Mockingbird calling to its feathered friends
It’s #birdsdaythursday and our #birdoftheday is this heath hen, no contest. Based on the two males facing off in the background of the painting, we think they might have fought us for the title if we hadn’t chosen her. This is a female heath hen, and those aren’t ears hanging down by her head. They’re pinnae, and in the males they stand straight up and look like horns. Sadly, these prairie chickens went extinct in 1932, just a few years after Louis Agassiz Fuertes painted this work for the state Division of Ornithology. They were common in colonial New England, but they were hunted extensively for food by settlers. It has been speculated that on the first thanksgiving, the pilgrims feasted on heath hens, not wild turkeys! Also pictured here are the ruffed grouse and the ring-necked pheasant. .
EN2.07/series 114X. Paintings from Birds of Massachusetts and other New England States. Plate 35. Massachusetts Archives. Boston, Massachusetts. .
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Cairns Superstars Part I 4/6: Helmeted Frairbird
Happy Thursday everyone glad the sun has come out for the pheasant poults ❤️