great Tit on one of its first excursions from the nest by Dave_S.
Young Great Tit on one of its first excursions from the nest
Young Great Tit on one of its first excursions from the nest by Dave_S.
Great Tit fledgling 1
Great Tit fledgling 1 by fs-phil
Great Tit's Feeding
Great Tit's Feeding by madmcmojo

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Birdorable Eastern Bluebird

Baby Birdorable: Eastern Bluebird

April 30th, 2012 in Thrushes, 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 (Creative Commons images shared via Flickr) of the Eastern Bluebird. Eastern Bluebirds are small thrushes that live across much of eastern North America. They are cavity nesters and will use nest boxes. Incubation lasts about two weeks, starting after the last egg is laid. Typical clutch size is 3 to 7 eggs. Fledging occurs about 18 days after hatching.

Bluebirds 5
Bluebirds 5 by OakleyOriginals
we're ready
we're ready by nosha
Baby Bluebird Mohawk
Baby Bluebird Mohawk by OakleyOriginals
Baby Bluebirds wk 3
Baby Bluebirds wk 3 by mullica
The Second Eastern Bluebird to leave the nest box.
The Second Eastern Bluebird to leave the nest box. by trista.rada
Third Eastern Bluebird to Fledge
Third Eastern Bluebird to Fledge by trista.rada
juvenile bluebird
juvenile bluebird by gerrybuckel

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