Saturday, June 27, 2009

Do Birds Have Horns?

Great Horned Owl by Paul O. Roisen

Some birds carry the word "Horned" in their name. They don't really have horns like cattle, deer or rhinoceroses. What appear to be horns are merely tufts of feathers. They may not be actual horns, but they do give the birds just a little added look of fierceness. Don't you think?

Horned Grebe by Paul O. Roisen

Horned Lark by Paul O. Roisen

1 comment:

  1. We saw a bird at our place in Central California that had tiny horns at the top of its beak - not like a horned looked exhausted and stayed at our place for a few days - very unafraid of us - we wondered if it was tossed about in a storm from some distant place....we cannot find it in the birdbook for North American birds.