Theropod Thursday 42: weird nostrils

One thing I just can’t get enough of is close-up photos of bird heads. Some of them are so outlandishly weird (especially the beaks) that I’d never believe they existed if I only saw a drawing. And some of them are so different in exterior shape to the bone that one would never restore them correctly from the bone alone.

Yes, this is another venture into the realm of All Yesterdays.

Now, go to the google image search and look for “peacock skull”. Have a good look at the external nares. Then check out the nostrils on the living animal below.

beaks_01

beaks_02

WTF???? Would you come up with this based on the bone? I sure wouldn’t.

OK, while we are talking birds I’ll post a few more of the photos I took during the Tierpark Berlin visit with Dave Hone. In the Krokodilhalle (I guess no translation is necessary)there is one part that has the crocs, and another that has loads of turtles and birds. That part is a greenhouse aviary with a raised path going through it, so you look down on the turtles and up, level and down on the birds. Obviously, the entire hall is well heated, and Dave’s camera and lenses didn’t really un-mist themselves for the whole time we were in there. Mine did so rather quickly, for some weird reason. As a consequence I kept taunting Dave by photographing a male Andean Cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruvianus) and a female Ruby-topaz Hummingbird (Chrysolampis mosquitus) with my 300 mm zoom lens, while he was busy trying to get his stuff to work again.

croc_hall_02

croc_hall_01

More of them in future posts, along with lots more feathered and scaled stuff from the Krokodilhalle.

About these ads

About Heinrich Mallison

I'm a dinosaur biomech guy working at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin.
This entry was posted in Aves, Dinopics, Dinosauria, Maniraptora, Theropoda, Zoos. Bookmark the permalink.

8 Responses to Theropod Thursday 42: weird nostrils

  1. Roger Tharpe says:

    That orange-headed bird is beautiful. These pictures are really nice.

  2. dobermunk says:

    Bulging nares are everywhere… sic varanids. Very cool photos!

  3. himmapaan says:

    On our recent visit to London zoo, Marc’s camera turned out to be ‘jungle-proof’ in a similar way whenever we went into the tropical areas like the rainforest biome or the Blackburn pavilion, whilst mine resolutely remained misted up.

    And yay, more peafowl!

  4. Pingback: more Tierpark birding with Dave | dinosaurpalaeo

  5. Pingback: Nochmal der Moskito-Kolibri | dinosaurpalaeo auf Deutsch

  6. Pingback: Tierpark hummingbird revisited | dinosaurpalaeo

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s