Blog Archive: Birdorable Bonanza 2009

Birdorable Golden-breasted Starling

Birdorable 195: Golden-breasted Starling

Cute Birdorable Golden-breasted Starlings

Our 195th cute Birdorable is this Golden-breasted Starling, often called the "most beautiful of the African starlings" for its gorgeous plumage and golden breast for it is named. Golden-breasted Starlings, also called Royal Starlings, live in Eastern Africa, from Somalia to northern Tanzania. Due to its striking appearance you'll also find this bird at many zoos across the United States.

Golden-breasted starling
Photo by kz hata (source: Flickr)
(Not Quite) Abbey Road
Photo by FeebleOldMan (source: Flickr)

Until the 31st of July we'll be adding a new bird every day as part of our Birdorable Bonanza until we reach the 200th at the end of this month. Here's a preview of tomorrow's bird:

Preview of Birdorable 196
Birdorable Red-bellied Woodpecker

Birdorable 194: Red-bellied Woodpecker

Cute Birdorable Red-bellied Woodpecker

Just six more birds in the Birdorable Bonanza until we reach our 200th Birdorable. We hope you like all the new birds so far. Today's species is one of our favorite local birds, the Red-bellied Woodpecker. This cute woodpecker lives in the eastern part of North America. They are named for a reddish tint found on the lower belly.

Until the 31st of July we'll be adding a new bird every day as part of our Birdorable Bonanza until we reach the 200th at the end of this month. Here's a preview of tomorrow's bird:

Preview of Birdorable 195
Birdorable Masked Booby

Birdorable 193: Masked Booby

Cute Birdorable Masked Booby

The Birdorable Bonanza continues with our 193th bird. The Masked Booby is a type of seabird that breeds on tropical islands. They are the largest species of Booby and are named for their dark grey facial mask. This is our totally cute Birdorable Masked Booby.

Aurora baiana
Photo by Amanda Ercília (Source: Flickr)


Until the 31st of July we'll be adding a new bird every day as part of our Birdorable Bonanza until we reach the 200th at the end of this month. Here's a preview of tomorrow's bird:

Preview of Birdorable 194
Birdorable Horned Guan

Birdorable 192: Horned Guan

Cute Birdorable Horned Guan

The Horned Guan, the 192th bird in our Birdorable Bonanza, is a large turkey-like bird with remarkable plumage and a striking red head-horn. The species lives in mountainous forests of Mexico and Guatemala at high elevation. The endangered Horned Guan is a target bird for many birdwatchers traveling within their range. Because of where it lives it's often hard for people to get to see it. In fact in can be quite an ordeal - Birdhick even calls it a death march.


Photo by Jeff Bouton (Source: Flickr)

Until the 31st of July we'll be adding a new bird every day as part of our Birdorable Bonanza until we reach the 200th at the end of this month. Here's a preview of tomorrow's bird:

Preview of Birdorable 193

 

Birdorable Harpy Eagle

Birdorable 191: Harpy Eagle

Cute Birdorable Harpy Eagle

Today's new bird in our 17-day-long Birdorable Bonanza is the American Harpy Eagle, a powerful raptor that can be found across Central and South America where it lives in the upper canopy layer of tropical rainforests. Unfortunately the Harpy Eagle is threatened due to habitat loss from logging. Hunting has wiped out lots of Harpy Eagle too, as it was seen as a threat to life stock and humans because of its large size. The National Institute of Amazonian Research in Brazil is currently conducting research at 45 known nesting locations that are being monitored by volunteers.

Harpy Eagle
Photo by Jose Garcia / Panama Birds (Source: Flickr)

Until the 31st of July we'll be adding a new bird every day as part of our Birdorable Bonanza until we reach the 200th at the end of this month. Here's a preview of tomorrow's bird:

Preview of Birdorable 192
Birdorable Rockhopper Penguin

Birdorable 190: Rockhopper Penguin

Cute Birdorable Rockhopper Penguin

The Birdorable Bonanza continues with our 190th Birdorable: the Rockhopper Penguin. There are actually three species of Rockhopper Penguins -- Southern, Northern and Eastern -- that until recently were considered conspecific under the name Eudyptes chrysocome. The Southern Rockhopper Penguins are thought to have a global population of about 1 million pairs, two-thirds of these breeding on the Falkland Islands off Argentina and southern Chile. Their breeding colonies in South America are a popular tourist destination. Some of the characters in the animated feature film Surf's Up are Rockhoppers and one of the characters voiced by Robin Williams in Happy Feet is a Rockhopper as well. :)

Until the 31st of July we'll be adding a new bird every day as part of our Birdorable Bonanza until we reach #200 at the end of this month. Here's a preview of tomorrow's bird:

Preview of Birdorable 191