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