Watch The Moustached Fluffy Birds Who Can Do The Splits
Do you think bird watching is a hobby that you’ll enjoy only after you retire? This may be partially true. But in fact, it all depends on the birds you’re watching. Some people travel to the other side of the globe just to point their binoculars at colorful tropical birds — so it must be fun, right? Fortunately, you don’t need to fly that far or spend that much. Adorable birds can be found everywhere, and today we’ll talk about Bearded Reedlings. They are cute, fluffy, funny, and they can do the splits. Will such a description convince you to have a look at them?
Bearded Reedlings normally grow up to 15 cm in size, but the most part of their length accounts for their tail. Their bodies are egg-shaped, and they can easily fit in your palm. Bearded Reedlings can be found in diverse regions of Asia and Europe and hardly ever migrate, so you can enjoy watching them all year long.
It’s quite easy to tell a male Bearded Reedling from a female one. The male birds are ginger with blue-grey heads. On their face, there is a black, moustache-like marking that goes down from their eyes towards their neck. In their tail, there is a black stripe. And now, the question of the day: why don’t we call them Moustached Reedlings? Did they have a beard before, when the scientists came across them for the first time? Probably it’s one of those scientific mysteries that will never be solved.
The female birds look more or less the same but they don’t have that typical “moustache” or that black stripe in their tail. Also, they are paler, which is quite common in the bird world. The males look flamboyant in order to attract the females’ attention (and the bird-watchers as well). The females don’t show off deliberately since they are confident as it is.
Watching Bearded Reedlings is fun, because they adore doing the splits between tree branches. And here is another mystery connected to them: isn’t it safer and more comfortable to sit on a branch just like all the other birds? Probably Bearded Reedlings think: “If we have such a skill, it would be unwise not to use it”. Or maybe they just like to be different from the majority.
To sum it up, these birds are funny, fluffy and eye-catching. After the quarantine is over, we’ll definitely go for a long walk, so why don’t you try watching Bearded Reedlings? Maybe you’ll discover some more amazing facts about them while observing them! Or even find out where their beard is…