Give that Bird a Comb!!

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Give that bird a comb!!
Male Northern Cardinal, Cardinalis cardinalis, in moult.
Image: Bob Levy, author of Club George [larger].

The photographer writes;
As a writer I am loathe to use an exclamation point so my carefully considered use of two should give you an indication of the strength of my reaction when Papa Museum came out of the shrubbery on a last August afternoon. Wooo. Give that bird a comb!! He has since improved in appearance and is enthusiastically tending to his three fledglings. It is always a high point of my day when I encounter any member of this family.


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grrlscientist is the pseudonym of an evolutionary biologist and ornithologist who writes about evolution, ethology, and ecology, especially in birds. After earning a degree in microbiology (thesis focus: virology) and working at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, she earned her PhD in zoology from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she studied the molecular correlates of testosterone and behaviour in white-crowned sparrows. She then worked a Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where she studied the speciation and distribution of lories and other parrots throughout the South Pacific Islands. A discarded scientist, she returned to her roots: writing. Formerly hosted by The Guardian (UK), she now writes about science for Forbes and for the non-profit think tank, the Evolution Institute and she writes podcasts for BirdNote Radio. An avid lifelong birder and aviculturist, she lives with a flock of songbirds and parrots somewhere in Germany.
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0 Responses to Give that Bird a Comb!!

  1. Bob O'H says:

    Thanks – I love this photo. I’ve had mornings like that too.

  2. Ginka says:

    Is this that little cute cuckoo bird in the Pink Panther cartoon?
    Cook ooh!

  3. arby says:

    I love it. rb

  4. bob levy says:

    I wish you could all meet this particular bird in the flesh, er, the feathers. He is very entertaining and now has considerably improved in appearance.
    Ps. I knew this photo would get you Bob O’H. I believe you when you say you’ve had mornings like that too!

  5. Diane in Ohio says:

    Oh My – he does need a lil’pruning and fluffing…by the way the empty cardinal nest on my front porch is now occupied!! A House Wren has made it her bed at nite. Arrival time is 7:53pm and stays till 6:45am er so….tooo coool!!! :o)