Birdorable Great Egret

Cute Birdorable Great Egret

The Great Egret is one of the latest birds we've added to Birdorable. It is widely distributed across the tropical and temperate regions in the world and can be found on all continents. We see these beautiful white birds regularly here in Illinois, where they are quite common. This was however not always the case. In the late 1800s and early 1900s the birds were hunted to near extinction by plume hunters, as they were a popular addition to lady's hats. North American populations of Great Egrets were reduced by more than 95 percent! Fortunately, Great Egrets have recovered as a result of conservation measures. In 1953, the Great Egret was chosen as the symbol of the National Audubon Society, which was formed in part to prevent the killing of birds for their feathers.

Great Egret at Viera Wetlands in Florida
Great Egret at Viera Wetlands in Florida

This is a our cute Birdorable version of the Great Egret. For more birds like this see Egret & Other Waders in our Meet the Birds area.

Birdorable 200: Dodo

Cute Birdorable Dodo

We present you the 200th Birdorable bird: the Dodo. We often get requests for new birds to make and the Dodo has been one of the most requested ones. The Dodo was a large flightless bird in the Columbidae family, related to pigeons and doves. It was found on the island of Mauritius and has been extinct since the mid-to-late 17th century. It is something of an icon of extinction as it occurred in modern times. Our Birdorable Dodo is based on reconstructions of the bird that can be found in museums around the world. We usually show a real photo of the bird here, but with this extinct bird we could find only drawings like this one:

That concludes our Birdorable Bonanza. For the last 17 days we've been adding a new Birdorable bird to the site every day. The sale ends Friday night, so you still have a chance to get some of our cute Birdorable products at 20% to 50% off:

- Organic Baby T-Shirts$21.50 to $17.20
- Organic Kids T-Shirts - $25 $20
- Bibs - $12.50 to $6.25
- Organic Men's Fitted T-Shirts - $30 to $21
- Organic Women's Fitted Tees - $30 to $21
- Oval Ornaments - $12.50 to $6.25
- Round Ornaments - $12.50 to $6.25
- Round Magnets - $5 to $3
- Rectangle Magnets - $6 to $3.50
- Tote Bags - $24.50 to $14.70
- Mousepads - $15 to $12
- Wall Clocks - 25 to $12.50
- Regular Mugs - $17 to $11.90
- Large Mugs - $18 to $12.60
- Steins - $20 to $14
- Ceremic Travel Mugs - $25 to $20
- Tile Coasters - $8 to $4.80

Birdorable 198: Northern Pintail

Cute Birdorable Northern Pintail

The 198th bird in our Birdorable Bonanza is this cute little Northern Pintail. This dabbling duck has a widespread range in the Northern Hemisphere. It breeds across northern areas of North America, Europe and Asia and in winter migrates as far south as Hawaii, Central America, sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Its global population is estimated at 6.1 to 7.7 million birds. Have you ever seen a Pintail?

Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)
Photo by Frank Shufelt (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 199

Birdorable 199: Rainbow Bee-eater

Cute Birdorable Rainbow Bee-eater

The Birdorable Bonanza is almost over. For the last 16 days we've been adding a new Birdorable bird every day and we've been having the biggest Birdorable sale ever with 17 products at 20% to 50% off. Today's new bird is this Rainbow Bee-eater from Australia. These colorful birds measure 7 to 8 inches long, including the two elongated central tail feathers. They eat insects and have a special fondness for bees. This is our totally cute Birdorable Rainbow Bee-eater!

Rainbow Bee-eater
Photo by Maureen Goninan (Source: Flickr)

Here's a preview of tomorrow's 200th bird:

Preview of Birdorable 200

Birdorable 197: Resplendent Quetzal

Birdorable Resplendant Quetzal

We're reaching the end of our 17-day long Birdorable Bonanza. Today's new bird is this spectacular Resplendent Quetzal. Males sport very long tail streamers and a helmet-like crest. It's officially the Birdorable with the longest tail! ;) The Resplendent Quetzal is the national bird of Guatemala where it is pictured on the flag. It is even the name of the local currency (the Guatemalan Quetzal). Check out these nice coins:

Flag and coins of Guatemala with the Resplendent Quetzal
Resplendent Quetzal (Male) by David Lindsey
Photo by David Lindsey (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 198

Meet the Birdorable Willow Ptarmigan: The Master of Camouflage

Birdorable Willow Ptarmigan camouflaged in the snow

Willow Ptarmigan camouflaged in the snow

Today, we're thrilled to introduce the latest addition to the Birdorable Bonanza: the charming Willow Ptarmigan. This adorable bird is a marvel of adaptation, showcasing a striking seasonal transformation in its plumage. During the winter months, it dons a completely white coat (as shown above), allowing it to blend seamlessly with snowy landscapes. As the seasons change, so does its plumage, transitioning to a mostly marble brown color, providing excellent camouflage among the forest floors and moorlands.

The Willow Ptarmigan, known as the Willow Grouse in Europe, is a bird of many terrains. It makes its home across a diverse range of environments, from the forests and moorlands of Scotland and Scandinavia to the vast expanses of Siberia. Across the Atlantic, it is equally at home in the wild landscapes of Canada and Alaska, where it is held in high esteem as the state bird since 1955. Its unique adaptation to seasonal changes not only aids in its survival but also makes it a fascinating subject for bird enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. 

Photo of Willow Ptarmigan

Willow Ptarmigan by Gregory "Slobirdr" Smith (CC BY-SA 2.0 DEED)

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:

Cute Willow Ptarmigan Gifts

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 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 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 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