Real World Camo


WC has written before about bird camouflage. But the Alaska birds are pikers in comparison to the tropical species. Consider the Common Potoo:

Common Potoo

Common Potoo

A nocturnal insectivore, by day the bird perches on the end of a branch, doing its best to appear a simple stump of wood. The imitation is uncanny.

The Greater Potoo’s camo may even be better:

Greater Potoo

Greater Potoo

This is a big bird, up to 21 inches long. But you’d walk by it without seeing it in the jungle. Trust WC on this.

Even the ubiquitous, noisy Monk Parakeet’s back is a perfect match for the green palm fronds in which it forages.

Monk Parakeet

Monk Parakeet

Hundreds of thousands of years of evolution have fine-tuned this natural camouflage. WC wandered into the camo department – and entire department! – of a national chain sporting goods store. Across the shelves and aisle of camo-colored everything there was nothing that began to touch nature’s craft.

 

 

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One thought on “Real World Camo

  1. The potoos are, indeed, staggering in their ability to hide so effectively out in the wide open. Your two photos are very nice in showing the birds’ feathering and other details, but if you have any long-range or wide angle shots, those might serve better at demonstrating the effectiveness of their camouflage.

    When we were last in Amazonia, we canvassed some 999,999 tree branch stumps searching diligently for either potoo. Finally had one greater potoo, too far for a photo. Jealous here, as usual!

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