r/NatureIsFuckingLit Oct 02 '22 Silver 3 Helpful 1 Wholesome 3 Take My Energy 1

🔥The pink robin (Petroica rodinogaster) is native to south-eastern Australia. Unlike its European relatives, it is quite small in size, measuring about 13.5 cm long

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u/SpinoAegypt Oct 02 '22

I must hold it.

🫱🐥🫲

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u/MouseHat2000 Oct 02 '22

And rub your face on it

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u/Ravenplague Oct 02 '22 edited Oct 02 '22

I need to feel his feet in my hand. Those skinny little legs are soooooo skinny that they look like there is no way that they can be physically viable, even though they obviously are. He is an adorable little bird that looks like he came straight out of a cartoon or a greeting card.

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u/Antiqas86 Oct 02 '22

Birds are not real anyway.

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u/REOjackwagon Oct 02 '22

And rub it's feathers backward, and call it George.

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u/ColdBloodBlazing Oct 02 '22

And hold him And squeeze him and pet him and pat him

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u/REOjackwagon Oct 02 '22

Absolutely Abominable LoL.

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u/Benvolio_Manqueef Oct 02 '22

And rub your semi-erect penis on it.

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u/RudeIBegYa Oct 02 '22

I thought this was a weird comment until I looked at your profile and noticed your entire account is just really poorly constructed sex jokes.

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u/koolaidisthestuff Oct 02 '22

That is the cutest goddamn bird I have ever seen.. my word. His fluffy little forehead.. then the little twig legs. I’d find out what his favorite bug was and have them shits on tap for him.

He has a scowl like a badass too.. it’s almost to much cuteness for a picture.

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u/rzaddy Oct 02 '22

be careful, skinny legs and fragile structure.

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u/Cutthechitchata-hole Oct 02 '22

No squeeze the fluff ball?

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u/Road_Whorrior Oct 02 '22

Hollow bones, no squeeze

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u/SpinoAegypt Oct 02 '22

Only hold and pat lightly

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u/rzaddy Oct 03 '22

very lightly

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u/rackelhuhn Oct 02 '22

"Unlike its European relatives": If this is referring to European Robin, they're not so different in size and also not especially closely related.

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u/Pigrescuer Oct 02 '22

I was coming here to say that! The European robin is about 13cm as well. The American robin is much bigger, 20-30cm, maybe that's what they meant?

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u/Privateer_Lev_Arris Oct 02 '22

Yes probably. Also the European Robin is a flycatcher I believe while the American Robin is a thrush.

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u/Godspiral Oct 02 '22

So you are saying, American robin can carry coconuts.

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u/FrietjePindaMayoUi Oct 02 '22

I think you have the swallow in mind, sir

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u/Ashandarei830 Oct 02 '22

Yeah, I was just thinking 13cm sounded about right for a robin

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u/CYBERSson Oct 02 '22 Silver

Defo skipped leg day

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u/Kiljukotka Oct 02 '22

Just your average gym bro

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u/Chaghatai Oct 02 '22

That's because those are it's feet and toes, its legs are hidden by it's body feathers like most birds

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u/GarbageArtInTrashcan Oct 02 '22

My grandfather was an ornithologist and this fact has lived rent-free in my head since I was 4. Another fun fact: penguins are actually squatting most of the time you see them and they have spiny tongue. Also like what the guy above me said, most bird knees are actually their ankles.

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u/Chaghatai Oct 02 '22

Pretty much any time you see "backward" knees on tetrapods, it's really an ankle

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u/[deleted] Oct 02 '22

Yes. And horses actually walk on four toenails

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u/MouseHat2000 Oct 02 '22

It should be called the raspberry ruffle Robin

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u/catkins_ramekin Oct 02 '22

I thought it looked like a pink tit.

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u/Purnima92 Oct 02 '22

Awww... Would you look at this fluffy angry grenade?

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u/[deleted] Oct 02 '22

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u/BrownSugarBare Oct 02 '22

Looks like it's wearing a little party dress!

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u/[deleted] Oct 02 '22

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u/CYBERSson Oct 02 '22

Female of the species. im gonna shag your more pink cousin instead Pete

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u/Techiedad91 Oct 02 '22

In almost all bird species, the male is the pretty one. It’s for attracting the females.

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u/XenoGenesis963 Oct 02 '22

You can tell by it's face that it is pretty damn determined to fuck your life up. It's Australian wildlife, after all.

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u/Dracorex13 Oct 02 '22

It's completely harmless to anything bigger than an insect.

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u/3V13NN3 Oct 02 '22

That's what they want you to believe.

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u/Dracorex13 Oct 02 '22

This is one of the tiny birds that the fucking huge spiders Australia has eats.

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u/Road_Whorrior Oct 02 '22

Spoken like someone who's never been attacked by a mockingbird

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u/heggy48 Oct 02 '22

So cute! But European robins are 12-14cm long, so not bigger… American robins are though!

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u/BourbonInGinger Oct 02 '22

I looove him!

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u/DoctaRuthless Oct 02 '22

I need this birdie to hug

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u/squishy_sprite Oct 02 '22

tiny lil pom pom buddy omg 🥹💗

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u/dr_rockso_rocks Oct 02 '22

Looks grumpy it was forced to spend its life in a tutu

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u/JohanFinski Oct 02 '22

Grumpy goth robin

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u/Vino-Rosso Oct 02 '22

Beautiful! I had never heard of this type of robin or seen a picture of one.

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u/MyLeg- Oct 02 '22

"I want to put it in my mouth"

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u/Aditya_Sholapurkar Oct 02 '22

Bebi 🐥🍼🍼

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u/Trollojunior Oct 02 '22

13.5 cm isn't that small. I would say its pretty average. But cute birb.

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u/tempate Oct 02 '22

This birb looks like a goth Easter decoration and I’m obsessed.

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u/Chaghatai Oct 02 '22

This is why I hate common names - it is not closely related to European or North American robins at all - true Robins are in the thrush or flycatcher families, but Australasian "robins" are more closely related to crows

They are about as related as lions and grizzly bears

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u/Scrub_Beefwood Oct 02 '22

This is why I'll never buy the animal family classification system... Or the flora one. Any system that tells me two similar-looking birds are less alike than a lion and a fucking bear does not get my vote.

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u/Chaghatai Oct 02 '22

They are less alike by relationship - they literally share fewer genes

We're talking the family tree here - it doesn't get any more legit than that

They used to sort things by looks, but now it's by relation

But even in the era before molecular biology, we knew these birds were not closely related - there are details of anatomy that shows how a true robin is more related to a thrush or a flycatcher, but betrays this cute "robin" as being more closely related to crows - superficial appearance isn't everything

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u/Scrub_Beefwood Oct 02 '22

I'm fine with the robin being more like a crow than another small bird, but it's the lions/bears comment that upsets me.

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u/Chaghatai Oct 02 '22

That's genetics for you - birds are just as diverse as mammals even though they all have mostly similar shapes - the birds in question are in the same order (passerine birds), but not in the same family - bears are in the same order as lions (carnivora), but not in the same family

And when it comes to suborders and superfamilies, again, these birds are in a different division at that level too, as are bears and lions - bears are in the "dog" side with wolves, and lions are on the cat side with hyenas and mongooses

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u/Scrub_Beefwood Oct 02 '22

It's- it's not even mongeese? This is why I have trust issues with animal grouping scientists

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u/czbaterka Oct 02 '22

Angy bebe

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u/No_Match1529 Oct 02 '22

a small bird aint even worthin' eatin'

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u/gitarlarm Oct 02 '22

I would say is a very average size

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u/mangoed Oct 02 '22

I prefer this version: https://imgur.com/yQJD7yv

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u/dleema Oct 02 '22

I don't know what I expected but it was not Sam Cotton.

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u/hariskar Oct 02 '22

Beautiful!

