"I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven."
Emily Dickinson

Friday, June 17, 2016

Daddy birds should get the day off

A male house finch feeds a fledgling. Photo by J.J. Meyer

A male Western bluebird feeds two fledglings. Photo by Ken Carrier
     Not all dads will get the day off for Father's Day.
     While the role of the daddy bird differs among species, many males including house finches, mourning doves, barn owls, eagles, Western bluebirds, Nuttall's woodpeckers and countless others, share the responsibilities of nesting and feeding the young with their mates.
     Male hummingbirds on the other hand, do not lift a feather to help out.

     Happy Father's Day to all the hard-working dads out there. And Happy Birding, of course!

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