This week’s photo, taken April 15, 2014 deep in the forest of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state, features the GIANT CURVE-BILLED, ROUND-HEADED, MOSS-COVERED, FERN-SIDED, FOREST-DWELLING PLANTBIRD.
Last week, while hiking along the Sol Duc River in Olympic National Park, we stumbled upon a bird species we had never encountered before. Fortunately, it’s listed in the Guidebook to Large Forest Birds.
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Sasquatchii Gigantas Fernulea Mosserius Arbolus Olympus
COMMON NAME: Giant Curve-billed, Round-headed, Moss-covered, Fern-sided, Forest-dwelling Plantbird
OTHER NAMES: Chip, Stump, Woody, Grover, Big Bird, George W.
HABITAT: old growth forest of the Pacific Northwest
MOVEMENTS: basically sedentary; does not migrate
FIELD MARKS: various shades of green and brown
SIZE: 10 feet in length
SIMILAR SPECIES: not a chance
AGE: really old
HEALTH PLAN: Medicare
MOLT: loses appendages each fall; new plumes appear each spring
DISPOSITION: feels a genuine connection to the earth
DIET: natural, organic and high in fiber
FORAGING HABITS: known for its unparalleled patience; while stalking prey, has ability to stand perfectly still for long periods of time
VOICE: mostly silent; during wind storms, may utter a creaking sound
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