That's rarely seen but often heard.
The green blends with its jungle home
And somehow too its head of chrome.
Its bright red breast goes unseen too?
That seems like it must be untrue!
Why not add some flashing red
And silver stripes upon its head
With neon purple on its toes
And disco balls off of its nose.
Its camouflage is just absurd
Yet somehow I can't find that bird.
I am eternally amazed at the color combinations that animals like the Golden-headed Quetzal Pharomachrus auriceps can somehow use to disappear in their natural habitats. I used to work at several zoos in the northeastern United States, and visitors would often ask me why there were so many brightly colored birds in the tropics yet there are none where we live. I would always take them out of the aviary, where it would usually take me less than a minute to find one of the extremely common brilliantly red Northern Cardinals Cardinalis cardinalis, a bright blue Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata, and any number of other birds that you never notice unless you know how to find the little devils, but that are all around us. My travels around to different countries has given me the impression that there is a roughly equal percentage of colorful birds wherever you go (although some areas have far more birds in general- those places also have a lot of brown and grey birds as well as colorful birds.) It's amazing what pops out of the woodwork in our own backyard when we take the time to really look around us. And even when we know what we are looking for it can be tricky. I don't even want to discuss how much time I have spent looking for a Golden-headed Quetzal in a zoo exhibit and kept overlooking it again and again because it just melted into the background somehow.