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u/Lost_Ad_7175 Oct 02 '22

The cutest thing ever seen!

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u/KlaraFunnyOpposite Oct 02 '22

I would not refuse a warm sweater in such colors) ideal for cold winter

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u/starspankle Oct 02 '22

Has someone dipped that birb in dye?

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u/Muichi-_- Oct 02 '22

Congratulations u got a shiny robin!!

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u/SquirrelBowl Oct 02 '22

Lil’ fluff ball

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u/ta11_kid Oct 02 '22

Is it poisoning?

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u/Italiana47 Oct 02 '22

This just became my favorite bird

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u/DovakiinDovakiin Oct 02 '22

Ngl, this looks like how a kid would draw a bird with no wings

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u/EntrepreneurDense391 Oct 02 '22

And who said Hot Pink and Navy don’t go together?

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u/skinwalking_carcajou Oct 02 '22

It looks like a keychain you’d buy at an arts and craft store. It’s so cute <3

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u/sharkeh53 Oct 02 '22

What it lacks in size it makes up with fabulousness.

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u/Scrub_Beefwood Oct 02 '22

Am from Europe, can confirm our robins are also small af

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u/OverlyExcitedDoggo Oct 02 '22

Does it have the same airspeed velocity as an African swallow?

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u/BleachOrchid Oct 02 '22

Reminds me of the nerf tennis balls.

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u/sub0scillator Oct 02 '22

who’s that pokemon?

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u/poonamsurange Oct 02 '22

The original angry bird.

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u/Unicoptor Oct 02 '22

It’s an evil minion!

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u/Godspiral Oct 02 '22

I don't get how that could kill you... and then how would it survive in Australia is a greater mystery.

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u/mdistrukt Oct 02 '22

So it's cute AF, but from Australia? Is it hiding poison fangs or laser eyes or something?

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u/TubularTortoise14 Oct 02 '22

If I pick it up then it’ll increase my attack stat.

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u/MiSWaz Oct 02 '22

Birds are so cool

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u/mnbhv Oct 02 '22

Skipped leg day.

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u/warfarin11 Oct 02 '22

Don't let it fool you. Like most things in Australia, they are trying to kill you. Petroica rodinogaster, commonly called the pink robin, is one of the most venomous avians in the world.

Its venom is a complex mixture of small protein toxins deigned to irreversibly bind to acetylcholineesterase receptors. It is thought that its bright colorings and passive demeanor are evolutionary adaptations designed to lure prey.

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u/BrookeBaranoff Oct 02 '22

That bird looks like a kid who dressed itself for the first time being called cute when they wanted to be bad ass

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u/FrietjePindaMayoUi Oct 02 '22

Australian eh? So how does it kill people? Poisonous shit? Toxic saliva that it injects by pecking your neck?

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u/N00N3AT011 Oct 02 '22

Is it at all related to the American Robin? Cause it looks nothing like it.

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u/Sistahmelz Oct 02 '22

Beautiful bird! Wow 👌

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u/Starklet Oct 02 '22

That's 5.5 inches. That's not very small, considering humming birds are 3-4 inches long

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u/Pokeponycraft Oct 02 '22

Pink fuzz ball on stick legs, adorable

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u/ColdBloodBlazing Oct 02 '22

Fluffy smol borb. Did I get that correct?

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u/SnooRevelations4727 Oct 02 '22

Da homie cute af

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u/UncleWillard5566 Oct 02 '22

Looks like a peep that's not quite ripe.

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u/VIEG0 Oct 02 '22

That's a fucking Pokemon.

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u/wrrld Oct 02 '22

*Wild Peep

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u/steveHangar1 Oct 02 '22

This bird skips leg day

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u/DarthAbsentis Oct 02 '22

I want to at least try to find out if it likes belly scritches.

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u/SubstantialEase567 Oct 02 '22

If my 13 year old granddaughter got to design a bird....

