Big Bird, Little Bird

I’d never thought of Northern Cardinals as being very big, until I realized how much smaller warblers are (hummingbirds don’t count — they’re smaller than everybody!). Check this out:

A Northern Cardinal (21-23cm, 42-48g) is considered mid-sized. I guess that means a Nashville Warbler (10-12 cm, 7-12g) would be small, and a hummingbird would be downright puny (but in a cute way). Maybe “tiny” would be a better description than “puny.” I’ll go with “tiny” for a hummingbird.

I guess that means an Ostrich would be called monstrous? Ginormous? Humongous?

Large doesn’t quite cut it for an ostrich, people!

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Comments

  1. says

    Meredith, what a great shot in the first one. Funny how size doesn’t always seem to matter in the bird kingdom. This year I had a very small wren wreck nests of larger birds in the yard to take over the prime nesting boxes. She or he was finally scared out by the large number of garter snakes crawling around the ground and trees.
    Donna@Gardens Eye View recently posted..Autumn Natives Bloom

  2. Cynthia Crane (@TheCranesNest) says

    I’m quite a bird lover but never realized how teeny those warblers are. Thanks so much for sharing such a lovely photo!

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