Everyone knows that some owls have “tufts” on their heads. But did you know there is actually a name for these tufts?
They are called “Plumicorns”, from the Latin words meaning “feather horn”. Not all owls have them, and their purpose is still debated. They are usually kept flat on the birds head. Owls are also not the only birds to possess Plumicorns.
(if you can identify every species shown here you win a prize)
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What Humans Have Wrought upon the innocent, unsuspecting Rock Dove, Columba livia, (aka has the domestic pigeon gone Too Far? Yes.):
This is the Holle Cropper. I had to check google to make sure the first photo I saw wasn't just a weird pose. Nope, turns out they're ALL like this.
look into those eyes and tell me aachen lacquer shield owl pigeon is not just waiting to avenge itself on its creators. seriously, why do we keep making perfectly good animals brachycephalic?
are we like... totally sure there's a bird still in the Jacobin???? are we positive?
the Königsberg Colour-head Tumbler was a mistake
okay, ALL fancy pigeons, especially the English Magpie, are going to kill god, and we are god
the Zitterhall: it got worse
just to prove they can squish as WELL as stretch: the Modena.
the Reverse-Wing Pouter: that's.... that's not where wings go 😰
the Scandaroon, designed by Salvador Dalí
and finally, this poorly-assembled fucker is called the Pygmy Pouter.
I think our selective breeding privileges ought to be revoked, collectively, as a species. We've done enough.
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I remember hearing in a video about training birds that not all birds can actually recognize the whole human body as one being, and only see your head as being "you." In case you needed a reason to make your birds' humansonas even weirder.
Was it about budgies? I’m sort of skeptical that there are birds that cannot recognize the human body as being part of a coherent animal (like ... birds can still see you when you’re far away), but to be fair, domestic life does weird things to the avian psyche. I think it’s more likely that birds just have different opinions about various human body parts (i.e. face: cute! hands: scary! feet: hey baby)
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