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Birdorable Black-and-chestnut Eagle

2018 Bonanza Bird #5: Black-and-chestnut Eagle

Cute Birdorable Black-and-chestnut Eagle

Today's new bird is an endangered raptor from South America: the Black-and-chestnut Eagle!

The Black-and-chestnut Eagle is a large species of eagle found in mountain habitat across a small range in South America, from Argentina to Venezuela. They are named for their striking black and chestnut plumage, which is complemented by white under the wings and a white stripe on the tail. These birds also have a head crest which is typically in the raised position, even while in flight. The crest may be lowered if the bird is experiencing stress or fear.

Black-and-chestnut Eagles are considered to be Endangered, mainly due to habitat loss. As they are known to eat large birds, including domestic fowl, they also face persecution from farmers.

Tomorrow's new bird will be a small sparrow with a widespread distribution over much of North America. Can you guess the species?

Birdorable Emu

2018 Bonanza Bird #4: Emu

November 26th, 2018 in Birdorable Bonanza 2018, Ratites 1 comment
Cute Birdorable Emu

Today we are revealing our 700th Birdorable species: the Emu! This species has been our most requested bird since we started Birdorable.

The Emu is the world's second largest bird species, just after the Ostrich. These flightless birds are endemic to Australia. They are known for having powerful legs, allowing them to run up to 30 MPH and jump as high as 7 feet. They use their legs to defend themselves as well, pairing a powerful kick with their sharply-clawed toes.

Male Emus take on breeding duties like nest-building and egg incubation. The female may lay up to 15 avocado-sized eggs before leaving them with her partner. Young Emus stay with their father for around 18 months before taking off on their own.

Tomorrow's new bird is a very large species of raptor found in South America. Some consider it to be the most endangered bird of prey in the New World. Can you guess the species?

Birdorable Common Wood Pigeon

2018 Bonanza Bird #3: Common Wood Pigeon

November 25th, 2018 in Birdorable Bonanza 2018, Pigeons & Doves 2 comments
Cute Birdorable Wood Pigeon

Today's new bird is an Old World species and the largest type of pigeon or dove found in Europe: the Common Wood Pigeon!

The Common Wood Pigeon is a large species of pigeon native to parts of Europe and Asia. They are fairly common and abundant throughout their natural range. They can be found in a variety of habitats, including wild woodlands, as well as rural, suburban and urban areas.

Tomorrow's new bird will be Birdorable #700! This is our all-time most requested bird ever. Can you guess what it will be?

Birdorable Palila

2018 Bonanza Bird #2: Palila

November 24th, 2018 in Birdorable Bonanza 2018, Finches 1 comment
Cute Birdorable Palila

Today our 2018 Bonanza continues with a Hawaiian species of honeycreeper: the Palila!

Many species of Hawaiian honeycreeper are endangered or face threats, and the Palila is no different, unfortunately. The Palila is considered to be critically endangered, due in part to loss of habitat.

Palilas are highly dependent on the Mamane tree. This association includes using the tree as a food source and nesting habitat.

Tomorrow's new bird is Europe's largest species of pigeon. Can you guess which species it is?

Birdorable Acorn Woodpecker

2018 Bonanza Bird #1: Acorn Woodpecker

November 23rd, 2018 in Birdorable Bonanza 2018, Woodpeckers No comments
Birdorable Acorn Woodpecker

Thanks for tuning in to our 2018 Birdorable Bonanza. We're kicking off this burst of new Birdorable birds with a species of New World woodpecker: the Acorn Woodpecker.

Acorn Woodpeckers have an unmistakable adult plumage of black and white with a deep red crown. These social birds breed cooperatively.

Photo of Acorn Woodpecker
Acorn Woodpecker by Becky Matsubara (CC BY 2.0)

They also gather and hoard their namesake food communally, using dead trees or utility poles to store thousands of acorns.

Tomorrow's new bird is an endangered Hawaiian honeycreeper finch. This specialized bird lives on the Big Island and is closely associated with the Mamane tree. Do you know the species?

Birdorable Scarlet Ibis

10 Years of Birdorable Bonanzas! 2018 Starts Friday!

November 21st, 2018 in Birdorable Bonanza 2018 4 comments
Birdorable Bonanza

Back in November 2016, we celebrated the 10th year of Birdorable by kicking off our 8th annual Birdorable Bonanza. This Friday, November 23, we're kicking off our 10th Bonanza!

Each year we reveal a new batch of birds in a burst -- our Birdorable Bonanza. You can check out what the previous years were like here: 2017; 2016; 2015; 2014; 2013; 2012; 2011; 2010; 2009.

In 2009, our first bird was the Scarlet Ibis and last year's bonanza ended with the Superb Lyrebird

During this year's ten-day-long event, we'll reveal a new bird each day. 10 new birds for our 10th Bonanza! The new birds will include our 700th species, the most requested Birdorable of all time! Join us starting this friday to see what new birds will join Birdorable in our 10th annual Bonanza!

Here's a sneak peek at Friday's new species, a medium-sized woodpecker with an appearance some compare to that of a clown. Can you guess which species will start things off?