Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A Pumpkin A Day

Phainopepla by Kathiesbirds
(acrylic on Bristolboard)

Phainopeplas are insect and berry eating birds found in the Sonoran Desert. The males are black and the females are gray. Both have red eyes. They fly out from a perch to snag insects from the air, or they eat mistletoe berries from the parasitic plants that hang off of other trees. When the phainopeplas go to the bathroom, they excrete mistletoe seeds in their sticky waste onto the branches where they perch. In this way the mistletoe then takes hold and starts to grow on a new tree sending its roots into the new host and sharing the same sap and nutrients. Phainopeplas make a call that sounds like a soft “whoop, whoop.” They are in a family called the silky flycatchers.

4 comments:

Gaelyn said...

Kathie, I so love your fun and whimsical Halloween cards. Hope you included all that great info for the grandkids.

bobbie said...

Very interesting! Thanks. and thanks for the pumpkins.

Bernie said...

So cute my friend as well as thoughtful.....:-) Hugs

Kathiesbirds said...

Gaelyn, yes I did! Thank you! I had fun doing it!

bobbie, you are welcome!

bernie, glad you enjoyed this. Hugs back at ya!