For 22 days we’re adding a new Birdorable bird every day as part of our Birdorable Bonanza 2012. We’re counting up to our 400th species! Today we introduce the Birdorable Hawaiian Goose!
The Hawaiian Goose is the official state bird of Hawaii, where it is called the Nene (or Nēnē). The endemic species is threatened due to over-hunting and predation by non-native species like mongooses and domestic cats. Captive breeding programs are working to reintroduce the species to the islands, and there is hope for the survival of the species.
People can help Hawaiian Geese by watching out for them when traveling through their territory, and by not feeding them. Geese that become habituated or even dependent on people for food are drawn into traffic or other man-made dangers.
Nene Pair by Makuahine Pa'i Ki'i
Tomorrow's bird is the national bird of Saint Lucia, an island in the Caribbean. Can you guess what it will be?
Today’s bird, and the 10th species in the Birdorable Bonanza, is the Pink-footed Goose!
Pink Footed Goose by Hilary Chambers
The Pink-footed Goose is a migratory species of goose that breeds in parts of Greenland, Iceland, and Norway. The species population has increased dramatically over the past 50 years, mainly due to extra hunting restrictions in their winter range. The Pink-footed Goose featured prominently in the recent birder movie The Big Year. Two of the main characters missed out on seeing the rare vagrant to the United States early in the film (and early in the big birding year). The bird appears again later in the movie as well.
Tomorrow's bird is a quail that can be found in eastern United States and is named after its characteristic whistling call. Can you guess what it will be?
We've just added two new Birdorable coloring pages. The Brown Pelican is a large waterbird that lives along American coasts from Virginia south to Peru. The Greylag Goose is a common goose across Europe and Asia. Go to Coloring Pages to download these two new PDFs. You can check our Meet the Birds page to get some color guidance.
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On the sixth day of Birdorable, my true love gave to me… 6 Geese-a-laying! Our 12 Days of Birdorable continues today with another brand new bird species: the Birdorable Greylag Goose.
The line Six Geese-a-laying in the song “The 12 Days of Christmas” may very well be referring to Greylag Geese. Greylags are extremely common throughout much of Europe. Greylags are also the ancestors of the modern domestic Embden Goose.
This is the sixth day of our 12 Days of Birdorable holiday event. Previously featured were: