Ridiculously colorful bird taking a bath

Started Mar 10, 2014 | Discussions thread
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In reply to RonFrank, Mar 11, 2014

RonFrank wrote:

FL has a population of very colorful birds I have not seen. He looks like one wet bird. You would think he would take cover. Maybe he does not mind the wet so much. We often think animals do not like the rain, but that is likely not true. A good bath is a routine for many animals.

Indeed you're right - this guy is one of the most colorful, along with the invasive parakeet species, and the purple gallinules which are always well liked.  It's surprising how few birds seem to mind getting wet...some look a bit miserable when it's raining, but for the most part, they fly about, and go about their business...and many birds like to bathe.  I've always found it humorous around here how the bird most people think of as a dirty, pesty type bird, the grackle, are actually the most fastidious about bathing.  The cardinals, blue jays, and other 'pretty' birds seem to hit by bird bath maybe once, real quickly - the grackles will spend 10 minutes in there, getting soaked, and come back every hour or so.  Of course, part of that could also be that they are solid black birds in 100 degree heat and direct sun, so that also could be a cooling off method!

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