Thursday, June 20, 2013

Bird Couples: House Finch

House Finch (Female and Male) aka... Hollywood Finch?
Berkeley, California, USA
Member of the Finch Famiy
~true bird fact~ When the House Finches are courting they do this ridiculous little role-playing. Here's how it goes, according to wikipedia.
The male will touch bills with the female. He may then present the female with choice bits of food, and if she mimics the behavior of a hungry chick, he may actually feed her. The male also feeds the female during the breeding and incubation of both eggs and young.
I know this is kinda messed up, but it's also, like, so cute.

Have always been a pair, the kind of couple whose names are always mentioned together, as if they just have one long joint name
Really love one another, a fine pair of birds to model your relationship after
Have a relationship based around rituals and traditions
Weather the storms of being apart stoically

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Bird Couples: Boat-tailed Grackle

Boat-tailed Grackle
Boynton Beach, Florida, USA
Members of the Blackbird/Oriole Family
~true bird fact~ Rubs ants all over themselves, because the acid secreted by them kills off parasites. That's cool and all, but I'm glad I'm not a Grackle.
Wronged by the world
Finds it difficult to self motivate
Falls into and out of love
Many of his actions are informed by a deep-seated sense of powerlessness
 Has terrible parents
Sees pipe-dreams as wasteful things
"You don't know me"
Volunteers with the least fortunate in society