Today’s post I’ll call “Pinker’s Birds.” Steve sent us a bunch of photos from his recent trip to Uganda, but the bulk of them were animals with feathers. To reduce the disparity among taxa (there were also herps, grazing mammals, and primates), I’m posting a few of his bird photos today.
Alcedo cristata (malachite kingfisher):
Haliaeetus vocifer: (African fish eagle; Pinker notes, “Not a bald eagle”). JAC: the convergence is pretty remarkable; I wonder why the white head?
Merops bullocki (Red-throated bee-eater):
Ardea goliath (Goliath heron):
Iridescent crown on Chalcomitra senegalensis (scarlet-chested sunbird):
Ceryle rudis (pied kingfisher) with fish: