Actual Birds

Ernio Hernandez
Dec 15, 2019 · 3 min read
All artwork by Ernio Hernandez © 2019 All rights reserved.

The red-breasted nuthatch, like all nuthatches, is monogamous.

The mnemonic device for remembering the barred owl’s call is “Who cooks for you, who cooks for you all.”

The black phoebe can be recognized by a characteristic “tail-wagging” motion, in which the tail is lowered and the tail’s feathers fanned out.

During egg laying, the female yellow-bellied sapsucker is dominant, sometimes driving the male away from the nest.

The bank swallow winters in eastern and southern Africa, South America, and the Indian Subcontinent.

Painted buntings are shy, secretive, and often difficult to observe.

The male creeper has a slightly larger bill than the female.

In flight the dickcissel makes a low, “electric,” buzzing fpppt.

While foraging, the agile bushtit family may hang upside down.


Ernio Hernandez (ernio.com) is a writer, artist and sly third person biographer. His work has appeared on Electric Lit, Weekly Humorist and The New Yorker.

All artwork by Ernio Hernandez © 2019 All rights reserved.


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