March 12, 2014 – Cactus Wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus)
Native to the deserts of the Southwestern U.S., Cactus Wrens build their football-shaped nests in cholla cacti and other spiny desert plants. They are the largest of North American wrens and are the State Bird of Arizona.
March 11, 2014 – Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)
Hooded Mergansers live across most of the United States, and some of Canada, on small bodies of water. The babies leave their nests in tree cavities 24 hours after they hatch, sometimes dropping as much as 50 feet to the ground below.
March 10, 2014 – Bali Myna, Rothschild’s Mynah or Bali Starling (Leucopsar rothschildi)
The Bali Myna is the animal symbol of Bali, Indonesia, featured on the 200 rupiah coin. It is also Critically Endangered and native only to Bali. There are probably under 150 wild birds left, with about 1,000 birds left in captivity.
March 9, 2014 – Northern Saw-whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus)
This tiny owl is native to forests of most of the United States and southern Canada. Its main prey animals are mice, although it may eat an adult mouse over two separate meals. When nesting, the female incubates the eggs and chicks while the male hunts.
March 8, 2014 – Hooded Wheatear (Oenanthe monacha)
Hooded Wheatears live in desert areas of eastern Egypt and the Arabian peninsula. They catch insects while flying and nest in crevices in rocky areas.
March 7, 2014 – Horned Puffin (Fratercula corniculata)
Horned Puffins nest on islands near Alaska, Siberia, and British Columbia. They eat fish, squid, and crustaceans, often carrying several tiny fish in their bills. They are a variety of auk.
This drawing fell on my boyfriend’s birthday, so I had him choose the bird.
March 6, 2014 – Black Guan (Chamaepetes unicolor)
These birds live in tropical and subtropical mountain forests of Panama and Costa Rica. They are classified as Near Threatened because of habitat loss and hunting in their limited range.