Thursday, September 07, 2006

Do Finches Have Penises?

That question was posed recently in a search request that showed up in my referral log, no doublt because of this previous post. And the answer, of course, is “No, they have cloacas.”

One of the more interesting “hits” from that search request was an article on visual signals used by male birds to attract females, which appeared in—of all places—Tropical Topics: An interpretive newsletter for the tourism industry.


Blogger Bill Pulliam said...

To answer the question you posed in the earlier post about a more fitting name for the Argentine Lake Duck, how about the Priapus Duck?

September 08, 2006 10:01 AM  
Blogger John L. Trapp said...

Good suggeston, Bill. Maybe you should suggest that to the IOC for consideration in their Birds of the World: recommended English names.

September 08, 2006 10:17 AM  
Blogger Bill Pulliam said...

But what happens when a Priapus Duck meets an Angel Tern? Sounds a bit like a scene from Angels in America...

September 08, 2006 10:32 AM  

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