August 12, 2022

«Russian bird»: why was varakushka called a patriot?

«Russian bird»: why was varakushka called a patriot?

One of the rather bright, but little-known birds of Russia, jokingly called a patriot, is the varakushka. She received this title for the flag of the Russian Federation "hung" on her chest.

The average length of the varakushka is about 15 cm, and the wingspan is about 20 cm. Such sizes make it very inconspicuous, and its habitual behavior saves the bird from prying eyes at all. As soon as varakushka feels the slightest manifestation of interest in her person, she immediately turns her back to the observer. In this way, she hides her bright breasts and substitutes a brownish-gray back, which few people will be interested in.

Males and females differ by a speck located on a blue background in the neck area, the presence of which is a rare phenomenon for females, although it occurs. It is the color and size of this spot that is a special diagnostic factor that helps in determining the subspecies and its habitat. For example, the red color indicates Siberia, Kamchatka and Scandinavia. The white color speaks of Western and Central Europe, Transcaucasia and Northern Iran. The complete absence of a speck basically indicates that the bird is from Iran.

Also a distinctive feature from the female is a bright chestnut stripe under the throat of the male.

Interesting fact:

Varakushka perfectly imitates a variety of sounds and voices of other living beings.

Do you want to learn more interesting facts about birds? Follow the project "Let's save the Red Book birds of Russia together!" and subscribe to the newsletter.

The project is being implemented with the support of the Presidential Grants Fund.


Read more

March 4, 2023

Development of ecological tourism

"Awareness of foreigners about specially protected natural territories (protected areas) Russia exceeds the knowledge of Russians about these places, the development of ecological tourism and educational work should correct the situation," said Irina Makanova, director of the Department of State Policy and Regulation in the field of development of specially Protected Natural Territories of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation.

The project of our Foundation "Donbass Extraordinary", which received the support of the Presidential Grants Fund, is aimed at solving exactly this problem, which was stated by Irina Makanova.

Popularizing the historical, cultural and natural heritage of the Russian Federation among the population is simply necessary. We must preserve and multiply for the future what we have inherited. After all, as the famous quote says: “We did not inherit the Land from our ancestors. We borrowed it from our children”.

Support the Foundation, publicity is the best way to save animals