The fairer sex

Posted May 3rd, 2010 by kcorliss. Comment (1).

Sound the alarm and call your favorite equal opportunity attorney.

In case you’ve lived in a cave your entire life, let me point out the obvious. Published photographs of birds are, almost without fail, those of males of the species.

Before we get all crazy about sexism, let’s all calm down and state the other apparent fact.

In our lives we tend to seek beauty. We want to surround ourselves with things which are pleasing to the eye. Be it a flower garden, a wall painting, an arrangement of the living room, or a new outfit, we desire an environment which brings us pleasure. And logically that equates to beautiful things.

Which brings us back to the bird thing. In the great majority of bird species it is the males which evolution has bestowed with the brighter, more elegant feathering. I won’t go into all the reasons for this but it’s a fact. As a result, these are usually the photographs which make us go, “ahhh.”

But let me throw in one of a female. A hen ring-necked pheasant. I’m willing to bet money there are people out there who don’t even know what one looks like. But they sure as heck have seen rooster pheasants. Here she is:

Elegant in her own way to be sure. But nowhere near as bold and gaudy (and magazine cover-worthy) as the males.

I want to point out something else about this photo. Last year there was an unconfirmed report of a roadrunner purportedly seen in Ontario. The odds of that happening are worse than winning a lottery. But might that person reporting the “roadrunner” have seen a female ring-necked pheasant? I think so.

One response to “The fairer sex”

  1. buffalogal

    I saw one of these hen pheasants the other day…at first we thought it was a prairie chicken but it was definitely exactly like your picture.
    I still love that little owl-face. It is so sweet!