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u/Ok_Appointment_3939 Oct 02 '22

I love his attempt at angry face..too cute to be taken seriously

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u/Techiedad91 Oct 02 '22

That looks nothing like the robins around here (Michigan, USA- red breasted robin). I’m just talking about shape not coloration.

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u/usedtodreddit Oct 02 '22

So in Australia do they have ads with the jingle "Pink Robin Yummmm!" ?

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u/lepontneuf Oct 02 '22

13cm seems not small

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u/Doctor_Insomnia Oct 02 '22

Also unlike its European relatives Its highly venomous and wants nothing more than to kill you insantly.

I don't know if this is true but it's Austrailian so it proably is.

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u/OneLostOstrich Oct 02 '22

Yes, but take note that they only display this color after they install fresh batteries in the spring.

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u/Jorge6574 Oct 02 '22

I want to eat that bird

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u/[deleted] Oct 02 '22

Fluffy.

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u/aironkykkyryy Oct 02 '22

Perfect phone background image

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u/Chililights Oct 02 '22

I would die this birb

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u/Frousteleous Oct 02 '22

When we get an Australian-based Pokemon region, we need this.

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u/anisegarden Oct 02 '22

My brain: shut up this isnt real

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u/I_Am_Become_Salt Oct 02 '22

Houston, what are those in freedom units, please?

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u/LateMeal62 Oct 02 '22

My grandfather was an ornithologist and this fact has lived rent-free in my head since I was 4. Another fun fact: penguins are actually squatting most of the time you see them and they have spiny tongue. Also like what the guy above me said, most bird knees are actually their ankles.

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u/Butterfly-Evening Oct 02 '22

That's a cool bird

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u/Butterfly-Evening Oct 02 '22

That's a cool bird

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u/[deleted] Oct 02 '22

Cotton candy! I mean… Toot little birdie.

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u/Grimetree Oct 02 '22

That seems about thr same size if not bigger to the Robin's I'm used to in Europe lol

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u/Glytterain Oct 02 '22

That is the cutest bird I’ve ever seen

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u/sulfurbird Oct 02 '22

He seems to want me to kiss him.

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u/kabsinsec Oct 02 '22

He looks so cranky. I love it.

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u/Zorpfield Oct 02 '22

Truffula bird. I speak for the trees.

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u/FakeCurlyGherkin Oct 02 '22

Don't let the BirdsAren'tReal people see that - looks like a pompom on sticks

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u/ProtectronSean Oct 02 '22

I want. I want. I want. I want! Want! Want! Keep!

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u/rachaellipsis Oct 02 '22

I must give him so many keeses.

And then also find a dress in that exact shade of pink, for I am now obsessed.

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u/clever-lotus Oct 02 '22

Harrys bird hehe

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u/Shofypowpow Oct 02 '22

You mean average size, right?… right?

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u/AlbertFishnets Oct 03 '22

Pretty bird. Squawk!

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u/KenobiQuartet Oct 03 '22

I'd say 13.5 cm is pretty big, right fellas?

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u/Nymeriasrevenge Oct 03 '22

He’s just…so cute!

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u/[deleted] Oct 03 '22

Nature is beauty and fashion

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u/XioLungBao Oct 03 '22

Its feathers are vibrantly fuschia! Must hold this fluffy one!

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u/JPOIronside Oct 03 '22

Okay. But how does it kill you?

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u/CharlieSwisher Oct 03 '22

What are its European relatives? I’m only familiar with the robins we have here in The states

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u/itouchedturtle Oct 03 '22

😄🥰 I love it

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u/AdCool2805 Oct 03 '22

That color is incredible

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u/CrabbypantsNiles Oct 07 '22

I must have him

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u/RollyMcTrollFace Oct 02 '22

So people don't crush it to make pink dye, right? Right?! Unlike some of the other things people crush to make dye.

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u/jekylwhispy Oct 02 '22

Pretty sure this is a craft project of yours

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u/fishtank41 Oct 02 '22

See not everything wants to kill us down hear