One’s eyes are so accustomed to seeing stubby or short tails on a bird, that when a bird flies by with a ten inch tail, everyone just stops and watches…or at least I do.
Tyrannus savana, pictured here, was photographed in Belize. But there are several other long-tailed birds like the scissor-tailed flycatcher, resplendent quetzal, and the paradise flycatcher to name a few. The long tail is helpful to the bird in providing balance and agility as it swoops and darts in the air, catching insects.
Of all the long-tailed birds I’ve had the blissful pleasure of watching, not one ever got their tail caught in branches, thorns, or treetops. That’s one more marvel of nature to celebrate.
Photo credit: Athena Alexander