Balding

“Nobody is happy

with what’s on their head.

People with straight hair want curly,

people with curly want straight,

and bald people want

everyone to be blind.”

       Rita Rudner

“As humans, we are all too familiar with hair loss as we get older. Roseate Spoonbills, it turns out, are familiar with balding too, but instead of losing hair they lose feathers from the top of their head as they get older.” — Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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Recognized by its spoon-shaped bill that allows it to easily sift through the muck for a dinner of aquatic invertebrates, Roseate Spoonbills typically roost in trees 5-15’ above ground or water, as this one shown here in Flamingo Gardens, Davie, Florida. — Photo by Jan Logozzo

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