Underappreciated Birds Shoutout
There are a lot of bird species out there who are underappreciated because they’re ‘common’ or ‘filthy’ or some other such garbage. So I wanna talk about some of the more underappreciated and show that they’re all real bros.
Probably by far the most underappreciated. I frequently see kids trying to chase them and kick them, and sometimes see adults attempting to kick them. Meanwhile these small pidge friends just want your love (and crumbs). Everything people complain about pigeons is stuff that they’re responsible for, minus poop. As for poop getting on everything? Gtf over it. It’s just pigeon poop. Your entire life wasn’t ruined because one day you got a little on your favourite jacket. Hate the fact that they fly at your face? Yeah, I bet you look like a real hero flailing around like an airborne jellyfish. They’re not gonna hit you. Unless they do, in which case it’s gonna hurt them way worse than it does you. They don’t want to get close to your stinky human face. Except they kinda do, because they love you, and pigeons are cuddle monsters. Love them back, they deserve it.
We eat chickens and their eggs, and a lot of people when they see pet chickens are like “So when you gonna eat them?” or just assume you only keep them around for their eggs. For the latter, roosters are completely useless as pets. Y’know, except for every rooster I’ve seen which range in personality from cuddle buddy to I WILL END YOU. Not to say hens aren’t exactly the same. A chicken will not hesitate to take you down if you give it reason to. These birds demand respect. If you don’t give it, you might end up at the wrong end of their claws.
This one is more in the UK I guess. For some reason… people absolutely hate magpies. The excuse I always hear is that they’re always raiding nests and are responsible for the decrease in population of so many bird species. Meanwhile, everyone’s cats are totally being nice and not laying a paw on a single featherball, because they are completely beloved and would never hurt a bird. But hey, I digress. Magpies are extremely intelligent. They have problem-solving skills that a bunch of humans I’ve met would fail at. Fortunately, the hatred seems to be dying down for them as their intelligence becomes more well known and it’s now known that they’re NOT the cause of the bird decline.
Oh nooo, it only eats dead things and it’s bald and gross and ew. Yo, number one, they’re bald because if they weren’t THEN it’d be gross. D’you really want a stinky bird covered in matted rot-clogged feathers? And number two, you may just owe vultures your freaking life. They are so essential it’s ridiculous. Rather than being disgusting, those guys are cleaning up rotting carcasses for your sorry ass so that you don’t end up diseased. Animals die. A lot. Without our good bird friends out there to do the dirty work, that shit would pile up to the point where everything gets diseased and stinks worse than a bowel movement after a dodgy meal. May not be such a big deal now with how humans live in cities and stuff, but think back to our older human societies and how vital disease-free water is for example.
Seagulls are… uh…
…okay yeah, seagulls are assholes. At least they look happy when they’ve nicked your food. That’s nice I guess?