Blog Archive: Thrushes

Birdorable Hermit Thrush

Vermont's Official State Bird

February 16th, 2015 in State Birds, Thrushes No comments

We've added the state of Vermont to our State Birdorable Birds series. The official state bird of Vermont is the Hermit Thrush.

State Birdorable of Vermont: the Hermit Thrush

Hermit Thrushes are known to breed in all of Vermont's counties. Most birds leave the state for warmer climates to the south after breeding season, but each year a few hardy Hermit Thrushes are found in Vermont during the winter (often during the Christmas Bird Count).

The Hermit Thrush was named the official state bird of Vermont in 1941. Apparently during the debate over naming the state bird, some legislators favored other birds, including the Blue Jay, which is resident year-round in Vermont. Also mentioned were "crow" and flying squirrel. Yep, a non-bird was floated as a possible official state bird to represent Vermont!

Birdorable Wood Thrush

The Wood Thrush's double voice box

August 27th, 2013 in Thrushes 7 comments

Today we have added a new species to Birdorable: the Wood Thrush.

wood-thrush

The Wood Thrush is a medium-sized songbird in the thrush family. Related birds include the familiar American Robin as well as the Blackbird of Europe. Wood Thrushes breed across parts of eastern North America and winter across parts of Central America. The song of the Wood Thrush is very beautiful. Wood Thrushes have a double voice box, which allows them to sing a melodious harmony with themselves. This specialized voice box is called a syrinx. Some say that the song of the Wood Thrush is the most beautiful of all bird songs. What do you think?

If you can't get enough of this amazing songster, be sure to check out our selection of apparel and gifts featuring our cute cartoon Wood Thrush!

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

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

Birdorable Blackbird

Baby Birdorable: Blackbird

October 18th, 2011 in Thrushes, 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 Blackbird. Common Blackbirds live throughout Europe and parts of north Africa and east Asia. They are thrushes - related to the American Robin. Female Blackbirds construct cup-shaped nests in evergreens or other similar vegetation. Three to five eggs are laid and hatching occurs after about 13 days of incubation. The baby birds fledge at approximately 14 days after hatching.

(paas)eieren gevonden!
(paas)eieren gevonden! by Marcel030NL
Amsel-Babys (Turdus merula)
Amsel-Babys (Turdus merula) by blumenbiene
Amsel-Babys (Turdus merula)
Amsel-Babys (Turdus merula) by blumenbiene
Young blackbirds
Young blackbirds by Xennan
Blackbird chicks
Blackbird chicks by exfordy
Blackbird chicks
Blackbird chicks by exfordy
Baby Blackbird
Baby Blackbird by rocketjohn

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

Birdorable Swainson's Thrush

Thrush Rush

February 23rd, 2011 in New Birds, Thrushes 3 comments

We've recently added three members of the Thrush family to Birdorable: the Gray-cheeked Thrush, the Swainson's Thrush, and the Hermit Thrush. These three species, along with the related Wood Thrush and Veery, belong to a group of brown spotted thrushes that breed in North America and present an identification challenge to many birders. Besides their rather similar plumage, these three thrushes share another trait: they are "notable as world-class singers," according to Bill Thompson III's Identify Yourself: The 50 Most Common Birding Identification Challenges. "Their flutelike songs are produced by a complex system of syringeal muscles that are able to create multiple notes simultaneously. These rich vocalizations [...] have evolved to be heard in the thick vegetation of the woodland habitats where these thrushes breed." Hear their beautiful songs for yourself! Do you have a favorite?

These three cute Birdorable thrushes are available on a variety of novelties, t-shirts, and gifts, including neckties (shown with the Swainson's); postage (Gray-cheeked); necklace (Hermit); and iPhone cases (Swainson's).